1995 Volkswagen Golf match 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Absolute rubbish. VW is going down the tubes


The front axle had to be replaced at 10,000 miles.

The clutch had to be replaced at 25,000 miles.

The starter motor had to be replaced at 28,000 miles.

The ignition system had to be replaced at 42,000 miles.

The front axle has gone again again at 60,000 miles.

The wipers have never worked properly.

General Comments:

Volkswagen build quality and after sales service have deteriorated dramatically.

I bought this car for £7,000 pounds from my local VW dealership, when it was still under warranty in 1997.

I have spent several thousand pounds on it (replacing the front axle twice was not cheap; why it needed replacing remains mysterious). Today I have just had it towed away; I had to pay the scrap people to take it. The clutch had gone (again), and the front axle is going (again). I drive very sedately.

I have always bought VW. My dad always bought VW. My wife has always bought VW. All my brothers have always bought VW.

But never again. This car has cost me a fortune and has left me stranded on 5 occasions (most recently in the fast lane of the M25 with two small children in the back, when the axle bolts all suddenly fell out).

The local dealership are astonishingly expensive, unhelpful, unreliable, slow, unconcerned and complacent. Judging by the hundreds of negative reviews on this site, it seems as if I am not alone.

This looks like the sad end of a once great car company.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th September, 2003

25th Jul 2010, 10:32

The clutch in my Golf went at 128,000 miles, however I suppose that came with age. A guy from a local garage told me the amount of people he gets come in with 1.4's with blown clutches and gearboxes, apparently the gearbox and clutch VW use is weak. I scrapped the car as it wasn't cost effective to repair it. Apart from this, it was a very mechanically sound car.

1995 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 from North America


I would never buy this car again!


The car ran very well up until about 150K then the electrical troubles began. Everything including dash lights, fuel gage, odometer, tachometer, and running lights either didn't work at all or were very temperamental.

In cold weather, the automatic door locks and alarm were awful, sometimes not letting me in to my own car!

Finally one day the alternator went and the battery exploded.

A computer chip in the transmission went which cost $800 to replace.

Head gasket cracked at 180,000 Km. Another $800 job.

General Comments:

This car was fun to drive, but seemed to self-destruct at about 180,000 Km.

A great car until the planned obsolescence kicked in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2003

25th Jan 2004, 00:45

I'm wondering- with 150K how long before you thought a "repair" was going to be needed?

30th Jan 2004, 22:34

Just a comment regarding the dash lights... According to my mechanic (who would prefer work on just VW's), there was what he calls a "unofficial recall". Basically the bulbs in the dash loosen over time, which requires some sort of a modification that simply puts more tension on the bulbs in their sockets. He says he's done dozens, and has never had any come back to him. Costs about one hour labour, but it's way cheaper than replacement.

1995 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.9 TDI from UK and Ireland


The most complete all-rounder


Rear Exhaust box required replacing for first time at 100000 miles.

Rear shock absorber required to be replaced at 105000 miles.

General Comments:

Economy is a dream. 700 miles plus on a tank of diesel. Comfort is in how the suspension copes with all, but the roughest of roads. Handling is best shown in how it copes with snow and ice. Performance may not be up to my mates Impreza P1 which is quite simply the fastest thing I have travelled in with 3 other mates, but use the torque and gears properly and you can move A to B very quickly. Most "faster" saloons find it a bit difficult to shake off and as one Mazda driver found, cost him his V6 when it went puff and he slowed down in a cloud of white and black smoke. 100000 miles? easy! Here's to the next 100000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003