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By Scott88Gt
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Good car, not a problem to date. I
would not hesistate to buy another VW.
No, it does not have as much power as
my other two cars, but its a Golf not a
full-race 850 BMW either. I have
transported engines, one treadmill and
stuffed it full for one move--I like it.



Best Features

Interior resists stains pretty well. Very smooth car--no problems above 80 mph/130 Kmh. Outstanding brakes and snow handling. Handles better than any other car I have owned. Holds plenty of cargo. Paint and trim are good, never had a problem with the windows or seals.


Worst Features

Drink holder needs to be moved, you can't change discs while you have it open--they could have done that better. Wish I didn't have to pull the headrests to drop the back seats, but don't see how that can be helped.


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Can't beat it
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By chukchi
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Its been a little over two years and 60k miles
since I purchased my Golf. I have owned 3
other VWs. This one maintains the good VW
qualities and has fixed most of the bad ones.
The safety features are untouchable by other
cars in its price range and many of the more
expensive cars on the market. Handling and
performance are more than acceptable. I
average 31-33mpg with mostly highway and
backroad driving. The only problems I have
had are minor (broken window clips, cracked
window moldings, loose wiper fluid hose in
hatch). The best characteristic is the cargo
space. I fit a new dishwasher with all its
packaging in the back, with room to spare.


Best Features

Cargo Space, safety features (standard 4- wheel discs, head curtain airbags, side airbags, best crash test results in its class), VW personality and handling, full size spare tire, telescoping steering wheel


Worst Features

front cup holder placement needs to be re- thought


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Japanese for me
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By No Good
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Just like all of the other reviews here
on Edmunds - drives and looks great
with poor build quality and reliability
(2002 model). In two years I have had
it to the shop 7 times, including 1
tow. Lots of rattles from the dash and
vents, broken radio and window motor,
frozen doors (it snows/rains in
Germany, right?), wouldn’t shift out of
park so I needed a tow to the dealer
and now I have noticed the burning oil
at 27K (smells like a 2-cycle motor the
first 10 sec after starting in the
cold). Average 24mpg with 70% highway
driving.


Best Features

Large rear space with seats folded down, roof rack mounts under the rain gutters, looks and drive.


Worst Features

Trips to the dealer every 2-3 months for repairs are getting old and waste time. Will keep the car until warranty is up and buy an Acura, Infiniti or Lexus next.


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So far So good
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By audiPhile
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought mine new and have 28K miles
on it. My left headlight and the
right brake light didn't work at 27 K.
Had to take it to dealer and replaced
it(Warranty).
I haven't had any engine problems at
all except that it drinks a lot of oil
and I keep 2 quarts in my
trunk. I asked the dealer last week
and he told me to bring in next time
the oil shows half in the dip stick
and they would do an oil consumption
test. One more thing. My doors get
stuck in freezing winter and have to
use force to open. Recently I hear
light noise from my AC grill. Got to
get it done soon!
But overall I like my car. Has been
very reliable and fun and looks nice!


Best Features

* Blue instrumentation lighting. Every one who gets in your car will compliment about it! * The key fobs. Looks cool. * 8 speaker audio system. * 4 airbags for driver and passenger. * Many standard features that a miserly Honda or Toyota will charge you or wont give you.


Worst Features

* Do something about the oil consumption problem. Many people have complained it. * The seat covers are a lint magnet. Need more than normal maintenance. * Cupholders. Keep it somewhere else. * Doors squeak slightly.


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Need improvement
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By X_VW_Fan
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2002 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Had this car with manual tranny for 21
months. Basically I am happy with the
performance and still think this is a
fun-to-drive car. Quality is a biiiig
problem. So far dealer had to
fix/change clutch swtich, rear lid
strut and power window. Today, the
radio is dead.


Best Features

Safety features, heated front seats, all the convenient lights, hooks, and power outlet under the hatch.


Worst Features

Little more hp and better mpg from the 2.0L engine. Improve the quality and reliability.


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