1986 Volkswagen GTI Overview


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Rebuilt Title by Andrew
 — My car is super fun to drive. Its front wheel drive, which makes it very difficult to loose control of. It's been a pretty good car for being 22 years old, but every car has its problem. The car handl... Read More
Gti Superb 86 by Riaan
 — Well for a 1986 car,the car is really spectacular, good handling, still running with new cars in its engine capacity class. Interior is lovely.The exterior is hot but built on 0% aerodynamics. Mainten... Read More
This Car Is A Street Legal Go Kart, With Enough Of A History/legacy To Be An Icon Of An Era. by Clark
 — Like-Handles like a go kart, lots of aftermarket support, VW Scene is heady. The GTI was the first hot hatch, and it was one of the first cars to start the trend of performance oriented compact cars. ... Read More

1986 Volkswagen GTI Overview

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1986 Volkswagen GTI

The 1986 Volkswagen GTI remains the same from the previous year, still fast, still fun, and still attractively affordable.  Though sold separately, this 2-door hatchback is a modified Golf, given firmer suspension, performance tires, and a heftier 102-horsepower in its 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine.  Engage the 5-speed manual transmission, and you're off and running.  

The handling is crisp because the car is so light and the suspension so stiff, but it also grips the pavement and corners expertly to give you optimal performance and lots of fun behind the wheel.  Body-hugging front seats and an easily accessible dash keep you in control.  While the Golf is a more practical subcompact family car, the GTI is all about the driver's enjoyment.  

Several owners have dubbed the 1986 GTI the "pocket rocket," which perfectly captures the engine power hidden beneath its mild exterior.  The GTI always rates well for handling and reliability, with few major repair problems noted.  Good gas mileage and affordability make it an attractive option.  Plus, it proves to be a great tuner car, easy to modify on your own.  Most complaints deal with age and wear and tear on the inside of the car.


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