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Rest In Pieces by Marshall
 — My homely little blue Golf. You could stuff an entire Genx apartment in that thing and still get 25 miles to the gallon while you moved. As a bare bones car, nothing ever went wrong. I got 180k miles ... Read More
Golf 2 1300 by Gavin
 — Build quality was excellent, and the engine was unbreakable, you'd wreck the car before you could wreck the engine. and the sound was the most amazing that I've ever heard. spent most of my money on t... Read More
Love by Cristina
 — I loved this car.. his name was Hagrid and brought me everywheren Speedy when needed, relabile, a disel that new to drive on pretty nothing. A bit of cost for repairing but not exagerating, the clasi... Read More

1985 Volkswagen Golf Overview

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1985 Volkswagen Golf

Once known as the Rabbit, the U.S. adopted this much-loved hatchback's original European name and reintroduced itself as the 1985 Volkswagen Golf.  The 1985 Golf was larger and wider than the Rabbit, which meant more passenger room in the either 2-door or 4-door hatchback.

This "hot hatch," so termed because of its European performance-designed suspension and powerful engine, was Volkswagen's best selling car ever, but this was mostly because of its popularity in Europe.  The 1985 Golf actually did worse sales than the 1984 Rabbit and took a while to gain fans in the States.  Both hatchbacks came equipped with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder 85-hp engine and 5-speed manual transmission.  A 3-speed auto tran was optional.  Also available was a 1.6-liter diesel engine, making 52-hp.  Improved suspension and FWD increased overall performance and the Golf was a zippy little compact, perfect for city driving and parallel parking.  At 27/34 mpg, it was also a smart buy for economy-minded drivers.

Though cheapness was its biggest selling point (it certainly didn't offer much in the way of options or style), the 1985 Volkswagen Golf had also won fans for its interior space and durability.  It takes a licking and keeps on kicking, and its light handling makes it fun to drive.  The major complaint seemed to be lack of parts and the high cost of repairs.


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