Volk­swa­gen Golf VR6

EN­GINE 2792cc/V6/DOHC POWER 174bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 173lb ft@4200rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 137mph 0-60MPH 8.7 sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION four-speed auto MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 58,880 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Theo Ford-Sagers


Over­all this car drives as well as its low mileage would sug­gest, with am­ple power de­liv­ery and no dis­tract­ing wob­bles or vi­bra­tions. The au­to­matic gear­box shifts smoothly and kicks down on com­mand, and al­though the brake discs are a lit­tle rusty from a lack of use, the car does pull up well. The steer­ing re­quires frac­tion­ally less ef­fort to turn left than right, but it doesn’t in­ter­fere too much with the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The ven­dor is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a faint drum­ming sound from around the air fil­ter hous­ing on tick­over.


The car has been treated to a par­tial re­spray at some stage, and is gen­er­ally very pre­sentable, be­ing de­void of dents or ma­jor scratches. The only blem­ishes are light scuffs on the door mir­ror hous­ings and some ex­cess glue re­veal­ing where a piece of trim on the near­side has been re-at­tached. The 15in BBS al­loys are tidy, in spite of sur­face scratches and a deeper scrape on the off­side front, and fit­ted with 205/50 tyres show­ing am­ple tread and even wear. There’s one iso­lated spot of cor­ro­sion on the up­per part of the driver’s sill, but the door bot­toms are solid. The rear whee­larches have re­cently been welded, as sug­gested by fresh un­der­seal around th­ese ar­eas.


The grey leather in­te­rior im­presses with its tidy con­di­tion and over­all lack of wear. There are only gen­tle creases on the seats – no rips or frays – and the plas­tic dash el­e­ments are free from se­ri­ous scratches. We also found no sign of leaks in the car­pets or cor­ro­sion un­der the boot car­pet. The elec­tric sun­roof, heated seats and ‘Cli­ma­tronic’ cli­mate con­trol are in full work­ing or­der but the elec­tric door mir­rors are not and the near­side elec­tric win­dow is re­luc­tant to wind down fully.


The flu­ids are clean and up to their lev­els, wiring and pipes are in­tact, the ra­di­a­tor fins are in good con­di­tion and there ap­pear to be no leaks but the brake discs are a lit­tle cor­roded at the rear and lipped at the front. There are ten stamps in the ser­vice book, the last be­ing at 58,000 miles in 2016. A large num­ber of MoT cer­tifi­cates are in­cluded, which show the car has cov­ered just 4000 miles since 2010. There’s no ev­i­dence of restora­tion work in the ser­vice his­tory but there are a few re­ceipts, in­clud­ing one for an oil ser­vice in 2016.


An un­usual colour scheme and com­bi­na­tion of VR6 en­gine with an au­to­matic gear­box make this an ac­quired taste. The en­thu­si­ast will find a few projects to edge it closer to per­fec­tion, but there should be noth­ing se­ri­ous to de­tract from the own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s a very solid ex­am­ple.

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