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1996 Volkswagen GolfReview
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Well Worth Having. — My Golf 3 is a good performance vehicle, The build quality is qualitative, and solid. Personally, its appearance is unassuming, but it has a subtle, understated beauty, it is fun to drive, accelerates well and is "organic", being a manual geared vehicle. I'm very connected to my Nifty Station wagon!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It is a very reliable car and a good performer in its own weight category

Cons: Nothing

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL HatchbackReview
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It Is Awesome! — This was my first car I got when I was 16. I didn't know how to drive a manual at the time, but was forced to learn and loved it! The hatchback was nice for carrying all my gear and though the car is relatively small it fit all my friends.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It is a manual.

Cons: There are some electric issues.

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Love It To Pieces And Dont Wanna Part With It. Great To Drive, Great To Work On, Really Reliable. — I bought this golf a few months ago, for under £1000. The 1.8 isnt the fastest of the golf's when stock, especially compared to these days, but compared to my last fords, this feels like a ferrari. Cause its a MK3 it wont break down and with the induction kit and exhaust kit fitted it screams along roads, impressing chavs and irritating old people. Its got 15" alloys on Kumho Low profile tyres, BMC CDA induction kit, new Billies B4's with Apex 40mm lowering springs, scorpion full cat back system, debadge grille, 4-2-1 stainless steel manifold with heat wrapping, full interior strip with 2x Cobra Racing seats and 2x Titan 5 point quick release FIA harnesses. This thing is QUICK. Oh and it has a JVC cd player with FLI speakers but noone can hear that anymore cause of the exhaust system with de-cat. haha!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: SO much fun and packs a punch you wouldnt expect

Cons: Its very loud so it will deafen your ears lol

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL HatchbackReview
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Great Car In A Small Package — I drive this car because its great on gas, and it rides well. I also can fit the whole family in this car along with whatever else we need and still get 34 miles per gallon. Its pretty reliable for everyday driving. That said I will say its a 96, and its starting to show its age and volkswagen does like to design this a little...odd if your repairing your own car, but it workds. So I do need to find a newer car in the near future, but giving they way this golf has performed with winter and hot summer days on the road for all the years Im sure I will be buying another VW.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fills all my everyday needs with great gass miles

Cons: looks kinda girly compaired to a jetta

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL HatchbackReview
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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr Gl Hatchback — Performance: 2.0 16V Quite Quick at higher revs, brakes good, handling nice Build Quality: Good, C/L Solenoid on its way out Appearence: Nice, especially considering it has 204k miles on it! Cost of Ownership: Not Bad approx 32MPG Fun Factor: Great Fun

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Quick, Solid, Safe

Cons: The 8V is better

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr TDi Turbodiesel HatchbackReview
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Balls To The Wall — this car has balls to the wall, also very comfortable, able to take a rsx any day. cheap on gas, cheap on registration, cheap on insurance. only problem is the price to fix that wilderbeast. mine is black, gotta catback exhaust, air intake, performance chip, thats all.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: fun to drive

Cons: none

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL HatchbackReview
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The Best All-rounder On A (reasonable) Budget. — 1.8L. More oomph than base model but would prefer 2.0L. OK handling: more comfort than sport if still somewhat unsettled ride. Good built quality but beginning to show its age. Interior OK. Exterior has a few knocks but otherwise OK. Some parts to change but only because they'd reach the end of their life. Otherwise no major problem. Original parts can be costly but third party parts are more affordable and very easy to find. Driving it can be pleasurable rather than fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Feels solid, great all-rounder, reliable, sold millions so parts easy to find.

Cons: Only if you're very picky on lack of lumbar support, heavy power steering, the lack of a 6th gear... no good enough reason for a 5th hand car!

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Fine Car — A fine car that served me good in the year I had it. The performance where okay for the 1.8 litre petrol engine (90hp). The handling where good and the overall build quality was good. However the rust protection where poor..

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Apperance, handling, running costs

Cons: rust protection

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL HatchbackReview
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Take It And Leave — All in respect to its category :) Performance - fast acc, braking medium, handling easy/good, fast cornering Build quality - Only electric window and door lock replaced, exhaust rattled a bit (with a little prof. exhaust kit resolved it), rust free Appearance - metallic looks briliant, no dents, no scratches, 2 minor chips from stones // interior as new Cost of ownership - cheap maintenance, 1:15 Fun factor - Fast and reliable, fun at trafficlights :)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Reliable, cheap maintenance, fast

Cons: Mostly idiots drive it :)

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1996 Volkswagen Golf 4 Dr GL HatchbackReview
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Does The Job. —

It rattles, it moves, it's red. That's enough to describe this car, really. With an old 1.8l that, in it's hopeful youth, produced around 80hp, it lacks any sort of sporting pretenses - and the lazy transmission, which hesitates and waits on both up- and down-shifts, doesn't add anything to the experience. The small brakes (rears are drums, at that) hold up under normal driving, but I wouldn't push them too hard, either. With five people on board, it competes with snails. But, as I said: It moves, and gets me from point A, to point B, and then either back or somewhere else. That somewhere else could be the next gas-station. It gobbles up far more fuel than acceptable for it's performance, but until I calculate the mileage, I'll skip this part. Might be down to it's old age, too. As for age. The car is near the 180,000km mark and still running - but just barely. The electronics have their random quirks (the electric windows, for example, cause the front lights to flash a bit when operated), and near the end of it's lock, the steering-wheel gives off loud screeching sounds. Power-steering, the air conditioner and the rest of the systems work, but they let the engine know it, too. Other than that, the interior and exterior show their age, too: the plastics rattle, especially when the car idles, and random bits appear to be missing. The red paint is slightly fading, on some places more than on others. But it works, and gets me there and back - can't ask for more.

Pros: It works.

Cons: But just barely. The age shows.

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2012 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

I Am Keep Buying The Same Car Every Other Year. By zina

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2011 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

I Recommend This Card For Small Family By jenscruz

I like this car, because we can sleep in it, don't need camp anymore. its handling is very good, you don't realize that it is only has 1.4. This car was build in Mexico, I think it would be well in so... Read More

The Best Of Both Worlds!! By Goatman

VW's over the years have had a bad reputation for reliability. I can honestly say, I was always skeptical of those claims. My TDI has been the paragon of reliablilty and overall quality. The interi... Read More

2010 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

Fun Little Car By dennis95404

Bought used when looking for a commuter with good gas mileage. Carries one bike in back with front wheel off. Also has rack on back for bike. Lots of room in back seat but not easy to get into back... Read More

The Best Car That Money Can Buy For Extreme Mileage And Sporty Performance. By Rick

I love the fact that it was filled with all kinds of extras loaded to the gills with HID lights lowered upgraded rims low profile tires great handling an amazing mileage of 42 miles per gallon. A comp... Read More

2006 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

Wish It Had The Speed Of The R32 At Times..ha. By Kelly-jo

From a r32 to a Golf gt tdi,well what could a girl say!!!I love Golfs so im happy with this 1..Performance,acceleration not bad for a diesel..tax is nice and cheap..all in all u cant go wrong with a G... Read More

good motor and fairly quick for engine size. very well built an sturdy and fairly high spec. mileage good on motorway in 6th gear and in cruise mode but not the best around town. overall a very good b... Read More

2005 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

Great All Around Car By Matt_76

If you are looking for a well built Germany auto and it needs to do alittle bit of everything you cannot go wrong with the VW golf. I got the car with 90K 4 years ago and now have 156K and other than ... Read More

Golf Plus By Chikou

i love my car because is a nice car when you drive my car you feel awssome acceleration is good handling very good She is a best car a dervie .no is really car i love all volkswagen but this car i... Read More

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