2004 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Great for 30,000 miles, then p

2004 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great for 30,000 miles, then problems
By Andy on


2004 Volkswagen Golf GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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