2001 Volkswagen Golf GTi 1.8T 1.8T from UK and Ireland
A very poorly built car with poor after service
I had 2 coils changed after 10000 miles, apparently this was a problem across the range, which also affected Skoda, Seat and Audi; all the 1.8T engines. The after that I have had 1 lambda sensor changed. 1 EGR Valve changed, Some parts on the injection were changed after a very strange whistling sound was coming from the turbo. Recently I have had 4 more coils changed after the car was misfiring badly once again.
This car is easily the worst I have ever had.
The reliability is 0, I have worked out that it breaks down every 3 months without fail.
I bought the car because I thought VW had a good name for reliability, but I am not sure what went wrong with this model.
It looks good and feels comfortable when it is working, but you really do not know what you are going to get when you start the car in the morning and that is not good enough for a car of this age and price.
VW customer service is horrendous, they simply do not care and they are very expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd March, 2004
25th Mar 2006, 22:41
I disagree with you. I have a Volkswagen Golf 1990 1.8.
Although I have had a few problems which is normal for an old car which has done a lot of mileage. It hasn't broken down. It is better than the cheap Japanese cars.e.g. KIA.
27th Mar 2006, 12:16
KIA is Korean, not Japanese.
27th Jun 2007, 15:30
I agree with every comment in here. I have a 2003 gti 1.8T I bought used. Upon doing so, I was given a receipt showing the new mass air flow sensor, new set of plug coils,and a replaced stock turbo.
Since then I have only put 5000 miles on it, and have had to replace the coils 3 times, the mass air flow sensor is going bad, and the bearings in my turbo are starting to grind.
This is truly the most unreliable car I've ever owned.