1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 1.8L 8v from North America
Wish I was 16 in 1987 so I could've bought one new
When I first bought this car for $100, it ran very poorly. Had an overheating problem, and was very lazy to start.
I replaced the radiator cooling fan, installed a new ignition coil and spark plugs, and changed the timing belt, and it runs like a charm now.
The shifter bushings were bad, all 4 shocks are wrecked, the alignment was crooked, the hood didn't open, and the fuel tank rusts on the inside.
The seat-tilt mechanism likes to break, as do the handbrake cables.
I've spent a lot of money on this car.
However, even though I've spent a lot, I wouldn't want any other car. The Scirocco is the best car I've ever owned. And I have had 13 cars so far. American muscle, Japanese economy and reliability; even an Italian car.
I'd still put my faith in the Scirocco.
It attracts curious glances, the 8v purrs nicely under load and is reasonably quiet on the highway.
The handling... Oh how it turns. It just dives into corners, and that's with a base 8v with busted shocks. I imagine a 16v with new suspension would tear your face off.
It also gets stellar mileage. With a light foot and the right situation, you can get the computer to read 65 MPG at 70kph.
Truthfully I get closer to 35 MPG because I have a leadfoot. And really that's the only issue with the Scirocco. It's not very fast, so you find yourself ruining your fuel economy just to keep up with Cavaliers and Neons.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th September, 2015