2003 Volkswagen Golf 1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Nice Car, but...
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By PaulM on

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2003 Volkswagen Golf GL TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)

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The '03 VW Golf is a very practical, fun to drive car ideally suited for urban commuter use. It was very reliable up to about 60,000 miles, then problems started to crop up, starting with a glow plug failure. After hitting 100,000 miles, I have spent $4,000 on repairs (injector pump, timing belt, water pump, cooling fan, strut mounts, controlling arms). Where I live, diesel generally costs 10% to 15% more than gas, mileage is probably 30% to 40% better than a gas model.

Favorite Features

The good gas mileage, practicality, and road feel.

Suggested Improvements

Give it a better cup holder.
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