How to get one in your garage:
An expert’s view: Phill Jarrett, sciroccocentral.co.uk - “I’m on my second Scirocco, a 2.0 R. It has a TFSI engine where all the other petrols are TSIs. However, the engine cover still says TSI. I love the Scirocco’s styling: it’s unusual and really stands out. Of course, it has its issues. The TSI can suffer broken timing chains (the TFSI has a belt), so get it changed at the scheduled interval. The coil packs can fail, causing misfiring, but it’s a relatively inexpensive fix. The 156bhp 1.4 can drop a piston. That’s a bit more expensive and occasionally terminal.”
ENGINE - On the 2.0 TSI, check for positive crankcase ventilation by removing the dipstick while the engine is running. If the engine stutters, it’s okay, but if it runs smoothly, it has failed. Engine not making full boost? Check the dump valve diaphragm isn’t split. The 1.4 TFSI can suffer misfiring issues that can wreck the engine.
TRANSMISSION - On manual versions, check second gear engages smoothly and the clutch is quiet. Tales of poor reliability plague VW’s DSG auto ’box. Most specialists reckon post-2012 cars are okay but, even so, feel for a lurch on take-off and walk away if it goes to limp-home mode. Ensure the oil and filter were changed at 40,000 miles.
STEERING AND SUSPENSION - Check the rear suspension for oil leaks and, where it’s fitted, that the dynamic suspension functions in all three modes. Inspect tyres for uneven wear, suggesting impact damage. The steering can be noisy at low speeds.
BODYWORK - As the Category N write-offs at the cheaper end of the market testify, the Scirocco is a sports car that can fall into inexperienced hands, so check for fresh paint and uneven panel gaps. Rear three-quarter visibility is poor so look for rear bumper damage. Check early cars for rusty hatch strut mounts. Check for misty headlights and tail-lights, and torn rubber door seals where they freeze to windows.
INTERIOR - Hard-wearing but squeaks and rattles caused by the firm suspension aren’t unknown. Check the Bluetooth system.
Also worth knowing...
Bought a used Scirocco that has done less than 100,000 miles but worried it might go pop? Take out a 12-month warranty from VW. For a 2009-reg 2.0 TSI with 74k miles, a £250 excess and an annual limit of 15,000 miles, all-component cover is £548.