2002 Volkswagen Golf 4Motion V6 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Great performance for the price, with comfort to boot
Clutch cable broke - plastic bracket connecting the cable to the pedal gave up the will to live.
Corrosion issue on spark plugs (misfiring and lacking power) - I suspect the "engine clean" at the previous service was the cause of this. New plugs resolved the issue.
External temperature is currently erratic, and clearly wrong. Showing between 4 and -18 degrees when it is 10-20 degrees outside. Annoying but no issue; occurred after a flat battery (left the lights on).
Electrics are sometimes a little annoying. The doors lock when they shouldn't, and the alarm can go off for no reason sometimes.
Very good performance for the size and being 4 wheel drive. It is a little thirsty for the size. Handling is OK, does roll a little in corners, but you would have to be an idiot to lose control - it has plenty of grip.
Comfortable and good cruising car. Excellent lower end torque, perhaps slightly lacking at the top end. 3rd gear starts are not that difficult. Seating position and the steering wheel are very comfortable.
I have found servicing costs quite reasonable, and apart from one service where they stuffed up, the dealer servicing has been very good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2013