2000 Volkswagen Golf GL Rally 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable, economical, solid and an all round great euro car
The car has been quite remarkable in terms of problems.
There has been a problem with the fuel pump, and the service centre advised that instead of replacement (which would cost an arm and a leg) it will be fine if it does not go below 1/5 of a tank of petrol.
It can be quite vicious in dropping gear, especially if the accelerator is quickly depressed, though I think this feature is built in.
To be honest, the car has a distinct lack of power. However, that said, it still handles well (which it is designed to do ie, German autobahns) and I have had trouble getting the back to slide out, even in poor conditions.
The Rally option added extra comfort to the car, with nicer 'Recaro' type seats and alloy wheels, as well as darkened tail lights and floor mats.
The car is perfect for city driving, and slides into parking spots with ease. The lack of power is not really to much of an issue for city driving, however for those times where the extra punch will aid you in certain circumstances it can be disappointing .
Even though the shape is around 7 years old, it has still held its value and has not been outdated as quickly as its rivals, such as the Nissan Pulsar. The aesthetic appeal and shape adds an aura to the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th August, 2005