1986 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A high performance old school head turner


Minor hole in the exhaust, due to the fact a 16v exhaust system was placed on my car and not an 8v exhaust system.

Everything else is perfect.

General Comments:

The sirocco was a car I always wanted and the car was bought for me by my dad in 2000. The G.T.S is a limited edition and is a complete head turner.

Out performs most other coupes and makes little work of the 'R.S. turbos'

The drive is great and it grips the road amazingly.

I have added a full exhaust system.

17 inch phantom alloys.

Color coded the bumpers and changed the lights.

Full I.C.E system installed with an immobilizer and one alarm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2004

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8 from North America


The most dependable, reliable, economical car a backyard mechanic can own


Nothing but maintenance and service.

Never let me down!!!

General Comments:

Nothing but dependability.

Cheap to fix and upgrade with limitless possibilities.

Fun to drive.

One day, this car will go down in history as one of the most affordable and dependable 4 cylinder automobile ever made!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 8v MKII 1.8 from North America


Best little cheap car ever


Lots of things go wrong... But I do all the work myself so it isn't expensive.

Biggest problems:

Water in the fuse box! (bad bad bad)

Water in the trunk

Water on the floor.

All the drains work, and seals seem good, go figure?

Timing belt broke, but no damage occurs.

Drive-shaft fails

Struts don't last long

Brakes don't Last long.

General Comments:

Most of the problems occur because I really USE the car. I tow a boat with it. I drive it way too fast and too hard for a car this old, but she takes it in stride. This is a wonderful multipurpose vehicle (tow, offroad, fast, fun, good in snow) all around great car. There is nothing, not even new that is better. Reliablity has been good, but It has let me down twice in a big way (fuel leak, timing belt).

If you have a chance to get one DO IT! they are wonderful cars, soon you will find not just one, but two or three in your driveway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2002

5th Dec 2002, 05:56

The water gets into the trunk through the holes for (VW) and Scirocco signs at the back.

11th Nov 2005, 11:20

I've had this same problem with leaking through the emblems. A little bit of black silicon was applied behind them and they seem fine now though. I also had water in my fusebox that was fixed by cleaning the crud out of the firewall holes. You made some very good points about the problems. I thought they were random problems that only I was having.

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco GT 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A few problems in it's later years, but still fun


Carburettor problems

Rust in fuel tank

Rusty fuel filler neck

Water in fuse box

Clutch cable pulled through bulkhead

Interior bulbs always blowing

Rusty brake lines

Window wipers coming off the spindle

Leaky expansion tank

Leaky water pump.

General Comments:

This car is fun to drive, with the new carburettor it will do a 115 and will surprise a few GTI drivers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2002

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco GTX 1.8i from UK and Ireland


Cheap, fun, quickish and practical enough to be sensible


Head gasket failed!! - this had recently been changed before I bought the car, but was an amateur job. The head bolts should (apparently) only be used once - mine had been reused so did not stay tight.

Several burst radiator hoses shortly after head gasket work.

Radiator fan thermostat failure.

Suspension cannot handle pot-holes anymore - not sure if this is suspension or shockers or both, but the effect makes the cd player jump and the driver/passenger to check for any minor bone fractures.

Stiff clutch (anticipating imminent failure!)

General Comments:

This might sound like a nightmare, but the first thing worth pointing out is that in spite of some demanding driving this car has never failed to get me where I am trying to go (touching wood I am!). in spite of overheating, gasket blowing, hoses splitting, this car has yet to get to the point where it refuses to move on me.

I did have a glut of problems soon after buying it, but since I have got these fixed up the car has been a model of convenience and reliability. I also give this car decent marks because the repairs have all worked out to be pretty cheap, and parts availability has not been an issue.

The problem with the ride (mentioned above) is the only persistent problem - I have never really addressed it properly since on decent roads it is fine. Minimal roll round corners and, though you can feel every bump, a relatively comfortable ride... until you hit a pothole... the shock travels right through the steering and is delivered powerfully to the driver - everything is jolted and the experience is quite alarming (If any other golf/scirocco driver knows anything about this please let me know to whaddoyoureckon@yahoo.co.uk)

The scirocco has a capacious boot, and though I am 6ft 1 I have no problem with the roof height (in fact I far prefer to be 'close to the road' than in a 'sit-up-and-beg' position). Back seats fold down to make this car a very practical carrier for minor house moves, bicycle transport and so on.

Fun driving, though no stunning performance off the line - I have taken this 15 yr old well-used car upto 125 mph yet at comfortable 75 mph cruising she still manages a comfortable 40-42 miles per gallon.

I spent £500 odd on the car, and about £500 on repairs and new tyres etc since. All in all I have got 15k good miles out of it and anticipate a good few more (as long as the clutch holds out).

When the clutch goes I will have another decision as to whether it's worth the repair, but with the body in mint condition, and a flourishing relationship between me and the car I think it might well be...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2002