Volkswagen Pickup Review

1981 Volkswagen Pickup 1.6 diesel from North America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance212000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Pickup


A truck like no other..


Engine needed replacement due to used car dealer's malfeasance... still the engine lasted a year before that. Has a 1.9 liter turbo-diesel without the turbo now.

Maintenance items like axles, suspension, drive belts, etc... NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER with the engine... new diesel injector pump at 200K...

General Comments:

This is my THIRD VW pickup... crashed the first, 2nd was stolen, now this one... I LOVE THIS TRUCK!!! This one was a little slow (diesels aren't sports cars!!!) but the new pump GREATLY increased performance, though with a decrease in economy (not much though!!) It handles like a sports car even still...

Interior is a little cramped for passenger, but adequate for driver... good heater. VW is missing a HUGE opportunity by not bringing this model back again!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2006

13th Feb 2007, 20:41

A great single person truck, handled great, terrific mileage (40-45) I had a topper on mine went everywhere with it. Wish they made them again.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review