1997 Volkswagen Golf GTS 1.8i from South Africa
All these things were replaced between 220000km and 250000km.
Original clutch was replaced (Gearbox seals perished leaking oil into the clutch plates)
Brake equalizer valve (Failed)
Front brake disks and pads (Worn)
Water pump (Failed)
Driver door lock (Failed)
Oil pressure sensor (Leaking oil)
Exhaust front pipe (Broke off)
Engine mountings (Worn)
Tie rod ends and ball joints (Worn, rough driving conditions)
Electric starter coil (Cracked)
My right bolster on the drivers side has worn badly. (Common)
Suspension has an irritating knock which apparently is a loose assembly spot weld. Probably caused from the many potholes I have hit.
I seem to replace my rear wheel bearings every year and no one can tell me why.
Although I have spent a small fortune on repairing this car I still feel that these cars offer good value, since other vehicles (apart from Toyota) do not have the same comfort and qualtiy of a 7 year old car with 300000 K's.
The car has aged beautifully, it still has a very modern look and not a spot of rust.
OEM Parts from the dealer are ridiculously expensive, especially if there is no pirate part available. 2nd hand spares are also relatively easy to come by.
This car is reasonably fuel efficient.
Brakes are not the greatest, but that has been VW's fault even before the MK3's.
The engine uses very little oil.
All in all a good quality vehicle which bears testament to the saying: "They don't make them like they used to!"
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th October, 2004