Volkswagen Golf Review from Indonesia

2002 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8T

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8T Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired62 kilometres
Most recent distance5712 kilometres
Previous carHonda City


An entertaining, and comfortably fast car


Left front door is squeaking.

Radio reception isn't as good as it is used to.

General Comments:

Generally, the car is a good hatchback.

It is comfortable, fast, unique, well built and somewhat entertaining. It is also has enough luxury for a hatch.

However, its doesn't have the best gearbox in the world, as the gearbox is far from smooth and refinement.

The steering isn't very good also, it's uninspiring and undeniably tiring, especially when parking and cornering.

The car also has problems with the rear view mirrors as it is slightly too wide.

But, other than that, I'm very satisfied with the car. Mainly, because of its practicality, performance, comfort, reliability, and its Volkswagen badge. Maybe it is not the best hot hatch in the world, but it surely is a good one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002

4th Feb 2004, 04:01

Is the gearbox really that bad?

I'm also in Indonesia and I'm currently very happy with my 1.8T GTI... it is just like you said, fast, unique and entertaining.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review