Volkswagen Golf III / Vento (from 1991 to 1997, the year of issue)
Unlike its predecessor, the third-generation Golf has been a much greater number of modifications to the traditional 3- and 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan (Vento) were added 5-door station wagon Variant and an open convertible. Such an extension of the family, first of all, it was caused by the fact that the main competitor - Opel Astra - already had such modifications.
VW Golf fans have always appreciated his practicality and functionality. So, if necessary, the vehicle can carry bulky luggage rather, helped transformable rear seats. Fold them, you can greatly increase the amount of luggage. For example, a hatchback in the "stowed" state, it is 330 liters, and with folded seats increases to 1162 liters! Although, of course, for the frequent transport of goods is the best fit wagon Variant - with rear seats folded volume of its trunk reaches 1425 liters! Incidentally, the hatchback has been fixed an annoying lack of Golf-II, which is often complained about the owners - a large loading height of the trunk. In "Three" is the fifth door reaches the upper edge of the rear bumper.
Bodies of the family are strong enough and hardy, more than that, "volfsburgtsy" allowed even 3-year warranty on the paint and 6-year-old - rust.
Modifications to suit every taste
Interior Golf / Vento looks almost modern even today, and quality materials withstand the test of time with dignity. In addition, seven versions (CL, GL, GT / GTD, GTI / GTI 16V and "stuffed" VR6, differing in the engines and the presence of those or other options) make it easy to choose the version of the trim to your liking.
Inside the car is spacious enough - to "gallery" can comfortably accommodate three passengers. At the same legroom is enough and knees do not rest on the backs of the front seats. In fairness it should be noted that the 3-door version less convenient landing on the rear seats.
Traditionally for VW 90s output, the instrument panel in low-cost versions instead of the tachometer features large arrow clock. On the odometer designers decided not to save - all versions have electronic odometer. Although the purchase is not worth Obol-schatsya and fully trust the testimony of the device - domestic craftsmen learned how to "twist" him.
The disadvantage is not very good visibility at the 3- and 5-door hatchbacks, a limited solid rear rack.
"Charged" engines can be "killed"
The range of powertrains Golf / Vento wide and consists of 11 engines: gasoline nine power from 60 to 190 hp and two diesel - 63 and 90 hp All of them are quite reliable, with timely service and the use of high-quality oils can withstand a run at 350-400 thousand. Km to replace the rings.
By the way, for the first time in the history of the creators of the model will complement the line 4-cylinder engine with two 6-cylinder VR6 - 2,8 liter (174 hp) and 2.9 liter (190 hp), thus turning a small city car formidable conqueror of space and time. For example, 174-horsepower engine propels the car almost monotonous to first "hundred" all for 7,6 with! Although he is very "greedy" - uses urban per 100 kilometers about 13 liters of expensive 98th gasoline. Those who prefer active style of driving, but does not want to spend too much on gasoline, we can recommend quite a dynamic version of the GTI 16V 150 hp - It accelerates to 100 km / h is also quite fast - in 8.3 seconds, but the fuel consumption of about 10 liters, and the 98th and 95th. Often, however, the engine, transmission and chassis modifications most sports Golf - GTI, GTI 16V and VR6, are in a rundown condition, because these machines tend to become fans of fast driving. Therefore, before buying a fancy to the instance is qualified to hold his diagnosis on the company SRT.
If you prefer a diesel, experts recommend that you opt for the atmospheric version 1.9 liters (63 hp). It is not as frisky as a turbo, but is simple and unpretentious in operation. Due to the heavy loads turbocharged version has a lower lifespan than atmospheric. Also, you should know that on average, the turbine (and Golf is no exception) is about 200 thousand. Km and is subject to the timely replacement of the air filter. But does that make the previous owner, known only to himself. In addition, this motor oil leaks sometimes occur through the front and rear crankshaft oil seals.
Gas distribution mechanism for all 4-cylinder engines is driven by a toothed belt, which is "benzinkah" should be replaced with a roller natyazhitelnym every 90 th. Km, with a diesel engine - 70 thous. Km. But on the VR6 belt instead set the timing chain, which is usually nursed the entire period of operation of the engine. The cylinder head is equipped with all units hydrojacks thermal backlashes of valves which, when timely replacement of oil on average are about 200 thousand. Km. The characteristic sound of the metal when the motor indicates that the expansion joints were ordered to live long.
Golf-III became the first in the lineup of cars on petrol versions which are no longer used carburetors. The supply of fuel is carried out distribution and single injection. The latter, by the way, often suffers from failure of the electrical controls idling while the system often burns gasket between the intake manifold and monoinzhektorom.
The weak point of the cooling system - the plastic flanges located at the junction of rubber pipes to the engine, they sometimes burst. And as a result of drying out the O-rings from the flange often leaking coolant. "Treatment" of the disease involves replacing broken parts.
With the "mechanics" be careful
Most Golf-III, operated, equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. 4-step "automatic" are much rarer. During normal operation and timely replacement of oil and filter, they are quite reliable. But on cars with high mileage, equipped with the "mechanics", there can be problems. Thus, in the CPT often fail bearing primary and secondary shaft as evidenced by increased operation noise transmission. Also, wear sleeve and the wings, causing difficulty in gear.
The clutch has a mechanical actuator which sometimes fails samopodvoda tether mechanism, whereby clutch becomes impossible. On average, quiet style of driving and the basket drive can withstand a run at 150-200 thousand. Km.
All-wheel drive versions of Syncro, equipped with viscous coupling, torque distribution in the event of slippage of the front wheels to the rear, quite reliable, but they are very rare on the market of "second hand". However, they cost an average of $ 500-800 more expensive than "peredneprivodniki."
Suspension reliable enough
Chassis energy-intensive and provides excellent vehicle stability and control. Front suspension type McPherson, rear - semi-independent. "Running" is similar to its predecessor, however, in its design yet been amended - for example, in the front suspension were transferred to its point of attachment, a steel mold arm, has undergone modernization and construction of the strut, and others. But the ball bearings and silent -blocks passed "inherited" from the old version. Most suspension components are reliable and durable, criticism is a rear silent blocks of front levers ("go" 60-70 thousand km.) And rear spring - they often subside. It should be noted that the front suspension of all versions equipped with stabilizer bar, which was not on the Golf-II.
Steering rack type clear and provides good feedback. In addition, as a rule, on most versions of installed power steering, for long-term operation which must be regularly (every 70 thousand km.) To change the oil.
Brake versions with capacity of up to 90 hp equipped with front disc brakes and rear drum, but on all other front and rear mounted disc mechanism. Quite often in the "troika" occurs and the system ABS.
What's the secret?
Despite its shortcomings, VW Golf-III and still popular. Acceptable cost of maintenance and spare parts, small size, practicality, versatility and, most importantly, its image - these are the qualities for which this car is valued domestic consumers. And what, in fact, are overpaid.
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