1999 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 15 of 15

1999 Volkswagen Golf Basic 1.4 petrol from Germany

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres

Summary:

German quality and good value

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong with the car to date. We are very happy with it, on the whole.

The only minor problem we had was the headlight bulbs bursting after six months when there was an electrical short. The light bulb in the trunk also burst.

Otherwise, nothing has really gone wrong.

General Comments:

The Golf is well-built, safe and looks good too. It performs well on snow and is quiet, even at high speeds on the motorway. Despite the relatively small engine (only 75bhp) I have managed to do a steady 160km/h on the motorway and have still averaged about 6.5 litres per 100km/h, which I think is remarkable.

The seats are comfortable and everything, apart from the heating and air-conditioning switches (they are a bit too low for my liking) are well positioned.

Well done VW!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2000

1999 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 four cyl. gas from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 four cyl. gas Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired368 miles
Most recent distance9400 miles
Previous carFord Ranger 4X4 Pickup

Summary:

Worst car I ever owned!

Faults:

Upon delivery I discovered parts broken/missing (rear window washer nozzle, battery cover, driver's side headlamp missing parts for aiming adjustment).

Check engine indicator came on for one week. Indicator went out on it's own before I was able to have it looked at by dealer.

Within one month the check engine indicator came on again, staying on for three solid weeks. Car is plagued with hard starting when cold, automatic transmission 'surges' when starting the car while in park with the parking brake on. Transmission goes into 'fail mode', car's transmission stayed in one gear when in drive.

Car's self diagnostic computer gave sixteen distress codes when the dealer's technician ran a diagnostic test. Dealer will not share any more information than I have mentioned.

General Comments:

Looking into filing for a Lemon Law claim. Called VWoA's Customer Relations Department to file a complaint and get a case number. E-mailed the dealer expressing my feelings about my treatment by servicewriter. Notified dealer and VWoA that I am considering filing for relief under the provisions of the Lemon Law. Gave dealer and VWoA 30 days to remedy my car's defect(s) before I file a Lemon Law claim.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th October, 2000

1999 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6 VR6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission VR6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carToyota SR5 Pickup

Summary:

Great performance, reasonable price

Faults:

Overheated, towed via roadside assistance, repaired in 3-4 days under warranty. Repair = replaced fuse box.

General Comments:

Very pleased with the car's performance and fit/finish. Dealer's been great so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2000

1999 Volkswagen Golf A4 Standard 1.6 from South Africa

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35 kilometres
Most recent distance17000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Faults:

Driver's door did not seal tightly. Had eventually to be fixed by a panel beater, as the agent could not adjust it any further. Irritating rattle in driver's door, which went away by itself.

General Comments:

A quality car, beautifully built. 1.6-engine could be sprightlier, but goes well enough once the car has got up to speed. Feels more at home on the highway than in the city, because of sluggishness at low speed. Very comfortable. Low ground clearance means it's not as suitable for dirt roads as its predecessors, although it soaks up bumps very nicely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2000

1999 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10

Faults:

Since 14/01/99 I have had to return my car on more than 12 occasions to first the dealer I purchased from and then to another dealer because I was not satisfied. A new throttle control unit and a new engine control unit, had to be fitted. The central locks were replaced on 3 occasions and have now gone again. At present I have no locks or rear wiper.

General Comments:

My experience to date of the Golf and of the dealer from whom I purchased it from has been a nightmare. I am now seeking legal advice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th February, 2000

1999 Volkswagen Golf Highline 1.6 from Norway

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Where do I begin? Lets see.... speedometer, climatronic, front wheel bearing, exhaust leak, door sealing, locks, power window, numberplate light, paint, rear suspension. I think that was most of the stuff. All this in 6 months.

General Comments:

The car drives great, although a little underpowered. It has a great design, and a lot of equipment. It's a shame the quality is not up to the rest of the car. I would buy a VW again though. I believe VW only has temperary quality problems with the Golf and Passat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 1999

1999 Volkswagen Golf TDI Highline 1.9 TDI (110 ps) from Germany

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI (110 ps)
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

The front light wipers stopped working.

A no cost repair.

General Comments:

Very powerful engine.

Only 6 liters of diesel when you drive very fast. On the highway - perfect acceleration and top speed. On normal streets - good cruising with less then 5.5 liters of diesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 1999

1999 Volkswagen Golf Comfortline 1.6 Inj. from South Africa

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 Inj.
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far, let's just hope it remains that way, but from the look of things at present, this will certainly be a very happy "marriage" indeed.

General Comments:

Although it did cost me an arm and a leg to get it, it truly is a remarkable vehicle. I was quite surprised by the number of standard features that come with this model, from ABS to Airbags and Central Locking. Road handling is superb, and although I have on a couple of occasions put it through the test, I was amazed at the control I had. In terms of performance, I could certainly do with an extra 200cc's or so, it's not a tyre burner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 1999

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 48 reviews