1998 Volkswagen Golf GT TDI 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
I would never buy another!
Glove-box lock failed.
Rear hatch lock failed.
Air con failed.
Central locking failed.
Alarm module replace.
Window wind mechanism replaced x2.
Rear wiper leak causing short.
Turbo failure £2000!!!
Rear drivers side brake line leak.
Water pump failure.
Cam belt needed replacing 20000 miles after a VW garage claimed to replaced it. The second VW garage only agreed not to charge because I had it in writing that it had been replaced.
3 off remote alarm units.
ABS sensor failure.
VW garages not interested once the sale was made, service hopeless, this was my 4th golf on the row, but I would never buy another VW, the dealers cannot cope and the cars have become so complicated the reliability is compromised.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd August, 2002
29th Oct 2002, 07:14
Your experience is almost exactly the same as mine! I too have had multiple problems - never the same thing twice. Dealers fix them under warranty, but Volkswagen UK will not accept any liability for the poor reliability.
I have had several engine management systems failures (3 in 3 months) including one which caused the car to surge from idling speed to 2000rpm without warning. A real hoot in heavy traffic! My wife refused to drive the car (especially with our 2 chlidren in the back) until it was sorted out.
Dealers are hopeless and don't seem to give a hang. Also offered absolute rock bottom trade in for a 35000 mile car with full history serviced by them.
Golf reliability is a myth! Look at the reliability surveys (JD Power & Top Gear). My Golf Mk2 was great (sold it with 140,000 miles on the clock because we wanted a bigger car) but the Mk4 is a dog.
3rd Mar 2006, 11:54
Just wanted to add that my 1999 GTI 1.8 has had an almost identical list of problems and cost. I love the car, but it's VERY expensive to keep going and the dealers are just as described!!!