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, we’ve 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.
Design, interior space, instrumentation, seats, auto transmission, safety.
Glovebox hinge is flimsy, interior door handles peel a rubber coating, oil consumption (1 quart per 5000K), brake rotor life.
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!
Blue interior lights, side air bags,
chrome transmission cover and eight
Cup Holders: Less asthetic but more
I had to install a CD player, why do
cars still come with tape decks?
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
Style and comfort.
Better reliability and much better
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
Not much except the deceptive stylish
look of the car and handling that only
last until the next mechanical
Improved reliability of the car that
includes extended warranty.