2000 Volkswagen Golf V6 4-Motion 2.8 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Fast, comfortable, but prone to failure


Coil pack replaced 40000 miles - caused misfire.

Anti-roll bar replaced 40000 miles - bush wear.

Acceleration sensors replaced 40000 miles - no traction control / ESP.

Steering arm replaced 45000 miles - bush wear.

Fans replaced 50000 miles - failed caused overheating.

Air mass flow sensor 50000 miles - replaced.

General Comments:

Fast car (6.9 0-62 with two gear changes!)

Very good cruiser for size - engine and 4wd transmission are excellent.

Great "apparent" build quality - interior.

Too many parts have worn / failed too quickly.

Dealer ranged from helpful to downright rude depending on individual and specific problem.

This car has become a very expensive mistake ~£2000 of repairs in 2 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2005

18th Mar 2006, 17:08

Your experience seems to mirror mine. Bought my Bora at 36k. The ESP was broken on test drive and fixed. got it home and the air mass meter failed. Interior not bad, but not to VW so called build quality. Odd electrical faults and various interior rattles.

I could have bought, as my friends did, a Ford or Vauxhall several years newer for the same money. They have not had the issues I have had.

It is a real shame as the car is, in general, well built, but penny pinching is very evident.

18th Mar 2006, 17:10

Sorry. I did not mention my anti roll bar bushes needed replacing before 40k.

2000 Volkswagen Golf GT TDI 1.9 TDI PD (115PS) from UK and Ireland


Great car let down by sloppy build quality and so-so reliability


Two glovebox catches have failed. A common problem, and necessitates replacement of the complete lid, as the catch is "sealed in".

Lots of squeaks and rattles inside, particularly the parcel shelf, glovebox lid (on the rare occasion it will actually latch closed), and centre console.

Mass Airflow Sensor at 31,000 miles (warranty)

Glowplugs at 36,000 miles (not covered under warranty!)

Uses a litre of oil every 900-1,000 miles! This means an oil top up every time it is filled with fuel! Told "it's normal"

General Comments:

Lovely car to drive, and excellent TDI engine giving barely believable economy, with good, useful performance. I drove both the 115 and 130PS versions and thought there was very little in it, although the 115 PS is not quite as refined under load.

Unfortunately, despite its strengths, the ownership experience has been spoiled heavily by poor build quality, so-so reliability and unsympathetic dealers. I know all engines use oil for example, but find it hard to accept that the oil needs to be topped up at every refuel to avoid it dropping below the "MIN" mark on the dipstick. The dealer isn't interested and fobs me off.

"VW Approved Used" warranty has weasled out of paying for both the glovebox catches that failed, and the glow plugs which made starting a nightmare through the winter of 2003/4. The former is particularly irritating as it is a known fault on the mk4 Golf. My father's year newer 130 and his work colleague's 1.6 petrol have both had the same problem.

Although it seems to be a quality machine when you sit in it, the mk4 Golf somehow lacks the "hewn from rock" feel of the mk1-mk3 Golfs. Although the interior is comfortable and constructed from expensive looking materials, the standard of fit and finish, not to mention durability are well below what I expect from a so-called "quality" brand. My brother has a Focus with twice this mileage which has fewer creaks and squeaks inside.

After a Mk1 Golf, a Scirocco, two mk2 Golfs, and 2 mk3's, this will be my last VW. I didn't mind paying a price premium when I was getting quality, but now I feel they have been caught and overtaken even by mainstream brands. A shame, as the car itself is lovely. I'm not prepared to risk a mk5 however.

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

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

5th Sep 2005, 09:52

Mind you, you should consider yourself lucky, since this particular engine (1.9 PD 115) was infamous for its defective (piston) rods and in some rare cases porous engine blocks (source: The special edition of "L'automobile" magazine on the 2nd hand best buys - no I'm not french). Yeap, an expensive looking cabin doesn't necessarily mean overall first class engineering...