The most unreliable car I have ever owned
We bought this car from a friend's estate. Shortly after buying the car, it was taken to the dealer complaining about engine misfire under acceleration. This problem has never been fixed, despite every time it has been serviced, the problem has been brought to the dealer's attention. The injectors have been replaced, the spark plugs and coils replaced to no avail. Intermittently runs on 1, 2, 3 or 4 cylinders. This problem has been referred to VW Australia, but they appear incapable of fixing the problem.
Most recently the automatic gear box has started rough changing (Tiptronic). I have had quotes to repair the gear box from $6500 - $8000. The dealer has told me that he has seen them fail at about 60000km, and ours is about average.
Recently a "Y" junction on the return line to the radiator header tank broke and sprayed coolant across the motor. It lost about 1.5 litres of coolant, before I stopped and fixed the problem. The motor showed no sign of overheating.
Latest problem; the car refused to start. When cranked, the oil can light comes on and the STOP warning is displayed.
Brake rotors lasted about 100 000k, which is much less than other cars I have owned.
The car is great to drive, and the steering feel is amongst the best I have ever used.
The car is very comfortable on long trips, and driving 1000 - 1400km in a day is no problem. It is short on power over 120km/h, which can make passing transports difficult at times.
The VW doesn't match the quality of Subaru. I also own a 1992 Subaru Liberty RS Turbo, which I have owned for almost 21 years and done 391000km. It still is as reliable as the day I bought it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st March, 2013