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2001 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Suspect Ride
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By Former VW Fan
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2001 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Although this car is somewhat fun to drive, it has been anything but reliable. On third set of brakes after 65000 miles. Several warranty repairs and recall work done in 6 years. Fuel economy has been livable but should be better for such a small car. These cars do not deal with cold weather very well. On third set of weather seals around doors and their still ripped and warranty is up and not their problem anymore. Ice gets trapped in door hinges. Electrical problems as well. Poorly designed car.


Best Features

Rides well. Comfortable seats. Decent amount of room for small car. High quality interior.


Worst Features

Deal with cold weather better. Less maintenance costs would be nice. Why should brake fluid be changed every 2 years? Improve fuel economy. Highway noise is bad due to engine rev's so high. Better quality components such as brakes, battery and bearings would be a good starting point.


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VW Golf To Feel
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By nihan
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2001 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I think the VW Golf is the best compact model in its class. Maybe the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are better than the Golf at a few points like fuel economy and build quality, but the Golf is much better in driving, gearing and performance.


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Third VW
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By VW Owner
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2001 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my third Volkswagen and I love the little things you get with a VW. these nice touches include the spring loaded grab handles, soft to the touch dash boards, turn signal side indicators, sunroofs with a dial, 8 speaker sound systems, upscale dash lighting, heated seats, cool key, etc etc..


Best Features

Cabin space is well thought out. Monsoon stereo, handling, tight fittings, quiet at highway speeds - no rattling.


Worst Features

My two previous VW's had head light bulbs burn out. Update the front end and a little more horsepower in the 2.0 litre.


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Good Car, but not the best.
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By willelm
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2001 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My wife lovesthe VW Golf, which is good because I just sort of like it. It's the perfect size for her and she loves the way it drives, but I wish that we had gotten the turbo. Some things seem very weak, even fragile, like the door handles and cup holders. The important things though are solid, like the steering and brakes.


Best Features

Monsoon sound system is great.


Worst Features

I hate the stupid door locks. The back doors and hatch lock automatically when you close them, then you have to dig out the keys or schlep all the way back to the front door to hit the button. I also wish that I could disable the auto-lock at 10 mph.


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Buy A Warranty and have fun
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Look Out
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2001 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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In two years the car has been towed four times due to "electrical failure"...like a brake light goes out. AC failed twice, car looses power and stalls at 60 miles an hour. BUY THE WARRANTY....Have another car available to drive when they have to order parts...could be days for repair.Between repairs it is fun to drive....Electrical and fuel issues are many at 50k miles


Best Features

Fun to drive


Worst Features

Electrical and fuel system are not very good. Actually, be prepared to have the car towed for little things and do not even try to replace something like a headlight. That takes a certified mechanic.


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