2001 Volkswagen Golf Generation GL 1.6L from Australia and New Zealand


A great prestige car!


Well basically the car has had a few problems.

These are minor.

The front passenger Front electric window just dropped down very fast and did not come back up.

The car just stalled at traffic lights and would not restart for about 10 minutes, dealer could not detect this problem.

The car blew a couple of fuses and had to get towed away!

General Comments:

Other than the problems listed above it is a great car. This is my first car and its great!

The golf is very stylish in black with beige interior! and it looks very prestiges.

It is very zippy for a 1.6L and it handles well.

As a P Plater I find the car perfect for me.

It has the BEST standard sound system I have ever heard! better than my friends who have several subs in their cars.

I test drove Astra's, focus,307 and found the Golf to be the best!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Golf GT TDI 5 Door 110bhp from UK and Ireland


A billiant cheap to run sports hatchback with prestige


Air control system failed.

General Comments:

Such a great car for the money, so well built.

Was a company car so was not cosseted, but remained like new.

Very quick for what it was, handled and stopped OK, great on fuel.

Had the best factory fit sound system I have heard in any similar car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2003

2001 Volkswagen Golf V5 2.3 Ltr petrol from UK and Ireland


Well built and good looking car, good performer


Breather hose faulty when car was new, this caused a reduction in performance. The engine fault light came on after a couple of hundred miles.

The electric central locking mechanism did not open the rear hatch lock. This fault was present from new.

A fault occurred on the drivers door switch pack. The switch that disabled the rear electric windows kept popping up when depressed.

An annoying vibration noise has developed. It starts when I am driving at 30mph plus and it seems to be coming from the passengers side rear door. The noise stops if I lower the rear passenger door window a fraction. I can only assume something is loose behind the panel.

Electric engine cooling fan seems to start up more frequently than it used to when the engine is idling. It starts up even though the temperature gauge never moves.

General Comments:

The car has a very solid feel to it, the doors are heavy and close with a satisfying clunk. The seats are comfortable and the sound system is 'sound'. The interior finish seems to be to a high standard. The damped action of the glove box door and grab handles and the delayed interior light shut off add to this. The climate control works well and the dashboard is laid out in a simple and logical way.

Gear selection is reasonably good, short travel with nice definite changes up and down the box.

The handling is good and the car feels solid on the road, brakes are great and the steering is responsive. The 2.3Ltr V5 engine sounds nice and performs well though it needs to be revved high to achieve best acceleration. I do a lot of motorway driving and the car cruises effortlessly at high speed, wind noise is reasonably low. I am regularly getting 30mpg on decent runs.

One thing I have noticed is that the wheels collect a lot of brake dust and the tailgate of the car attracts a lot of dirt due to the design. The dust and muck swirls around in the turbulent air behind the vehicle then sticks to the rear end of the car.

The nice thing about a golf is that it's class-less and looks good parked anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

11th Jun 2003, 06:06

Hmmm - 5 faults and you are still happy with the car? I have a few things that you might want to buy!!

Seriously though, I think this represents my experience of Golf ownership, I want to like the car, but the build quality and reliability don't match the claims made by the price tag and reputation.

It doesn't get a smiley face from me.