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1985 Volkswagen Scirocco Storm 1.8i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 miles
Most recent distance173000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Modern classic

Faults:

Engine replaced at 130000 by Volkswagen to ensure full performance.

Two new fuel pumps. This was due to original repair (Volkswagen main dealer) not having replaced the rusty fuel filler neck or cleaned out the fuel tank. Rusty filler necks are a common problem on the scirocco leading to fuel pump failure.

Other than that, standard exhaust replacement (from manifold to rear box) in 1998. Buying original parts has ensured that these are still as new. Only other items other than regular service have been tyres.

General Comments:

The Scirocco Storm is a limited edition (600 only in Mk2) with every conceivable extra at the time including full leather and trip computer.

The car is still in near showroom condition and handling other than breaks is still exceptional. Non Scirocco drivers may doubt this, but I normally drive a Mercedes (or wife's MGF, the scirocco is my old car I could never bring myself to sell) which other than the mod cons are not as enjoyable.

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

Review Date: 23rd May, 2002

1985 Volkswagen Scirocco from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles

Summary:

Beyond a bargain for what this car is capable of..

Faults:

I haven't had this car for very long, but I have made some repairs, which I think may be expected from a 16 year old car.

Replaced the oil temp unit (did this twice, as I learned that the first guy that "repaired" the problem used not-so-top-quality parts). Because the units (there's 2 of them) had become disengaged from the motor, oil was leaking -- to the point where I was having to put about one to two quarts of oil in EACH WEEK before I knew what the problem was. Oil light finally went off and took it to a mechanic and discovered what the problem was. No problems with that any more.

Apart from that, only replacing the core alternator, timing belts and gaskets.

General Comments:

An awesome and beautiful car to own and behold. I get compliments on it all the time. Fortunately for me, the previous owner took extremely good care of this car and had all records (even saved the showroom price sticker).

Handling is excellent, I guess the only complaint I would have is the fact that no one is really 100% comfortable riding in that car. I'm glad to have this as my first car and I don't think I would ever sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2001

24th Nov 2008, 13:05

I don't care what anybody says, these cars are hunks of crap, from the electrical system to the transmission, mine has been nothing but trouble. In fact, it would be quicker to tell you what components didn't break, as compared to components that did!

1985 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8 L 8v from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 L 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance145900 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

A fun car to own, a fun car to drive

Faults:

Things that have gone wrong, are only items that were 16 years of age on the car.

Previous owner did almost no maintenance for the past 7 years on the car, so the usual items, such as: power steering pump, water pump, belts, hoses and such here left to dry up and rot.

General Comments:

After changing the "basic" tired parts on the car, the life of it started to stir once again...

Low band pick up much increased after changing the throttle body for an Audi 5000 throttle body.

Still gets 30mpg, pretty good for a 16 year old car.

The comfortable highway speed is ~ 70MPH.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2001

1985 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8 gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35 miles
Most recent distance225000 miles
Previous carAudi 100

Summary:

I have gotten my moneys worth

Faults:

I have had electrical problems, I have went through several alternators and batteries.

I have had overheating problems, this is my third radiator and water pump.

I have went through three driver's seats.

General Comments:

I still have the original transmission and engine. I drove the first 85,000 miles in Germany, which is where I bought the car.

The car still runs fine on the expressway and still gets about 28 miles per gallon.

The car still handles well and accelerates quickly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews