2000 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Thought it was the perfect car

2000 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Thought it was the perfect car
By krunky on


2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Hatchback


Bought this car new and thought that I would have it forever (see favorite features). At 35k mi, I began to question if it'd last over the log haul. 40k mi service/ inspection was bad. Rear brakes shot, LED brake light out, etc, etc. $1500+ in total repairs. Always kept up with the service, so I had a majority of the work done. When more problems started to appear, high cost and poor service were not encouraging. Decided to trade it in for a used 4WD Toyota Truck. Doesn't handle as well, but it is much more rugged/ durable. The Golf is a great car to operate, just a pain to maintain. Too much time and money for a daily driver.

Best Features

Road manners, interior, available aftermarket upgrades, support/ enthusiast site (VW Vortex), gas mileage, comfort on long trips, interior room, heated seats, power moonroof, sterero, strong engine and probably one of the easiest cars to parallel park.

Worst Features

Chassis, Components, Brakes bad at 40k? Reliability, Plugs foul- out at 35k mi, $200 to replace? Interior durability. Squeaks/ rattles inside and out, Hot selling Jetta & Beetle have let VW dealers service get so bad that I would not consider buying another VW.
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