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a fun to drive car w/ a reliability issu
By plfdc on
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1997 Volkswagen Golf GL 4dr Hatchback
Review
I got all what I was hoping for in terms of sportiness and accessibility. I carpool w/3 children, yet I am not assiciated with the minivan crowd. This is an excellent car in that respect, driving on curvy mountain roads is awesome in this car. There is lots of power and the ride is really precise. Also there is enough room for all 4/5 of us and our equipment. Gas mileage is 31 mpg in suburban stop-and-go driving. Repairs are a problem though: radiator fan, starter motor, door lock, airbag, trunk release, ignition switch, all failed in the past year. I hate this car when I take it to the shop, but love it when I don't!
Favorite Features
zippy engine with a lot of low end torque, smooth 5speed, tight steering, precise handling, really confortable seats, cold A/C
Suggested Improvements
A little less road noise & rear doors that swing wider would be nice. VW has got to address the reliability of the small stuff as it really spoils the overall experience.
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