2002 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Japanese for me

2002 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback - Consumer Review

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


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

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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