2002 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Two years later
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2002 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Two years later
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2002 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)

Review

Very good car, no engine or electrical gremlins to date. In two years, the following warranty repairs have occurred: Exterior window seals replaced twice on both doors; right headlamp broke inside, replaced whole assembly; window regulators changed to updated metal clips; Monsoon radio changed (known problem on 2002); front end chirp noise over broken pavement, manhole covers, etc. Dealer cannot find problem and I've paid an independent shop to inspect front end. May be brake caliper components, but I'm not spending more money to have it diagnosed and dealer cannot find anything wrong. The numerous rattles do take away from the overall driving experience

Favorite Features

Fold down seats in back allow a tremendous amount of storage for car this small. Interior feels like a much more luxurious and expensive car; Fuel mileage avg. 34-37mpg with 80% city/20%hiway travel. There is something cult-like about driving a TDI

Suggested Improvements

I wish I had more confidence in VW dealership technicians. I've decided to take my car to an independent VW/Audi specialty shop for services. The dealer only gets the warranty work. This car is a great value; I cannot think of any improvements.
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