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VW Golf Mk2 Parts & Accessories

Shop from our huge range of VW Bay Window parts spares and accessories. Choose the category below and filter down to the part, brand or quality you need. Try our Heritage kits, handy project bundles for everything you need in one box. Don’t forget to check the new products for your vehicle and there are always 100’s of parts in our sale section


Heritage Parts Centre is a business run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, and whilst that may sound a bit, well, cheesy, it’s true. Our staff have had numerous Mk1 and Mk2 Golfs between them, so they know what goes wrong and in most instances, how to fix it. This puts us in a great position to select all the right Mk2 Golf Parts, ranging from the little white clips that stop your seats rattling to complete rear panels. It's for precisely this reason that we’re one of the biggest suppliers of VW Golf Mk2 spares in Europe, selling VW Golf Mk2 accessories and spares to owners all over the world. So, regardless of whether you are simply repairing your car, or undertaking a full restoration, you’ve found yourself in the right place for Volkswagen Golf Mk2 parts.


We have built our reputation on supplying genuine parts for VW Golf Mk2 and the finest reproductions available, as well as a wide selection of Mk2 Golf tuning parts from the world's leading manufacturers. To find the VW Golf Mk2 parts you require, simply select the appropriate area of the car from the categories above. Our online store includes hundreds of exploded diagrams and photographs to help you identify which parts for VW Golf Mk2 you need…


Certain Mk2 Jetta parts, like the headlamps and rear bumpers are model specific and will be listed as 'Mk2 Jetta parts only'. Where no separate parts for Jetta Mk2 are shown, the standard VW Golf Mk2 parts and accessories are usually correct.


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VW Beetle History

History of the VW Mk2 Golf

In September 1983, VW launched the MkII Golf (Typ 19E) along with its booted sibling the Jetta at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was slightly larger and more refined than the Mk1, and this time was designed in-house by VW's design director Schäfer, though it was clearly influenced by the Italian penned Mk1. Weight was up by a reported 120kg, but the new cars more slippery shape meant performance and economy were in most instances up on the equivalent engined Mk1.

The GTI was unveiled to the general public and motoring press at the September 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, the car however wasn't available to buy until June 1976 due to the engineers insistence that the new GTI should satisfy the same levels of quality and reliability that every production VW adhered to, a commitment that almost certainly lead to the longevity of the GTI when compared to its peers such as the XR3, Astra GTE and Peugeot 205 GTI.

Available in any colour so long as it was Mars Red, or Diamond Metallic Silver, customers were offered the choice of Schwartz Black soon after launch. The GTI was first granted a UK audience in late 1976, at the London Motor Show, where VW stated that there would be no RHD version, citing technical reasons as the reason, however you could import a LHD one as special order if you so chose at a cost of £3,372.

A few companies within the UK were beginning to specialise in making their own GTI's using RHD 1500cc Golfs as the basis, notably GTI Engineering and Tim Stiles. Following relentless lobbying by the UK dealer network, VW finally offered a RHD version of the GTI in early 1979, something they probably should have done earlier, especially when you compare sales of the '78 LHD GTI at 22, vs. the '79 RHD GTI with over 1500 sold.


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VW Golf Mk2 FAQs

Are classic VW Golf Mk2s reliable?

By the time the Mk2 Golf launched in 1983 the teething problems that Volkswagen faced with a front engine passenger car were pretty much solved. The engines in these cars, even the 1300cc small blocks are close to bullet proof, if you look after them. 

If there is a weak spot on all the Golf Mk2 models (diesel excluded) it is with the Pierburg carburettor and the inlet manifold rubber gasket it sits upon. The carburettor base flange gasket is prone to splitting which allows unmeasured air into the manifold, weakening the mixture and causing the vehicle to cut out. This often happens as the car comes to a halt at a set of traffic lights, or at a junction. The fix isn’t expensive, and it isn’t too tricky to do either, just undo a number of 10mm nuts on the underside of the manifold and the whole carburettor assembly lifts off, base gasket and all.  

Another issue Golf Mk2s have suffered with is the cooling system, and specifically the heater matrix. Located above the passenger footwell and connect by two pipes that enter and exit the main bulkhead, these have a nasty habit of bursting, pouring hot antifreeze into the footwell. Some owners will have bypassed the heater valve in the engine bay, which will either mean the heater matrix is always part the cooling system, or not particularly useful in the winter, shut it off, so it doesn’t work at all. Again, a new heater matrix is relatively cheap, as are the coolant hoses, however, you’ll need to dismantle the dashboard to install it… Which is a real pain, sorry. 

Our last suggestion for reliability issues comes from the ISV, or the idle stabilization valve, or idle control valve. This was only fitted on the injection models, and failure can lead, as the name would suggest to lumpy idle issues.

With the right parts and some basic mechanical knowledge you can make the Mk2 Golf just as reliable as any modern vehicle, if not better! 

Check out our Mk2 Golf Buying Guide here. 

Are VW Mk2 Golfs expensive to maintain? 

Maintaining the Mk2 Golf is something you will need to do, no doubt about it. As a bona-fide classic car, if you want to protect your financial investment you will need to spend a little bit of money on servicing and keeping it working as it should. 

How much of that you need to do, will come down to how good the car was to start with, and how cheap it was! Typically, a cheap Mk2 Golf will need money spending on it, and a more premium priced example is likely to be up to date with the servicing and maintenance schedule. 

Under the bonnet, just like a modern petrol or diesel engine, there are moving parts that will need oil, coolant hoses that could split, and an ignition system that will need to be looked after, but these parts are relatively easy to source and priced very fairly. 

Whilst you will need to rely on more specialist parts suppliers, such as Heritage, the beauty of owning a classic car over something modern is that its value will rise, and fingers crossed it will repay you, or even make a profit, should you ever need to sell it. 

It is likely that you have a level of mechanical competence if you are considering owning a classic car. With a Haynes manual or a You Tube video by your side, you should be able to complete all but the most complex of jobs on a Mk2 Golf with a regular tool kit. This could save you a lot on money in the long term on garage labour for servicing etc. 

Are Golf Mk2 parts expensive to buy? 

Just like the Mk1 Golf before it, Mk2 Golf service parts aren’t particularly expensive to source, and whilst you could try and skip a few oil changes and a set of new spark plugs to save some cash, you’ll only be cheating yourself as the car won’t drive as well, and its value will slip. What can get expensive is trying to restore a Mk2 Golf to a show standard. Many trim items such as plastic wheel arch covers, roof gutters and bumpers are now either obsolete or only available as a reproduction. If you have your sights set on a trophy or two, you’ll need to trawl the classifieds and owners club groups for New Old Stock, or very good second hand items, and even then you may not be able to buy a full set from one seller. 

The more unusual, or prone to breakage the part is, the more expensive it might be. Rare 1980s accessories such as rear window louvres, Happich pop out windows, Recaro seats and BBS wheels all command a premium today. 

If you are buying a modified Mk2 Golf, then you could make a great saving over buying all the performance parts yourself and bolting them on. However, if they are not to your taste, you could always list them on Facebook or eBay and recoup some of your money back to purchase items that are more original to the vehicle.