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★★★★☆

“I have just purchased my very first MK1 which I picked...”

Written on: 15/05/2010

I have just purchased my very first MK1 which I picked up 1 week ago. It is 1983 New Zealand new with only 1 owner and only 100,000km's or 60,000miles. Completely original with no radio ever being fitted or paint work ever done. It still has signs of the cavity wax showing throughout the vehicle. This vehicle is probably the best example of a MK1 in New Zealand. It has been garaged all its life and has a complete service history from a VW agent.
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“I have owned 2x mk1 GTI's conv' 2x MK2 GTI's and now...”

Written on: 12/04/2010

I have owned 2x mk1 GTI's conv' 2x MK2 GTI's and now still drivin a Black mk1 Golf GTI cab'Wouldn't change it for the world, i own the only one in my area and YES she gets the looks and people askin to buy her but not for SALE as my son (8yrs)has already taken ownership......Great cars very rare now especially the Rivarge or Sportline..

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“i just love the 80's in this Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 car. ”

Written on: 14/06/2009

i just love the 80's in this Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 car.
it's so simple but yet, perfect.
had one as my first car, but got rid of it,
want another one so bad!!
any suggestions as where to buy a good quality one?… Read Full Review

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“Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 is best car ever. I love this...”

Written on: 25/01/2009 by mk1sportline (1 review written)

Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 is best car ever. I love this car.. i've had a sportline and now a golf gti cab 1.8 8v... i've owned a mk4 mk3 and a mk5 ... NOTHING COMPARES... only thing i would ever change is the brakes... want to also make it faster... as my sportline (that i still have but crashed:() was so much faster... any suggestions?… Read Full Review

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“I had in the past a convertible model and an...”

Written on: 13/12/2008 by stellino (1 review written)

I had in the past a convertible model and an Oettinger, both sold 5 years ago... Well, I'm dreaming of buying another one because all the other cars I drove later were not so much fun!… Read Full Review

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“It's fun, practical and good looking, no bad points....”

Written on: 19/08/2008

It's fun, practical and good looking, no bad points. Mint car!… Read Full Review

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“In my time as a driver I have owned 10 mk1 golfs....”

Written on: 20/02/2008 by Mk1dubbing (1 review written)

In my time as a driver I have owned 10 mk1 golfs. having worked as a mechanic and driven many different cars ranging from TVRs to sunny gti-r's at the end of the day the car I want to be driving is the mk1 it truly is a legend of a car!… Read Full Review

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“Legend. Better than any car on the road. Mk1 Jetta is...”

Written on: 11/01/2008

Legend. Better than any car on the road. Mk1 Jetta is the way forward, but the golf will do!!… Read Full Review

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“Nice car, beautiful car, love it. Nice to see people...”

Written on: 23/12/2007

Nice car, beautiful car, love it. Nice to see people still putting in the effort to create something extraordinary… Read Full Review

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“I'm now 35 and had to wait until I was 31 before I...”

Written on: 13/01/2007 by markterri323 (1 review written)

I'm now 35 and had to wait until I was 31 before I could get my hands on this - I still don't get much time to use her but could never part with her - I only did 300 miles last year and turned down an offer of £3000 for her and this is an old c reg - I could have sold it and bought 3 Saxos for that but then again that would have been stupid… Read Full Review

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“Thank you to the person who sold me this close to...”

Written on: 07/01/2007 by 16v2LturbogtiLPG84 (1 review written)

Thank you to the person who sold me this close to immaculate condition Rabbit GTI for pocket change!… Read Full Review

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“It's a 1983 Mars Red Volkswagen Golf GTi MK1...”

Written on: 10/08/2005 by R4v3N (1 review written)

It's a 1983 Mars Red Volkswagen Golf GTi MK1 converted engine to G60 pushing a standard 160 bhp mk2 break conversion and servo Koni and Eibech suspension. 15 inch alloys with Yoko grippy stuff stainless exhaust recaro interior suede and leather matching door cards front and back… Read Full Review

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“I have had this dream of owning a Volkswagen Golf GTi...”

Written on: 28/04/2005 by Andy the Cab (1 review written)

I have had this dream of owning a Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 Cab since I was 18 it has taken me till im 41 to realise my dream due to family commitments (kids)

I bought the car off ebay for £1000 about three weeks ago, I have put some alloys on it, new roof and cd player, so it stands me at about £1600 now, (bargain) I live in Bolton Lancashire and I have to say you don't see many Golf softops up here must be the rain. I have never driven a car that poeple stop and look at with green eyes… Read Full Review

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Anks's Response to 191121_Andy the Cab's Review

Written on: 09/06/2005

i enjoyed reading the reveiws on the mrk1golf as i am looking at buying a mrk1 cab .if anyone out there can help me locate a recommended dealer in the manchester area i would be thankful as i dont want a lemon i want the real deal thank you

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Sharpshooter0220's Response to 191121_Andy the Cab's Review

Written on: 27/05/2007

You cant beat a old school golf the greatest.
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Be nice to see more of them about these days.
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I hardly see one anymore and when I do it usually ragged and sketchy looking.
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Its good too see so many people have still got interest in them.

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270335_Herb2578's Response to 191121_Andy the Cab's Review

Written on: 10/12/2006

Sorry mate, but I would love to agree with you, but the only hot hatch that has stood the test of time from the 80's is the Vauxhall Chevette HSR. I love mk1 golf's - doesn't even need to be a GTi. I don't know why, but I just do. But a Saxo VTS would kill you off at the lights, depending on the driver; unless your car is modified.

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212391_Missyedwards's Response to 191121_Andy the Cab's Review

Written on: 03/10/2005

I have a 1984 Mark 1 1.8 Golf Cabrio - I love her dearly but I've got to let her go *sniff* Can anyone give me a rough idea of what she's worth - dont want to get ripped off (and its gotta make me feel better about letting her go)
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<br>I'm the 8th lady owner.

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Siffy's Response to 191121_Andy the Cab's Review

Written on: 16/08/2005

hi guys ,it seems that teh GTi mk1 bug is a world wide, or rather, global phenomenan. i am from South africa and have owned a the gti mk 1 for the last 8 yrs. like the original author of the article, i am 41, and now wish to indulge my golf with some of the "fancies". my current mileage is 401950 kms with teh original motor. i have had countless offers to purchase, but replacement value is unrealistic. the model is an '84 rhd and i am curious as to how it differs from the uk model

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Ashy05's Response to 191121_Andy the Cab's Review

Written on: 07/07/2005

I also have a Golf MK1 cab and am looking for an induction kit I also live in Bolton, Lancashire. So if anyone has any ideas please tell me.

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“I own a Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 1.8 Cabriolet. My...”

Written on: 14/09/2004 by Bigpimp (1 review written)

I own a Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 1.8 Cabriolet. My older brother owned a Golf convertable in its peak time, my sister owned one as well, and both never failed to impress the locals and neighbours.
So now I followed the tradition and bought one as well. Now, I can without a doubt, say that the Golf is truely stunning.
When I pull up to the lights, the guy sat in his £10,000 drop top goes green with envy, because he paid 10 times the amount I did, and I still look better sat on 17" rims, with my… Read Full Review

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Wild Wllie Barret's Response to 170192_Bigpimp's Review

Written on: 10/09/2005

Brakes can be easily improved by the fitting of steel braided brake hoses about 60 quid and fitting the right pads try www.cludgti.com for advice. If its too thirsty try having the fuel injection system overhauled mines about 35mpg on mixed use mines red with the white interior and white roof if you use a higher octane additive you might start leaving the 10000 drop for dust trust me........

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“my little Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 8v has a fast road...”

Written on: 03/04/2004 by mk1man4ever (1 review written)

my little Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1 8v has a fast road cam, ported head, janspeed manifold, magnex exhaust, balanced 1900 bottom end and a close ratio gearbox. The power and handling is unbeatable, The original hot hatch is too hard to beat !!!!!!! sorry saxo boys and girls xxxx… Read Full Review

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“Ive had the VW Golf GTi Mk1 now for about 8 months in...”

Written on: 17/02/2004 by nottslad111 (1 review written)

Ive had the VW Golf GTi Mk1 now for about 8 months in all that time nothing has gone wrong with it. Its got 15x7 inch alloys on and has been lowerd not much can touch it on the b-roads. As for straight line perfomance its not bad either its only a 1.8 8 valve but its still gives most thing a good run but in wet its hard to stop wheel spin which can be annoying. Im soon to put a 1.8 20valve turbo engine in it so ill update u soon… Read Full Review

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Hypostacey's Response to nottslad111's Review

Written on: 16/03/2010

i own a 1988 mk1 golf gti cabrio and i own a 2003 vauxhall astra 1.8 sri
<br/>i have to admit my astra is definetly faster than my golf but to drive my golf feels like im driving a go cart it's a excellent sensation would recommened anyone to own one if i was to choose after i spent a little bit of money on the golf i would choose the golf it's a classic hot hatch and fun to drive excellent handling it has character i'm 27 and i appriciate this character for an older classic it's plenty fun i payed 1,500 for mine and i don't regret it it has 92,000 on the clock and i'm sure i'll have this classic forever !!!!!!!!!!!! vw golf mk1 gti what a machine built to last

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“I have owned mk1 golfs for years, in my opinion you...”

Written on: 12/02/2004 by viksdub (1 review written)

I have owned mk1 golfs for years, in my opinion you will not get a better hot hatch, the overall handling and performance will nail any standard hot hatch on the road today… Read Full Review

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Samm's Response to viksdub's Review

Written on: 12/03/2004

I think this car is great but it won\'t really keep up with my 205- still it is a classic and if you have one you should hold on to it.
<br>The old school hatches are brilliant fun but will not been there modern counter parts such as a clio cup or civic type r- I have driven them and they are absolutley fantastic.

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Jaylee2000's Response to viksdub's Review

Written on: 24/02/2005

I have a 2000 (W) Civic coupe, engine just keeps on going and going but I still miss that feel of my old 205. Nothing beats the classics.

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“I own both a Saxo VTR and a Golf 1800 GTi campaign...”

Written on: 12/01/2004 by d4m0n (1 review written)

I own both a Saxo VTR and a Golf 1800 GTi campaign model. I use my Saxo as the day to day car and Golf for when I need cheering up and on the weekend.
There is no comparison for me. I find the saxo fun to drive but the golf is amazing.
The saxo is common and so was the golf in its time. Could you imagine a saxo standing the sands of time and still being in such good condition in 20 years time?
They are both good cars, but the golf wins hands down.
At the end of the day I'm lucky I have the… Read Full Review

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D4M0N's Response to d4m0n's Review

Written on: 17/02/2004

See my car at damondonaldson.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

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D4M0N's Response to d4m0n's Review

Written on: 04/06/2004

Sold my saxo. bought a 206 for the mrs, and the golf is still here. Proof of the pudding.

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D4M0N's Response to d4m0n's Review

Written on: 26/02/2004

Footman James. See adverts in back of Classic Car Mags.

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Stocker1973's Response to d4m0n's Review

Written on: 25/02/2004

Who do u get your insurance from for the Mk1 GTI?

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“I own a 1.1 VW Golf GTi Mk1, it was my first car, ive...”

Written on: 06/11/2003 by leehodson6969 (1 review written)

I own a 1.1 VW Golf GTi Mk1, it was my first car, ive been reading all your reveiws and agree with you all, i cant stop praising it! i bought this car for nothing off my parents at 17, i drove it for a yr an a half then misstakingly bought a ford orion! (what was i thinking!!) when the orion was causing me problems it was time to dust off the golf again, i resprayed the drivers door, wheel arches and boot, replaced all filters oil and rad antifreeze, turned the key and it roard into action!… Read Full Review

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D4M0N's Response to leehodson6969's Review

Written on: 18/01/2004

Agree

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Robnicholls1981's Response to leehodson6969's Review

Written on: 22/11/2004

If its a 1.1 then its not a GTi surely? I thought they made the 1.6 and 1.8 only

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“The VW Golf GTi Mk1 was my first ever car, Mars red,...”

Written on: 08/08/2003 by lulu (1 review written)

The VW Golf GTi Mk1 was my first ever car, Mars red, RH Alloys, 16v conversion! I bought it 6 months before i passed my test in october 2001. I was 21 yrs old and i was in love with it! She remains to be my only car and i love her more than ever she is still absolutely fabulous and i will never get rid of her unless she is cruely taken away from me or is ritten off! Mk1's the best car EVER!… Read Full Review

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Mark16Vconversion's Response to lulu's Review

Written on: 30/11/2003

Greetings, my name is Mark, of Barcelona. Iim in love with my vw Golf mk1 Ocean Dark Green converted with a 16V from scirocco engine, but I have a question,like you solved the electrical conversion of the motor to the electrical system of the car?
<br>I here that there are companies that make Engine conversion wiring harnesses, but I do not know them, Do you know of any?

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