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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
Aug 25, 2000 (2:57 pm)
I agree 100% with carlady.
We have two cars: a Mexico built Jetta (2000 GLS) and a 2001 Gti. The latter is made in Germany. (no difference as far as I can see...).
VW - like any other manufacturer - cannot afford to have different standards of production at different plants around the world.
When they took over Skoda a few years back, they made sure that the cars (assembled in Poland) were completely up to specs. Polish cars were not exactly renowned for quality.
Also, you have to remember that most of the European production plants make cars for Europe. Only a fraction are assembled for the US market (at least as far as the Golfs are concerned).
There ARE differences in equipment (a/c, cupholders, different seats and so on...) and in my opinion, one should nearly expect a more consistent production from the US-specific production units (more streamlined production).
A few people seem to refer to errors made in the past by many manufacturers. Yes - I have heard horror stories about the 'old' VWs assembled in the US some years back. Many manufacturers (yes, even the Japanese) had questionable reliability issues on their hands. Of course, no one can exclude that this still happens today (did anyone say Mitsubishi?) - OF COURSE NOT!
But I would say that generally, one can expect a lot more uniformity of quality control nowadays. The auto industry is a cut-throat business and some predict that there will only be a handful of manufacturers some years ahead. Those who let their guard down will die. Simple as that.
I am confident that VW is intent on being in that number and will keep up the efforts of improving their reliability record.
Aug 25, 2000 (2:59 pm)
1 & 4-usa
Aug 25, 2000 (3:06 pm)
skoda is a czech car not a polish car. their latest offerings are pretty attractive. http://www.skoda.cz
i wish we (u.s.a) had more options in terms of inexpensive european cars, ie. skoda, fiat,renault,peugeot,etc.
Aug 25, 2000 (4:03 pm)
You're absolutely right. I had it mixed up with Polski I guess... (shame on me!!!)
#21 of 1529 reply to luvtogolf28
Aug 29, 2000 (3:44 am)
You asked when the 2001 GLS is coming. I also live in Toronto. I have been talking to several dealers here, one of which told me that they had them in their lot (more lies). The other dealers I talked to all said that the 2-door GL is out, but GLS isn't due for a month or two. (by October) Good luck!
#22 of 1529 Thanks
Aug 29, 2000 (3:20 pm)
Alfaromeo, Wonderwall, and Carlady, thanks for your quick responses and information. Glad to hear that the Mexican plant is doing a fine assembly job. I remember when Honda was opening the assembly plant in Ohio and people had concerns. Also, I've toured the Mercedes Benz plant in Alabama where all the world's M-classes are assembled. It looks first rate.
As for Skoda. I know them pretty well. My father-in-law owns a '98 Favorit that I drove extensively last summer. It's an excellent small car. A perfect car for the roads of CZ and most of Europe in general. VW owns at least half of Skoda and has greatly improved the whole Skoda line-up.
#23 of 1529 Goop and Strike
Aug 29, 2000 (4:21 pm)
I have two questions. I own a new 1.8t GLS and I'm noticing yellow goop leaking out of my doors and collecting on the bottom of the frame. What is that stuff? It's easy enough to clean but what is leaking out of my doors?
Also, I heard 3500 workers walked out on strike at the Mexico VW plant, were Jettas and New Beetles are assembled. A friend of mine was thinking about a Jetta but she might not have much of a selection now. Has anyone heard an update on that strike?
Aug 29, 2000 (7:58 pm)
Does anyone know when the 2001 Golf will be available with the sport suspension. I've been told by the dealer not to expect the sport suspension until after the 1st of next year...is this correct?
If anyone knows, I'd appreciate the feedback...
#25 of 1529 Well...
Aug 29, 2000 (8:11 pm)
My boss just bought a new 2001 Jetta GLS VR6 and it has the sport suspension. So it should be available now.
#26 of 1529 Wind noise in 2001 Golf
Aug 30, 2000 (12:48 am)
I just bought a 2001 Golf GLS (1.8T) and there is
an irritating wind noise coming from the front
passager side at high speeds. Sounds like the
passager window is slightly open.
It usually happens around 80 mph but it sometimes
happens as low as 60 mph when driving against the
The dealership said they are unable to reproduce
it and refuse to drive over the speed limit even
for a couple of minutes.
Anybody had anything similar happen on a recent
Golf or Jetta? Any advice?