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#46 of 224 Re: . [thammer62]
Aug 20, 2009 (2:38 pm)
You must not be reading the same Consumer Reports I am. Consumer Reports only has reliability ratings for one year of the Golf diesel--2002--which rates it as average (open circle, no red) overall, same for engine major, solid black (much worse than average) for engine minor, solid red (much better than average) for engine cooling.
There's more data for more years for the near-identical Jetta diesel, which shows a very gradual improvement overall, edging into "better than average" in the last year with sufficient data (2006).
I suspect you were looking at the "turbo" ratings (i.e., GTI or GLI), which indeed are horrendous in early years, but also showed steady but gradual improvement over the years.
Note however that the diesel engine in the new Golf, and in this year's Jetta, is almost completely different from the past VW turbodiesel engines.
Finally, my own VW diesel (96 passat TDI, but same engine as diesel Golfs and Jettas until they went to the higher-tech PD engine in, I think, 2001) has had no engine problems at all through 130,000 miles. But all four door handles have gone once, the passenger front door handle gone twice, the driver's door handle four times (no joke), the front power window regulators on both sides, the hvac controls twice, the alternator, the air conditioning compressor, and the u-joints on both sides and, most recently, the ignition switch (the electrical part, not the mechanical part). Oh, and the outside trunk lock went in the first year--I never bothered to fix it because of the cost--don't remember the amount, but it was totally ridiculous--but use the inside trunk release button. OTOH, the original brake pads on all four wheels are still (barely) hanging on. VWs in general seem to getting gradually better, but we aren't talking Honda reliability by any means even at best.
Aug 21, 2009 (5:41 am)
Good post Zivitar
Everything I hear is that it will be available in mid-late October. If I had to bet I would double down on early November.
Anyone - Is it true the 2010 jetta wagen will have the front end of the new golf?
Hatchback owners - question here from a never-had-a-hatch before: Is the versitility of the hatch more convenient than a sedan with a folding back seat? Lets hear some real life stories. I'm fired up about this golf. I have so many questions but I'll try and pace myself here. ha
#49 of 224 Re: . [marlyece]
Aug 21, 2009 (7:40 am)
Oh I like that. Much better than the Audi snout look.
#52 of 224 Re: 2010 Golf Pricing [moparbad]
Aug 22, 2009 (12:51 pm)
TDI Models get full iPod integration standard plus the new Premium VIII radio.
#53 of 224 Re: 2010 Golf Pricing [moparbad]
Aug 25, 2009 (5:48 am)
Looks like 2009 pricing to me?
#54 of 224 Re: 2010 Golf Pricing [thammer62]
Aug 25, 2009 (6:20 am)
Looks like veedub mistakenly uploaded the pricing to their server on 8/22 and then took note of it and removed it yesterday. here's what it showed yesterday if anyone is interested:
Base price for a 2 door Golf TDI is $21,990 in the US. Add $700 destination (mandatory).
Add $600 for the 4 door Golf
$600 for the HID xenon headlights w/AFS(highly recommended, option code p83).
$1750 for RNS 510 navigation system. (option code p71)
$1000 for the sunroof. (option code 3fe)
$225 Cold weather package - heated seats/windshield washer nozzles. (option codew79)
$400 for 300w Dynaudio excite high stereo. (option code 9ve)
$350 rear lower side airbags (avail. only on 4 door, head rear curtain airbags standard)
Bluetooth standard on US Golf TDI, otherwise $275 for bluetooth option code 9w2
$1100 DSG transmission
Aug 25, 2009 (10:53 am)
Looks like mine will cost 24515 + t,t,t (msrp)
Can't wait to drive one. Rides smoother, lower cabin noise, more attractive front end...