1983 Volkswagen Passat CL 1.8 petrol 90Bhp from UK and Ireland
Ludicrously reliable and cheap to run
1 complete exhaust pipe.
Handbrake needed occasional adjustment.
My 1983 CL Hatchback (VW Passats were available as Hatchbacks as well as the usual Saloon and Estate models in the 1980s) was my first car.
It had an automatic choke, manual transmission and very little excess weight.
While the body control was overly soft, the low weight of the saloon made it surprisingly maneuvrable given a good set of tyres (Vreidestein Sporttaks in this case)
Seats were comfortable, dashboard spartan, but clear and it was perfectly usable - the gearbox was easy to use and had a pleasantly firm actions, the steering fine when driving (Not PAS though so parking a bit hard)
It was very fast for an 1800 without fuel injection and revved a long way - reached 30 in 1st and in 5th gear it would hold 110mph easily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2002