2000 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Thought it was the perfect car

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Thought it was the perfect car
By krunky on


2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8T Turbo 4dr Hatchback


Bought this car new and thought that
I would have it
forever (see favorite features). At 35k
mi, I began to question if it'd last over
the log haul. 40k mi service/
inspection was bad. Rear brakes
shot, LED brake light out, etc, etc.
$1500+ in total repairs. Always
kept up with the service, so I had a
majority of the work done. When
more problems started to appear,
high cost and poor
service were not encouraging.
Decided to trade it in for a
used 4WD Toyota Truck. Doesn't
handle as well, but it
is much more rugged/ durable. The
Golf is a
great car to operate, just a pain to
maintain. Too much time and
money for a daily driver.

Best Features

Road manners, interior, available aftermarket upgrades, support/ enthusiast site (VW Vortex), gas mileage, comfort on long trips, interior room, heated seats, power moonroof, sterero, strong engine and probably one of the easiest cars to parallel park.

Worst Features

Chassis, Components, Brakes bad at 40k? Reliability, Plugs foul- out at 35k mi, $200 to replace? Interior durability. Squeaks/ rattles inside and out, Hot selling Jetta & Beetle have let VW dealers service get so bad that I would not consider buying another VW.
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