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.
Transmission, fun-to-drive feel, hatchbacks are great!
Better build quality and reliability - tremendous let down when only 37,000 miles gets on the odo and you have a few dealers tell you they can't fix the problem - ECT.
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.
Favorites include the handling, the look of the car, the comfort in the driver's seat.
VW technicians need to sit down, and put their heads together and make this vehicle more reliable. Have them look on the "MY VW LEMON.COM" website to get ideas about what owner's are having problems with.
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.
moon roof, keyless entry alloy wheels,
Just about everything comes standard.
They could add a few more inches in
overall length and a little more power
perhaps (2.2L). Quite the engine noise.
My golf is the perfect car for a
single guy. It is a great car to drive
and have fun driving, the 5 speed
manual shifts so smooth and is great
on gas mileage. With gas prices how
they are, this is perfect for someone
short on cash. Its small but its
character thats counts and this car
has a ton of character. Definately a
good reliable car.
Heated Seats, Monsoon Sound System and
A little bit more power, maybe 140
horsepower and 16 inch wheels instead