1997 Volkswagen Vento Atlantic 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Bought it as a temporary runabout, and it never let me down
Upon purchasing it needed:
- Front shock replacement.
- Clutch (beginning to slip, but not badly).
- A thorough service (crankcase breather pipe was full of gunk, as were the filler cap and air box).
I owned the car for two months before putting my pride and joy (1991 VW Jetta) back on the road. I straight-swapped my Fiat Punto for it knowing that it had its problems. But it did run well.
For a 1.4 engine it had quite high mileage and was in needed of a good service. It also wallowed a lot due to worn front shocks. The clutch had a horribly high bite point and was beginning to slip if pushed to the limit. I didn't sort any of these things however, as I knew it was only a temporary car. I had plans for it, but they never materialised in the end.
Despite being a large car with a small engine, I found the performance pretty acceptable on both the motorway and around town. It was very comfortable and easy to drive. And, although it had been lying up for a few months prior to my purchase of it, it didn't let me down once.
I do like the Vento in general and would consider another one in the future, though I would definitely be plumping for the 1.9 straight or turbo diesel. The only reason I actually chose to purchase the 1.4 was for cost (higher cc means higher tax in Ireland).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2014