ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
8/31/21 10:57 a.m.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/pCPfiLMb8BA

Did you know that Volkswagen offered an all-wheel-drive version of the Golf before the R32? Called the Golf Country, the rare VW is, essentially, the overlanding version of the Mk2 Golf. (VW also offered the "Rallye Golf," another all-wheel-drive Mk2 built to meet homologation rules.…

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/31/21 11:48 a.m.

I only learned about the Golf Country fairly recently, but I want one a little more each time I see one.

I guess it's not impossible to build one yourself, but that sounds like a lot of work to replicate something similar to the Synchro system used.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/31/21 12:09 p.m.

I have a soft spot for the Fiat Panda 4x4. Cheap transport aimed at the rural market. I rented one in the French Alps years ago and it was exactly what you'd hope it was.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/31/21 1:46 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Oh yeah totally forgot about the Panda. I wonder how much one of those would cost to import...

02Pilot
02Pilot UltraDork
8/31/21 2:15 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

This recent piece suggests it's more than possible.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
8/31/21 5:31 p.m.

I saw three or four of those Golfs on a business trip to Slovenia about 15 years ago. They certainly stand out in the parking lot.

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
8/31/21 6:20 p.m.

From memory they are a mutant offshoot of the rallye golf but without the birthing hips.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/31/21 8:46 p.m.

Tk8398
Tk8398 HalfDork
9/1/21 1:37 p.m.

It's kinda like a Subaru outback version of the regular golf syncro with spacers under the subframe.  My sister actually had a very rusty imported golf syncro until the swapped in AAZ blew up, I think someone still has it with a Mk4 TDI swapped in but I haven't seen it in years.

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
9/1/21 3:29 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

I only learned about the Golf Country fairly recently, but I want one a little more each time I see one.

I guess it's not impossible to build one yourself, but that sounds like a lot of work to replicate something similar to the Synchro system used.

The trick for replication was to use the B3 Passat 16v Synchro setup that came to the states.  The issue is that there is a lot of pan that needs modifying even after you have the right guts.  My buddy Kevin did it here - and it's for sale...

Tk8398
Tk8398 HalfDork
9/1/21 10:44 p.m.

You actually used to be able to go to the dealer and buy the rear pan section.  The tunnel is the same as the one from a corrado too.

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
9/2/21 7:22 a.m.

Oooh good info sir.

Tk8398
Tk8398 HalfDork
9/2/21 6:20 p.m.

In reply to 84FSP :

One other interesting thing I remember, the quantum syncro rear subframe and control arms are also the same, but the brackets for the differential are different.  The one my sister had actually had quantum syncro rear brakes to replace the drums (it was a Golf CL that had come from Germany to Canada, then to the USA).

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
9/2/21 8:39 p.m.

In reply to Tk8398 :

The QSW control arms are slightly different.  I forget exact numbers, but QSW had 68mm OD bearings and B3 Passat syncro had 72mm OD bearings.

This is important to know if you have a QSW, because the QSW arms were superseded by the B3 arms, thus replacement control arms had the larger bearings, so if you need to do a rear wheel bearing, you might not get the correct one the first time.

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