I own an M reg (1994) Mk3 1.6 Golf CL ie. the slower of the golf's compared to the TDI and the GTI. This is my first car and I acquired it early last year from my mother who had had it since it was 2 - she bought it from the company she worked for who sold it to her as an ex company car for just £2000, being my mother however I got it for free!
I will freely admit to not knowing a huge amount about cars - my boyfriend is a keen mechanic and my dad is probably the most knowledgable person on cars that you'll ever meet, but the things I know are limited.
The golf has gone all the way from Mk1 up to the present Mk5 so the Mk3 is the middle car and this is in more than one sense - the Mk1 and Mk2 are quite box like in appearance with very defined edges whereas the Mk4 has what I term 'love handles' and the Mk5 is simply fat (bad move VW you've turned the Golf middle aged and overweight, it isn't a good look). The Mk3 is, in my opinion, nicely in the middle - the lines are not too harsh nor too soft, so I feel that the car has a good streamlined appearance. However I do accept that my opinion on the best looking Mk Golf may not be shared by some other people.
Like I said above I don't know much about cars so I cannot delve into technical specifications about the Mk3 although I can do more than state how pretty I think it is...
At current petrol costs (£1.21l) my car can travel 120miles on £20 of feul. When considering consumption though we must consider that this is for the Cl version (Gti's for example use alot more feul) and the type of journey has an impact - in this instance the 120miles is made up of a 20 mile commute in each direction on country roads so on shorter trips at lower speeds the feul consumption will increase. Even so I feel that by modern standards this car is very feul efficient which is particularly reassuring when feul prices show no sign of going down.
This car feels very nice to drive - the gear changes are smooth, biting point of the clutch is easy to find and controls are intuative. The only bad point I could mention about the drive is that the car does tend to have alot of body roll around bends when travelling at a decent speed (40mph + taking into consideration the degree of bend).
Under the bonnet:
To open the bonnet there's a small switch in the footwell of the drivers side which pops the bonnet up. Inside it's very simple to check and top up the oil and water which are the most common things you will be doing to your car from a maintenance aspect.
Not the most luxurious car interior in the world but I have seen far worse - the car has grey material seats, green carpets with VW logos on the mats and a black plastic dashboard. Of course the colour will vary between cars, but this is what I personally have in my dark metallic green golf.
Considering that my car has now reached the grand old age of 16, I should probably say a bit about how it's managed to hold up over the years as this is revelant information for anyone considering purchasing one - all Mk3's are at least 12 years old now and it's useful to know the potential issues with a car of this age.
There are a few negative points but when you consider the cars age and the fact that in the 13 years my mum owned it she only did the bare minimum to keep it running, it's doing pretty damn well!
- The material lining on the inside of the roof has begun to come away at the windscreen due to sun expose and needs to be stuck back into place (minor cosmetic fault).
- I just had to get the back box of the exhaust replaced as it had rusted through and sheered off from the rest of the exhaust, however the previous exhaust was the cars original so when considered from that angle it actually lasted very well.
- The body work is quite battered although this is all the fault of idiots who have hit the car when it's been parked and driven off without leaving any details - the back wheel arch is very rusted under the paint where someone hit it in a Tesco car park about 10 years ago and it has a dent in the back where some idiot threw a pumpkin at it last halloween.
Apart from that she's amazing - still on the original clutch which most people find hard to believe when I tell them and best thing of all, in 16 years she hasn't broken down once so is an amazingly reliable car.
In her life she has been hit on the road 3 times - once crumpling a corner of the bonnet and the other times hitting the doors on each side. Never have these accidents made her come anywhere near being declared a write off and although each accident occured at around 30 miles an hour, no one travelling in the car has been hurt at all, not even whiplash.
Price wise you can now get them exceptionally cheap being that there have been 2 other Mk's released since this one. Prices of course do vary depending on the body work and mechanical state of the car and factors such as does it have tax/MOT. However you could quite easily pick up a good condition Cl for £700 and a Gti for just over £1000
Overall I'm very pleased with my Golf and I will be upset if I ever have to give her up - if I do I'll definately be replacing her with another golf! I would definately recommend the Mk3 if you're looking for a stylish and highly reliable car. If you're looking for something with good feul consumption then go for the Cl and if you're looking for something more powerful, get a Gti.
Had a 1.4 CL 5 door. Best car ever owned, was gutted when i wrote it off into a wall! Running costs very good, not a lot of power from the engine but car was a 1994 so will have lost alot of original bhp. If i were to buy another second hand car it would be the same. More expensive than equivalent marques eg. 306, Ford focus but worth the extra money in my opinion. Mainly due to the reliability. I had no faults with the car, odd things needed to be done like new break pads but this is standard for a car that age. Nothing actually went wrong with it mechanically. The golf would also be extremely easy to customise if you wanted to, so many after market parts out there. Looks great, comfortable, cheap to run (no repairs) and nice interior sum this car up! Oh and kept my safe when i hit the wall!
i own a 95 vr6 mk3, and absoloutely love it, it has given me no end of grief over the last 4 years, but i can honestly say that if they were still making this model i would buy it again new right now. they can be a little front heavy, but this is balanced by the fact that it produces a great amount of torque. once slightly lowered it will also handle much much better. im not exactly a boy racer but i do partake in a little subtle modification, such as lowering, and so on. for those people that love the modding scene, there are few cars out there with as much following as the golf, and some of the shows through the summer are great, just avoid the sea front cruises etc as they can be full of late teens and idiots that just want to go fast and infuriate. parts for the mk 3 can be a bit steep, but using someone like gsf will knock the costs down considerably, the engines on the vr6 are bulletproof as long as you maintain the timing chains and tensioners. if you are thinking of getting one, look for a clean late 95> model as these were chipped key fob models, with vw immobiliser built in. also go for the highline spec with climate control, then get it charged... its all about the vr6 sound
I don't have a driving licence but my other half owns a black 1994 VW Golf Gti 2.0l 16V with tinted windows, 17" gold alloys, boost valve, performance chip, custom made stainless steel exhaust with cherry bomb in the middle and a Scorpion back box (sounds loud), lowered, performance clutch, body kit (waiting to be fitted although the mk3 Gti 16v has a front splitter and sideskirts and trims fitted already), k & n air filter and much more. I love this little car and it has become our little project and my favorite so far.
The Golf Gti 2.0l 16V is a nippy little car that kicks out 150bhp+ with top speeds of around 140mph (trust me I know this is true) A good strong reliable car as ours has proven. Truely a German car, built with strength and made for the Auto Bahn (oh why does Britain have speed limits!)
The ride can be a bit floaty at high speeds so uprated stiffer suspension does help to shift this.
Our Golf Gti has done over 170,000 miles and is still going strong. The engine still sounds sweet and the chasis and body are still solid.
When we first bought our Mk3 Golf it didn't have the modifications that it has now and it was still an excellent little car then but we realised that it had tons of potential to be better and so thought it was worth spending a bit of money on.
Parts for a Mk3 Golf are fairly cheap if your looking in the right place but can be a bit costly, but not too much, when it comes to the 2.0l 16v model, as we have found out, with prices for some parts doubling from that of the 8v and more standard models. They are rarely seen in our local scrap yard so second hand parts can be hard to find.
I would recommend this car to anyone and would say that the Mk3 Golf Gti 2.0l 16v to be the greatest of all the Mk3 Golfs.
Hi there i stubbled across these reviews and thourght id leave my own. I have had vw golfs since i first started driving over ten years ago, i started off with the clasic mk1 golf that unfortunately ended in a nasty crash. If i had been driving a modern car i would have been dead. So my love affair with the golf began. I purchased my mk3 2 years ago for 2.800. It is on a P plate and done 60'000 miles. I did loads of research and got myself the 2.8 vr6 model not easy in my area and so chuffed to get it. I have had gti and standard before and they all have exceptional build quality and relaibility. The feel you get driving the golf is excellent you feel safe and know that no matter what your car will get you home. I am really poor for looking after my cars its not that i dont know what to do more like lazyness. I very regulary do mainantince on them only when it is neccessary. I have had problems with a couple of my golfs one with the injector unit and another with the water pump. But in both cases the car would still keep going all be it a little bit worse for ware. They are nice cars to work on when you finally do need to some repairs and the parts are not overly expensive. I have had other cars but always as well as a golf. I have had a couple of fords and and mr2 mk2 and have got a vaxuall as well at the moment. For safety and relability and generall fun to drive always pick up the keys to my golf. I have not driven any of the new golfs as i am not that keen on the look of them, i was dissapointed when i drove the mk4 so this has put me off the more modern models.
iv just bought a 1992 mk3 golf cl 1.8age has done her proud, shes an absolute dream to drive, works like old faithful, and a bargain at £100once youve had a vw others just arent good enough!and my old transporter is still going strong too
Ask anyone whos owned a mk3 golf gti and they'l all say the same "what a fine piece of german steel"
Well id agree
I brought mine in october 2005 for a meer £2000 it came with alloys, k&n filter, stainless steels exhaust, tinted windows and a beautifull leather interior.
As soon as i saw it i thought to myself! "im having that baby"
Well since then what a car its got 115k on the clock and it still runs like a dream
Very fast too, 0-60 = 7secs top speed 120mph not bad for a car of its size!,just the weight which u expect with its armered like shell!
overall id reccommended any golf especially a mk3 and also a mk2 which was my first car!also a trogan!
Im looking to sell it soon, for the same amount as i brought it for £2000 the reason being due to its resilient engine and what i have been told and i believe eventually will become a collectors item like the mk1,2 and beetles alike
A great car and if u want a cheap supercar id go for this as it definatly will impress u an dif not then u need a ferrari!
I owned a Golf 1.4cl Mark 111 (1992 model) for 5 years. It was by far the best car I have had. It was built like a brick and easy to drive even though there was no power steering, I felt very safe in it. It never needed any major work on it, in fact I think all it ever required were new tyres! I sold it with 160k on the clock and it still ran like new. Always started beautifully and the heating warmed up immediately. A friend has a golf that how now done over 240k and is still running sweet.
This is a letter from a work colleague to VW after being sold a car from a dealer in Hertfordshire. Its quite long !!!!!! It started when in the second week of July I visited the dealership to view the vehicles on the forecourt It was VW?s outstanding worldwide reputation for Safety & Quality that led me to choose a Volkswagen for my first vehicle after having waited 4 years for the right one. I expressed my interest in one particular vehicle and advised the sales representative I would like a test drive, at which point he hastily and rudely arranged a test drive approximately 2 weeks from that day and rushed both my mother and myself out of the showroom, quite to my surprise. Upon arrival for the test drive, I was in the showroom for about 30 minutes before being attended to, at which point I was approached by a different sales representative who advised me he was now taking ownership of my sale. I was quite perplexed, as I had hoped to be dealing with the same representative throughout the process of potentially buying a vehicle. During the test drive I raised some points regarding the vehicle, for example; the vehicle pulling to the left; the brakes not being very responsive, and a few other points. The sales representative assured me the vehicle would have stringent tests to ensure its safety and roadworthiness, which was standard practice, and re-assured me they would check the points I had listed, should I decide to buy the vehicle. After checking numerous times that the points I had raised would infact be seen to and corrected, I decided I would purchase that particular vehicle (?95 Golf 1.8 Driver ) It was then that I was informed I would need to wait a further 5-6 working days which fell over a two week period, I wasn?t very happy that I had to wait this long and made clear my dissatisfaction to the sales representative now in charge of my sale. He rudely replied ?You are not our only customer, you
know?, and proceeded to advise me it was in my best interest to wait as the vehicle would undergo a full service & MOT, as well as the extra points I had raised. On Tuesday 8th August as planned I went to collect my vehicle, after having already agreed a settlement and part exchange, I was told the vehicle was not ready at this time but that they would contact me once the servicing had been completed. I left, again making clear my dissatisfaction with the events so far, having travelled all that way unnecessarily when VW could simply have contacted me to inform of the delay. I returned after having been called on Thursday 10Th August, I paid the bulk of the outstanding balance by Credit Card, my intention being to pay the final £1000 by cash on collection of my vehicle. The sales representative advised me I would need my insurance certificate present in order to tax the vehicle, I had already contacted my insurance company but the relevant paperwork had not yet arrived. At no point throughout my contact with VW (face to face & numerous telephone calls) was I advised this would be necessary, VW apologised and advised me I must again delay taking the car until I had the appropriate paperwork. I did not pay the final £1000. I again returned on Friday 11th August with my insurance certificate and was greeted with another apology and was advised in recognition of the inconvenience caused (with regard to the insurance papers) VW would pay half towards my next service, and fill my tank with petrol, then advised me my car was now ready, servicing included. I accepted this small gesture of goodwill and paid the final balance. Driving my newly purchased vehicle home I noticed the vehicle still pulled towards the left side of the road; the brakes were as unresponsive as before, I contacted Volkswagen. Within the first week I had also noticed a loud noise coming from the exhaust, as was the engine, The central locking ha
d failed to work on 3 occasions, the brightness of the driver side light was different to the left side, I had also noticed a loss of air pressure on the driver side tyre and was having to check this on a daily basis as it had proved to be a real problem. I advised VW of the aforementioned problems and also discussed the 30-day exchange policy, at this point VW advised me to book the vehicle in for a service and if I still wasn?t satisfied, I could still consider the exchange. They then proceeded to arrange a service for the 5th September ? 5 days before my 30-day exchange eligibility was due to expire. I found it very strange that there was so many, quite serious faults apparently wrong with the vehicle after VW had claimed to have serviced it and carried out an MOT, including the points that I had raised. I was unable to book the vehicle in for a service personally as I had used up considerable holiday time from work to try to sort out this fiasco, and my mother obliged. Before leaving the vehicle at VW the mileage was checked. Upon arrival, my mother was given the keys to the courtesy car and was rushed out to the vehicle, to the point where she was cut off mid sentence, VW were trying to reassure her everything would be alright. I contacted Trading Standards who advised me the fact that the 30-exchange policy was due to expire did not necessarily mean I could not return the vehicle if I wasn?t satisfied under the Sale Of Goods Act 1979. I also contacted the VW HeadQuarters for advice and requested a list of work which is carried out before a vehicle is sold, with this information in hand, I contacted VW Hartsdown and requested a list of the work which had supposedly been carried out 5 days prior to me buying the vehicle. Clive faxed me through the information which turned out to be a ?multipoint check? it was dated 07/07/00, Not the date VW had said the work was carried out on. On Friday 8th September I contacted
VW and was advised ?Nobody called C is employed by VW ?. I explained I had received a fax from him days earlier but was told ?You must be mistaken?. I had contacted Trading Standards to update them as to what was now happening; and that I was unable to speak to VW; Trading Standards did not seem surprised by this occurrence. I finally received a voicemail message advising me my vehicle was ready for collection on Tuesday 12th September. Two days after my 30 Exchange policy had expired. Tuesday was not convenient for myself as I have previously explained and I was unable to collect my vehicle until Saturday 16th September. When I arrived I explained I was there to collect my vehicle which had just been serviced, I was immediately handed the keys to my vehicle and advised it was out the front ready for collection. I asked what work exactly had been carried out and the gentleman replied ?the things that you listed? I again asked them to explain exactly what had been done, reminding them that I am not a diagnostic expert and requested a printout of the work that had been carried out. I was advised this would not be possible, as there was no such list. I explained I would not take the vehicle without this list but would instead keep the courtesy car until they could get organised. C then agreed to get me a copy. Whilst I was waiting for the invoice I again checked the mileage on the vehicle (as was done before leaving the vehicle at Volkswagen) and it had increased by 20 miles. I went back to C for an explanation. C told me the vehicle had been test driven after the work was carried out. He then proceeded to explain he as well as two of his colleagues had test driven the vehicle, hence the mileage. But this did not add up, the route he had explained was not even out of town and covered approx. 2 miles both ways so even with 3 test drives, it should have only accumulated 6-7 miles at the most. VW could not
explain this to me. I requested somebody with the authority to resolve my problem to come and speak to me but was told the only one person who could do this (Aftersales Manager) was tied up with a customer. Eventually D (sales rep) did come, and listened as I explained the list of grievances I now had. I again asked what work had been carried out both prior to me purchasing the vehicle; (the one that had been documented in my service history, stating the service was not now due until 10/08/2001), And the service now in question. He advised the ?service? that had taken place before I purchased the car (Multipoint) was that of a visual one, and that the only real work carried out was a check of engine levels, tyre pressures, and screen wash. I proceeded to explain that even the Visual Multipoint check was inaccurate, as it had stated, for example, there was a toolkit in the boot, which was present and complete. Well this is not true as one of my points in the test drive was that the toolkit was missing, There was other points I raised i.e. the uneven brightness of the front beams, which had the visual check been carried out properly, would have been picked up on. Dean accepted there was some discrepancies. I then queried if ALL of the points I had raised previously as well as any obvious problems with the vehicle had now been corrected, He assured me they had, I also asked for confirmation that ALL of the parts on the invoice HAD infact been fitted, This was also confirmed numerous times. Dean then suddenly turned and walked off, telling me under his breath to take this up with VW HeadQuarters, as I was clearly not prepared to accept what he had to say. Dean had not offered me any explanation or justification in terms of the points I had put to him therefore there was nothing to accept. I was left standing at the service desk unattended until Clive returned, Quite surprised that Dean has just walked off in that manner. I p
roceeded to explain what had just happened. By this point I had been at VW for nearly an hour. As SN was still unavailable I advised Clive that this issue was still unresolved, and he said he would get Simon to call me ?as soon as he is available?. Driving my vehicle home it was apparent the brakes had not been fixed and the car was still pulling to the left, and it had become worse. I called Clive within minutes and explained I did not believe the work had been carried out on the vehicle, as these faults were still present. Clive advised me to bring the vehicle back in to check the brakes & the pulling to the left problem, I explained I?d feel more comfortable taking my vehicle to another approved dealership to have a check up or service as quite frankly I didn?t believe the dealer Were being honest, Clive then proceeded to advise me that this would cause problems in terms of payment under the warranty scheme. I again advised I was not happy taking the vehicle back to the dealer for a service. I called VW HeadQuarters, as I didn?t feel this issue could be resolved with the Dealership. They informed me I can infact take my vehicle to Any Approved Volkswagen Dealership under the warranty scheme. It was then I was advised to contact yourself. Once at home I checked over the vehicle, I tested the exhaust which was still making the loud noise, and the noise from the engine was still present. What was to happen next would diminish what little faith I had left in the dealer. I checked inside the vehicle and I found two VW parts on the back passenger seat, these are two of the parts that are listed on the invoice dated 12/09/00 (still in their original packaging,) Which I had confirmed with several VW staff on numerous occasions that these parts had been fitted. I waited until Monday 18Th September to call again and spoke to G. I did not explain that I had found the parts in the vehicle but proceeded to question him a
s to whether or not he could guarantee the parts had been fitted, he kept repeating that he?d been charged for them so they Could Only have been fitted. I again explained I did not believe the work was carried out as the faults I had previously listed (some even before purchasing the vehicle) was still causing problems. G asked me to take the vehicle back but was aware that I did not wish to do so as a result of the service received so far. Instead G has said he would like to test drive the vehicle himself, with me present, and we can discuss any issues I have. G (sales representative) has since test driven my vehicle and advised me the problem with the vehicle pulling to the left is a not a problem but instead it is quite common and is within the manufacturing tolerance levels. He accepted it did pull to the left but said this was normal. He also speculated that the brakes were not a problem but insisted they were ok. G is Not a Mechanic or a Diagnostic Expert (as he kept reminding me throughout the test drive), So I?m sure you?ll agree this test drive served no purpose whatsoever and G?s opinion is that of a personal one and therefore means nothing. He also said he would offer me an Independent Assessment to be carried out but actually didn?t offer anything. What I would like is to have my brakes replaced, the problem with the pulling to the left resolved and the other issues that I originally had to be corrected. I would also like the Independent Assessment (that Gary claims to have offered me) to be carried out at my convenience, outside my house. Alternatively I will return the vehicle for a full refund and will take my custom elsewhere. I would like to discuss this issue with you personally, as this has been ongoing for so long and given the sheer lack of professionalism surrounding this matter, I expect I will hear from you personally within the next few days. I realise there is
a certain hierarchical structure when making formal complaints, however I?m sure you?ll appreciate the seriousness of the matter I have described.
I owned a VW Golf 1.4 L 5 door 1992 reg. It was (and probably still is) very reliable and I never worried at all about things falling off it. It just had that stamp of quality built into it. Admittedly it wasn't the quickest car ever to trundle about in, but it was a move up from a 1.0 Ford Fiesta (my opinion on that coming soon) that I had before, so I wasn't complaining. Nothing rattled, nothing squeaked. I did however find the seats to be uncomfortable on long journeys. It was very spacious inside for a hatchback too. Overall you had the feeling that you were indeed driving around in some kind of minature german tank... But then I had a bit of a bump (well I actually bounced off one car, into two others - and it still wasn't my fault!). I got out of the car to remonstrate with the offender, and was a bit suprised when I saw how easily the "solid" VW I had owned had morphed into scrap metal. The men at the local dealership had always wanted to do a complete rebuild apparently. A sobering thought...
i am the ownwer of a 2 and a half year old mark 3 volkswagen golf gti which i have owned from new , and at the time of writing this text has just done 37000 miles.i have only used the car for normal use and do not consider that i have used it over and above what could be described as that. like many people who buy volkswagens i bought it because i thought it would be more reliable than average because of the image that volkswagen like to purvey. this particular car however has not proven to be so. since i have had it i have had to replace the starter motor after about 32000 miles because a fault in he ignition system caused it to lock into the engine and consequently burn out. at around 35000 miles the gearbox developed a fault in that it was difficult to select the gears. this problem finally resulted in the car being stuck in second gear. this problem turned out to be a fault with the selectors hich eventually cost about 400 pounds to repair( of which volkswagen paid half)on having this repair done i was advised by volkswagen that the car also needed 2 new rear shock absorbers. having had the problem with the gearbox i spoke to various people and heard from 3 sources that this model of car does have a problem with the gearbox, being fitted with the same unit that was put in the mark 2 golf. the practical part of the text is that if you are considering buying one of these cars second hand please be aware that these problems do exist and may be expensive to repair. the gearbox in this model when working properly is sharp and very smooth, if the box in any car you test is anything other than that then beware.on the positive side however when running properly these cars are very nice, quite practical and acceptably economical.
I have driven a 1.4 CL for over 2 years and now own a 1.8 GL. If you are looking for performance and extras you are going to have to buy something other than the base model, however everything you get is well designed and well built. The car is well balanced and very sturdy. If you can afford the insurance I highly recommend the GTI and the VR6. All other cars in the same catagory fail to match the Golf on build and reliability. Its expensive, but you do get what you pay for.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a golf for £1350. It is a 1600, F-reg. Here’s my review on it. It’s a very boxy looking car and I wouldn’t put it too high in the looks chart but with a little bit of work you can soon sort that out, by putting big bumpers on it and all the trim. The dash is very well laid out and you feel in charge when you drive this car. Its quite heavy when driving slowly and gets a little light at higher speeds but the handling is not to bad. Its quite quick with a 0-60 of 10secs and a top speed of 115mph. For the money you won’t get a better car but be careful because if anything goes wrong there very expensive to fix.
Bought new, because of VW's reputation, it turned out to be the worst car I've ever had. The accommodation was average, the performance was sluggish, although it managed to average 39mpg. The spec. was poor, it was so low the front spoiler often grounded, servicing costs were astronomical - even the cost of spares for d-i-y was unbelievable eg. £50 for a set of front pads. And when I came to sell I got a ridiculously low p/x for it, although if you bought it you should have benefited from that !