VW Golf GTI

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simis­ter

EN­GINE 1781cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 110bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 115lb ft@3100rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 115mph 0-60MPH 8.7sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 26-33mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT June 2017 ODOME­TER 158,484 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

There’s a mi­nor misfire at startup, which the ven­dor be­lieves is a fu­elling is­sue and says will be sorted be­fore sale. Oth­er­wise the Golf’s eight-valve four-pot en­gine feels well looked af­ter and be­lies its 158,000 miles. The clutch is a lit­tle on the heavy side but the gearshift has a pre­cise change – no doubt due to its re­cently re­newed link­ages – and the brakes pull the car up sharply with­out any jud­der­ing or squeal­ing. The steer­ing is sharp and free of any wor­ry­ing vague­ness but the car does pull to the left, which may down to the low­ish-look­ing near­side front tyre or mis­aligned track­ing.

BODY­WORK CHECK

One of the front fog­lights is loose and suf­fer­ing from in­ter­nal con­den­sa­tion and the off­side in­di­ca­tor re­peater is loose. How­ever a re­cent full re­spray means there’s none of the fad­ing to pink of­ten found on Tornado Red Golfs of this era. There are no scratches, signs of over­spray, mi­crob­lis­ter­ing, bub­bling or signs of rust. The panel gaps are even, sug­gest­ing no pre­vi­ous ac­ci­dent re­pairs. The orig­i­nal glass

EX­TE­RIOR Re­cent re­spray Fog­light con­den­sa­tion IN­TE­RIOR Small nick on the driver’s seat ME­CHAN­I­CALS Mi­nor misfire on start-up

still has its Volk­swa­gen-Audi se­cu­rity etch­ings, and there are no scratches or cracks. The bumpers are in­tact but con­tain some small scratches and have faded to a light grey with age. The 14in BBS al­loy wheels are in good con­di­tion and while the tyres are mis­matched, there’s plenty of tread left.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

There’s a small nick in the driver’s seat and a smooth shine to the steer­ing wheel con­sis­tent with the car’s mileage, but the door cards and car­pet are in­tact, there’s no sign of damp and the seat trim and head­lin­ing are in very good con­di­tion. The man­ual sun­roof op­er­ates as it should and the dash­board trim and in­stru­ments are in­tact and work cor­rectly, like­wise the heater, aux­il­iary con­trols and af­ter­mar­ket Ken­wood CD player. The boot floor is rot-free.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine ap­pears to have been well looked af­ter. It’s a bit grubby, but every­thing ap­pears to be in good nick, there are no signs of fluid seep­age and the oil on the dip­stick has a healthy golden colour. The size­able pile of pa­per­work also shows that this car has been looked af­ter by its four pre­vi­ous own­ers, and had its belts and oil changed as part of an ex­ten­sive ser­vice last sum­mer. There’s no bulk­head or in­ner-wing cor­ro­sion and no dented com­po­nents near the bumpers in­di­cat­ing any pre­vi­ous shunts.

THE CCW VIEW

There are a cou­ple of lit­tle things still to sort out but it’s clear that this GTI is a fun­da­men­tally sound – and re­fresh­ingly stan­dard – 1980s hot hatch. It’s clearly been well looked af­ter by its pre­vi­ous own­ers, and has plenty more B-road fun left in it. The ask­ing price seems fair.

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