1998 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 from North America


Too slow, handles good, bad winter car


I purchased my VW golf in 2003 after that it was all down hill. Since then I have installed new tires, front brakes 3x rear brakes 2x new rear wheel cylinder, 2 new exhausts, 1 transmission (lost reverse) a new clutch, crank seals, new alternator, new pnuematic air pump for the power locks ($400) new drivers side door latch, and there is that wonderful problem that VW and Audi have when its raining and cold outside plan on walking, these cars never start if its raining however, cold and snow don't effect them.

General Comments:

I do enjoy driving this car in the spring, fall or summer, but as soon as winter rolls around it begins nickle and dimeing me to death, the car is too slow, but does handle well. If I were looking for a new car I wouldn't buy one from VW. Nothing but problems that are never cheap and parts are difficult to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th December, 2005

1998 Volkswagen Golf TDI from UK and Ireland


Goodbye VW hello Toyota


Engine went into limp mode at speed, had mass air flow sensor replaced by VW dealer. Car went into limp mode again this time VW said the turbo needed to be replaced at a cost of £1200. Got second opinion (from another VW dealer) and they replaced the road speed sensor.This fault is still ongoing.

Rattling sounds from engine. so far I have had:-

Suspension bushes replaced on top of front suspension columns.

Roll bar and roll bar bushes replaced.

Steering arms replaced... and the rattling continues

There is an electrical problem. When driving at night,using any switch IE windows, CD , sunroof etc. You can see a drain of power from the headlights or components will fail and the warning lights in the dash come on.

Had battery changed... fault continues.

General Comments:

There have been a few times the car has performed well. But and it's a big, but, this car has been the worst car I have ever owned (and I have had bmw, Porsche, Alfa and Toyota) by a mile!

I would keep well away from the VW dealers, these cars and there common problems seem like a license to print money !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2005

1998 Volkswagen Golf GL from Mexico


Glove compartment and radio both broken when I bought the car, it took the dealer 3 weeks to fix.

Power Locks Froze.

Power steering blew at 60,000 miles.

Plastic siding fell off on 3 doors, still waiting for the last one to fall off.

Ignition coil and engine control until needed to be replaced.

Back ashtray and cup holder broke.

Entire rear left tire and drum flew off while i was driving, and i lived.

General Comments:

I'm not hard on this car, I ad wanted a volkswagen since I was 5 years old. So I was nothing, but easy and kind to this car, it has done nothing, but give me grief. I guess I was just "lucky" enough to buy a lemon.

My VW seems to have everyone's VW problems all rolled into one. The sad part is I'm still paying for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2004

1998 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fun and economical


Passenger Airbag Dash Warning Light came on at approx. 25,000 miles and local VW dealer took at least three visits to identify a loose steering wheel connector as the fault, which was duly replaced.

Loss of power at 82,000 miles caused by faulty air mass meter, now replaced, but was diagnosed by local VW dealer as requiring new turbo fitted!

General Comments:

Seriously quick car with adequate handling, although wouldn't want any more power without sports suspension and better brakes fitted.

Well thought out cabin oozing quality and class, like blue dials and instrument panel.

Outstanding fuel economy, up to 70 mpg if driven sensibly!

Overtaking becomes a breeze!

Poor headlights on both dip and main beam.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2004