Volkswagen Golf Review from Trinidad and Tobago

2000 Volkswagen Golf 1.6

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45 kilometres
Most recent distance17500 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra


The Golf is a potential killer


I have been driving the 2000 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 for about 10 months (after driving a 10 year old Nissan Sentra for 3 years) and I think that this has been the worst 10 months of my life.

Within the first month of buying the car (brand new), I had VERY STRANGE problems with the transmission, and I got stuck on the highway quite a few times with the car refusing to budge, even when I go all the way down on the gas pedal. I have never ever seen such strange behaviour coming from a car. This happened no less than 4 times, and my life was in danger each time. I described my problems to Volkswagen, Germany, but they couldn't care less.

Additionally, the car has shut off on me no less than 5 times. This happens when I slow down (at an intersection, say), without coming to a complete stop, and then try to go again. The car either shuts off, or responds very slowly. This is extremely dangerous, as many times I shut off in the middle of the road and nearly got killed. And even when it does not shut off, the response is so slow that my life is in danger from oncoming vehicles. I have driven many different cars before, and this has never happened.

There are many other nagging problems, but the two above are the most dangerous and I would definitely NOT advise anyone to buy a Golf. The problems may not affect all Golfs, but you may be unlucky like me to get the lemon. It is unfortunate in this age of advancing technology that Volkswagen seem to be going backwards! I would advise potential buyers to buy a Honda Civic instead.

General Comments:

The car has a good sound system though.

And a very nice interior.

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

Review Date: 31st August, 2001

1st Sep 2001, 10:19

I had plans of buying a Golf, but after reading this complaint, I would definitely not be getting one again. I am now considering the Ford Focus, Peugeot 306 and Honda Civic.

When I test drove the Golf, I did find that the response, after slowing down, was poor, but I thought that this was temporary, because I could not believe that Volkswagen would build a car that is potentially fatal!!!

Thanks for your warning.

Average review marks: 4.2 / 10, based on 1 review