1990 Volkswagen Scirocco Reviews

1990 Volkswagen Scirocco GT2 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny

Summary:

The most practical coupe ever

Faults:

Bulkhead cracked where clutch cable passes through.

General Comments:

Very cheap, attractive and reasonably quick car.

Mine cost just over £500, in excellent condition with a CD player.

It is extremely reliable and really economical if you keep it below 80mph.

If you want to blow people away at the lights, don't change up until you are over 4000rpm, below 3000ish acceleration is not exactly shattering...

All Sciroccos seem to suffer from a weakness in the bulkhead where the clutch cable goes through. Eventually the bulkhead cracks and you have no clutch!

Look under the bonnet and see if a reinforcing plate has bee fitted to the bulkhead, if not, just go to URO or German and Swedish and buy one (about £10). This the only real congenital defect these things suffer from.

Overall the car is bombproof, pretty to look at, comfortable (unless your in the back - headroom is quite stingy) and cheap to run. Engine is good for about 180000 miles too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2004

12th May 2006, 07:05

Thank you for your review!

I am going to sell my Honda Prelude Mk3 (twin carb) to get a rocco, which was going to be my dream first car, but shall now be my reality second car!

1990 Volkswagen Scirocco Scala 1.8 Fuel Injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Fuel Injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco

Summary:

Reliable, fun, sports motoring

Faults:

Current Scirocco has been perfect so far.

No failures that has stopped the car doing its job.

Gearbox linkages failed, they have nasty plastic joints and these wear out so they pop off. (Common problem) Replaced for less than £20 for the two items, from a Volkswagen dealer.

Window winder fell apart, replaced from my written off Scirocco Scala!.

Clutch cable became unbearably stiff, replaced and very light now.

Accelerator cable, also heavy, due to be replaced.

Annoying clicking noise from rear turned out to be the handbrake cable mount had failed, and cable was rubbing on rear wheel.

General Comments:

Great fun, value car. My current car only cost be £50, due to it being un-road worthy. It cost about £250 to put it right and MOT it. Now it's a shining example of a car that definitely didn't deserve its original scrap-yard fate!.

My previous car was the 1.8 carb Scirocco, which was also fun, until written off by someone not looking where they were driving. But the extra power of the Injection model makes a car that still catches a few other newer cars out by how quick it is.

Power improvements have come from breather tweaks, and Janspeed sports exhaust system.

Alloy wheels tend to corrode.

Brakes are absolutely pants, need major upgrade to make them something I can have confidence in.

Fuel consumption is incredibly low for a car of this age and level of performance.

Would recommend a Scirocco to anyone that needs a good, reliable sports coupe for very little money. It still looks sexy, and gets noticed when clean and polished.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2002

26th Oct 2004, 07:21

Did you do the Gear linkages your self?

20th Nov 2004, 14:59

Re: stiff clutch - did you just change the cable for your fix?

My GTX clutch is also very heavy, but with no slippage. After 12 months or so I'm sick of it. I kind of assumed that I needed to change the whole assembly. After reading your review I'm now hoping there's a much simpler repair!

All the best.

Aaron.

1990 Volkswagen Scirocco GT II 1.8 petrol from Germany

Year of manufacture1990
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing yet. Works fine.

General Comments:

This car is one of the last models of the Scirocco (in Europe).

It has a 1.8l (with 95 hp) engine. The car is quite fast for its price and has very good handling, due to its low weight and hard suspension.

With that car, you have a fast and reliable engine which really makes for fun driving. But be aware that the Scirocco is not very comfortable.

Finally, you have a lot of running costs because of the high car insurance rates for that car...

Pros:

* Fast Car

* Reliable Engine

* Makes fun

* Looks great!

Cons:

* not very comfortable

* too much insurance costs

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews