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By Don Fox on
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2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDi 4dr Hatchback
Review
Upscale features are nice, but great mileage is meaningless given purchase premium & $750 glow plugs/relay/harness replacement; may as well have gas engine & avoid the extra noise, sluggish response, & noxious exhaust. Electrical problems: rear window defroster, seat heater, errant break warning light, air recirculation button. Glove box broke at only 15 mo (but 30,000 mi, so no warranty help). Annoyances: wide turning radius, clunky shifter, low radio & climate control placement, useless clothes hanger hooks, small sun visors, low side placement of the trunk light, flimsy 12V receptacle in the trunk, & lint-collecting seat fabric.
Favorite Features
Hatchback utility; relative smooth, quiet ride (once you get underway); sound system; mileage; heated seats
Suggested Improvements
RELIABILITY, better warranty, reasonable maintenance/repair costs, tighter turning radius, smoother shifting, better radio/cup holder/climate control layout, strong glove box, more storage compartments, useful trunk light placement, reinforced trunk 12V outlet.
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