2001 Volkswagen Golf Variant 1.6 petrol
Why on earth do people buy Volkswagens?
Sway bar linkages, ignition coil, EGR-valve, oil pressure gauge, air vent outlet, brake discs.
I bought this car since the mileage was relatively low. I wanted a cheap car that would just keep working if I just maintained it. I was told a VW Golf would be the best choice. What a piece of crap it was.
When I first serviced it, I replaced the original cam belt. One of the tensioners was loose and was about to fall off.
The front suspension was rattling, but new sway bar linkages took care of that.
I took care of some rusty spots on the body of the car. Not a lot so I can't complain there.
A heat shield above the catalyst had come loose and needed to be fastened.
One day the oil warning light came on and I thought the motor was dying. I towed the car to a garage and it was the oil pressure sending unit that was broken. After this the car started to rev up and down at red lights, which was caused by a broken vacuum hose from the power brake system.
Shortly after that hose was fixed, the check engine light came on. An ignition coil had broken down. I replaced it and the car worked fine for several days. Then it started cutting out and this time the EGR-valve had given up. I fixed that too.
Now the car was running perfectly well, so I sold it and bought a car made by an entirely different manufacturer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th May, 2016
11th May 2016, 21:02
You must have bought a bad example that had not been looked after. That's evident with the tensioner about to fall off as you said. No one who maintains a car well would let the timing belt and tensioners get that bad.
People buy VWs because generally they are good reliable cars, at least in Europe; usually the negative reviews on here come from the USA where VWs are built elsewhere and suffer quality issues according to some reviews.