1996 Volkswagen Golf VR6 2.8 from UK and Ireland
Fast, fun, cheap and cheerful
Failed ignition switch.
Replaced one gearbox engine mount.
This car was purchased as an impulse buy, as my GTI 16v mk3 was on its last legs. The engine itself was perfect, but the rest of the car needed too much money spending on it, so I decided to purchase the VR6.
It's not a Highline model, but does have Climatronic air conditioning.
Comparing the 16V to the VR6, I can safely say that the VR is an all round better car. Lots of low end gutsy torque, no flat curves and endless power. It doesn't need to be revved to get anywhere, and it is also a pleasant cruiser.
It's a lot quieter than my 16V, and after reading some reviews here, I can also say that a 16V is not a decent compromise on a 16V.
For the prices they are fetching today, they are cheap, reliable, fast fun. It is not the fastest car off the line, and I can say that my 16V was quicker in 1st and that is it. This car has endless torque right upto the high band in revs. Comparing this car to my old Prelude VTEC, I would pick the VR anyday. The in-gear pace of this car can match a lot of today's hot hatches (with the exception of some turbo'd machinery).
I have had some fun with Type R Civics, an E36 BMW 328i and a few VTI and VTI-r's. The looks on their faces were priceless.
The only downside in comparison to my 16v would be the fuel consumption. The best I have had on a combined cycle is 31.4 mpg, and the same route in my 16V gave 42.3. But who cares, it's cheap, it's cheerful, it's reliable, it's fun, and if I worried about the fuel consumption, I would have brought a diesel.
The other downside would be the handling; even with lowered springs, it's a bit of a slingshot in the bends (because of the weight up front.) It's OK, let the smaller engined hatch get the better of you, and when you are on the straights, let the torque to the talking.
The only thing I would replace the VR with would probably be a Corrado VR6.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th May, 2010