1996 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 7 of 8

1996 Volkswagen Golf CL 1/4 MPI 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1/4 MPI 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles

Summary:

Underated

Faults:

The car has been great, but the clutch went at about 69,000 miles.

General Comments:

Despite what reviews say the car is quite quick. The book time for 0-60mph says 17 seconds. My car in stock form runs 0-60mph in 11s and does 115mph top end. Not bad 4 a 60bhp 8v 1.4 engine. It's suspension is soft, but bear in mind this car is more luxury orientated. It is a high spec CL with PAS, rev counter, colour coded bumpers etc etc. The car is very smart in appearance and very sporty inside and built better than a tank. It feels like a class above what it is. The seats are great and the car is reliable, quick handles well with a lot of grip and has surprised a few so called nippy cars. Not bad for a 1st car for an 18 year old student. The Mk2 golf is getting on and many are tired and worn out. Not many Mk3's are modified and have a very high spec be won over by the unique appeal of the Mk3. I had a bad smash in my car at 70mph and thank God it was in a GOLF!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2004

19th May 2011, 15:31

How do you manage 0-60 in 11 seconds? That seems impossible. The best I've managed is 14 seconds... still better than the "official" time though.

1996 Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Outstanding GTI, the last Golf to deserve the GTI badge

Faults:

I have had no problems at all with my car since owning it.

As with most VW and Audi's, if they are serviced at the correct intervals then there should be no problems.

General Comments:

The MK3 GTI 16v is a seriously underestimated Golf and is last Golf to deserve the GTI badge as the MK4 Golf has is to heavy and has lost the GTI spirit.

This car is very rapid 0-60 in 8.1 seconds.

With a top speed of 135 + standard.

The standard suspension does let the car down though, so I recommend some sort of upgrade in the suspension department, I have replaced mine with Koni Coilovers and it handles like its on rails now.

The Interior is very solid as with all VW's and you get all the electrics with the GTI as standard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2004

1996 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Long lasting, great running value

Faults:

The clutch went out at 140000 miles.

The timing belt has gone out twice.

The side molding has consistently come off, no matter how many times I've re glued it.

The back driver side cushion seat has come off.

Normal wear and tear, replaced many hoses, etc.

General Comments:

This car is a great car, it has only had things go wrong that would go wrong with ANY car at it's mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

29th Apr 2005, 22:12

I also own a 1995 Golf.

I agree, the reliability as a daily driver is fantastic, but the moldings are maddening. I can't tell you how many Golfs of this vintage I have seen missing moldings.

It is my understanding that the problem stemmed from their new Mexican production site for this model. The VW plant at Puebla Mexico is about 8,000 ft above sea level and their resins would not cure properly at that altitude.

I am pleasantly surprised that the exposed holes in the sides of front doors due to the missing moldings have not produced any noticeable rust.

1996 Volkswagen Golf VR6 2.8 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

The engine note is worth it alone..

Faults:

CV joint leaked.

Tyres made themselves square because of bad shocks.

Oil leak from bottom of Sump.

Replaced Coil Pack, which I've learned happens to 99.9% of all VR6's. Bad lumpy running and poor power all fixed with a new pack.

Replaced starter motor, which gave up one day and left me stranded with no warning.

General Comments:

For a 2.8 it's not the quickest off the mark and the handling is on the heavy side.

But, once it's on the move it will keep pace with almost anything. I've seen off many a Boxter that has been surprised by superb 30mph to 100mph acceleration.

Generally comfortable, especially the highline model with heated leather and air con.

However, running costs are high and it's already got through more petrol than all my previous cars put together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2003

21st Sep 2004, 13:57

Totally agree with all comments. Starter motor packed up (luckily it was parked outside my house), and my previous car a Saxo VTS was probably quicker off the mark, but from a running start I have destroyed a bmw 328i (mine is chipped though), and I take so much pleasure in humiliating "boy racers" in their pathetic Novas, Xr3is, Corsas etc. Lots of petrol, but who cares when you can make a boxter driver have a look on his face as if to say, " I'm DRIVING A PORSCH, THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!!"

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 30 reviews