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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#309 of 1529 Comfort or Great Gas Mileage???
May 21, 2001 (9:30 am)
My husband and I had decided on purchasing the Forester L...or we thought so until the price of gas skyrocketted. Some of our priorities were Safety, decent gas mileage, 4-door, a hatchback, and reliability (we keep vehicles a LONG time). He also was hoping to be able to do general maintenance on the vehicle. We did more research and test drove a VW Golf (diesel). The ride was not nearly as comfortable as the Forester. But it is about $2000 cheaper, has side airbags, excellent safety rating. I computed that it would only save us about $6/week in gas at the most (I thought it would be more!) The all wheel drive component (Forester) is not really a factor, since we own 2 4-wheel drive vehicles. But money is a factor. My husband is all ready to buy the VW now...but geez, the difference in the ride...is it worth it for $2000 + $6/week????
I keep reading about the rattles in the 4 door golf. I'm dumping a very unsafe, '96 Cavalier Convertible with incredible rattles and a bumpy ride. So I'm hoping the rattles in the 4-door Golf are not "standard".
Someone please help.
#310 of 1529 rattles not a standard feature
May 21, 2001 (10:15 am)
My wife loves her 2001 GLS. no rattles. The only things are the cupholder is kind of in an odd place for her. (makes radio hard to fiddle with)
And when she closes the glove box the left side has to be pushed in to go all the way.
If these sound like very small trivial things its because they are. This is the best car we have ever had(after 5 new cars), for the money we could have not made a better choice.
#311 of 1529 reliability
May 25, 2001 (6:59 am)
of VW Golf 4door desiel. I'm also looking into these hatchbacks. Never had a desiel engine or turbo engine. How reliable are these engines? How reliable are these cars in general? Mechanics tell me they're expensive to fix/maintain. I average 25k miles/year and keep my vehicle about 8 years, so I need a reliable vehicle that can easily last 200k without major repair. VW's 2 yr/24k bumper to bumper has me skeptical considering every mfg. give 3yr/36k bumper to bumper. I'd like to see VW match the other mfg.'s bumper to bumper warranty.
#312 of 1529 forester vs golf
May 25, 2001 (11:33 am)
Mrs Green Thumbs, I actually just traded in a 2001 forester (ouch) for a 2001 golf 1.8t. So far after 3 weeks the golf has gotten *much* better gas mileage, ~29-30mpg compared to ~20mpg. I know the forester is rated 22-27mpg, but I only got over 22 once. Usually hovered around 20, even after 5000 miles when it was supposed to be fully broken in. To be fair, the forester was auto, and the golf 5-spd, but still...
Also the golf is a lot more fun to drive, and although it's not quite as big as the forester you can fit a ton of stuff in the hatch, especially with the seats down.
Oh yeah, my forester after 6 months had a ton of rattles. It's only been 3 weeks but so far the golf is dead silent.
#313 of 1529 Where's my oil going ??
May 25, 2001 (11:53 am)
I bought a used '99 Golf GLS two weeks ago and am enjoying but today the oil light came on. I checked the dipstick and it was bone dry! I had the car inspected b4 buying - and I remember checking the oil initially as well - so it wasn't missing any/much two weeks ago...
So what's going on? There aren't any stains in my driveway - the car hasn't been leaking - where's the oil going and is this a common problem?
A mechanic mentioned to me that they typically see this for the first 20 000 Kms (that's kilometres for those that are not from the Great White North but I'm at roughly 37 000 Kms.
#314 of 1529 Well, if you're leaving no trail,
May 25, 2001 (3:20 pm)
and your driveway's clean, and you did indeed, check the oil when you bought it, and your antifreeze has no oil in it . . .
maybe it's going up in smoke!
#315 of 1529 Hiwaysanity
May 25, 2001 (4:20 pm)
There isn't any smoke coming out... so I don't know know what to figure? Like I said a mechanic was telling me that they supposedly consume oil for the first 20 000 kms. But I'm at close to 40 000 so I'm at a loss for any explanations.
#316 of 1529 You can burn a lot of oil
May 25, 2001 (4:41 pm)
with no noticeable smoke. I went through a quart every 450 miles in a brand new Escort and never noticed it, mainly because I wasn't loking for it. When the oil light went on, just like yours, I started watching, but could rarely see any sign of the oil.
That was a new lemon (valve job at 1800 miles!), not quite the same thing as yours. Any real chance the oil was not really checked when you got it? That would be the most pleasant explanation.
#317 of 1529 Powertrain Warranty
May 25, 2001 (5:51 pm)
Anybody know what the powertrain warranty includes? In an article in Car and Driver (June) they evaluated a long term Beetle. Apparently, it burned up a clutch just after the 2/24 warranty expired and they complained about the repair cost. They did not mention whether it was covered under the 10/100 powertrain warranty. I wonder if the clutch is excluded.
#318 of 1529 Do you have a 2.0?
May 26, 2001 (7:27 am)
That engine is notorious for drinking quarts of oil. Not really much you can do about, just make sure you check it weekly and keep the oil in the "a" level of the dipstick.