1995 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.8 from Sweden
Worst piece of s**t I've ever owned
Front lights replaced twice due to manufacturing defect that the dealer and importer never admitted.
Partial respray of the lower parts of the car because of weak and thin paint layer, done the first year after about 10.000 km.
All 4 shock absorbers; the first failing at 25.000 km.
One front spring.
Complete exhaust system, including the earlier replaced rear muffler.
Catalyst, failing at about 60.000 km.
Whining gear box (bearing starting to fail, expensive to fix at about 115.000 km).
Crank seal against gear box leaking, but not replaced.
Head gasket blew at 85.000 km and water pump was also replaced.
ABS sensor problems + later ABS system failure. ABS didn't work after that and was never fixed.
Rear linkage problem, worn bushings giving clunking noise after 110.000 km.
High beam selector shorted.
Last major problem was the fuel pump at 120.000 km.
Various electrical problems including radio.
Very practical and comfortable, but horrible quality. The worst car I've ever encountered and owned. Used to own a 15 year old BMW and a 20 year old Volvo; both were ten times as reliable as this new/near new VW, even though this Golf was well taken care for and always serviced on time.
Useless piece of s**t. Never backed up by the dealer, nor the importer. Never, never, any VAG products for me again.
The funny thing: I actually got a good trade in on this car that was a rolling wreck. Suckers are born every minute.
VW usually stood for quality some time back, but that means nothing nowadays.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th September, 2012
Original reviewer, also forgot:
Front brake disks, twice because of warping and poor manufacturing.
Wheel bearing on one side.
Servo pump leaking (not fixed, just added oil - too expensive to fix and was getting fed up with the car).
Some rubber hose on the axle (don't remember the name of it).
Geez, not even 20 years old and all of these problems occurred?
Sounds like the car was patched up after an accident; it'd explain the cheap price.
Did you actually read the review? It's over 10 years since I owned this car (luckily), and this car was purchased BRAND NEW from an authorized VW dealer. I had this car from 95 to 02, i.e. about 7 years.
Yes, I read all of the review.
So what's this about any accident; mind I had this car from new. This car barely had a parking ding on it when I sold it in 02, and was never in any accidents whatsoever. Besides the respray, all problems were mechanical and electrical, and not related to the car body. Is that so hard to understand?