I purchased this car from a friend in December of '06 as a temp car while I hooked-up my Civic. It was the biggest mistake ever. The car ran fine for the first couple of weeks. Then it began to overheat due to the water pump giving out. The alarm never worked unless you used the key. Then then sunroof broke and began to leak. The rear view mirrors are a little hard to adjust. Now the car is beginning to backfire. The stock handling stinks. My stock Civic DX can run rings around this car. This Golf will make a great project car if anybody is willing to shovel the cash into it but beware, the car may be old but the parts are still expensive.
The heat works great during the cold winter days. The fuel consumption is not bad either. I was able to drive a whole week without refilling and I put about 40 miles a day on the odometer.
The newer models have already corrected the flaws. So just buy a newer model unless you are looking for a project car.
This is an excellent car. I deliver pizza, so I put tons of miles on it and it never shows. I did have a problem with the stock alarm, but that was fixed without any real expenses (loose bolt in the door). Its fun to drive and has great handling and brakes. The acceleration can seem a little wimpy, but you get used to it (Im used to my brothers 1997 GTI). I highly recommend this car, its reliable, cheap on gas, and fun to drive, great for sustained 80 mph+ speeds as well.
I am the original owner of this car.
It has been a great car for 10 years
over many types of terrain. Great
mileage, minimal maintenance. The only
problems are a hard to fix AC leak and
door powerlock failure (can now only
lock/unlock at driver's side but still
functions--a little inconvenient but
why pay to fix?!). These are minor
issues for a car that has been totally
reliable & fun to drive for 10 years.
Has a moon roof - use it all the time -
Minimal gas consumption.
Good pick up for a 4c engine.
Lots of room in hatcback w/ seats down.
There was some design flaw - you can't
have the rear windows ONLY down
without getting a weird wind thumping
sound - must have front window or moon
roof cracked for rear windows to be
open without it being really annoying.
I assume they fixed this in later
After about 5 months of owning this
vehicle it seems like everything was
falling off of it. I was never rough
on it yet somehow all of the exterior
door gaurds managed to fall off
(Amazing snap on technology). The
alarm is terrible. Got robbed of my
stereo right outside my house because
the alarm never went off even after
two windows were broken. The
Emergency brake sticks in the winter
which left me stuck in my driveway a
few times, which didnt really matter
because I wouldnt get a mile in the
snow in this thing. Also, Winsheild
wipers blow a fuse EVERY time it
snows. The list really never ends,
this car is terrible.