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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF Hatchback 1992‑1998
94 owner reviews for VOLKSWAGEN GOLF Hatchback 1992‑1998
small but practical
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.4 L 5dr (Review date: 20th January '12)
After needin a car in a hurry after my other broke down I brought a MK3 golf didnt think I would be able to get used to a small car after always owning large estates but its like tardis it seems bigger on the inside
the only thing ive had a problem with was needing to get the ecu reset after fitting a new battery
I use the car everyday for going to work a distance of 60 miles there and back and it works out as doing 38mpg parts are cheap enough and easy to find
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.6 GL 5dr [100bhp] (Review date: 19th January '12)
Bought this car second hand and apart from a couple of rust spots, it looks almost brand new.
Interior is functional but spacious and my two boys don't mind sitting in the back!
Engine is in pretty good nick, had oil change and new breather pipe fitted straight away and it has performed well since. Petrol consumption isn't too bad for a car of this age but it obviously can't compete with the newer versions of this classic vehicle.
I have known several people who had a Golf and who swore buy them, I think I am falling into that group too.
VW Golf MK3 1.4
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.4 L 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I've owned a VW Golf MK3 1.4 for 9 years and it has always been reliable.
The car is very economical and I still get around 40 mpg from it on a daily basis. The car is well designed inside and out and its handling on the road is good and despite it being a little heavy for the 1.4 engine it handles the motorway fine on my daily commute.
The car is now 16 years old and there are no signs of rust and the paintwork.
I've enjoyed owning the car and it has been a creadit to the VW Golf brand.
Reliable cheap to run
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.6 CL 5dr (Review date: 4th November '11)
The Golf 1998 I have driven for over 4 years it has never let me down starts first time even on the coldest mornings, has done 112,000 and is ready for a further 100,000, enging is easy to work on and parts are cheap
Best for driving shorter than 150 miles over that the seats are not comfotable for oldens like me
Most reliable and solid quality car for your money!
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.8 SE 3dr (Review date: 1st November '11)
I have owned 2 Golfs of this age and have never had a more reliable, use every day car in all weathers. It is a quality, solid car with good looks, street credability, handles well and is fast yet can do the carrying of large fridge-freezers, shopping and plenty of cases in the back. I have travelled the length of Britain in both and never had cause for worry. These 1996 Mark 3s are better and faster than some much newer ones. Economical also and the best car you will buy and they are worth every penny. Volkwagon Golf 1.8 is a good engine size for Motorway driving and performance but the economy of a 1.6. You will not be ashamed driving up the drive of a stately home or at any party, turning up in one of these. Also the safest crash tested safety zone cars you can buy of this type. German efficiency and solid engineering. Will not hesitate to ever buy a Volkswagon car ever again. We paid more than other hatchbacks when new but it has paid off having had this since 1996. Buy One! You will never regret it from the first solid sound of its door opening untill the day you cry when saying goodbye to an old friend that you have spent fun times with!
Reliable & Economical
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.9 CL TDI 5dr (Review date: 29th August '11)
Bought this car a few month's ago off a local person i knew for £500 with 94000 on the clock, carried out some jobs to retain the cars reliability. The timing belt had been done 2000 miles before i got the car, i changed the brake discs, pads and fluid, the engine oil and filter, fuel filter, air filter, pollen filter and gearbox oil, both track rod ends, did the tracking and a c.v. boot, also did the alternator pulley and belt and the power steering belt. Total spent on parts just over £150. The car is great to drive, easy to park in small spots and great to use round town or fun just to go for a drive in, great on fuel and cheap to insure, would highly recommend one of these although a good low mileage diesel can be quite expensive to get hold of for the age of them.
A fantastic, economical car, yet another great VW
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.9 CL TDI 5dr (Review date: 15th August '11)
Having bought the car as a family vehicle back in 2004 it has been an incredible servant for the last 7 years. It has done everything asked of it and provided a huge luggage capacity for all the family holidays. Come rain or shine, frost and snow it always starts and gets us where we need to go. There is no need to think about what you might need to leave out as the boot will take just about anything you can think of putting in it. An obvious potential down side to such a big car is visbility and parking but I have to say that both myself and my wife find it simple to park with fantastic visibility all round.
Taking into account that it is a Mk III Golf and hence at least 16 year old technology, there is nothing I can fault it on even now.
Used daily for a mixture of the school run and 50 mile round trips for work, I would guess it has returned about 53 mpg as an average over the 7 years, 56mpg in the summer and on longer runs and even on short runs in the winter it will still give about 48mpg.
Clearly built to last with no sign of any bodywork or mechanical issues even at 12 years old and 93k miles, after a wash and wax both interior and exterior don't look far from the original showroom finish.
I would not be surprised to find this car still on the road for another 7 years without looking any the worse for wear after that time.
In conclusion I can't rate this car highly enough and it will not come as a surprise to learn that I have replaced it with yet another VW which I hope will be with us for just as long.
Bit dull by todays standards but best car I've owned
VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 2.0 GTi 5dr (Review date: 27th July '11)
The 1997 model i own is the air con last of the run built in South Africal 5 door 8v, I't never going to win any races with just 115BHP and as heavy as it is, however it handles well, does approx 32 mpg which for a 2 litre engine on short runs is pretty good.
As they are getting on now, these can be had for well under a grand with reasonable miles on, mine has just 90k which is low for year but still plenty - in the 8 years I've owned it it's NEVER missed a beat until recently. The only work besides routine serving (which has been sporadic at best) is a pair of rear dampers for an MOT as one was leaking - £60 the pair and fitted myself on the drive...
Beware rust on the rear door shut sill, under the door weather strip and stalling problems - trouble is it's not worth repairing when it gets to this age!! (so I likely won't)