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You are in the Volkswagen Golf
What is this discussion about?
Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#1302 of 1529 Re: In the market [boy1984]
Mar 05, 2006 (11:57 am)
You said, in part:
My primary desires in a new car are fuel efficiency, and reliability. I've been through the constant repairs, and headaches. I need at least a couple pain free years. Is a VW Golf going to work for me?
I doubt it. I owned a 2001 and 2004 Golf and they are upscale for a small car - that is their allure, not bulletproof reliability.
I had a frustrating ECM problem with the first one and no problems (albeit a much shorter period of ownership) with the second, sorry to see it go but needed a minivan.
However, VW way at the end of the line on Consumer Reports' list of reliable cars, and there are a lot of anecdotal reports of problems and bad dealers, in terms of fixing those problems the first (second, or third) time around.
So unless you are prepared to work around the problems (which are not insurmountable given a healthy dose of patience and proximity to a good dealer - this is 2006 after all) you should just buy a Corolla (the new Civic has teething problems).
Also, consider this: a person with 10 problems with a Corolla waits patiently while the dealer fixes them and never doubts the integrity of the brand. On the other hand, a person with 3 problems on a VW or American car freaks out and immediately starts a vitriolic campaign against them everywhere he or she can post.
American and VW cars seem to create paranoia in their purchasers (the "knew I shouldn't have bought this" syndrome). You seem like a perfect candidate for this syndrome....
#1303 of 1529 Re: In the market [boy1984]
Mar 05, 2006 (3:18 pm)
Since you will soon graduate from college, I assume you have limited funds for a down payment on a used 2003+ car. However, you do have a job lined up. Have you looked into leasing a new car? A new car warranty for the duration of the lease would be less expensive than buying an extended warranty on a used car, and would give you more peace of mind than taking your chances on a used car without a warranty. A Golf may be a tight fit for you. You'd be better off actually trying out a few different hatchbacks for comparison rather than asking for other people's opinions.
Mar 22, 2006 (7:21 am)
While we North American are still patiently waiting for the fifth generation of the VW Golf, guess what the Volks at Wolfsburg are apparently planning soon?
A sixth generation Golf!
But dont get too excited since we will have to wait about a half a decade after the VW VI intro in Europe in order to buy one here(just about the time when Europeans will be driving the newer VW VII)
#1306 of 1529 Re: VW VI [dewey]
Apr 03, 2006 (8:29 am)
it appears this forum is a solo forum consisting merely of myself.
So in order to provoke some dialogue I am going to respond to my own post:
Here is a link with more information about the 6th generation Golf.
Apr 03, 2006 (11:11 am)
...when there's something to talk about, we'll talk. Translation: when VW gets off its butt and actually starts to bring the new Golf to our market, we'll have something to discuss. Until then....
It's been beaten to death before, but VW seems to have a terminal problem with the NA market. Meanwhile, Toyota marches on....
#1308 of 1529 Re: Well.... [jrct9454]
Apr 03, 2006 (6:15 pm)
I beleive that the new GTI is part of the "golf" family. I rode along when my daughter test-drove one the other day.
The accelleration from the 2.0L trubocharged engine can pin one to the seat. The cornering abilities are unmatched. (Salseman took cloverleaf at speed that would make lesser cars squirm) The ESP never came on and the salesman said that during his training, this car has taken the same corner at 10 MPH faster before ESP kicked in.
The seats are VERY supportive and the new IRS (Indipendant Rear Suspension) makes the vehicle significantly more stable over uneven roads. I spoke to an Audi TT owner that says that the VW GTI is very close to the performance of his TT at half the price.
My daughter then test-drove a Mazda RX8 (Only rotary engine available in USA) Although the Mazda looks cool and sounds AWESOME with an engine that freely reves well beyond 8,000 RPM.
After the GTI, my daughter was not impressed by the RX8.
How is that for some comments on the new Golf?
Apr 03, 2006 (7:24 pm)
...if you consider the Golf to be a $22k+ car. When most of us speak about the new Golf, we're referring to a car that can be purchased for under $20k. The GTI is fine for what it is. What about the rest of the line?
#1310 of 1529 Re: Sure... [jrct9454]
Apr 04, 2006 (6:41 pm)
My goodness... if you are concerned about a 2 thousand dollar difference , perhaps you should not be looking at a NEW car. Since I keep my cars a minimum of 10 years... that 2,000 dollars amortizies to about $16/month.
When I look for an automobile which I am going to keep for over 10 years... I look for somthing that I want to be in for that long.... price is perhaps 3rd or 4th on my list.
Somthing like this;
1) Rust resistant (I live in Vermont.. Asian cars disenigrate in about 8 years)
2) Has the amenities my wife desires
The VW Jetta TDI is the ONLY automible that fit all of these.
1)The 12-year/unlimited-milage corrosion warantee is unmatched among Jetta-contenders.
2) Wife needed ESP (replacing 4X4 Civic)
3) 56 MPG !!!
4) easilly paid for any upfront xtra cost due to #3 above
As you can see from my comments in previous append... my daughter has different desires in an automobile than I do.
#1311 of 1529 2001 Golf - No Recycled Air
Apr 10, 2006 (3:18 pm)
I have a 2001 Golf, when the A/C is running on recycled air hardly any air comes out. When you turn the recycle off, it pumps out lots of cold air. Anyone know whats wrong?