I have two Veedubs in the family now, and both have been bulletproof. It seems the dependability of VW in general is pretty variable, but if you can score the right car, as we apparently have, they are very trustworthy. I am going to get jumped on for this, but it seems to me the vehicles that come from Germany, i.e., the Touareg, are more problematic than the ones built in Latin America. Anyway back to the TDI - the car amazes me, and most people who ride in it instantly want one. Accordingly, TDIs get snapped up real quickly around here. The power and handling, while not quite sports-car caliber, are simply much better than you'd expect from a car capable of 50 mpg. No more gas-cars for me!
The TDI engine, fit and finish, and Monsoon stereo. The roof rack system is the best I have seen.
The seats attract dirt like crazy and are difficult to keep looking nice. Leather would be nice, but most TDIs aren't that well optioned. The ground clearance is very low. A 4Motion version would be perfect.
I've read all the reviews for the 2003 VW Golf GL on this site, and I can't tell if everyone is over the age of 60 or just emotionally tired, but this car puts me to sleep at the wheel, and often! The 120 HP engine is fast enough for me, thus the GL works, but if I had test driven the car longer, I would have realized the the suspension is really, really tame. The car wallows in turns, the back end (even with the short wheelbase)trembles mid corner, and the nose dives under the most gentle of braking. If I could choose a VW again, it'd cope with the reliability problems of the turbocharger and buy the GTi. Other than the performance issues, the standard kit is surprisingly nice for the price.
Standard kit (radio features, seats, cargo space)
Stiffer suspension. Not all Americans are unable to drive at any speed. The spring ratios are way to dumbed down in this car. My 86 Nissan / Datsun sentra wagon had more feel on the road...
Stand Trans a must with this engine.
ONLY FUN-TO-DRIVE ECONOMY CAR W/
PERSONALITY ON THE MARKET. Chassis so
solid, drives like a dream. Great
crash test ratings make me feel safer
than I would on truck/SUV-strewn
roads. Interior easy on the eyes.
Seats need better lumbar support, and
velour upholstry sucks. As GLS owner,
I suggest sticking w/ the GL. GLS
options aren't as well-designed as
rest of car. Big-picture: 26K problem-
free mi in first 12 mos w/ average 45-
47 MPG, and starts down to -55F here
in ND has convinced me of the overall
value and sound design of this car -
esp. that engine!
Wow i got an '03 2.0L first day i was
liting up the tires, whoah!, what a fun
car. The 5 speed gave the car so much
more spunk compared to the automatic.
(I took both for test drives unless you
get the tiptronic auto the car is
lame!) The handling is just excellent
but than again what else would you
expect from the best of the best German
autos (VW, AUDI, BMW) you always have
excellent handling and no lack of power.
Also remember 5k miles for oil is way
too much. Trust people that have 270k+
miles on there car.
5speed, handling, all the standard
Make it easier to change oil because to
properly change the oil you have to
remove this splash guard underneat the