2002 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: My 2nd update.

2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel - Consumer Review

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My 2nd update.
By 2fastdre on


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


I put another 16K miles on my
TDI since we last spoke and I am still
happy (although I did go through 2
unpleasant experiences). I
had the front window problem: well, my
window basically fell into the door when
I was going about 70mph on the highway.
The linkage broke (as VW vaguely warned)
and nothing was holding it in place.
They replaced both linkages with no
questions. I had an EGR problem: the
car would not start one morning - it
would crank but no fire. Had to tow to
dealer and they had to replace the EGR
valve. For detailed info on EGR go to
tdiclub website, but it basically got stuck
in an open position and it prevented
oxygen from entering. Warranty is great.

Best Features

Still the engine: 48 mpg average with city driving, and still effortless crusing and passing.

Worst Features

Same suggestions as before plus relocate the cup holders into the center console (2005 Golf will have this). And relocate the cargo area light from the lower right to the ceiling (ceiling makes so much more sense for dealing with cargo in the dark).
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