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By mkfarms
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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We bought this car new, after the dealer went high and low trying to find one. It has 175000 miles on it and is by far the lowest-cost joy of a car we have ever owned. Going for 300,000+! Only the two-seat Honda Insight tops it for freeway-driving economy and this has no multi-thousand- dollar battery battery bank overhauls looming in the future!


Best Features

The TDI engine technology is the best of the best. Volkswagen should never have "improved" on the A4 engine since the previous versions and the 2004 and later PD versions have not performed as well.


Worst Features

It may appear in the new VW Sportwagen (Jetta in the U.S.) in January '08, but VW desperately needs to get back on the A4-type track with a 6-speed manual at 60+ mpg. Their prototype TDI hybrid at around 100 mpg would really take the cake, overriding the cost of the long-term battery replacements.


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Great car!
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By pilotdc9
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


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I have had absolutely no problems with this car during it's 68,000+ miles. Very comfortable on long trips and my 17 year old loves it. Fuel economy ranges between 42 and 53.7 mpg.


Best Features

TDI engine. Quality materials. Blue dash lights.


Worst Features

Loose the knob for reclining the seats.


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Good car to have, has lots going for it
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By Aleks
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

I really enjoy this car and i am glad i got this car. Not only was the price very nice, but it is very well worth the money. ALthough i got new tires, the handling with the origial ones was also very good both in handling and in grip. This thing really does well in corners, on ice, rain, and dirt. Cornering is very nice, and the fuel economy is spectacular.


Best Features

The seats, the handling


Worst Features

more reliable interior (ie: things break like buttons)


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Awesome diesel (TDI)
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By dmelgar
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

Great driving car. Smooth over bumps, good bit of body lean in turns but feels very sure footed. Torque makes you feel like you're driving a much more powerful car. Highway ride is a nice, tracks straight (autobahn heritage), eats up twisty roads, steering feels great. We traded in a 6mo. old Civic. Civic was roomier, better basic transport. But for a fun refined driving machine, this is it!


Best Features

Fun, power, handling, highway tracking, stereo (best stock I've heard), mileage (53mpg on 1st tank), lots of nice little features.


Worst Features

Less body lean, more powerful diesels like in europe (requires better fuel due in 2007), lower price


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Well Kept Secret
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By cncman
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


Review

As a first time Volkswagon and diesel owner, this car gets two thumbs up. Zero problems, all fun. Incredible mileage(45-50mpg), surprising power, quiet and no smoke. Everyone who has ridden in it is completely surprised when I announce it's a diesel. The car handles well, smart interior design, firm but comfortable seats, 6 air bags, roomy for cargo and elegant hatch-back styling. Exterior fit and finish is supurb. Doors thunk, not clink. This car is designed to a very fine increment. After a year, if asked what the downside to owning a diesel is, I would have to say 'NONE'. Total surprise. This is a great car and I love it.


Best Features

Diesel Engine. Responsive, torquey, quiet, smokeless, economical. Total surprise and well kept secret.


Worst Features

Move cupholders. More small item storage space.


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