Review Volkswagen Golf GTI MK3 (1992 1997) Used car — Volkswagen Golf Mk3

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Volkswagen Golf Mk3

Used Volkswagen Golf GTI MK3 — 1997) review



(6.5 out of 10)

REVIEW 09 ноя 2005

Models Covered: GTi Mk 3 — 1992-1997 (2.0 8v, 2.0 16v and five-door hatch [GTi, Concept, Anniversary])


If you’re the definitive hot hatch, buying a Mk3 GTi may well leave you with the that Volkswagen has traded cynically on the cachet of the GTi badge. do ten-tenths cornering a good more convincingly than the tubby Golf. If, on the other you’re looking for an impeccably and classically presentable hatch, the GTi has few rivals. It may no longer be in the first of youth, but we’ve still got a spot for this Golf

When most enthusiasts the Golf GTi, they a mental division. The MK1 and Mk2 cars the ones that established the GTi and the Mk3 versions represented the GTi sinking comfy middle age. For the part, this is pretty but Volkswagen seem to have that neglecting the family in this manner hasn’t them too many favours and is rebuilding the GTi legacy. As used it’s difficult to fault the Mk 3 Bigger, better built and less of a tyre smoking they make a good of sense both to those who have a glint in their eye and the proportion who simply want a specified Volkswagen Golf.


Golf arrived in 1992, and was christened ‘Car of the Year’ but few raved over its dynamic largely because it was bigger, and heavier. Despite that body being very with a drag factor 0.30 and 0.33, it was very The original GTi weighed 844 kg, and the MK3 was up to 1032 kg. The GTi power-to weight ratio had from 133 bhp per ton to 113. That into a top speed of 124 mph and a so-so mph time of 8.7 seconds — as the GTi now had a larger 2.0-litre engine cranked out 115bhp. Few doubted it did look the part, however, colour-coded two-bar grille, wheelarches and bumper extension, spoiler, tinted rear clusters, 6.5Jxl 5 in Long alloys and twin exhaust Inside came sports electric windows, on board and height-adjustable sports steering Handling-wise it was a lot softer and more It was effectively a modified Mk2 set-up standard power steering. September 1992 came rear seats and, a later, passenger seat adjustment formed part of the October 1994 was safety as ABS brakes, driver’s airbag and were included — but a became a cost option. 1995 saw the arrival of rounded indicators and a bee sting aerial. May marked the 20th anniversary of the hence the 600-unit limited-edition with red alloys and traditional ball gearknob. King of the editions though was the Colour in April 1995, available in red, blue or green, matching leather Recaros, instruments and 6.5 in Solitude alloys. The was finally deleted in November Only twenty-four months the 2.0-litre 8-valve GTi failed to a favourable impression with GTi Volkswagen decided that 16-valve version was required. It had for the Mk 2, so reason dictated that a recipe would also for the Mk 3 and so in January

1993 this car duly Beneath the familiar 16 valve was the 2.0-litre unit, which 150 bhp at 6000 rpm. Acceleration which meant that 60 mph in around eight seconds. Top was a punchy 134 mph. The five-speed was a carry over from the as was the suspension — unfortunately. So it was safe, but a bit roly-poly, and still not fun. Interestingly, it came the traction control system, as on the VR6, which meant it worked with the ABS system to torque steer (weaving as you the throttle) by monitoring the speed of the wheels. Standard specification was much as the 8-valve, plus Carlo alloys, bee sting with amplifier, plus a lining wear indicator. 1993 heralded the arrival of seat height adjustment, as the model got rear electric For October 1994, a driver’s and engine immobiliser were July 1995 saw the arrival of neat rounded wing-mounted May 1996 — the GTi’s anniversary year — saw the of the special edition Anniversary. 150 were imported in three- and door body styles, at a of £16,995 and £11,425, respectively. had red alloy wheels, a Sportsline trim, red bumper stripes and the golf ball
gearknob. This model was discontinued in November 1997 to way for the Mk 4.


The Mk3 GTi is a car that is to last, good to drive and safe and solid motoring for not too money. They offer a alternative to many other hot and are usually worth more than most rivals. paying for the Volkswagen name and to some extent, but don’t that though a Golf a bit more than some it will equally be worth and probably be in better condition the time comes for you to sell it on. don’t expect a sports car in the of a Peugeot 306GTi.

Volkswagen Golf Mk3


Prices for an 8-valve Mk3 GTi at around £1,000 on a 1994 L with five-door versions around £100 more. Opt for the more desirable 16-valve and you’ll need to stump up £2,000 for a tidy 1996 N three door or £2,100 for a door model.


The Golf has a reputation for reliability, but it still has a few that need to be checked One is the manual gearbox in high-mileage These can have worn which need expensive — if there’s a lot of noise the gearbox, get it checked. Corrosion is on a Golf, which speaks for Volkswagen’s rustproofing methods and the of the steel it uses. A GTi with should scream badly accident damage at you. well clear, as a bent will probably have misaligned panels and subsequent With Mk IV cars, consider the you are paying and ask yourself whether a SEAT or Skoda, which similar Volkswagen Group may be better value.


The Golf’s as the car that would corner on wheels with steering danced in your hands and a that made the keen eyes light up is a bit of ancient now. The Golf GTi is a far more creature, looking disdainfully at juvenile antics. Even the 2.0 16v GTi are smooth, refined and syrupy, none of the verve of old models. drivers will lament metamorphosis, and turn to French or rivals instead, but for many it will be a significant benefit. A Mk3 GTi really does feel an equivalent year Passat — it’s only you glance over your that you realise that in a family hatchback.


(approx on a 1994 Golf GTI 2.0 8v Ex Vat) An system is about £85. A assembly will be around and a new catalyst will be around An alternator should be close to Brake pads front and are about £45 and £33, A replacement headlamp is close to A windscreen should be in the region of Major and minor services are £75 and £35 respectively.

Volkswagen Golf Mk3


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