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Can anyone tell me anything about a Mark III Golf?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Gabriella, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Gabriella

    Gabriella New Member

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    Hi,
    I haven't been on here for a while (I sold my Kombi) but a while ago my excel was written of in an accident (stupid drunk drivers) and finally my compo/insurance has come through and I am looking to buy a small run around in the 5 grandish price range. I keep coming up with duds, you know they have something dodgy about them. Anyway I went to a dealer today and there was a little Golf sitting there looking awefully sad (you don't normally see VW's at the cheaper dealers). Anyway I looked at it and one side is scratched with some little dents but nothing bad. The interior is good, electric everything and I drove it and it went fine, clutch was good, gearbox and brakes, no prob there. The car yard has been unable to sell it and they said it had a few problems when they first got it where it would turn itself of occasionally and they sent it to their mechanic and they fixed it, and it drove fine by me. The scratched side really takes away from any normal appeal, like it doesn't really bother me, its fixable but I was wondering what people think of it.

    Its a Golf 1995 GL with 220,000 kms on it. Thats a fair bit more than I wanted but I've heard VW engines (the new ones) will go a fair bit longer than the average engine.
    I've also heard that things will go less and last longer being European done and everything.
    Basically I can get it for around 2 grand prob, with about 6 months rego, and am wondering if I am better of putting a grand or so into fixing it or just getting a newer car with less kms?
    I feel safer in that, just driving, than I do in most the Asian-y cars I drive.
    Also, is rust an issue for them?
    And how many more kms do you think I would get out of it, and what would start going on the car and when?

    Any info would be good as I know next to nothing about the Golfs.

    Cheers,

    Gabriella
     
  2. kysteve

    kysteve New Member

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    hey Gabriela, sounds like a lemom , mechanic fixed it ra ra ra go with your head if it looks like a lemon, smells like a lemon chances are ...............
     
  3. Dingostrategy

    Dingostrategy Active Member

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    Yeah I'm with kysteve. It's true that european cars do last longer, but when they die they die ugly. A new timing belt on my holden was 700 fitted. On my mates Audi the same year, 3500. Golfs are likely somewhere in between and the one you describe is due for one. There's a 2K car becoming a 4K car without trying.

    Spend the five on something with less miles. Don't buy a Polo. Never owned a golf but hired plenty and working in inner city melbourne, all one's friends either have a golf, a Subaru wagon or a bicycle. Never heard of a crook Golf yet. Test drove several before I bought my Kombi and moved.
     
  4. kysteve

    kysteve New Member

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    good avice more better explained, cheers dingo good luck Gabriela
     
  5. komuter

    komuter Guest

    sell her the caddy steve ,its cheap to run isint it and easy to park around town.only 300ft long
     
  6. kysteve

    kysteve New Member

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    your funny Komutor, love your style, but its only 200ft long , dont scare them
     
  7. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Gabriella - I suggest a Barina. Pre 2001 (I think) when they were still made by Opel making them a German car. They are a great little car and you will pick one up in your price range with much less K's than the Golf.
     
  8. komuter

    komuter Guest

    sorry steve must have had my glasses on,wait a minute,yeh it is only 200ft long bloody glasses make everything look bigger
     
  9. kysteve

    kysteve New Member

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    hey dude this is Gabs thread if you have still got a beef with me name a differant time /place sunshine if thats your angle
     
  10. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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  11. komuter

    komuter Guest

    sorry about hijacking your thread gab,no no steve thats not my angle,and for god sake stop talking about beef
     
  12. komuter

    komuter Guest

    sorry about hijacking your thread gab,no no steve thats not my angle,and for god sake stop talking about beef.i like caddy's always wanted a 59 coupe deville when i was a young fella.
     
  13. kysteve

    kysteve New Member

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    beef , turkey no not my intention just jive'n stay cool Kom just havn fun
     
  14. komuter

    komuter Guest

    oh man you had me worried again (and we laugh )
     
  15. kysteve

    kysteve New Member

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    missed that quote sorry Kom i actualy swaped this for my 59 coupe deville dam straight biggest mistake ive ever made
     
  16. komuter

    komuter Guest

    nissan pulsars are another breed of small run arounds that hold there value and are cheap
     
  17. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I'd prefer to get a Golf 3 than the others especially with safety in mind.

    These do not have the timing belt problem and are cheap to replace. Parts for these are readily available and not usually expensive.

    Check that it has a German oil filter as this is known to damage engines. Check the power windows as these are a faulty design and expensive to repair.
     
  18. Dingostrategy

    Dingostrategy Active Member

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    I defer to the better judgement and direct knowledge of Syncro.

    :)
     
  19. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Hey Gabriella!

    Missed this thread till now, sorry.

    Why don't you give Michael a call at CVWC Tuggers, and run it by him?

    You may or may not have met him at that Cotter get together.

    Trust you're keeping well, and if you do go the Golf, you should try and attend some of the ACTVW organised meets..

    Cheers
     
  20. blu bay jay

    blu bay jay New Member

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    Im with synchro here, i used to run a german car specialists in the uk so i know golfs really well, Timing belt is a two hour job tops, really simple, usual faults are noisy manual gearboxes, some electrics, rear axle bushes and they do starters prematurely but overall they are a good car. I had a mk3 2.0 GTI that had 225000 MILES on the clock but it motored around very well even though it was abused and rarely serviced(as is the way)
    Thottle was allways pinned!.
    But you cant beat getting the car checked by a guy that knows what he is doing or buy a crystal ball lol!

    cheers Jay
     

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