by Eckeman on Oct 27, 2009 Vehicle: 2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2dr Hatchback
I bought this one with 5K miles way back in 2000 and it has been going strong for over 9 years. The only major issue I've had was brake rotor and pad replacement at 25K, which was costly. We also had some minor oxygen sensor and catalytic converter issues that were under warranty and easily resolved. I replaced the timing belt and water pump at 90K, as recommended. So in short, weve put nearly 120K on this thing with very few problems. The design is very sleek; it hardly looks dated after nearly 10 years. The car is great on the highway, with a very solid, tight feel. It has great safety features (4 air bags, ABS). I love the steering, controls, dash lighting and the interior space.
by TimTim on Jan 29, 2004 Vehicle: 2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2dr Hatchback
This car runs like a top. It's
affordable, fun to drive and has earned
my trust. The cup holders are cheap
and flimsy, but I can live with that.
The features-to-cost ratio is much
better than anything in its class. I
LOVE THIS CAR!
by Pdodge77 on Aug 25, 2003 Vehicle: 2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2dr Hatchback
I bought the Golf because my wife had
an 89 Jetta that was built like a
tank. The problems didn't start until
just before the warranty expired. At
22,000 miles we had to have the engine
computer and various sensors
replaced. Oil just "disappears" and
mileage is about 20mpg. Brakes and
water pump went at 40,000, alternator
($600) at 42,000. The plastic parts
and glue have been getting worse and
worse all summer. I walked out one
morning to find the passenger side
trim just hanging (thank god for crazy
glue). We're taking a loss and
trading it in for a Toyota Matrix.
Don't know if I'll trust the Germans
by Choisan on Jan 21, 2003 Vehicle: 2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2dr Hatchback
This car was my first brand new car.
Here is my grand list of bad behavior
by my little golf; rear break pads and
rotors replaced at 20k, radio replaced
due to sticky buttons, mid console
replacement due to damage during radio
installation, rear break pads replaced
again after another 15k miles! At 40k
miles, water pump and timing belt went!
Covered under warranty, but they also
had to replace oxygen sensor and mass
air flow sensor. Bottom line, the car
is neat, but reliability sucks, VW
service dept. sucks, and customer care
folks suck too. So, I hope that my
experience will help deter future
suckers from buying a German
by prof on Jul 2, 2002 Vehicle: 2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2dr Hatchback
I've owned VW's since 1967 and this is
my first lemon. The window regulators
have failed in two windows at a cost of
repair of $330 each. The oil
consumption was so bad at 30K miles
that they had to replace the rings.
Every month it seems like another $300
For 2000, the big news is the availability of the 150-horsepower 1.8T engine on the Golf GLS. In addition, the Golf receives several equipment updates, including child-seat anchor points, sun visor extenders, a glare-reducing shade band on the windshield, a brake wear indicator light in the instrument cluster, a theft-repelling engine immobilizer and a tether for the fuel cap. All Golfs are now eligible for dealer-installed in-dash CD player; a dealer-installed CD changer is also available. Finally, GLS buyers can opt for a premium Monsoon sound system in lieu of the standard eight-speaker system.