The car has great pick up and cruises solidly at high speed. However, it is quite noisy as the transmission is geared too low. A high, sixth gear is greatly needed. My car has had a "popping" sound when cold and a very unstable idle. No distinct cause has been found. There are tons of squeaks, creaks, and rattles that will never be solved. I sold my TDI because of these to get my present 1.8T. And both cars were made in Wolfsburg! The door latches have been replaced, window regulators, mass air flow sensor, injector seals, turbo boost valve, and diverter valve. If you want a Golf, get the TDI.
Turbo torque. Decent mileage. Lots of cargo space with rear seats down. Excellent instrument cluster. Firm but supple ride.
Make it lighter! Better balance, too heavy in front. Overall better build quality. A higher, sixth gear for all 1.8T and TDIs. Better hinges and latches for doors. Stiffen the car. Firmer brakes.
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.
Having been driving it for 2.5 years,
love to drive it as much as hate to
repair it. I haven't had the window
broken problem but something even
worse.. the "check engine light" just
keep coming on again and again. It was
ok before the mfg warranty expired but
beyond 2 years, i have to pay $75
everytime just to have the dealership
to diagnose it, not mention the repair
ocst. it is all about the poor sensors
which can often give false alarm only
because it snows or rains too much
fun to drive around, good powerful
sensor, sensor, sensor;
interior carpeting; fuel efficiency
Brakes had been been completely
replaced twice; extremely poor fuel
efficiency (local 20, highway barely
28). used to be proud of driving one
but not sure now. Anybody know a
better and more reliable non-Japanese
Bought the car to replace my infated
1996 Plymouth Neon due to mechanical
problems thinking that I would not have
the amount of problems with a new VW
since we are previous owners of a 97
Golf K2. First year had the car
serviced 12 time and with 3 problems
took it in 2x to fix. Took the vehicle
over to the BBB but VW did not want to
buy it back. Will not buy another VW.
The feel and the pick up. Looks very
sporty and has a sporty feel.
Recall all the VW's made in Mexico and
have them done in Germany because they
seem to know what they are doing.