1995 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0i 16v from UK and Ireland
Noticed a gash in a breather hose a few days after purchasing it - didn't affect the drive as it was only a minor replacement needed, but dealer charged me £24 for a little piece of rubber!!!
Immobiliser is temperamental - need to wait a few seconds for it to fully disable or fuel cut-off causes engine not to start (which is embarrassing when your in this car ;op).
Boot sometimes fails to open using remote central locking which can be annoying, but this doesn't happen often.
Interior can rattle a bit at times.
This car is extremely quick although you do need to get those revs up to find out just HOW quick.
Factory top speed is around 132-134mph -I've taken it up to 120 but then bottled it as the pick up is so quick even at high speeds! (I haven't once floored this car or red-lined it)
I love the sound of the engine - I have a 8 speaker system installed, but so many times I have turned it off to listen to the engine instead cos it's so deep and boomy with the twin exhausts!!!
The interior is just what I love - It's black and sexy just like the exterior and the sports seats are extremely comfortable.
The electrics all work wonderfully and I was particularly impressed by the efficiency of the heater as it heats the car up extremely quickly even when it's just been started - much more effective than any other car I've owned.
Driving it is like a dream. It's very smooth and you can feel the 150bhp propelling you up the motorway. Power steering is very useful - I was very thankful for it when I first drove it, thought I might need to do some weight training to handle the power!!
Can be difficult to get it into 2nd gear sometimes although the close ratio gear box is nice.
Parking is very easy.
People just can't stop staring!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2002
16th Oct 2002, 06:52
Go drive one. 150bhp is enough power for me :)
26th Jan 2003, 16:13
Obviously the 16v late model Golf is quick that's because the body is much lighter then the newer models these days so it's quicker. But the VR6 models have way more power and torque then the older versions therefore will not stand a chance in a drag race.