Bought this car new after 14 great years with a Jetta.
This car has more bells/whistles than the Jetta but is not as rugged, tho I have hauled more stuff in the Golf and done more city driving.
But I have 105K on it and haven't had to do any major repairs except it now needs a timing belt.
This car is fun to drive and comfortable as I am short, but it is difficult for passengers with long legs.
The latch to allow trunk expansion over folded rear seats broke, which is inconvenient and I broke the antenna off on the excellent sound system which limits its radius - both pricey repairs but work arounds.
Good maint from dealer.
I realize we made a bad decision buying this car without having our mechanic look at it.
We bought it with 135,000 miles and drove it for a year.
It chugged oil with no visible leaks.
In the 12 months we replaced the key/ignition $300, both headlights $20 each, transmission $2200, wheel bearing $300, tires $1000, 1 of the alignment control bars $150, dipstick tube $45, and AC compressor $900.
It failed emissions after all this and then a lady ran a red light and totalled it for us.
Thank you lady.
Put the thing out of its misery.
I got a 2002 GLS this month, and I am
extremely happy about it. I looked at
Mazda Protege 5, Hyundai and Ford
Focus. I purchased the car primarily
for long weekend trips. Here is why the
car is the best choice: 1.Cheapest
Insurance rate 2.Good Power 3. Superior
features for its price point (none of
the competitors have 6 airbags, abs,
power everything, immobilizer, anti
theft and day time running lights)4.Low
depreciation 5.V. Large trunk (larger
than Jettas) and you can haul
everything when you put the seats down.
6.Increasing popularity (sales
increasing)7.Safest car in its class
My advise, test drive all the
competitors and see for yourself.
I bought this VW for quality German engineering. My mistake. It had chronic (monsoon) radio/cd problems which are expensive to repair. Front door windows fell out but were covered by mfr recall. Transmission went out twice (112,000 and 128,000 miles). It cost $4500 and VW America would not help with either transmission. Even the wheel logos are poorly installed and fall out at $40 each. Cup holders completely block access to stereo while in use. Black velour seats tend to hold lots of lint and dirt. Looking forward to selling this car and buying a Japanese or American car.