2002 Volkswagen Golf Reviews - Page 2 of 18

2002 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

A safe, comfortable European vehicle

Faults:

The glove box lock broke, and now the glove box doesn't close/lock.

General maintenance with Volkswagen is quite expensive, but that's what you get with European vehicles.

The central locking has the odd problem, but is infrequent.

General Comments:

The performance for the 2L Golf GLS is 85kW max. and reaches its revs quite quickly, even in the automatic model. The Golf wasn't generally manufactured for performance, but it still manages a fantastic output. It is a bit sluggish off-the-mark, due to it being an automatic. My last approximate 0-100km/h (6 or so months ago) was around 11 seconds.

The cabin is spectacular! Comfortable, quite roomy, the model I have has ESP and leather seats with seat warmers and headlight washers (what Volkswagen describe as the "winter package"), which contribute to the great ride comfort. The suspension is characterful, yet composed when it needs to be. Steering and handling is precise, and on the whole, the ride is safe and secure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2011

2002 Volkswagen Golf GTi 150 BHP 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Savage for price

Faults:

I had a year 2000 GTI Polo before the Golf. Although a lovely car to drive, I had problems with the gearbox and clutch.

My Golf GTI 1.8 150BHP is a great car. Bought at 76000 miles. 89000 Miles now on it, and the only thing wrong with it are the front wishbone bushings have gone. I cannot fault this car at all. With a Revo SPS1 box, this can put the BHP up to around 195. And the turbo responds nice at lower revs up around 4500.

General Comments:

Handles good on corners.

Quick off the mark.

Top speed 145 MPH.

0-60 around 6.8 secs.

MPG around 32.

Suspension firm but comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2010

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

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carVolvo S60

Summary:

Gutsy, frugal and reliable, with lots of rattles and squeaks

Faults:

Support bracket snapped off rear silencer. Irritating as the exhaust itself is in very good condition. Told this is a common fault.

Split CV gaiter (expected at this age/mileage).

Clutch just starting to intermittently slip under hard acceleration in 6th (109k, it's had a good innings).

Interior rattles. Lots of them.

General Comments:

In most respects we are delighted with the car. It's reliable, very frugal, goes like stink when you need it to, has a good level of specification (electric windows, mirrors, sunroof, Climatronic, CD player, PAS, ESP etc). Nothing much has gone wrong with it, and what has is within expectations for a car of this age and mileage.

Biggest gripe is the rattly interior. Driving over less than perfect roads sets up a cacophony of buzzes, creaks and squeaks. I think this is the rattliest car I have ever owned, and that includes old 80's Peugeots. Somewhat at odds with the expensive looking trim and so-called quality badge.

Handling is also dreadful, with the heavy diesel engine and soggy suspension (this is no "GTI diesel", or anything like it) making it frustrating on twisty roads. It understeers comically early, and there's not much steering feel. As my commute is 90% straight A-road and motorway, it doesn't bother me, but this is not a car to enjoy yourself in on a good road.

The PD diesel is rough and ready, and makes a racket compared to a newer design, but the clout it delivers between 1500 and 4000 RPM makes this car feel genuinely quick at times. Coming out of 30 mph limits, you just leave the car in fourth, and squeeze it on. It hauls you from 30 through to 80 in one satisfying, sustained lunge without the need to touch the gear lever. Similarly once in 6th, it cruises quietly, but with bags left in reserve. It's still a great engine, with a far better long term / high mileage reliability record than a typical common rail unit. Assuming it's fed the correct oil, this 130 PD engine is known for doing starship mileages without problems.

If the interior didn't rattle, it would be a superb car. As it is, it's still very good. But the creaks annoy me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2010

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