2000 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio Cara 2.0 from France


A smart city car



General Comments:

Very solidly built car. Comfortable in town and for short trips. Although it is a small car, it gives you a good feeling to drive it. But it is terribly underpowered, although it is supposed to have 115 HP. The automatic transmission is taking a lot of power it seems and it is only a 4 speed unsophisticated old box.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2002

2000 Volkswagen Golf V5 2.3 from UK and Ireland


Expensive, but classy comfortable car


Nothing has gone wrong with it, I'm pleased to say! (I should think not for the price.)

Slight niggles: Reverse gear has a tendency to be a bit sticky when starting from cold. Sometimes does not want to go in.

Hatch door needs a good hard shove, almost a slam, to close it. Often the display tells me it is open when I think it's closed! This is one of its few design faults in my view and ought to be addressed by Volkswagen.

General Comments:

Good acceleration to get you past slowcoaches. The 2.3L engine gives that extra boost. Miles per gallon not too bad, considering engine size. The 6-CD changer in boot is a boon. The cup holders make me laugh when they pop out! Car feels safe and has good road-holding.

Warning: Have had the 'V5' chrome logo pinched off the radiator grille once already, costs £11 approx. to replace. Dealer said people take them to put on inferior Golf models! (Seems rather pointless.)

I believe dealers have reduced their prices now due to the new shape Golf pending.

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

Review Date: 8th September, 2002

2000 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8 20v turbo from UK and Ireland


Solid performance with scope for improvement


Seats shown wear on bolsters which are oversized due to being Recaros, and tilt handle coming off.

Rear light lenses misting up.

Drivers door dropped slightly causing damage to paint work.

Car has been in 6 times for these simple faults. All under warranty.

General Comments:

Despite having terrible problems with my previous Golf GTI (non turbo) I love this car.

It needs to be lowered and have stiffer suspension and the engine is crying out for a performance upgrade, Its near silent inside and the build quality is superb.

I would definitely buy another Golf, the only downside is the dealers.

The office staff are OK, but the technicians seem to be little more than semi-trained apes who can never fix the slightest of faults 1st time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

2000 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 gasoline from North America


High value for the money all around


My 2000 Volkswagen Golf is an extraordinarily reliable car, and it is solidly put together. I have had only two problems with this car, both extremely minor.

Once, when pulling on the plastic latch that propels that rear seat cushion forward to extend the cargo floor, the latch broke off in my hand. I was able to get it fixed under warranty with no trouble at all.

Just recently, it was recalled to correct a snafu governing emissions as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The repair took only a day, and now it performs better than when I first purchased the car.

Other than these two quibbles, I haven't had a single complaint.

General Comments:

The seats offer solid support, and it is much more comfortable than my old Toyota Tercel. The soft cloth upholstery is cozy without being too plush. My eighty-nine-year-old grandmother finds it a much easier car to get in and out of than my mother's Honda Civic. Interior room is excellent all around.

The 2-liter four-cylinder engine is a potent power-plant, and it provides quick and fluid acceleration with much more pickup than any small car I have driven or owned. I can handle high speeds on the U.S. interstate with no problems whatsoever.

Handling is superb, in the Volkswagen tradition. The Golf takes curves easily and solidly. The suspension is excellent at absorbing bumps and pot holes.

The automatic transmission shifts easily, and it provides the added and appreciated benefit of a fourth speed.

Cargo room is plentiful even with the rear seats in place; I rarely need to fold the rear seats down.

Volkswagen is the only make I have ever owned two cars from. The other was a 1972 Super Beetle (Type 113). Both cars are the best two of the four I have ever had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2002