by Andy on Aug 26, 2007 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Golf GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I had always wanted a VW Golf and after driving several comparable models, researching (not good enough, apparently) I decided on a 2004 VW Golf GLS. 5 speed tranny, everything else needed was standard - big selling point. The first 30,000 miles clicked by without fail or problems. But along the 32,000 mile mark, my ECT light came on, and after a few trips to a dealer, the problem persisted. The result of the light coming on was that the car operated at around 60% of its power, with cruise not working and as you ascend any hill, you can't even grab a gear to accelerate. Finally sold the car (took a big hit) and bought a Toyota - what I should have done in the first place. No more VWs.
by J.Gree on Jul 1, 2005 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Golf GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have a 2004 Golf GLS, automatic. Since the date of delivery, I have had nothing but problems with the car. It is back at the dealership constantly, and on several occasions, has been back more than one time for the same problem. The car is very comfortable, safe, and I love how it handles, however, it is not reliable, and has a lot of electrical problems. Needed a new driver's side seat bracket, coil in driver's seat had to be repaired, faulty cooling sensor, problem with the alarm sounding after closing the trunk and opening the driver's door, I am on my second cd player, and it is not working properly (got it installed yesterday), problems getting the car out of park, etc.
by olliemae on Sep 25, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Golf GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Great little car. Handles great but
rides a little hard but that adds to the
fun. Even with 2.0L good power for
everyday driving. Moonsoon Sound system
is above average but not great especally
for a 200 watts system. A little small
compared to many others similar models.
But overall you will know why this is
the top seller in Europe.
Like the Jetta and New Beetle, the Golf gets a revised and more powerful version of the 1.9-liter TDI engine. A Monsoon stereo is now standard on the GLS model and all Golfs get a new fuel cap warning light and seatbelt reminder.