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1986 Volkswagen Golf Overview
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It's not particularly fast, and without its doors and windows, this boxy sports hatch might resemble a golf cart, but the 1986 Volkswagen Golf is not named for the Scottish-born pasttime. Rather, it's an abbreviated version of Golf-Strom, or Gulf Stream, meant to conjure up images of exotic European sophistication and not necessarily overweight businessmen in plaid pants and sweater vests.
Why the lengthy and seemingly irrelevant intro? Because there were few changes to the 1986 Volkswagen Golf hatchback, aside from the addition of a high rear brake light. Roomy and comfortable for four, this 2-door or 4-door hatchback was labeled a compact car, rather than a subcompact, and the extra legroom was well appreciated, whether transporting friends or family (or golf clubs). Both hatchbacks sported a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder, 85-hp engine standard or 1.6-liter, 52-hp diesel engine, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. If not the fastest car or the most beautiful car on the block, it was certainly the most practical and budget-conscious, boasting fuel economy of at least 27/34 mpg. And it lasted forever, with some drivers reporting they've owned their Golf for up to 20 years. Few options on the inside make it a Spartan personal car, but those buying the Golf are probably looking more for reliability and affordability, and the 1986 Golf delivers on these criteria.
Other favorite features that owners enjoy are the crisp handling and tight cornering. The 1986 Golf gives a lot of pleasure behind the wheel and offers easy maneuverability. Some drivers wish it had a bit better acceleration and horsepower.
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