1997 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 10 of 10

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

Top performance car with class oozzing out of everything

Faults:

It had the original twin tail pipe on it, which snapped, but that was through corrosion.

General Comments:

I don't know about in the states, but when the Golf GTI is brand new (mk3), lots of things are optional extras like the trip computer, air con, CD etc. My one is fully loaded with FSH from the dealer.

I paid £8000.00 for a July 1997 model in black; it had one owner from new and is fantastic.

I don't know how to compare running costs to you in the states, but my insurance is £1,300.00 and petrol is 80 pence a litre here, which is a lot more than the states, so running costs are high. It's about $1.30 or thereabouts !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2002

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A punchy powerhouse on wheels

Faults:

Misfiring between 3000 and 4000 revs.

Flashpoint alarm is terrible.

Blaupunkt radio interface is dying a slow death, as only some of the digits are visible.

General Comments:

This is a very quick car. If I have been away from it, I can get in and still be surprised by its grunt. I have raced a Porsche 911 and a BMW 320i, and it held its own by beating the BMW and keeping up with the Porsche.

The cabin equipment is excellent. It has a 10 CD changer, a Nokia car kit and electrics all round. The ABS has saved me more than once and I'd never go back to not having it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2001

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

Super. VW dealers let down the brand

Faults:

At start there was a screeching sound from the belts, tappets or pulleys.

Two sets of pulleys, the belts and tappets were replaced.

VW couldn't tell what was wrong.

Every time I take it for a service the sound returns. I have to keep all belts and pulleys covered in lubricating spray.

Service at VW is poor. They damaged a wheel and tyre by incorrect loading of the car onto a ramp.

They would not admit the damage caused despite having to replace the tyre.

General Comments:

Acceleration is just right.

Lovely big car feel.

Upholstery is very hard wearing.

Why does the back of the car always get so muddy?

Surprisingly difficult to get in the back with a 3 door.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

30th Jan 2001, 07:41

The noise is probably resulting from the garage over-tightening one of the belts. My VW garage always does this with the alternator belt which really annoys me because it will eventually harm the bearings. During each service they tighten it and the next day I slacken it off again!

I had my VW wing chipped during a service and a friend had his Audi A3 bonnet chipped and the front valence knocked during a service - they offered a respray - but why can't people be more careful?

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 16v 2.0 16v DOHC petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v DOHC petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance43500 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo VTR

Summary:

All the fun you need in a subtle package

Faults:

Tyres need replacing.

Thieves have tried but failed a few times!

General Comments:

Excellent combination of performance (30% more power than a standard GTi), reliability, subtlety and practicality.

Handling is very good, especially with 205 tyres and engine is reponsive and powerful.

Less of a purists car than the mark 2, but it has the kind of modern safety features that make a bit of middle age spread worth it - much better security, safety and electric everything.

Reasonably inexpensive apart from the insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2000

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Gear selector linkage broke on 48,000 miles, leaving me stranded, although VW Emergency Assist were quick and didn't grumble about sourcing a hire car at midday on a Saturday.

General Comments:

Certainly not as entertaining to drive as the old GTi's. However I work mine hard adding 70,000 miles in just over two years. The car consistently returned 33-35mpg and was reasonably refined. Fat alloys/205 section low profiles look good, but are ultimately pointless on a car of such tepid performance. They are not cheap to replace if you are concerned about safety and don't wish to buy 'budget.'

Also be warned, high mileage mullers 'legendary' VW resale value. I lost £8k in my time of ownership. Dealers good...... at a price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th October, 1999

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 8v petrol
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10

Faults:

First the rear electric window packed up & that was just the start of things, then the water pump went, the mainfold split, now my big ends dropped off.

General Comments:

Next time I'll get a proper car like a BMW 325i Coupe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

9th Feb 2001, 07:10

Patience required! The Mk3 Golf GTI 8v was no performance car - it was just brisk transport and no more. Please have a try of the Golf Mk4 GTI Turbo if you want performance - I almost bought a BMW 320Ci until I test drove the Turbo - I can tell you it is very good and a noticeable improvement over the Mk3 GTI. The Mk4 is very quiet and for a powerful engine returns good economy (I get 40mpg at a constant 80mph).

8th Feb 2006, 14:47

If you wanted a performance mark 3 the only choice is the vr6. I agree with the above due to the weight of the mark 3 the gti was never more than a commuting car wearing the wrong badge.

1997 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.6 (75b.h.p) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 (75b.h.p)
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Only minor stuff. Watch out for a very low down pipe getting crushed on kerbs.

E/W's can rattle sometimes, otherwise sound.

General Comments:

Suprisingly quick as it has a 96 spec engine in it. Only 75 bhp but I've fitted a perfomance exhaust and the thing sounds great and gave me 8-10 more break. Good handling when lowered and looks good with nice wheels. Body-coloured bumpers finish it off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 39 reviews