1985 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

1985 Volkswagen GTI from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carSAAB Sonett

Summary:

Disappointing

Faults:

Air Conditioning - quit running after 8 years. Too expensive to fix.

Back-up lights stopped working.

Had several recalls (gas tank, and heater core)

General Comments:

Nice handling.

Not as fast as I expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd February, 2007

1985 Volkswagen GTI 1.8 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance280000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nova

Summary:

A practical and fun car that gives me a smile every time I drive her

Faults:

I went through several clutches, all with oil on them due to a seal leaking. I have never managed to wear one out.

The driver's side seat bolster worn.

The driver's side window winder replaced 4 times over the years.

The radiator had a crack in the plastic end cap requiring replacement at about 60,000 miles.

The usual replacement items on any car of this mileage have been replaced, like shocks and brakes.

General Comments:

This car has never left me stranded in the 200,000+ miles I have owned her.

Will all those miles I have really only replaced wear and tear items.

Seats are really comfortable and supportive for long road trips.

I got tired of waiting for the motor to die so I am currently doing a 2.0L swap for more power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2004

1985 Volkswagen GTI 16v 1.8 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres

Summary:

All around wicked car!!!!

Faults:

This is since I got the car:

New clutch.

Reverse mirror.

Steering wheel honk horn.

Handbrake.

Bolt down seats.

Changed wheels.

Sunroof.

Performance muffler.

New exhaust system.

Engine gasket.

Oil sensor.

Temperature sensor.

New battery.

New spark plugs.

New oxygen sensor.

New catalytic converter.

Several tune-ups.

New speedometer.

New odometer.

General Comments:

The car was a real mess when I got it 'cause the guy who had it never appreciated it.

Now I got it up to standard and it runs really well..... my advice to all: When you get a GTi, you can never go back to a Golf CL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2000

1985 Volkswagen GTI 1.8 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Car has 4 wheel discs causing the rear callipers to seize due to lack of use rendering emergency brake useless (x2 repaired).

General Comments:

Requires little maintenance other than very regular oil changes. Mine reads 310,000kms on the odo and wants to go for another 200,000. The car is 14 yrs old and handles extremely well in addition to being able to eat a new 318 for breakfast despite her wrinkles; not bad for 2000.00 cdn.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews