Solid, reliable, comfortable car
Alternator failed at 82000 miles.
Air con clutch failed at 110000 miles.
Occasionally lets in a little water when it rains hard, common fault on Leons and Golfs apparently.
One rear coil spring failed at 150000 miles.
Air mass flow sensors last 20-30k. Common VW fault.
Apart from that had no major problems.
The car has been very reliable over the past five years and 70000 miles.
I've had a few minor electrical gremlins, most of which I've been able to fix myself.
Considering the high mileage it's done, very few major parts have been replaced. For example the catalytic converter went at 130000 miles, but that was the original from when the car was made! I have only replaced one wheel bearing, one CV joint, rear brake calipers and front discs. No suspension bushes or dampers.
The excellent mid range torque makes it a great motorway car. It has good fuel economy, averaging 49 MPG.
It offers good handling, but I'd like more steering feel. The clutch is a bit heavy if you're stuck in traffic for a long time.
Some parts are quite expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st March, 2011