1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8 8v from North America
A well-made, fast car doesn't have to be expensive
My biggest problem has been the drive axles, I've gone through two within the time I have owned the car. I think this is more of an installation problem however.
I had to replace a motor mount soon after I bought the car.
I also had to put in a new water pump at the same time as the motor mount.
The shocks were mushy when I bought the car. I took them off and it turned out they were dealer shocks with more than 100,000 miles on them.
None of the problems I mentioned above require a lot of money to fix. Parts are still readily accessible. For the things I didn't know how to do, it was still fairly cheap to have a qualified shop take care of it.
For the money the Scirocco gives some excellent performance. With a good set of shocks, it makes you long for a twisty mountain road.
I love the engine and transmission combination to. If you seriously use the close-ratio transmission, this car can really move.
The back seats may be small, but the trunk is huge! You can safely fit a fairly large television back there without any problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2001