1999 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 2 of 15

1999 Volkswagen Golf GL Wolfsburg Edition 2.0L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance73000 kilometres

Summary:

Buy this car

Faults:

Braking lights keep going off.

General Comments:

Auto gets boring quick.

The car is pretty fast.

Great on gas; 500km to the tank; costs me about $50 to fill the tank at $1.40 per liter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8L turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L turbo Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

What a lemon!!!

Faults:

ABS light is continually on. I've been told this is a common problem with this model and year.

The seats are pretty uncomfortable, even though they are Recaro. Feels like I am sitting on a cardboard box.

To get some real go from the car, your foot has to be pushing the accelerator almost into the floor.

My Silvia could blow it out the water for sure.

General Comments:

Shocking purchase; I'm glad I got to off load it onto some poor sucker, and now I'm off to buy me a real car.

Given, the car was bought second-hand; your best bet would be to buy a European car brand new!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd June, 2008

5th Jun 2008, 05:50

Did you actually test drive it before you bought it?..

1999 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg 1.8L gas manual 5speed SOHC from Mexico

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8L gas manual 5speed SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired88221 miles
Most recent distance88485 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Buy it, but be 100% sure it's worth it!!

Faults:

* Timing calibration

* Check engine light due to catalyst sensor

* Misfire piston 3 (new wires but connected wrong)

* Misfire piston 2 (bad wires)

* Missing water don't know where it's going? No leaks, not in oil, suspecting a bad connector between the engine and coolant compartment

* Faulty door locks (35 bucks to fix short out)

(repaired today)

OVERALL ALMOST 350+ dollars in repairs that were NOT contemplated for this Golf.

General Comments:

My GOD.

I bought this car TRUSTING VW's reputation on my 89 Jetta. Was I wrong.

For people that fall into that concept consider the following first:

1993 and up Models don't have the DIGIFAN injection used on late model 80's cars. This is system is much more efficient and reliable, not to mention powerful than the EFI on most cars on the road nowadays. It is by my terms a little more or a fuel consumer, like 10% or more, but it's worth it.

For a 2.0 you can't really hear or feel those 112 Hp. This solely because the transmission is a lot more comfortable, for a smoother ride, sacrificing acceleration. This is a plus again your MPG's are up.

For performance get the VR6. Again late model 80's Volkswagens came with the A9 transmission love it!

The car is back from the shop today for the 4th time in less than a month for the problems listed above.

The coolant issue has not been solved yet, but hoping to fix it soon.

I still have my 89 Jetta with 127xxx plus miles and drives like hell.

VW's has seriously disappointed me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2008

1999 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8 20v from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 20v Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carJaguar XKR

Summary:

It should be 100 times better than it is

Faults:

Firstly the drivers door has dropped slightly due to the weight of the door (2 door models).

The air mass sensor failed, resulting in no acceleration.

The car has intermittent revving problems; sounds like a minor misfire.

Drivers seat adjust handle snapped off.

Rear boot leaks rain water and smells damp in the car all the time.

Suspension feels hard.

General Comments:

Wear and tear shows on this car even with low mileage, i.e steering wheel looks like it's done 100,000 miles.

The car has nice looks, good visibility, and feels safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2007

31st Oct 2007, 07:31

'Wear and tear shows on this car even with low mileage, i. e steering wheel looks like it's done 100,000 miles.'

If you haven't got a full service history, then chances are its been clocked. The wear on the steering wheel is one of the first things you should look for when trying to ascertain if the mileage is correct.

31st Oct 2007, 17:18

I agree; if the steering wheel is worn, you've been done.

That said, the build quality of the mk4 Golf is very patchy, but I'm not aware it affects the steering wheels.

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