1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60

The Corrado always gets a lot of love from the Volkswagen faithful and has been recognized as an up and coming classic in various automotive media outlets. However, when people fawn over this sports car for regular volk, more often than not its the VR6 engined Corrado that gets all the attention. The earlier G60 model, with it’s G-lader supercharged four cylinder engine gets a bit overlooked. Has the time come for these early model Corrados? This G60 for sale in Illinois is a two owner vehicle with a shade over 80,000 miles that looks rather fresh with a recent repaint.

Year: 1990
Model: Corrado G60
Engine: 1.8 liter supercharged inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,400
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now

1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60 on eBay

I am selling a 1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60. This uniquely rarely seen car runs great, is extremely clean inside and out, and is in very good condition. It has just over 82,000 original miles and I am the 2nd owner of this car. The 1st owner maintained this vehicle well and kept good records. It has a 1.8-liter 5-speed manual supercharged engine, 158 horsepower, 4-wheel disc brakes, 15-inch wheels, an and active rear spoiler which extends automatically when the car reaches 45 miles per hour. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, power door locks, air conditioning, rear window defrost, fog lights, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM/cassette stereo system, and a sliding power sunroof. Everything works on this car and is a blast to drive.

The car has been recently upgraded with:

new paint job
front brakes and rotors
new battery
plugs and wires
new tires
new heater core
new A/C compressor, condenser and radiator

Please read up on this car by doing a search on the internet before contacting me. There’s plenty of info available if you want to know more about the history of Corrados. Serious inquiries only please at roland1231@prodigy.net.

Corrado G60 prices have always trailed the VR6 model, unsurprisingly. If this car is as good as it looks, $6,500 isn’t too far off the mark. Between $4,000 and $6,000 is about what you can expect to pay for a G60 in decent shape. The only problem is that cars such as the BMW E36 M3 or a nice E30 325is can be had for not much more money. The Corrado certainly has its merits, but if it were my money, I’d be gunning for the M3 (or a VR6 engined Corrado).

-Paul

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3 Comments

  1. I bought a 1990 Corrado G60 new and kept it for almost 6 years and 120K miles. It was an absolute blast to drive but it needed a lot of attention and expensive parts to keep it running since new. Dealer service was mediocre at best and back then none of the independent VW shops would touch it. Still, I thought it was all that and a bag of chips. At around 70K miles I upgraded the suspension with H&R springs/Bilstein Sports, threw a couple of Neuspeed performance parts at the engine and it remains, to this day, one of the most fun cars I’ve driven.

    Having said that, after the 5th year of ownership I got a great deal on an automatic E30 325is and because I had a long commute with insane bumper to bumper traffic (combined with the finicky nature of the Corrado), I jumped on it. This was an eye opener, everything from the build quality to the reliability was considerably better with the 325. They both had similar mileage at the time but everything on the BMW felt brand new compared to the VW. I kept the Corrado as a weekend toy because every time I took it for a spin I was reminded why I hadn’t sold it, it was that much fun.

    Finally with a new house being built and more adult responsibilities I ended up selling it. The new owner loved it until the expensive repairs began rearing their ugly heads. He kept it just over a year and then traded it in.

  2. VW pretty much deep-sixed Corrado G60 resale values when they introduced the Corrado VR6. The difference in performance, reliability and value, is substantial. If the G60 drivetrain was bulletproof, the story would be different. Not every buyer needs or cares about the extra power, so there would be a decent market – with decent resale values – for them if they didn’t have such a bad rep. Assuming you are looking to stick with a FWD car, it’s difficult to justify a 1990 Corrado G60 at $6500 when there are VR6 Corrados out there for a few grand more.

  3. I would jump on one of these if I didn’t ALWAYS hear about their nightmare reliability. I havn’t heard such bad things, reliability wise, about a car to such an extent outside of Yugo jokes.

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