2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 from North America


Volks name overrated


- Engine is using to much oil. Have to add at liter after each 5000 KM. Dealer said it is normal...

- Children lock was defective, repaired by dealer under warranty.

- Headlight burns after 2 years.

- Light goes off on dashboard once in a while.

- Rear Lite burned.

- Drivers door needed to be re-fitted after 5000K (fixed by dealer).

- Car is using to much gas. I am now in the 450KM-475KM range on full tank when I should at least getting 500KM. Driving habits maybe, but I was right on the spot with my Subaru.

- Stiff transmission. Request dealer to look into it. Says it is normal...

- Premature wear of rear breaks. Changed by dealer on last warrantied service.

- CD player popped out of its casing. Fixed by dealer.

- Temp gage died, replace by dealer under warranty.

General Comments:

Poor, would not recommend car for that price. Car cost me 25K Canadian tax in.

This is a full equip model with heating seats, electrical windows and...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

22nd Aug 2006, 12:08


Just for the fun of it this is 3 years later and I still own the thing. I am right now at 90000 KM.

Engine light on dashboard would go on once in while. Unexpectedly. Multiple headlight burned out. The passenger door was so misfitted that it bend a bit at the hinge (after warranty of course). Dealer could not do anything (of course).

The lights in the last panel on middle dashboard went off. Had to repair it. Engine still burns oil, every 5000 km I need to add some more. And of course brakes redone even after the premature wear. some plastic parts within the car are actually breaking off.

2001 Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0 from UK and Ireland


A shed! Would not touch another one


Cold start sensor caused engine to surge in traffic

Service indicator reset itself

Key fob had to be reprogrammed

Alarm & remote locking work when they feel like it

Water pump impeller sheared off

Engine management system died

Lambda sensor broke

Car pulled to one side & refused to drive straight. Dealer says this is a tyre problem despite having changed wheels round. Tyres are standard ones originally fitted.

Weld on front suspension broke

Rain water leak on drivers side

Rattle from stereo speakers

Clunk from inside door (dealer could not find a problem)

Oil consumption <800 miles per litre (this is "within normal limits" according to dealer

Door hinges & windscreen wipers groan

Sluggish performance for a "GTi" but economy OK.

General Comments:

Car was an ex-demo with low mileage. Was OK for 3 weeks, but then things went wrong all the time.

Put £30 worth of oil in the engine between services.

Dealers were hopeless in fixing anything & could never get a courtesy car within 3 weeks.

Volkswagen don't want to know. Their help line should be called a helpless line.

Very, very disappointed with this car and the dealers.

This is not a GTi - the performance is so slow and the handling pathetic round the bends.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI 1.9 from North America


My first Lemon


Wheel bearings changed 2 times under warranty (40000km), and again at 70000, after which the dealer decided it was the casing causing the bearings to go. Also after the casings were replaced, the dealer did not re-align the wheels which caused the brand new tires to wear out in 2 months!

My Auto up feature does not work properly. Once the front windows are up the come down again half way.

At 90000 motor lost all power. Dealership said it was the mass air sensor and replaced it. The next day the car would not drive again! This time the dealership said it was carbon build up in the intakes. I spent $1200 in 2 days.

104000km car is towed to dealership with same problem as above. I am currently waiting on a volkswagen factory technician to oversee the work and to inspect all previous work done to this car.

General Comments:

I'm sure my car is a lemon. I have a 1986 jetta that runs better on 3 cylinders.

I have a feeling that, do to my young age, I am being taken advantage of by the dealership I currently go to.

Especially with the dealer knowing I have assistance from my parents to help pay the outrageous bills.

It is too bad that this car has been so much trouble. I probably won't ever buy Volkswagen again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

21st Oct 2003, 21:07

I know how you feel. My 2002 VW Jetta is a lemon. My 1987 Jetta was a better car. I drove it to 284,000 km with no major problems. Original transmission. My

1 1/2 year old Jetta is on its third transmission. I bought the 2002 Jetta to replace the '87. Big mistake. My brother-in-law's 1986 Golf diesel is @ 500,000 km and still running.