1992 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1992 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Good value for money

Faults:

The second day that I owned the car it refused to start, turned out to be a faulty temperature sender in the engine.

Front springs and dampers had to be replaced after 6 months of owning the car.

General Comments:

Great looking car inside and out, nice dashboard layout.

Lack of power for a car of this size, goes fast once your doing 40+ but is excellent on fuel. Generally get 110 miles from £10 of petrol (around 45 to the gallon I think!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2003

1992 Volkswagen Golf GTi 8V 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired94997 miles
Most recent distance113965 miles

Summary:

A car to be thrashed to the limits

Faults:

Both C. V Joints have been replaced.

The clutch has been replaced.

Head Gasket Leak.

Basic Oil and water leaks.

Clutch cable has been replaced.

General Comments:

My car is a run out edition of the golf. Its Oak Green with a full 16V spec including power steering, central locking and front two electric windows.

What can I say about the car besides fantastic. Lots of low end torque, it handles like it's on rails and just loves to be flung about. The car is an enthusiasts car and comes into its own when driven hard. It could do with a little more power at the top end of the rev range. With the right choice modifications this car is untouchable. I still prefer the 8V to the 16V. Look after it and it will look after you. I'll write the car off rather than sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2003

1992 Volkswagen Golf Driver 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carMorris Marina

Summary:

Miles of motoring bliss

Faults:

The automatic choke packed up at 90000 miles.

Nothing else has gone wrong with it so far.

General Comments:

This car is quick, although not terribly so. Good for about 105mph steady on the motorway.

Feels unsteady at those speed. Handles very very well, it steers neutral and will never lose its composure around corners.

Brakes are great.

Cabin is a bit dark - lots of black. Probably the most ergonomic controls.

Gearbox is so sweet!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2003

1992 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

The definitive Hot-Hatch

Faults:

Exhaust needed replacing.

General Comments:

The true hot-hatch. I had a 1.3 before and getting into the Gti was an experience I will never forget. Can red-line in 5th way past the 120 mark. Handling OK tends to roll a bit. But never-less I highly recommend them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

1992 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 diesel from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 kilometres
Most recent distance169000 kilometres

Faults:

I've had to fix a lot of things with this car:

- Alternator.

- Muffler (twice in 2 years).

- My head gasket was leaking oil in my coolant.

- Warped head (had it leveled and changed the timing belt etc.)

- Starter.

- 2 water pumps in 2 years.

General Comments:

This car is easy on fuel (I routinely get 45 MPG), but it's been very unreliable for me.

It's terribly slow (0-100km/h in 15sec), hellishly noisy, rides very harshly, vibrates like mad when the engine is cold.

It has failed to start many times in my first year of ownership (though that can be expected of a diesel in the harsh Canadian winter), leaving me stranded.

The shifter sometimes makes terrible scraping sounds when I shift, and it's very hard to put in first gear.

There are some good things about it though: It corners very well, the stock speakers are fairly good (they need to be to drown out that horrible amount of road noise and engine noise), the sunroof is sweet and the interior is still waterproof.

I'm getting rid of this lemon as soon as I have enough money to get myself a Japanese car. VW, never again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th January, 2001

17th Mar 2006, 17:54

Regarding the mufflers and water pumps... were they replaced with OEM parts... the after-market parts can vary greatly in quality.

1992 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.8
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Valve cover gasket leaks, other than that perfect, German Engineering!!

General Comments:

This car flat kicks ass!!! It will cruise at 115 mph with an on rail feel and still pull hard from 100 mph. It gives me 35 mpg at 75 mph. It is bullet proof!!! This car corners like a Porsche!!!

It still turns heads at eight years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 1999

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 18 reviews