1997 Volkswagen Golf K2 from North America


The car is Phat... if you know what I mean


Had to replace part or a part that was connected to the axle (front). That costed $300.00 USD. At that time, I could not go over 55mph. That was at 70000 miles. Ignition cylinder has been changed 3 times in a two year span. I had a really hard time with that. Power locks did not work at 80000 miles. Door key lock cylinders do not work either at 98000 miles. Front tires usually experience heavy ware.

General Comments:

It is a great little car. Extremely sporty. Its dash is nicely balanced. Just the normal problems for a car with 98000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2002

1997 Volkswagen Golf GL 4 cylinder from North America


Waste of money, mechanical nightmare


Side moldings replaced twice..

Heavy front tire wear.

Cold sensor replaced.

Very difficult to start.

Oxygen sensor replaced.

General Comments:

Car performed well for 60000 miles, went downhill after that.

The car is very difficult to start. It takes a minimum of 3 attempts till the engine will finally turn over. I've had this car to 3 different VW mechanics, including the dealership from where it was purchased. None of them can fix the starting problem. It's to the point now where the dealership doesn't even want to be bothered.

I've always had all my services preformed in a timely manner. This car should not be redy for the junk pile yet. But in my opinion it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th December, 2002

15th Aug 2005, 04:24

This driver is being a little unfair... he ran the car for 60,000 miles and says it was fine. Then he gets a starting problem. OK, that's annoying and frustrating, but the failure here is not with the car, but with the ineffective service people he has been dealing with.

I think the dealer who groans when he sees this guy enter is probably more abusive (behind his back) than I am going to be...however, this non-starting problem is not just a VW problem.

I think he'll find that if he removes the earth lead and REALLY cleans up the fixing point to shiny bare metal and refits the lead, the problem will be gone.

Alternatively, fix a new earth lead from the engine block (there are plenty of suitable points) to a clean and grease-free point on the body work (or even direct to the battery)

Yes it is frustrating, yes it is annoying, but please direct your frustrations at the people who have failed you. Not the car manufacturer, but the dealers/mechanics.

24th May 2007, 19:34

I don't think his car likes him, mine only has 185K miles and it starts the first time over after sitting for 2 weeks with crazy corroded terminals.

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 8v from UK and Ireland


Good car however be prepared to fork out a bit to keep it in good condition


Tyre wear heavy on front.

Rust under door seals.

Front right wheel bearing.

General Comments:

Good little car.

Rust fixed by Honda using a 'smart repair' (cheaper than a full repair).

Dealers let down VW with poor after sales service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2002

1997 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 from North America


An inexpensive, unreliable car with extremely high maintenance costs.


The first week, the automatic transmission stick fell apart. I've lost the plastic undercarriage cover twice. I had to have a new transmission. I had to replace several components of the fuel/air mix system. The plastic molding on the sides has come off three times. I had to get a new starter. Most recently (and I've stopped having it worked on for the time being), I've been told I need a new ignition system.

General Comments:

I initially liked this car a great deal: it had a lot of pick up, was comfortable, and seemed reliable, except for a few problems with the moldings. Over the last year, I've had endless mechanical problems that, with the exception of replacing the transmission, were not covered by the warranty. The bills for these repairs have been extremely high, and the service has, most recently, been unreliable, i.e., work requested not done or done incorrectly. I have serious concerns that a car that has been well maintained is have so many problems, and that the dealership tends to find things that need repair that aren't necessarily malfunctioning. The cost of the repairs at the dealership, too, are very high. Unfortunately, I would never buy a Volkswagen again. While the Golf is inexpensive, I can't say that it is reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2002