Two circlips failed on return hose, causing a leak.
Where do you begin with the 86C? It is the epitome of VW reliability and durability.
Purchased as a car for my eldest in 2011, she quickly realised that she couldn't manage in a car without PAS. Hadn't paid much for the car, so I decided to keep it on as a hack about to support my more highly strung Mk2 Golf GTi.
Two years and over 20,000 miles later, the little tyke is still starting strongly and in daily use. It's come through an horrendous winter with no issues and went straight through its MOT again in May. It gives back 50 MPG and was comfortable enough to make the commute from Stafford to Cirencester twice in a week last year. The 1043cc lump is perky rather than punchy, but will sit all day at motorway speed and is torquey enough to keep gear changes to a minimum. It's a damn sight better than the 999cc in the 6n/6n2. Lack of PAS gives a steering feel that kids today have no idea exists.
In two years it's cost me £42 for a new radiator and a couple of quid for some new hose clips. That is it. I'd have no problem recommending this as a first car or even a very cheap runabout around town. Utterly dependable, cheaper than walking, and if you're sensible about what you're buying (I.E. not thinking it'll be a performance sensation), you will be as charmed as I have been. Sad to see the little guy go, but made a little easier by selling it for what I paid for it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th August, 2013