1999 Volkswagen Golf GTi I4 from North America


I paid $17,000 for a junker that falls apart on a nearly continuous basis


Electric windows failed 3 months after I bought the car. I have had the windows repaired at the Volkswagen dealership and they fail again in a few months. The most annoying part is that the window falls into a down position when it fails. Currently, the passenger window is failed and stuck down (I had to tape plastic over the door!). This will be the seventh window repair!

Rear seatbelt stuck. Something with spooling mechanism.

Sunroof slipped off track and stuck. I managed to fix myself with a screwdriver.

Engine light is currently on. I have spent $700 in repairs to make the light go out, but I am told $500 more is necessary to finish.

Lot of broken plastic items like hinge in glovebox, seat recliner levers, and sunroof track.

General Comments:

Too many failures for a 3 year old car. Windows failing and falling down have resulted in water damage on upholstery.

I bought it new and anticipated only oil and filter changes, but have had to fix a lot more.

The only good thing I can say is that it Starts up and runs reliably.

I am currently demanding a partial refund for this car from Volkswagen of America.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th September, 2002

1999 Volkswagen Golf S 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A dying myth, be careful


The quality of the paintwork (black) is very poor.

Door locks are a major problem with them.

Window screen wiper motors,

Gets covered with stone chips you wouldn't believe it!

Problems with electrics cutting out.

Not reliable it's an s reg and has broken down twice.

General Comments:

Truly a terrible car, its comfortable and looks o.k, but that's about it. Dealers leave a lot to be desired very bad service!!, a very disappointing car has full service history and all the above has gone wrong in under two months. Also not an isolated incident as this has been the case of most if not all golfs I have heard from. This car is a dying myth! I cant warn you enough, beware.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th September, 2002

30th Sep 2002, 04:22

Same problems with the Seat Leon, poor paint quality, water leaks all over and a lot more.

VW is not what it has been, only the price still is.

26th Jun 2003, 13:29

I've had a 1999 Golf GTI Turbo for 7 months, and it is the worst car I ever owned. So much has gone wrong with it in the last 2 months that I can't wait to get it back from the garage and get rid of it. It drives well when it's working, unfortunately there's usually something wrong with it so it spends most of it's time in the workshop. Fact it has been main dealer maintained has not helped reliability. I also have the same problems with the black paintwork, awful quality that chips if you even show it a stone. I bought the car because I have owned previous VWs which have been excellent. I feel so disappointed with this car though that I don't think I would buy another modern VW.

1999 Volkswagen Golf GTI Turbo 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


An excellent, reliable car that is fun to drive


The car has been completely reliable. This is despite driving it around London every day, stopping and starting in traffic and an enthusiasm for flooring it from the lights.

General Comments:

The performance is enjoyable, although not electrifying. The car is a bit too big to feel like a genuine hot hatch. In fact the handling feels a lot better than the acceleration.

I love the interior - black leather, blue dial lights and black wood make for a very comfortable ride.

I was amazed by so many other reviews complaining about rattles and dealer servicing - I have never had any problems with these. The only dealer in London (Scott's) seems to do the job well, even if it costs a fortune to have parts replaced (some idiot kicked my wing mirror off, and it cost around £500 to replace which I thought was ridiculous).

If it's out and out performance you want this is not the boy, but if you want a comfortable car that, when pushed, responds with some serious sparkle, then this is the one for you.

I would also add that I chose a Golf as London attracts distinctly dodgy people to anything resembling a "prestige" car (break-ins, keys down the paintwork etc). My Golf (no GTI badges) allows for a hassle-free experience, while sitting in it provides every mod/con you would get in a top-end vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002