Used 1996 Volkswagen Golf Pricing


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1996 Highlights

Last year's two-door Golf Sport and GTI VR6 models become a separate nameplate called simply the GTI. Meanwhile, Volkswagen trims down the remaining Golf lineup, leaving only the four-door GL hatchback for 1996. Upgrades include a smoother shifting automatic transmission, new cloth upholstery, the addition of a glovebox, retractor locking seatbelts (for more secure child-seat installation), easier-to-use height adjustment for the front belts, a central locking switch on the dash and a warning tone to remind you that you've left the headlights on. Additionally, VW removes the Roman numeral "III" designation from the Golf's exterior badging and adds Catalina Blue as an exterior color.

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Pros

  • Excellent road manners, roomy interior, fun to drive.

Cons

  • Some controls and symbols difficult to decipher, staid styling, underpowered four-cylinder engine, short standard features list.

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Features & Specs

TDi 4dr HatchbackGL 4dr Hatchback
MPG3823
SeatingN/AN/A
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual
Fueldieselgas
Horsepower90 hp @ 3750 rpm115 hp @ 5400 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3/5
    Passenger3/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    M
    Marginal

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating


VW Golf
I bought this car earlier this year, and I drive it extremely hard. I've had no problems with it as far as repairs and such, which for me is unusual. The car has a decent top speed, although the acceleration is really bad. Its handling is pretty good for FWD. It's good on gas, looks good, is very sturdy, and is a well made automobile for sure.
No Complaints; Love it
I bought this baby new in '96, have 105,000 miles on it. No major, unexpected repairs, except mufflers (3 times); and the usual tune-ups, tires. The paint still looks great, I waxed yearly for first few years. It's built solidly, the interior is spartan but very functional (ingenious use of texturized plastics). It has never had a squeak or rattle, and still looks great in and out. I'll drive it until it dies, which might be a long time - as I see other reviews with much more than 100,000 miles. This is an uncomplicated, reliable - (Knock on Wood) - fun to drive, solid car, and I love it.
96 Golf
I purchased her online through E-Bay. The selling price was $3500, which at the time, was about $800 under book value. I flew out to Logan Intnl, picked her up and drove her back to Michigan all in a 26 hour period. Even with the flight, I was under book price, and she managed 39 mpg on the trip across New York state, and Canada. I have had 5 years of trouble free ownership, this past year she had some electrical difficulties, but I will get that repaired. The 2 liter, four door, manual transmission was what I wanted and needed for a 3 person family car. I have driven her to New Jersey once, and the UP of Michigan about 5 times. She waxes my wifes Taurus on the road, and is comfortable.
Used 1996 Volkswagen Golf Overview

The Used 1996 Volkswagen Golf is offered in the following submodels: Diesel, Hatchback. Available styles include TDi 4dr Hatchback, and GL 4dr Hatchback. The Used 1996 Volkswagen Golf comes with front wheel drive, . Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, .

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1996 Volkswagen Golf Gas Mileage

1996 Volkswagen Golf TDi 4dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, diesel fuel
38 compined MPG,
34 city MPG/44 highway MPG

1996 Volkswagen Golf GL 4dr Hatchback, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
23 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG38
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.9 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase97.4 in.
Length160.4 in.
Width66.7 in.
Height56.2 in.
Curb Weight2577 lbs.