VW GOLF GTI MK2
‘As you’ d expect of a car of this era, the thing to really watch out forisrust. They can vary a huge amount depending on whether they’ ve been pampered or led a hard life, but you still need to checkthesills, theseamwhere the floor panel meets the sill, thewheelarches, thedoors, the lower bulk head and the front suspension sub frame.
‘Mechanic ally they’ re strong and easy to work on too–you can have as tab at finding out what’ s wrong without re sorting to a specialist as they’ re pretty simple. They can get a little smoky, mainly down to old valve stem seals, and they can become a little rattly on thebottomend. Gearboxesare generally strong but watch for afailingsecond-gearsynchro. Suspension and brakes are straightforward; rearbrakeshave a tendency to seize if the car’ s beenstanding.
‘Most parts are still available and we’ ve had quite a few made forthemk2, too. Thefactory Re ca rosa re super desirable but the standard sports seats are pretty good and we now stock the cloth to have them re-trimmed.
‘Themk2golfg ti is a very achievable classic. You can buy oneforagrand– it’llberough, but you can get them– andfor £5000-6000 you should be able to buy a very good example .’