1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 from UK and Ireland




I recently purchased a golf Gti 2.0 16v, registered in 1997 and it has done 140,000, motorway mileage. I'm really concerned that the engine will blow any day. I plan to get the engine overhauled - timing belt, head gasket etc...Is this the best thing to do?

General Comments:

Can you advice if this is the best thing to do? I love this car as its in immaculate condition. please help...

Please email me your thoughts - nubian4u@email.com.

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

Review Date: 15th February, 2005

1997 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 from North America


I'm going to drive this car until there's nothing left!


A year to the day after I purchased the car, it didn't start. The pre-owned VW warranty paid for a trip on a flat bed truck to the dealership where they inspected the vehichle and found that the ignition coil was defective. This was replaced free of charge as it had been a VW recall.

Other issues include an annoying ticking which was solved by fixing a defective crankshaft oil seal. At the same time they (VW) replaced the timing belt for me. I was concerned about the age of it and they charged me for the part ONLY!

I've had a knock sensor replaced (150100 km), front brakes (158342 km), and the exhaust had to be replaced at 186000 km. A previous owner had already replaced the exhast system once, but did a very poor job of it, thus I had to do it again.

The annoying things are not fun, but come with living in Canada- rust, frozen locks, and disappearing molding. Otherwise it is a great car for winter. It heats up really quickly and plows through the snow with ease.

I'm currently dealing with some strange transmission issues with no solution in sight. The car seems to stick in second gear. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

General Comments:

Overall I've been happy with the car. A private mechanic is the way to go, but I have had some good luck with dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2005

1997 Volkswagen Golf CTi 1.8 8v petrol from South Africa


A Demon


Cluth gives problem. stiff and tears through fire wall..

Water leakage at the rear window..

Noise comes through front windows when driving...

General Comments:

Dam quick.. can take most cars in pull off, in the same engine range aswell as some cars with higher engine capacity..

Standard bucket seats comfortable..

Handles pretty good.. but better now as I dropped the suspension..60mm front and 40mm back..

Fuel consumption not too bad considering the engine is in good condition..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

10th Dec 2004, 01:35

If you know how much kw does the CTI push out.

24th Dec 2004, 17:42

I believe it is the best golf 1 ever made. You should see the ones with 17 inch mag wheels, it's a small haven.

28th Dec 2004, 03:39

My CTi has got 260 000 km on the clock and is still going strong. I firmly believe it is one of the best cars ever produced. So much fun to drive and the power is amazing!!

1997 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


The most reliable car ever


Both headlamp covers cracked. They cost 119 Euro each to replace...ouch!

Loose spark plug wiring...easy.

Both front and rear shocks had to be replaced.

General Comments:

What can I say about the most reliable car I have ever owned. Sadly I am afraid to buy anything else now as I don't think it can compare.

Purchased this car in 2000 with 63000 miles and now at 128000 miles it has never ever let me down. Scary really.

The car handles well on these Irish roads. Winding around corners is quite fun and I always feel in control of the car.

Reliability is the most important factor with this car and it is second to none in this category.

I have made enough money to get a fancier car, but I am afraid to trade this one in!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2004

1997 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 from North America


Doesn't have enough pickup


I recently bought Golf GL 2.0 but I am not sure whether it is performing the way it's suppose to be. I feel like I am pushing it, but it is not responding me. Before buying this car I drove 1994 manual and I fall in love with the drive of the car, but I didn't get the same feeling with automatic transmission. Is some thing wrong with the car. Do I have to change fuel injector or it's suppose to drive like this. This is my first experience with Golf. Any comments will be appreciated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2004

27th Dec 2005, 05:47

Automatics can be jump started. I've done it many times. They also can be pushed, just put the gear selector in Neutral.

They move forward slowly when idling in Drive. Brakes stop this. They have the advantage of not having any risk of rolling back or forth before the clutch engages on an incline.

They have a numerically higher resale value, but you do lose more money on depreciation, since they cost more initially.

Still, I don't drive autos for the other reasons you listed, plus I feel more in control of the car and have more fun.