1995 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0L gasoline from North America
A good car if you provide divine treatment
Front Disk Brakes at 90,000 Mile Service.
New Clutch at 85,000 Miles.
New Wiring, Computer Temperature Sensor (contributed too many problems) at 85,000 Miles.
New Exhaust at 91,000 Miles.
The car was very fun to drive, with responsive handling and quick acceleration.
Amazing on gas.
I learned manual shift on this car and found it very forgiving if I was slow to clutch.
The paint and wheels always looked shiny and new. Even after ten years, the car smelled fresh from the plant.
The stock Clarion speakers were more than enough to satisfy my sound needs.
However, these cars cannot sit for long periods of time. I went through two sets of front disc brakes in eight months because the first set had simply rusted to the wheels (not fun).
In addition, rain water got to some computer components of the car and shorted out the temperature sensor. It took a local garage three attempts and nearly $1700 to finally send for diagnostics and finger this $18 part.
I drove on a cracked tailpipe for almost 4,000 miles before it finally melted on I-40.
A good buy IF you can garage it and you know a reputable mechanic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th March, 2005
This is the original poster. I felt I should clarify something about this review.
I was barely 18 when I wrote this, I had no idea about cars before I bought this POS Golf.
This car is unequivocally one of the WORST heaps on the road today. The last time I was overseas, I rented a Chinese compact car that I found more reliable and seemingly better built. I totaled the Golf doing less than 10 MPH! I slid on sand into the back of a Silverado and bent the frame on both sides.
I now know that the garage that worked on the Golf was so crooked, the Feds shut them down last year. So I know I lost more money than I should have anyway. But nobody... NOBODY in the US or Canada should buy one of these Mexican-built buckets. The UK, Ireland, Europe...they've got the real deal (Company HQ) there.