2002 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 16 of 18

2002 Volkswagen Golf TDi 1.9TDi 130PD from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9TDi 130PD Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance16500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Go get one and find out

Faults:

Passenger side wiper blade needs replacing due to crimp in rubber.

I think that the rear blade will need replacing soon too.

General Comments:

Full Spec car with heated seats, dimming rear view mirror, leather, automatic wipers and all still working!

I took my time choosing this car and first went for the 150bhp model, but the extras list on the 130bhp model drew me to it.

Economy is really cool - performance with 50+mpg is very unusual in a petrol car so go for the VW TDi PD models!

Had an Astra TD before this and the VW is a revelation...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Golf GTTDI PD150 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19452 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Performance and economy

Faults:

Not a sausage, all I have replaced is a set of front tires.

General Comments:

This car is a fantastic compromise between performance and economy.

I couldn't decide what to buy for my first brand new car, but I'm glad that I bought this instead of the usual Astra or Focus.

I have to use it every day for a 50 mile trip to work, but I get out as though I have just got in.

With 150BHP yet a return of 40-45mpg regularly (More if you leave the lead foot at home!) it is quick and economical.

Most people are unaware, but this car has more torque than a Porsche Boxster! It certainly helps when overtaking a row of cars or the usual slow caravan driver!

Oh and another thing when on the limit the car doesn't sound like a diesel.

There is only one thing I don't like and that is that the handling is a little spongy. That should be helped by the set of KONI's I have planned for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Golf GT TDI PD 130 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

Wolf in Diesel Clothing

Faults:

There was a small oil leak between inter-cooler and turbo charger, fixed under warranty. The 6- disc CD changer needed changing, due to occasional jumping. Windscreen wiper motor also faulty, again sorted under warranty without fuss.

General Comments:

For a diesel this car has excellent performance. It surprises many petrol car drivers at the lights in their "hot hatches" when beat you them. In gear acceleration is excellent, you rarely need to change down a gear to pick up speed - the Turbo pulls impressively from 2000rpm right through to the red line. Handling could be better, there is some body roll. This has improved since changing the tyres.

Don't believe VW performance figures! This car is quicker than the 1.8T petrol. VW claim 127MPH top speed, yet on the German Autobahn we got 142MPH!

Fuel economy is excellent 50MPG on the motorway at 80 - 90MPH.

Overall, a brilliant car I would only change it for a Golf R32!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Golf 25th Anniversary 1.9 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carAudi TT

Summary:

Stylish, fast and cheap to run

Faults:

Poor spraying of the bumpers meant a return to the dealer for some remedial work. Poor work by the dealer meant another visit to do the job properly.

General Comments:

A performance bargain. Having gone from a highly modified TT to this, it's still hard to believe that it needs filling (not very often) from the diesel pump.

The only problem has been the dealer not doing the remedial spraying right the first time.

Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Golf CL (Canada only) 2.0 liter four from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter four Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance4000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Execeptional quality for the money, buy it!

Faults:

Nothing, except some small inside rattles, but hey it's still winter.

Black paint hates to be washed, it causes some spider net like marks on it.

General Comments:

This car is pure Teutonic, very solid feel, specially on highways, suspension is OK for everyday cruises, but not sporty.

The fit and finish is absolutely perfect, good quality material inside and out.

Headlamps are nice looking and very powerful, but they should spot a little bit farther.

Sound system best in class!

The 2.0 four is rated 115hp and ULEV, it's surprisingly smooth and have lots of torque, but, quite absent at hi revs.

I'm glad they did a great job on assembly line, but maintenance at dealer is out of question, they will steal your money...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 59 reviews