1986 Volkswagen GTI Review

1986 Volkswagen GTI 1.8 8v from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 8v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Road Runner


A fast car that lasts and lasts!


The intermediate shaft that turns the distributor sprung a huge leak. It was replaced at the dealership and has been leak free ever since.

The valve cover leaks a little not matter how new it is and how many times it's replaced, so I applied silicone sealant and that has finally cured it.

General Comments:

A very quick and reliable car. It's still fast or faster than when I first purchased it.

The mileage is excellent at over 36 mpg on the highway and over 30 in town.

It handles as well as any newer car and the tires don't seem to mind as the tires last and last.

Great sport seats, but they've worn in spots, but you can drive for hours and never get tired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2003

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review