Bought 04 Golf 4Dr GL w/AT @
$14,232 + tax/tags after $2K dealer
rebate making this an extraordinary
buy given safety features
(head/side/door & curtain airbags).
Car is fun to drive, fast (but not too
fast for a 16yo driver), well equipped
and appointed even in the base
model. Negatives = history of poor
reliability (altho' improving as of 2003
per consumer reports ratings), dash
switchwork seems a bit flimsy.
However car comes with 4y/50K
bumper-to-bumper warranty and
"free" roadside service. I've owned
audi's, BMW's, porsche's & MB's and
this cars germanic roots shine thru
even when compared to it's more
expensive brethren. I bought this for
my daughter, but I drive it every
chance I can.
Six airbags, "Ka-thunk" when doors
close, driver seat position, best
manual height control on any seat in
any car I've ever owned, blue
dashboard backlighting, understated
& tasteful interior styling, as my
daughter says "bangin' stereo", full
spare, handling characteristics, "fun"
factor, fuel econ
Hopefully reliability will continue to
improve. 2.0L 4 cyl. engine is a tad
thirsty for fuel, especially with AT. As
noted, some switchwork (e.g.- mirror
controls , airbag markers) seems
flimsy & cheap.