2002 Volkswagen Golf GT TDI 130 1.9 PD TDI 130PS turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Fantastic car that's still a pleasure to drive
Front driveshaft gaiter and rear exhaust bracket at 7 years / 110,000 miles.
MAF sensor at 8 years / 120,000 miles.
Clutch and dual mass flywheel last week (132,000 miles).
Gutsy, reliable, frugal old car that still looks good, and still drives well.
Almost impossible to get less than 45 mpg out of it. Perfectly possible to squeeze 60 mpg on a gentle run. Averages 50 mpg with no problem at all.
Faster and more economical than our E90 BMW 318d, although dynamically it's not even in the same league. The PD130 engine is a great match for the Golf though. Effortless grunt, regardless of gear. Runs out of steam early compared to modern diesels, but the lower-midrange muscle is still impressive to this day.
Plenty of kit - all round electric windows, electric heated mirrors, electric sunroof, Climatronic, CD player, etc etc. Driving position is a little "high", but good seats and overall comfort levels.
Good looking interior, which although a little dated, still has good quality materials, and a very clean design.
Serviced and maintained for buttons by a family friend who is a VW tech. Even the clutch and flywheel set me back less than £400 fitted (Sachs parts used). That's the biggest bill the car has given me by a significant margin.
Still worth a couple of grand, and would be easy to sell on. Can't say that about many near ten year old mass market hatchbacks. Very cheap car to own in TCO terms.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2011