3rd Generation (1992—1998) Golf Problems

Golf owners with a 1992—1998 model year have the most problems with the engine (33%), electrical (19%), and the exterior (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Timing Belt Went Out 1 complaints at an average of 220,587 miles in the 1994 Volkswagen Golf.
  2. Reverse Gear Damage 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1998 Volkswagen Golf.
  3. Crap Design 1 complaints at an average of 60,000 miles in the 1996 Volkswagen Golf.

What Golf Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1998 3 1 37 1.16
1997 3 0 34 0.24
1996 4 1 26 1.05
1995 6 5 31 0.51
1994 3 5 22 1.07
1993 1 5 22 0.11
1992 1 2 9 0.26

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