I've got 221,000 miles on my TDI and it's running like it's got a quarter of the mileage on it. It's a great commuter and the gas mileage is what sells the car. It is a little under powered but for 45 mpg's the sacrifice is well worth it. The looks are good but not everyones cup of tea (I've upgraded a few things here and there and it is quite the little head turner). The interior is much nicer than most American or Japanese cars but it is pretty basic for a German car. The build quality is typical German excellence, rock solid. The drive is nice, great for the highway but not the most fun car to take on twisty roads.
My advice, upgrade a few things and this car will be golden forever.
The car's not that pretty or that much fun to drive on a hot summer day compared to a BMW convertible, but it beats everything else as a daily driver/commuter. I've gotten 750+ miles off of a single 12-gallon tank with a manual transmission (62.5 mpg). When driving in the city for the full tank, I still get over 50 mpg. Since the car is a diesel with gobs of torque, you don't have to downshift that often on hills, even when loaded with gear. There is lots of room in the car, enough for three friends, a dog, and camping gear.
The diesel engine is the best, as is how easy it is to maintain the car. The engine bay is cramped, but it's a tiny car which is to be expected. However, it's easier to do the maintenance yourself and save several hundred bucks instead of going to a dealership. The car is a great bargain!
The car could do with a bit more power, but you'd sacrifice fuel economy so it's a good trade. If you want more power, there are a few modifications you can do to it. I prefer a chip modification because you're actually get more power and torque with better fuel economy if done correctly.
We love our Golf. It handles like a
dream. We took ours for a vacation to
visit our son in South Carolina. We
took the scenic route and went through
the mountains. It went up the
mountains without a hint of hesitation
and you want to talk about
economy...it didn't even cost us $50
to go over 1400 miles. There is
plenty of room for packing a double
tent along with suitcases. I would
certainly recommend this car to anyone.
We are tall and the Golf has alot of
leg room in the front seats and they
are very comfortable for long trips.
Also, fuel mileage as my husband
drives 100 miles round trip daily to
go to and from work.
I don't think I understood how much fun
torque could be to play with until I
bought this zippy little diesel.
Blowing past folks on steeps hills
without having to downshift is more
entertaining than I would have expected.
The features that come with the car are
great, the interior is well designed,
and it's suprisingly roomy for our big
and tall friends.
On the one year anniversary of our
purchase, I'd have to say we're very
Fuel economy! A fun car shouldn't be
able to approach 50mpg, but this one
Even thought 90hp works better in this
car than it would in most others, it
could still stand a little more. Later
models have incorporated this.
I've had this car for almost five
months now, and have had no problems.
The car gets about 48 mpg and is a lot
of fun to drive. While it seems that
getting a reliable VW is a crapshoot
these days, I don't regret this
purchase at all.
Blue and red dash lights, excellent
fuel economy, good braking.
Takes a while to heat up, but that's
what you get with a diesel.