I got a 1992 SLC since 2004.
It was my Daily Driver for 3 years. It was then my backup car whenever my brand new 06' Jetta decided it wanted a trip to the dealer every season for a warranty repair. It never, ever let me stranded.
Overheated? Yeah, sometimes...since i never bothered to permanently fix the Fan's wireing harness. Suffered from battery drain issues when i didnt use it for more than a week...still havent really bothered to look whats wrong with it. A/C was broken half the time...bever bothered to simply fix whichever gas line was leaking. Lately, it suffered Alzheimer on the Alarm module (alarm would go off at 2am randomly lol) so i just deleted the module.
An here i am...over 8 years with it and it still starts up inmediately whenever my "newer car" decides to take a crap on me (luckily, very uncommon AFTER the warranty wore out).
Its a 20 year old car. Far from a classic...but farther from being a mistake for me! lol
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Funny story, well written, and made me giggle like a young girl in with Mommy's Black Card in Build-A-Bear workshop.
However, sorry to hear you have been so butthurt by an inanimate object. My Corrado runs and drives into the damn ground every single day for me, and through the three and a half years, 70k miles, and upwards of 10k in fresh paint, interior pieces, brakes, suspension upgrades, Cams, forged pistons, Ecodes and lighting, and et cetera...et cetera..., it has never given me such issues as you describe with the exception of the damn seat belts...thanks 1990s
What I am saying is that my Corrado has been nothing less than a pleasure and joy to own, visually experience every day when I come out of my house, and more importantly than anything else, it is an absolute blast to drive. It handles excellent, pulls hard as hell, and turns nearly every head as I drive through towns and cities. It may not be a mechanical masterpiece as you so delicately stated, but you are correct in saying it is aesthetically one of the greatest creations to ever hit United States roads.
Every damn time I get discouraged, and run out of money being the broke ass college student that I am, I just look at it, and take a seat in the driver's chair. Instantly, all thoughts of destruction and arson subside, with images of fields of fuzzy white bunnies playing with toddlers and flowers, then my VR comes ripping through at 100mph single handedly ripping a hole in every single layer of the atmosphere, turning the bunnies into furry little pancakes..It is then that I realize, I will never, ever....sell my Corrado.
But for tits' sake why the hell is it not rear wheel drive????
For what its worth, I bought my Corrado as the second owner, at 77k miles, bone stock besides some uggo wheels and a sticker or two, which needless to say, were promptly removed. It ran and drove like an absolute beast then as well as now, and the only maintenence I needed to do besides tune-ups, fluid flushes/changes, and brakes, was a faulty wheel bearing. Now, 70k miles later of daily driving and beating on it, it continues to perform nearly flawlessly.
Sure, I put a bunch of upgrades in it, but all into suspension front and rear, along with wheels, brakes and basic motor internals with a chip and intake...big deal. Modded or not...mine has left me stranded twice....once, about a year ago, due to a broken throttle cable...which was fixed on the spot three hours later. And the first time, my hood flew up and smashed the living piss out of my windshiled on rt. 30...not exactly major mechanical flaws. Anddd insurance hooked me up for the hood and glass
IMO, I blame the P.O.'s not the Corrado's themselves, throw in the fact that they are now 22 to 18 years old into that and think about it for a moment. Do you really think they aren't going to need work? I daily drove a well maintained (3 previous owner) 1992 SLC for 3 years didn't have much difficulty with it other then some minor maintenance work and other mods I choose to do. I also think some of you have some really sh!tty luck...
1998 GTi Vr6 Turbo Tornado Red
2008 Jetta I5 2.5L Campanella White
Well, I skipped the 944 and went for a 911. So far, no complaints. Except the dash looks like something from a Pontiac and the headlights look like eggs. But that's my fault for opting for a 996. It drives incredibly well. I'm contemplating a Cayman S, 993 or 964 as my next toy. I did look at a 944 S2 earlier this week and passed on the temptation.
i went the other way around. i lucked into a situation where i could ridiculously acquire my boss's pristine off-lease estoril blue 99 m3 (27K miles! never revved past 4K!), and after much pilot sport purchasing, turn a profit for my trouble.Most Corrado owners graduate to a 944 Turbo, 968, or E36 M3 and complain about those.
ever since the old european car cover, i always thought the dream matchup was m3 vs boxster. so i finished the comparo and abused a nearly new 986 for ~24K miles of its 34K mile life. after about 11 months, my dealer called and told me my R32 was finally on its way, which was supposed to replace my 01 VR gti. so it was time to flip the porsche. he made a nice offer for the trade. i drove the proper piss out of the R32. i went home in my gti. i fell asleep thinking boy, that R32 was nice. as nice as a mkiv gti could possibly be. really, really nice.
but it was the VR love that inspired me, not the tall, heavy, luxurious mkiv. if i was looking for the ultimate expression of my GTI, which don't get me wrong, i loved, would it be that bulging blue beast of a thing (that would have cost me about 6K over the boxster trade), or the car that was truly always responsible for all that i loved about the VR6?
i used the boxster as bait for my wife's minivan, and found a perfect (to me) one-owner SLC. other than being red, she has never let me down, and that $32K i didn't spend on the R32 has been paying enjoyable dividends. in a day and age where my wife's hyundai minivan packs more hp than my old M3, everything is relative of course, and worn and withered and nothing but a dream.
but i would own a boxster again. i miss it all the time. the M3 was brilliant. brutal, and brilliant. probably the "best" of the three when new, and mine was a lowly cabrio.
the corrado, however, will always stay. there's a lot more to the story than that, of course, and maybe straight logic doesn't always guide me, but the corrado is the one car i've owned that will never leave. i can not imagine a thing she could do to me that would lead me to betray her.
I owned a 944, and thought I'd like to get my girlfriend a fun car, she fell in love with corrado.
To get a clean car we had to buy an automatic off an old lady, I then found a lysholm to put in the car, had a friend install the chip he was a computer tech, and I was scared to tackle that job.
Girlfriend drove the car for a week loving it, then had to make an emergency stop the car instantly died. I found my friend had left a screw loose and in the stop it had shot across the ecu killing it.
Found a new ecu was from a 90 corrado, they didn't come with automatics so we had to shift the auto manually.
Now my girlfriend was getting very frustrated and not enjoying being a car enthusiast.
I said lets change it to standard.
I got the car running let her drive it for awhile, there goes the fuel pump.
She wanted the car lowered, she smashes the intercooler out of it.
The cars running again and now the car will just instantly randomly die, found the hall sending unit at fault but not before an srt ran me off the road.
Today my wife only remembers the good times with her car and really misses it.
I daily a vr corrado and its had its issues, but would much rather have the g60, I've forced my wife to drive the vr but its not the same to her.
My 944 was reliable except for the window switches, and a nasty hunger for fuel pump relays(fuel pump died after selling it)but it drove so much nicer than either corrado.
I saved the motor from the g60 and it now spends its days in the garage going in and out of my 914 eating my money, but so did the 914 before it ever received the the g60 sacrifice.
The 914 has over $25000 invested and hasn't really seen the road in 11 years, and before making that financial leap I only drove it for 5 months.
So my experience is if you mess with cars you fix them, If you don't mess with a car you have to fix it, and if you give your girlfriend an enthusiasts car you'll definitely have to fix it.
Exactly. Too big, too wide wheels with the wrong offsets ruin the front wheel bearings, strut tops and rack which ruins the handling/steering. Too low/stiff a suspension ruins the handling, the ride, and ingress/egress, drastically alters the suspension geometry, and shakes the car apart. Too large front sway bar makes the car understeer. Too large rear bar makes the rear tires scrub and defeats the rear beam design. Poly bushings get rid of the necessary slop that a street car needs, and puts extra wear on metal parts like brackets that then fracture and break. Intake mods lower power due to the intake of hot engine air and incorrect flow, and dirty K&N filters lower air flow significantly. Aftermarket chips ruin gas mileage, run rich, ruin O2 sensors and cats, and push the power band too high, and allow over revving. Aftermarket stereos, alarms, and other doo dads wreak havoc with the electrical systems and cause fires and other electrical gremlins. Not realizing how the cooling system works, owners don't replace the radiator fan when the low speed goes, and the car runs hot all the time, ruining seals, o-rings, and plastic cooling parts and wears out the coolant faster which is often a mixture of different coolants from Walmart.
I could go on but I think you get the picture of why these cars get the reputation they so undeservedly have.
my Passat b3 was a very hot runner. But that car had no grille. But by cooling issues, I really meant the whole plastic situation. Those problems plagued all VR6s because they all had plastic coolant systems.
they aren't bad if you know what to look for and replace every part that could potentially be bad. Lol.
soooooooooort of. They sold them together in Europe for a while. The Scirocco was a fancy body Golf, with the same crappy engines and low equipment content. The Corrado was a fancy coupe with a big powerful engine compared to most Golfs (though in Europe you could also get a 115hp Corrado as a base model, don't know how that fit into things).
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