1983 Volkswagen Scirocco GTi 1.8i from UK and Ireland


It goes like stink! But not much space in the back


Big end bearings seized.

Head gasket.

Water pump.

Cramped back seats.

General Comments:

If you want a GTI, make sure to get one in between a Y and B reg. These models have a DX engine with bigger injectors and a bigger cylinder bore than the other models.

Out performs other car in its class.

Seating position is low to the ground, giving you a sporty feel.

Handling is OK, but you will need to get a decent lowering kit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2001

9th Feb 2003, 08:31

Goes like stink is probably one of THE best comments for the Sirocco GTi. Well worth buying, but hard to get hold of a good condition one.

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco GL 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A wicked motor


Water in the fuel tank.

Weak brakes.

Automatic choke on the carb not reliable.

Old boaty shock absorbers.

High insurance.

General Comments:

Very good, surprisingly light car.

Very well built.

Very nice to drive.

Makes a nice noise.

Raw driving fun.

Surprises 'modern' cars away from the lights.

Good value for money, only problem - insurance...

Very cheap to buy a good one.

If respected - will go on to do well over 150,000 miles, Go and buy one, and see for yourselves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2001

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.6L from North America


1 out of 3 ain't bad, but what about 1 of 2?


I actually bought two 1983 Sciroccos.

The first from 160K to 195K had absolutely no problems. We loved it so much (I had bought it for my girlfriend) that I recommended her mother buy the same car. Her car had only 64,000 miles when we purchased it.

Her Scirocco had brake problems constantly (always brought it back to the dealer, but continued to be an issue).

Instrumentation lights would go off for no reason, then come back on later, gauges would also stop working, then start again.

Transmission had major problems that never seemed to be fixed.

Engine had similar un-resolvable problems.

General Comments:

I just don't get it. How can two identical cars (right down to color and rims) be so different. The car with the high mileage (almost 200K) always started, ran great, never had a problem. The other with low mileage (60K) constantly had problems and broke down. I figured one was built on Tuesday and the other Friday afternoon :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th February, 2001

2nd Aug 2002, 06:55

When dealing with used cars, you can't really make comparisons between the two. Heck, the one with fewer miles could have been involved in a flood or something. Now, if you would have bought both of these cars new, I think you would have a valid point. Otherwise, I think you got stuck with a car that someone didn't take care of at all and one that was taken care of well.

My $.02.

1983 Volkswagen Scirocco GT 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Nothing. I've had a few things fixed, but nothing that stopped it from working. Oh, and plenty of tuning.

General Comments:

Whee. Also Vroom and Mad Cackle. This car is serious fun. I've driven a lot of cars. None have been quite as uncomfortable as this (perhaps because I'm so tall?), but this car is seriously quick (I dread to think what the supercharged version is like!). It sounds wonderful when accelerating (a pleasing howl from the carbs), and also when engine braking (a fiery burbling crackle from the exhaust). Its faster than VW claim, a delight to handle and a delight to drive. But be warned. Make sure you get a good one (many have been boy racered), and you'll have to keep it well serviced and tuned in order to enjoy its speed. Oh, and for comforts sake you'll have to be a midget too. Serious fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 1998