Volkswagen Bora Review from Chile

2000 Volkswagen Bora GLS 2.0 AEG 8v petrol

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 AEG 8v petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Vento

Summary:

Good with a great look, but has some issues

Faults:

Clogged dust/pollen filter, replaced at dealer.

Strange noises coming from the AC fan, caused by incorrect mounting of the pollen filter, corrected by dealer at no cost.

Driver's window fell off into the door; the dealer told us that it was caused by a theft attempt.. but it is a common problem on these cars. Expensive repair, though.

Drivers rear view mirror ripped apart on a dumb parking accident. VERY expensive repair, fortunately covered by the insurance.

The turning signal sometimes doesn't blink, just stay lit; still to be fixed. I think is the relay module integrated to the hazard switch.

Unknown noises from inside the dashboard.

General Comments:

Despite some problems, it's a good, if not a great, car. It accelerates very quickly and corners like a dream.

The gear shifts feels very precise and the clutch is easy to modulate.

The braking power is very good, and the ABS system is really worthy.

The car feels very solid an well built, although its quite low, scratching the bottom is a very common thing when passing over speed bumps.

Having own a Vento earlier (Vento = Third generation Jetta), this car has greater mileage, maybe improved aerodynamics?.

Overall ergonomics of the cockpit is great, but the seats are quite uncomfortable for long trips: the lumbar support is a little exaggerated.

It has some quality issues, a little bit disapointing for a car tagged with such a high prize.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

10th Apr 2005, 02:58

My Bora has just clicked over 41,000 km (purchased new almost 3 years ago). When it goes well it is a dream car for me (inner city resident with occasional country drives of 500km+), but alas I also have had window problems with 4 returns to the dealer over this time. Twice the front windows fell in, once on the front driver's side and the second on the passenger side. When I described the problem over the phone the dealer recognized it immediately. I was not the first he had seen. The other 2 returns to the dealer have been a result of break-in attempts resulting in the passenger side front and back windows pushed partially down and rendered inoperable. It seems the car thieves know about the window problem also! Each time the repairs were prompt and the dealer service people very helpful, but its still a major inconvenience. Please VW you have a nice car, fix this problem with the next model, and I'd happily buy another, but not until then ...

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review