2004 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Love our TDI Golf

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Love our TDI Golf
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2004 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


We researched vehicles for 7 months
before deciding on the Golf! Hardly
any car met our critera: good fuel
economy, reliable, in the low $20's,
side curtain airbags (this was a biggie
which most cars don't offer) and fun to
drive. The Golf met all these plus we
got heated seats and a sunroof thrown
in! We're VERY happy with our purchase
and also received a $1000 customer
loyalty rebate from VW because we
currently own a 2000 Jetta which we
love. The VW rear hatch bike rack is
great(rather than a roof mounted rack)
since we do tons of mountain biking.
Oh by the way, we're planning on buying
the materials to make our own biodiesel
fuel soon :)

Best Features

Heated seats, good fuel economy although I'm hoping to get more in the high 40's but we've only checked our fuel twice and it was after my husband drove it very hard over mountains driving 80 mph and it got like 39 miles/gallon. Electronic Stabilization and turbocharger are great also

Worst Features

Radio buttons on the steering wheel would be great and safer! Lumbar support adjustment and the option for Pleather seats like our Jetta has but the Golf didn't come with it. They improved the timing belt (finally). It only needs to be changed every 90k instead of every 50k.
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