I was drawn to the TDI by its sleek
design, great handling, and its
incredible fuel efficiency (50 miles a
gallon means that I go to a gas station
a little more than once a month). What I
did not expect, after I had owned
several Golfs prior to this one, were
the major problems with reliability.
Nearly from day one, things started to
break: sunroof, door locks, glow plugs,
module, my ignition key was not
recognized and the car disabled itself.
Now, the turn-lights aren't working and
the "check-engine" light is on again. I
should have been more suspicious of the
2-yr warranty. All that in 2.5 years
plus really lousy service is more than I
Gas mileage is great and the
performance is about the same as the
pathetic 2.0 engine. Reliability is a
serious issue. Both tie rods, the
infamous VW window regulator, a brake
relay, and now the power steering pump
have all failed after the lame warranty
ran out. German engineering is a
myth. These cars break just as often
but cost twice as much to fix.
I bought my TDI new. I have put on a
lot of miles, so the good gas milage is
great. However, I have experienced
high repair cost so what I am saving in
gas I am paying in repairs. Not many
mechanics can work on diesel engines so
I am a the mercy of the dealer. At 80K
miles my turbo died. Still waiting to
hear why and how much it is to repair.
Service provided by VW is very
expensive ($82/hr for labor).
Additionally, VW charges more for any
work done on a diesel vehicle. Regular
oil change cost $55.