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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
Jul 18, 2003 (12:39 pm)
Is invoice a good price for a 2003 Golf GLS 4-door 5-seed TDI with 300 miles on it?
Wouls you wait for a 2004
Apparently they have had it at this dealer since March and the 300 miles are test drive miles. Do test drive miles matter on a diesel? Could it affect breakin?
Waht should one watch or be concerned about for a diesel? What are typical VW service costsand maintenance intervals
Jul 19, 2003 (5:00 pm)
I am thinking seriously of purchasing a Golf TDI but I just completed a 350 mile trip in a Ford Escort (approx same size) and it left a lot to be desired in the comfort area, considering I could expect 5-600 miles between fill-ups, is the ride smooth enough to go 500 miles without needing a crowbar and liberal quantities of medical care to get out and walk after such a trip in a Golf?
#950 of 1529 00GTS...
Jul 20, 2003 (8:42 pm)
Someone set it on fire. They tried to steal it and weren't successful, so they burned it from the inside. $14K in damages, it was a total loss.
#951 of 1529 Splitload..
Jul 20, 2003 (8:43 pm)
Having driven a Golf GLS 4-door for about 1000 miles myself, as well as an Escort for about 200 miles, I can tell you these cars differ GREATLY in all aspects except exterior size. Go test drive a Golf and see for yourself. Good luck!
#953 of 1529 VW Relability and Maintenance Costs
Jul 29, 2003 (9:06 am)
I have heard that VW reliability is really poor. It seems people brag about going hundreds of miles or even a few thousand without problems. Are Hondas and Toyotas really 10 times more reliable?
Also was thinking about the turbo diesel fro mileage, but the maintenace costs are very high.
Synthetic oil every $5,000 miles at $100 /$150 every other time. The timing belt replacement at 40,000 miles $600 dollars plus the $150 so the maintenance costs are
5K $100 $100
10K $150 $250
15K $100 $350
20K $150 $500
25K $100 $600
30K $150 $750
35K $100 $850
40K $750 $1600
#954 of 1529 TDI truth of maintenance (cowboy correction)
Jul 29, 2003 (9:39 am)
Oil change is every 10,000 miles after the first oil change at 5,000 miles. Cost of oil change is $6.00 for filter and $13.00 for synthetic oil plus labor. More expensive oil such as Mobil One Delvac is $20. $19.00 every 10,000 miles is cheap, cheap, cheap! Timing belt change is every 100,000 miles regardless of transmission.
Warranty is 5 years 50,000 miles bumper to bumper. That's two years and 14,000 miles longer than Toyota or Honda warranty.
VW has more problems on average than Honda or Toyota vehicles. It is a fact. Statistically you are likely to have 1 problem on a Toyota and 2 problems on a VW in initial ownership.
I'm on my third VW TDI. I've had zero powertrain problems. Did have problem with window regulators that was covered under warranty.
#955 of 1529 Maybe my maintenace information was wrong ..
Jul 29, 2003 (10:57 am)
but it was from the mouth of the VW Service Manager. So was the service manager not telling me the truth??
Jul 29, 2003 (11:01 am)
The VW has a 4yr 50K mile warranty.