2002 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Two years later

2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel - Consumer Review

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Two years later


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


Very good car, no engine or electrical
gremlins to date. In two years, the
following warranty repairs have
occurred: Exterior window seals
replaced twice on both doors; right
headlamp broke inside, replaced whole
assembly; window regulators changed to
updated metal clips; Monsoon radio
changed (known problem on 2002); front
end chirp noise over broken pavement,
manhole covers, etc. Dealer cannot
find problem and I've paid an
independent shop to inspect front end.
May be brake caliper components, but
I'm not spending more money to have it
diagnosed and dealer cannot find
anything wrong. The numerous rattles
do take away from the overall driving

Best Features

Fold down seats in back allow a tremendous amount of storage for car this small. Interior feels like a much more luxurious and expensive car; Fuel mileage avg. 34-37mpg with 80% city/20%hiway travel. There is something cult-like about driving a TDI

Worst Features

I wish I had more confidence in VW dealership technicians. I've decided to take my car to an independent VW/Audi specialty shop for services. The dealer only gets the warranty work. This car is a great value; I cannot think of any improvements.
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