1987 Volkswagen Golf Overview


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If I Found One Available With A 5 Speed And No Rust I Would Buy It Today. by Gary
 — My car was the GT trim which included the five speed manual transmission. It was my all time favorite car. Great on gas (32 mpg regardless if I drove like an old lady or like a race car driver). ... Read More
Vw Golf 1.6tdi 1985 by Markus
 — Performance.. for the 1.6l TD this was quite good, got over 200km/h with it.. and then it was on fire :) brakes are quite standard, they do stop you, but they could have been better. Handling, well my... Read More
My Beloved by Kalle
 — A fantastic car, that a bought from a friend for only 20€. It had some ignition problems, but after a few tricks and a set of sparkplugs it ran like a swiss clock. The greatest thing about this one is... Read More

1987 Volkswagen Golf Overview

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1987 Volkswagen Golf

With stylistic similarities to the Rabbit, but a size more in keeping with the Jetta, the Volkswagen Golf is a pretty roomy hatchback geared towards budget-conscious drivers or first-time buyers looking for a car that will get them around reliably without costing time or money.

In the 1987 Volkswagen Golf, four trims were offered in two types of hatchback, either a 2 and 4-door Golf GT or a 2 and 4-door Golf GL.  The 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine in the 1987 Golf hits 90-hp and does not need much coaxing to get up to ticket-worthy speeds.  The GT trims get the old GTI engine (as it got an upgrade this year) which is tuned to reach 102-hp.  A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with an option for a 3-speed automatic.  A 1.6-liter diesel is also available, rated at 52-hp, though in 1987, the turbo version of this was discontinued.  

What accounts for the popularity of this plain-looking wallflower?  It's affordable and great on gas.  Add to this its nimble handling and surprisingly perky engine that handles city and highway driving easily, if not always the best on hills.  Owners say it's pretty easy to work on for the average person, and usually needs few major repairs.  What's even more incredible about the Golf is how long it lasts without showing the effects of too much wear and tear.  Some minor annoyances are a tendency towards body roll and the scarcity of VW parts on the market.


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