1998 Volkswagen Golf GL 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A great drive, but annoying to maintain
Crank sensor intermittently failed. Major hassle. $900AUD to fix and only diagnosable at dealership.
Rear window wiper needed replacing. Haven't done yet.
Front window wiper replaced.
Constant power window issues. Rear power window will not go back up. Getting quoted today.
Leaked coolant through plastic attachment at front of engine. Cheap to fix. Generally needs reservoir refill every 3-4 weeks.
The hardest thing about this car is finding a good mechanic to perform your maintenance within your budget.
Also, the electronics. The problems range from serious (my engine would shut down at any time -even when going 100kmh, due to a crank sensor issue) to small and annoying (constant power window issues)
The car does keep going and going, but youve got to maintain it. Its brilliant for inner-city driving, but I would probably get something with less electronics, and cheaper parts next time.
The interior is awesome tho, and for a 6'2" guy this hatchback is extremely roomy and comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st September, 2008