2001 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 gasoline from North America
This is a nightmare of a car; stay away!
A short time after buying this car (about 51,000 miles), the transmission began shifting very hard into third gear. It was soon found that the transmission was shot and needed to be rebuilt. Needless to say this was an extremely expensive repair.
The car was out of the shop for around five months when the now well known electrical problems surfaced. Every light on my dashboard would flash on and off. This led finally, to the car breaking down while driving to the shop. My golf was in and out of the dealership for about a month until the problem was solved. Most of the engines sensors were replaced and a new larger alternator put in. They claimed it was all due too bad grounding in the electrical system.
My car is now at roughly 67,000 miles and the transmission is completely dead. Not a cheap repair!!!
When the car was working, it was pleasant to drive, but that fact is totally overshadowed by the cars wild unreliability. The car handles well when it is actually working.
The interior on them feels very cheap. The fabric on the inside comes away from the doors easily, and the overall quality of everything else is not good.
I am extremely disappointed with the quality of this car. Despite many good reviews, it seems more and more owners are running into the same problems. In my opinion their service department is well below par, and reliability is a joke. Stay away from VW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st May, 2010