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.
This is the best car I have owned- it is fun to drive, gets OK gas mileage (the Golf is actually quite a heavy sturdy car so it won't be as good as say a Civic), and has a huge array of safety features. It handles great in the snow and never misses a beat in the cold weather. Best of all is the storage room when you put the back seats down. For $15K, you can't beat it!
Storage room, safety features, easy to drive and park in city, and equally as enjoyable on the highway.
Make armrest standard on GL and improve economy gas mileage on 2.0L engine.
This car is great fun to drive, but to get 40 mpg you must drive like grandma and not take it over 65 on the parkway with the cruise control on. Con's: gas tank marker is not indacated on the fule gage. fuel gage never reads full. So I set my trip guage and at 400 miles i place 10 gallons of fuel in it. It should have had electric defroster in windshield for cold weather package and the heated washer fluid system still froze when it was cold outside. Needs more power should have had the bigger oil burner in it like it big brother. Otherwise I'm a happy camper so far.
Electric windshield defroster in cold package, rear elec seats also
Over 24000 in 8 months, no problems to
date. Live in wisconsin, cold starting
not a problem. Do recommend using
fuel additive. 45-51 mpg so far. I'm 6-3,
255 and I find the car very comfortable
to drive ,seats very supportive. Looking
to buy 06 Passat TDI for wife next year.
Diesels are notorious for being hard to start, but
my Golf has been flawless in -20ºF temps. Sure, it
lets you know that it's a diesel when it starts in cold
weather, but it has never refused to start. The car is
fun to drive for the most part and I've seen up to 52
mpg. For those looking for an economy car with a
manual transmission, don't pass up a test drive of
The favorite has to be the motor. As quiet or ever
more so at highway speeds than other economy
cars - extremely reliable. Heated seats are a must,
as the diesel will take 5 or 10 minutes driving to
warm up in cold weather. Letting it idle for 20
minutes does nothing.
Since the cold has set in, have noticed a few
squeaks and rattles in the cabin. I sometimes bump
radio buttons when I'm trying to change HVAC
settings. Needs better headlights and VW should
offer a stock coolant heater for those of us in cold