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Volkswagen Scirocco Buying Guide: Body

Problematic window sills in the cold and keep an eye out for rusting tailgate struts

By Alisdairsuttie / Sunday, October 29, 2017

The first thing to look for is an even shade of colour across all panels. Sciroccos are harder to match paint on than most cars, which is partly down to the colours offered by Volkswagen and the curvy nature of the body.

Some owners have reported problems with the frameless door windows in colder weather. The window glass can freeze to the frame's rubber seal and stop the window from dropping as the door is opened. This can tear the rubber seal, but it's easily avoided by spraying the rubber with a silicone lubricant on a regular basis.

Early models had a problem with the tailgate struts rusting, but they should have been swapped under warranty by now. Otherwise, just the usual checks for damage apply to the Scirocco's exterior and alloy wheels

PHer's view:
"The one option that the original owner had bizarrely omitted was rear parking sensors. Given the poor visibility out the rear, this meant reverse parking was difficult (and my other car is an Exige, so I'm used to a lack of rearward visibility!)."
Jamie Geddes


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