1997 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Last of the bad designs?

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Last of the bad designs?
By GKnight17 on

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1997 Volkswagen Golf GL 4dr Hatchback

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Overall, the Golf III is a decent car. The body rigidity has held, so no squeaks or strange noises from the depths of the dash. However, the locks freeze solid VERY EASILY and this causes your key to bend in unnatural ways. Also, they obviously cut corners in numerous places - the battery died after two years (a cell in the battery died - it couldn't be jumped). Also, the spark plugs coked-up 20K miles early - no warning, just died. Dealer "service" consists of numerous checks for $200-$300. To actually fix/replce something costs extra - not at Honda though. For Hondas, that price includes scheduled part replacement. Could be a dealer-specific issue, though.

Best Features

Hatchback design w/fold-down seats provides wonderful utility. I've surprised numerous people with the amount of stuff I can carry in my car.

Worst Features

Work on the quality of the parts. A known issue of locks freezing and batteries dying should not have lasted through to the last year of the design.
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