Used 2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel

Style:
2002 Volkswagen Golf
List price range
$4,198 - $6,999

Pros

  • Fun-to-drive, lots of standard goodies, hatchback design offers excellent cargo utility.

Cons

  • Limited engine choices with departure of 1.8T four-door, some controls hard to decipher, handling could be crisper, dated styling.

Used 2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel for Sale

Volkswagen Golf 2002 GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)
116,565 miles
Used 2002
Volkswagen Golf
GLS TDI
I-Deal Cars
90 mi away
List$6,999
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2002
168,000 miles
Used 2002
Volkswagen Golf
GLS TDI
Lititz Motorcar
99.1 mi away
List$4,198
Est.Loan: $86/mo
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Dealer Notes
Air Conditioning,Anti-lock Brakes,Daytime Running Lights,Power Brakes,Power Steering,Power Windows

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Looking for a cheap, functional, fun-to-drive car? The Golf offers all three, though the departure of the four-door turbo takes away some of the fun.

vehicle overview

We've always liked the Golf, a fun-to-drive, chunky-but-spunky hatchback that has been a bestseller in Europe for more than two decades. Here in the States, the fourth-generation Golf does battle against a range of compacts, many of them with less sporting credentials.

Both the Golf GL and GLS are powered by a standard 2.0-liter SOHC four-cylinder powerplant producing 115 horsepower. An optional powertrain on the Golf is the Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine making 90 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, with an EPA rating of 49 miles per gallon during highway driving and 42 mpg in the city. Of these two engines, the TDI provides the most get-up-and-go, but neither compares to the turbocharged 1.8-liter four that VW offered on four-door Golfs in 2000 and 2001 (turbo fans now must buy a two-door GTI). All Golfs are available with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

The hatchback rides on front MacPherson struts and a rear independent torsion-beam axle. Separate shock and coil-spring mounts reduce intrusion into the luggage compartment and cut road noise.

Standard features on the Golf GL include an anti-theft alarm system, air conditioning, power locks, split folding rear seats with three headrests and three-point safety belts, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

The Golf GLS adds a folding front-center armrest, one-touch up and down power windows, power heated mirrors, cruise control and velour fabric seats. Options on the GLS include a four-speed automatic transmission, a Monsoon sound system, alloy wheels, a power glass sunroof, heated front seats and heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Golf offers a multitude of safety features that we don't usually see in cars at this price point. Automatic locking retractors (ALR) and emergency locking retractors (ELR) are provided for the seatbelts. Child seat tether anchorage points are also included. Moreover, side airbags and head protection curtain airbags come standard. It all comes in an attractively packaged interior boasting high-quality materials, as well as the best rear headroom and storage capacity of cars in this class.

All new Volkswagen vehicles come with an improved 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from 2 years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen offers a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. Four-year/50,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance is also provided.

With top-notch warranty coverage, high-quality materials and construction, a roomy and functional interior, and traditionally Germanic handling, the Golf makes a compelling case for purchase by cash-strapped consumers looking for an inexpensive set of wheels that doesn't feel cheap.

2002 Highlights

The speedy 1.8T four-door has been eliminated from the Golf lineup. A CD player now comes standard on the GLS model, and the GL trim level is available both in two- and four-door configurations. Mojave Beige joins the color spectrum. Also new for the 2002 model year, all Volkswagen vehicles come with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen offers a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Volkswagen Golf.

I love this car
Mr Bill, 12/24/2008
My dad had a Rabbit diesel and that car provided about a million miles and years of service so I had my eye on this Golf when I first saw it. I got it with 60k miles and it now has 100k miles. It is 6 years old but still looks great, and the brake pads have never been changed! It gets about 36 mpg which is right with what the window sticker says. This is a low maintenance car, all I do is change the oil around 5k miles and drive it.
Good car to have, has lots going for it
Aleks, 7/20/2002
I really enjoy this car and i am glad i got this car. Not only was the price very nice, but it is very well worth the money. ALthough i got new tires, the handling with the origial ones was also very good both in handling and in grip. This thing really does well in corners, on ice, rain, and dirt. Cornering is very nice, and the fuel economy is spectacular.
This car is the best!!!
CritterHopper, 2/19/2003
This is the most awesome car. Fuel economy, reliability (diesels last forever) and good resale value are what sold me! quality all around, no less than exceptional. Much more for the money than you would expect for a car <20K. Good job VW! Loyal VW owner for life! I'll never buy any other make!
TDI just keeps on going
W.T.S, 2/28/2003
this is my fourth diesl from VW, in the past 10 years. My current 2002 has been trouble free, with an excellent service dept. The 2002 is loaded with features and drives and feels more like a full size car, none of the tinny ,clunkyness of its competotors and that includes Honda. I have owned a VW product since 1974 and would not be without one, they are just fun to drive, and if maintained long running and usually trouble free.
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Features & Specs

MPG
29 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Diesel
90 hp @ 3750 rpm
MPG
35 city / 44 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Diesel
90 hp @ 3750 rpm
MPG
29 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Diesel
90 hp @ 3750 rpm
MPG
35 city / 44 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Diesel
90 hp @ 3750 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2002 Volkswagen Golf
Used 2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel Overview

The Used 2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel is offered in the following styles: GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), GL TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M), GL TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 4A), and GL TDI 2dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel trim styles:

  • The Used 2002 Volkswagen Golf Diesel GLS TDI is priced between $4,198 and$6,999 with odometer readings between 116565 and168000 miles.

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