1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v 1.8 from North America


Great car for the money look around and get a good one


Clutch cable broke due to wear.

Speedometer cable broke due to my tinkering behind the dash to fix a rattle.

Cracked dash due to sun damage.

Very faded paint due to age and not being taken care of.

Drivers seat wearing out due to age.

General Comments:

Car is very quick for a car of this age.

I love the 80's style dash.

Could use better headlights, U.S. are horrible.

The guy who owned this car before me took decent care of it until about two years ago, when he decided to let it sit in his driveway. I saw it for sale in the newspaper and had to have it. When I got the car looked in bad shape, covered in dirt, paint look like it was matte, and the inside looked like it had been coated in dust for protection. The car ran good so I bought it and cleaned it up. Now it looks could except for the dash and some wear on the paint. As for driving the car is really fast for a four banger, but you have to rev it up to get any speed as it has almost no torque. It's great to see the looks people give this car. I even had one guy tell me a had his old dream car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2005

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v 1.8 16v from North America


A materpiece!!


All of these problems can be attributed to normal wear and tear and age of car.

Exaust system replaced at 142000 miles.

Suspension replaced at 137000 miles.

Brakes replaced (pads, rotors) 137000 miles.

Tune up (filters, wires, plugs, rotor+cap) at 135000 miles.

Wheel bearings and engine mounts at 135000 miles.

In tank fuel pump at 120000 miles.

General Comments:

I think this is the best car VW ever made!

It performs great!

I enjoy destroying all of those "TUNERS" who attempt to race me!

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

Review Date: 12th September, 2003

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco GTX 1.8 injection from UK and Ireland


So much for the myth of ‘VW quality


I was the second owner and the locally-supplied, low mileage car had a full VW dealer history. I had always promised myself that I would ‘trade up’ to ‘VW Quality’ when I could afford it. I was in for the biggest motoring disappointment of my life...

For months after delivery, the car was hopeless at cold starting - it needed 4 visits to the dealer to get it fixed.

The car would regularly go ‘off tune’ well before a service was due.

At 35,000 miles, the clutch went. I gave the car the ‘benefit of the doubt’ and put this premature wear down to mainly urban use by the previous female owner... sorry ladies!

At 38,000 miles, the speedo started making a constant loud buzzing, which only disappeared on very hot days. On cold days, the noise never went away - regardless of speed. I was told by the dealer that this was a common problem and was caused by the magnets in the speedo rattling. It was not repairable, and the only help they could offer me was to suggest fitting a new one - try explaining that when the time comes to sell! I complained to Customer Services at the UK head office, but they merely referred me back to the dealer.

At 40,000 miles, the front wipers developed a mind of their own - usually switching off in heavy rain. One day when cleaning the inside, the reason was discovered - and it was amazing that anything electrical worked at all! A fault in the coolant sensor had allowed coolant to flood over the main fuseboard - this meant a replacement and two days off the road. Luckily, I’d taken out an extended warranty.

At 42,000 miles the car started cutting out with no warning - at any speed and in any gear. This problem was caused by a faulty (and non-original!) ‘King lead’, which was shorting out on the body.

One day during heavy rain, some sixth sense (and it’s just as well) led me to look under the driver’s floormat - there was around a gallon of rainwater there! The VW dealer had no luck at tracing the source of the leak, and it was only after I complained (again) to Customer Services at the UK head office that VW dealer reluctantly had the car in again and discovered that the windscreen was not properly sealed, so water was flowing down the inside of the ‘A’ pillar and filling the floorpan.

At 55,000 miles, the electric window motor in the passenger door died - this would have cost me £300 had I not taken out the extended warranty!

At 60,000 miles, the cable inside the driver’s seat (which allows the seat to fold forwards when the lever on the side is pulled up) snapped - and I’m not heavy-handed with such controls. This cost nearly £100 to fit a £5 cable (!), due to the fiddly nature of the repair.

The paintwork was very poor, and I was regularly touching-up rust spots that were obviously coming from the inside and were nor caused by stone chips.

General Comments:

Although the car looked superb, it was a regular pain to live with, as you can see from the catalogue of horrors above.

It did not live up to the sporting looks and neither went (you would never have known there was a Golf GTi engine under the bonnet) or handled particularly well - even in the dry, the limits were easily reached.

The brakes and gearchange were truly appaling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2002

20th Jun 2003, 15:51

Sounds like you got the rare rotten apple. Granted, these cars are notorious for cold starting issues, but it just sounds like you got a bad example of a great car. Better luck next time.