Barleytea - Buying an older Golf is no different than any other car - find a good VW mechanic to take it to. You want to make sure whatever you're considering has been well maintained. The only way to do that is to take it to a good VW mechanic and have it checked out. They may charge you $100 or so to do it, but it's well worth it.
Huberty - I'd go to your nearest VW dealer and see how you're treated. If they want your business they will deal with you. Spec out a GL Golf here at Edmunds and take the invoice and MSRP prices with you. Negotiate using the printout - that's what I did and it worked great. No dealer is going to hand you a good deal - you have to negotiate. Also check out the VW website (www.vw.com)and it's payment calculator - VW is offering lease rate specials and 0.9% financing right now. I'm helping a friend buy a Golf - she should pick it up tomorrow.
#754 of 1529 2001 Golf Automatic Trans Problem
Sep 15, 2002 (6:03 pm)
We have a 2001 4 door Golf automatic (the basic model, not the turbo or bigger engine). At around 10,000 miles we took it in because it had gotten louder (not extremely, but noticable). We were told that there was a defect in the transmission and they replaced it for free (under warranty).
Now, at about 18,000 mile, we again noticed some subtle problems (occasionally shifting at wrong time), and brought it in to a different dealer. They have just told us that there is a problem with the transmission and that they will replace it!
This is the *second* time that our transmission is being replaced! At no cost to us, but still... The car is less than 2 yrs old, with only 18k on it. Has anyone else had to have their tranny replaced?
Do we have a lemon?
We otherwise love the car..
Thanks for your comments,