Volkswagen Golf Review from Switzerland

2000 Volkswagen Golf Comfortline 2.0 gas

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Good engine and body, terrible electrics and electronics

Faults:

The front windows motors have broken down three times (twice on the left hand and once on the right hand side) over the past three years.

The exhaust gas analyzer ("lambda probe") broke down after two years. It took multiple visits to the dealer to get it fixed.

The water temperature meter broke down after three years.

The ESP indicator (or system - the dealer was incapable to determine) started to go intermittently wrong after two years, it took over 6 months to finally get it fixed and again multiple visits.

General Comments:

Too many complicated and unreliable electronics that dealers do not manage to fix properly. When things start going wrong it becomes expensive and lengthy.

Excellent paint job, not rusting, ages very well even kept outdoors (I do not have a garage).

Comfortable and pleasant for long and fast (130/150 km/h) drives on motorways.

Not very good for mountain roads: a bit too heavy in the turns and not much couple in third gear at 2000/2500 rpm.

Ground clearance very small (9 cm) means problems on snow-covered roads or dirt trails.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th February, 2004

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review