The MkII Golf had the best power to weight ratio until the R32 came out. The MkI is still the lightest shell, but only by a hair over the MkII. The Polo and Lupo are closer to the original, if not better since they're lighter and produce more power. I would way prefer a Lupo GTi over a new Golf GTi.The Tesseract said:Nice.
I'm considering getting a Jetta.
the mkii-mkiv Golf's do nothing for me. the mkV isn't that bad.
Pity we don't get the Leon/Octavia/A3 here.
Lurker said:VW needs to turn their reliability around before they're going to be moving too many of these cars. The late 90's weren't kind to their reputation at all.
I hear ya.Ditto Much said:Which is really really hard for me to say as my 89 Cabrio went for 575,000 km on original engine and transmission.
Lurker said:I hear ya.
The A1 and A2 bodied cars were almost bullet-proof. Sure they had their quirks and issues, but nothing like the bland A3 cars and the tempermental A4 bodies. They were light, tough, handled well, and you could make them pretty powerful by swapping motors from the newer cars into them since they all bolted together like building a Lego toy. They were great to learn on.
I miss mine
Up until a year or so ago, you could still buy an A1 (Rabbit here) shell, except you'd have to import it from South Africa.
I think a lot of it has to do with the companies involved and whether they see any need to bring certain models here and whether they will sell. north America has never liked really small cars on a large scale. With higher fuel prices and better performance, people are starting to see the light, but I don't think that there's enough of a market...yet.Ditto Much said:Yeah its really crushing to see a great car go down hill into the pits of being the experimental devision of a company. However I do have to say I like the direction they have gone.
I really wish Canada would come to a sensible decision on the smaller car classes ion regards to what is and what isn't allowed to be imported. I'm personally a little miffed that I can bring in an old Fiat 500, or a current Smart 42 but not a Suzuki Capacino or a Mugen Beat. Also in regards to VW models.
I don't see how a suzuki swift is legal in Canada but not some of the other smaller cars.