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2004 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Great for 30,000 miles, then problems
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By Andy
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2004 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Transmission, fun-to-drive feel, hatchbacks are great!


Worst Features

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.


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Love the Handling, hate the problems.
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By J.Gree
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2004 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Favorites include the handling, the look of the car, the comfort in the driver's seat.


Worst Features

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.


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Great Car
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By olliemae
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2004 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

moon roof, keyless entry alloy wheels, Just about everything comes standard.


Worst Features

They could add a few more inches in overall length and a little more power perhaps (2.2L). Quite the engine noise.


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Golf Grrl
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By g4oxygen
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2004 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I love my Golf, and while it's not as flashy as some
other compacts, its practical, peppy and super fun
to drive. It really defines me.


Best Features

Hatch with rear folding seats, 2.0L engine ideally calibrated for stop and go traffic, indigo and red interior instrument lighting


Worst Features

None


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Great Car
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By Chris Hendrickson
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Vehicle

2004 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Heated Seats, Monsoon Sound System and Alloy Wheels.


Worst Features

A little bit more power, maybe 140 horsepower and 16 inch wheels instead of 15.


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