Overall, A good buy.
By jyankus on
2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDi 4dr Hatchback
I've owned this car for 7 years. It is, on the whole, a very good car that suffered from periods of erratic reliability. The pluses are that it gets superb mileage. 50 mpg is not a joke, and 45-50 in stop and go commuting traffic around the metro area is really stellar. The car has been very comfortable. The car is also very practical as a hauler. Cargo capacity is great. Supremely reliable diesel engine. The minuses. Questionable reliability in some areas -- the power windows, steering rack (twice!) and the car frequently illuminates the warning lights for extremely minor problems (quite an annoyance). A great commuter car with a few blemishes.
Diesel fuel economy. Bulletproof engine. Comfortable ride and good utility.
More power (90hp was below average in 2000, and the new  ones are supposed to have 140 or so). Better quality control or reliability of ancillary parts.