Bought this car as demo in December 2004. Had a few warranty repairs in first few years. Car drives almost exclusively in the city thus lots of wear and tear on the body and drive train. Interior held up pretty good, seats remain well shaped and without rips. Recently ceiling material has started to come loose. Has 85000 miles and had to replace solenoid bodies in transmission. Also had AC compressor clutch replaced. Boots on Inner CV joints need replacing. Generally reliable and fun and comfortable drive. Recently drove much newer Honda Civic and Toyota Prius, both felt extremely sluggish in comparison even though they both were 9 years younger and less than half of the mileage.
Got this for my first car. I've wanted one for a very long time, and I bought it with 95,600 miles and a clean service history record. Not a problem since, just regular maintenance. Drives like a little sports car, and the trunk is huge for a car this size. I love how light and agile it is. It might be slow, but it's more fun to drive slow cars fast than fast cars slow! I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially since it comes in two- or four-door models. Without a doubt, one of the most well-made cars out there. NICE JOB VW!
Handling / Steering, Gas Mileage, Safety, Quality
(Allegedly) marginal reliability, small rear seat, a bit of body roll when cornering, pretty slow
My Golf 2.0 (2004) Automatic 2 Dr. Hatchback is the best little car I have every owned. I bought the car with only 3000 miles on it--it now has 36,000 and still purrs. It rides clean and very quiet--the interior is pretty--the exterior sporty. NOTHING HAS EVER GONE WRONG WITH MY LITTLE BABY GOLF. I put the gas mileage at around 38 MPG/on HWY-little less in city (I don't do city though) The only item that needed to be replaced from 3000-36,000 miles was my battery because I drive the car from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona at least 3-4 times a year. In AZ the battery gets sucked dry fast in the heat and humidity. Only other car that compares to the Golf was my Honda Odyssey.
The engine is so darn quiet.
Cup holders and gadgets just seem to be in the right places.
Great gas mileage.
It is a cute looking little car.
First, the car drives great and has good gas mileage. I purchased a VW based on its reputation for quality. After owning the car for almost 4 years, I am not sure how VW got this reputation. The interior begins to fall apart after 2 years. I live in Florida so the heat could be part of the problem, but many other manufacturers have managed to make a car that withstands the heat. The interior fabric on the door is coming off. The plastic melts and scratches. I am extremely disappointed and will never purchase a VW again. My friend has a VW Bug and she has the same issues (and more).
Improve the quality and durability of the interior.