1994 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1994 Volkswagen Golf GTi 8V 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carRenault Renault Clio

Summary:

Good Car Look out for the problems pay good money for a good example,

Faults:

Rear Suspension has a problem some garages still don't know what the problem is, even after changing the rear Shock Absorbers.

Sunroof, leaks (weeks after I got it)

(seals)

Glove Box Catch.

HT Coil (Common Problem) Expensive!

General Comments:

The car drives well it handles well the performance is OK 0 - 60 in about 8 sec not bad for a 2L 8v, this car looks well even in the 21st centery this car is a good all rounder, on a good day you can get about 34 MPG when you thrash it you still will get about 30 MPG, Good Engine !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th October, 2005

15th Apr 2007, 01:40

Load of bologna. Had this car, the car itself is great, but engine is a total crap. I love 3rd golf, but if you consider buying one buy a 2.0 16v ABF this will be much better than the 8v.Also when buying take a good look at the thresholds, does aren't very strong and arches.

1994 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 CL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Good quality car, but overpriced for what you get

Faults:

Just wear and tear and some rust.

General Comments:

It's overpriced given the lack of equipment you get.

Performance is acceptable, but the 1.6 engine would be better.

Driving position is too high with not enough adjustment and pedals are too close together.

Its roomy and comfortable and the interior plastics are excellent. They feel completely robust and are nice to use. It's refined and solid.

Not a fan of the styling, only bought because of reliability and quality, which is actually a big improvment over the next Golf 1998 onwards.

Buy an equivalent age/size Japanese car and the whole driving experience is lighter, easier and more driver friendly.

Fuel economy is okay and general running costs low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd August, 2005

1994 Volkswagen Golf CL 3-door 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Like an old Doc Marten boot - tough

Faults:

Over 7 years and nearly 90,000 miles, very little.

Rear exhaust section fell off last year. Remaining exhaust original - or, at least, has been there since 1998.

Thermostat housing broke and the car lost water slowly - apparently this is a design fault. Water loss wasn't spotted in time and the head gasket blew. Repairs cost £400 - approximately 60% of the value of the car - but it's been fine ever since.

Clutch release bearing noisy.

Driver's seat frame began to crack - not surprising after the mileage. Sourced an identical whole interior from eBay for £50.

General Comments:

Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are taking a bit of a hammering about quality these days, but this particular Golf proves that their earlier reputation for quality and reliability was justified.

Over the mileage (of which at least 40,000 has been added in the last 18 months), it has been supremely reliable, not requiring anything other than routine servicing and the items noted above. Oil and filter now changed every 5,000 miles due to mileage.

1400 engine is slightly rough, but the low level of tune (60bhp - compare that to Rover, who get 103bhp from a similar-sized K series) has probably contributed to longevity. Spirited use of the gearbox will let you keep up with traffic. Cruising on the motorway at 90mph will still bring you 42mpg. Gearbox light to shift, but sometimes needs a firm hand to get into reverse.

Handling good, but needs firmer suspension and wider tyres if you like to press on. Buy a GTI if you want fun in the bends. Ride is firm, but compliant. Power steering quite light and lacking road feel. Brakes are good.

Interior plastics are of good quality, but this one displays some very un-VWlike fit of parts like the glovebox in relation to the airvent. No rattles or squeaks though. Seat trim incredibly hardwearing - no tears, rips or wear in 138k miles. Reasonable leg and headroom in the back. Good-sized boot.

Styling still looks good. Black plastic bumpers don't show the knocks. Still largely rust-free after 11 years - some surface rust developing from stone chips, scratches and the like, and under the window rubbers on the doors and tailgate.

The car has worked hard for it's living - it still drives at least 75 miles each workday - but still comes back for more.

How much longer we keep it will be dependent on whether the need for an air-conditioned car becomes more pressing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2005

30th Oct 2008, 14:54

I got my Golf 1.9 TD 3 months ago, 150000 miles on clock, flew through MOT, trouble free motoring. You can take it to the supermarket not worrying about people hitting it with shopping trolleys, and just generally use it as a bumper car.

My other car is an MG ZS 180 ,and I hate taking it anywhere coz of other drivers, but the Golf is great.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 23 reviews