2002 Volkswagen Bora V6 4Motion 2.8 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


All things to all men


Centre arm rest latch broken.

Gear lever boot prematurely worn and loose.

Slight muffler rattle.

General Comments:

First the bad:

Speedometer is hard to read at a glance.

Trip computer fiddly to operate.

Hard to find parts either stock or performance.

Now the good:

The Bora is a real stealth bomber - looks ordinary but goes like a rocket. Quick enough off the line, but it's around corners where it really shines. The grip is simply amazing, and the car rounds bends at ridiculous speeds so calmly you forget that most other cars would be a smoldering wreck in the same situation.

Power and torque everywhere. Very smooth power delivery but just enough of a tail-pipe rasp to keep your right foot buried.

Superb leather seats, nice sounding stereo. Even the fuel economy isn't too bad!

Luxury + Performance + Handling + Reliability = Bora V6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2009

2nd Jun 2009, 04:04

Yep. I bought a 2001 4Motion in 08 too. A great car - very efficient too when, like me, you do mostly freeway driving. I even averaged 7.5L/100km into the city once.

But some bits on it do seem a bit crappy around the 100k km mark. The latch on the centre armrest seems to be unavoidable; and some parts are pretty expensive.

Still, a great car. I love it.

19th Aug 2009, 05:19

I also bought a '02' model Bora last year, and as with everyone else, my arm rest latch also broke. Previously owned a '00' model, just the 2.0 litre was a bit of a nugget, but now with the V6 4motion there is just no comparison. A fantastic car and I would advise anyone to get one..

7th Oct 2010, 22:14

Yep, great little car. Just picked one up, and yes the armrest latch is stuffed, but apart from that, it's a ripper! I live in the hills, and it's a dream through the bends.

2002 Volkswagen Bora SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland


My B---dy Bora


Suspension bushes.

Wear on side bolster of the driver's seat.

General Comments:

Overall a quiet place to be.

Reasonable acceleration.

Beautifully illuminated dash.

Lots of toys, but why on earth is climate control missing? Just air con is penny pinching, as the basic Passat gets climate.

I have NO faith in VW dealers in prepping used cars. I collected mine two weeks after buying, no glovebox light (strange, did the previous seller nick it and sell it on eBay?), O/S mirror inoperble and rattling.

Got cruise control fitted a month after buying, only to be told that the rear suspension bushes were "separated" - MOT failure, WHY CHECK BUSHES when having cruise fitted? All fixed by supplying dealer though, but PLENTY of inconvenience.

Not a patch on the way Volvo hand over a used car, they're superb.

I will not buy another VW, especially as my wife bought a used Polo 2006 1.2 S and that was very badly prepared. After complaints, we eventually got all new seats, engine fixed and bodywork properly prepared.

VW dealers just get a used car, sling it on forecourt at an inflated price and HOPE you do not notice its MANY faults.

However, the 2 litre SE gives a good ride, but you do feel hemmed in, but it's quiet.

Strangely I get a funny grinding noise if I pull away with anything other than light revs.

My next car is a VOLVO for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th December, 2008