2003 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Squeaking nightmare

2003 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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

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Squeaking nightmare
By AlexH on


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


We upgraded to this one-year-old Golf from VW Polo. There is not as much legroom as you expect from a bigger car a bit more for your head, compared to the Polo. Driver and passenger sitting positions are far too high you feel like falling out of the car every corner (the new Golf V is better). We have the TDI Match edition in UK it has Alloys, CD, radio, Central locking, Electric windows, Air Con, Alarm and Immobiliser which is almost full Christmas wish list fulfilled. Driving this car is a nightmare especially in summer the car (where the interior panels warm up in sunshine and expand) we had to go to the dealer to fix this...

Best Features

Great specification, holds its value well, great fuel economy I get on a 60 miles run to work combined roads an average of 52mpg. Good safety features, firm breaks, has ABS and other electronic help gadgets to help you in difficult times.

Worst Features

Spend more money on interior material (even the latest Golf V) sharper steering and better sitting position (lower) could be better. Better sound system could be of advantage. The main improvement has to be the build quality.
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