2002 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Good for the long haul

2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel - Consumer Review

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2002 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


After three years and 108,000 miles, I still like it. Short commutes to long trips, it's comfortable (and I'm 6'6") and reliable. Squeaks and rattles have always been from stuff in the car, not the car itself. Nice torquey engine is great in the mountains -- only one hill in Colorado ever made me shift out of 5th to maintain 60 mph (US highway). Average of 42 mpg for that trip -- lots of moutains plus keeping up with traffic on the plains. Can drive for 5 hours straight without getting a sore backside. Great brakes, excellent ride, decent handling, plenty of room (except in the back seat) -- this one's a keeper.

Best Features

Torquey engine, smooooooth clutch, wonderful seats, Monsoon sound system. Love the dash lights.

Worst Features

Seat recliners, upholstery attracts lint and worse, some controls not well laid out, back seat needs help.
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