2003 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI 1.9 turbo dielsel from North America


Great, love it, but it's a wee bit small


Almost nothing, just some "check engine" lights that seemed to relate to the fuel injectors. Apparently sometimes they stop working and activate this light. The car functioned just fine and it took the dealer almost no time at all to fix the problem.

The oil pan was damaged when I drove over a a large bump. It seems that the oil pan has less than normal ground clearance.

General Comments:

This is a great car with tons of options that even much more expensive cars don't have (heated mirrors, tinted glass, sunroof with built-in air deflector, mag wheels, heated windshield washer sprayers, height adjustable front seats, heater out-lets for the back seats, cup holders for the back seats).

The fuel economy is amazing of course, but due to the turbo it does like a bullit as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd September, 2007

2003 Volkswagen Golf Comfort Line 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Catalytic converter - common fault???


The catalytic Converter had to be replaced.

The car is only 4 years old and this major work had to be carried out.

There must be a common fault with catalytic convs.

General Comments:

The Car is fine, but the cost to run the car is very high.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2007

29th Mar 2007, 04:29

I am sorry, but this review is naff. A catalytic converter is a wear and tear item and can wear out quickly. Not heard of many other problems with these on Golf. Did you take you car to VW? Or get it done the cheaper route? VW may have paid something towards it. What about the rest of the car? - sounds like you didn't comment on the good bits!!! (ie- the rest of the car)

2003 Volkswagen Golf Match 1.9TDI - 105BHP from UK and Ireland


An excellent all-rounder


Hardly anything to report, except the brake light switch failed at 47000 miles. A quick and easy repair by a VW specialist.

General Comments:

Solid build quality, both inside and out.

Great driver ergonomics and comfort.

A good sized boot, but this makes the rear seat space a little tight.

Fantastic fuel economy - regularly 50mpg+ at approx 80mph.

Looks good and still looks modern even though it's the previous model.

Good, knowledgeable and helpful dealer network.

Great residual value, probably because it is such a good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2007

2003 Volkswagen Golf from North America


Runs good, but focus on a watertight body style


Door hinges creak severely, but have used 3 in one oil around every possible part of the hinge and temporarily subsides.

Driver side Floor and partial rear driver side floor floods during heavy rains. Heavy odor and mold / mildew problems shortly after.

Electrical problem at 20k miles where the check engine light was blinking, the speedometer stopped working and a series of dash lights would remain lit.

General Comments:

The car runs quite nicely and I would consider buying one, but sadly there seems to be a large scale problem with the water leakage onto the floor mats, and I have not yet seen a notice in the mail to have the car brought to the nearest dealer to have the problem repaired.

I can understand small problems here and there during the initial stage of the car ownership, but the smell and annoyance of mildew and mold in the floor carpeting repeatedly after rains not being addressed and it occurring on such a large scale is far too alarming.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th January, 2007

5th Apr 2007, 17:37

My car has the same leak, but it floods on the pax side front and back. you must have a moonroof, because debris clutter up into the tracks and clogs up drainage tube. my understanding is that you can clear it out by using a pipe cleaner and it will clear up problem. VW service cleared it out and I haven't had problem in 2 years. of course, my warranty did not cover it!!!

2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI from North America


Wonderful to drive if its not broken


Paneling inside the car creak and groan as you drive. Coolant leak from the EGR valve. Oil leak from Turbo. Cylinder gasket leak. Upper control arm bushing (both sides). Moisture entering side signal lights. Heating coils replaced because of excessively smoky starts. Door locks not working (computer had to be replaced). Front end shake at higher speeds (unable to solve).

General Comments:

I love driving this car. That is why I bought it in the first place. It drives great. Corners great. Panic stops are excellent. Its wonderful driving a small car that you don't have to rev the crap out of it to get the horsepower. Handles great in the snow and ice. It very comfortable.

But... its built like crap. I bought a diesel car because I put on a lot of kms for my job, and I needed something good on gas that would last for a long time. Well it is very good on gas, but it certain is not going to last for a long time. Up to now every things been covered under warranty, but its still a pain because with my job it very inconvenient to have it in the shop all the time. Also the things that have gone wrong with it would have been extremely expensive to fix. There is no way I can afford to keep this car outside of warranty. For the cost of repairs, driving a full size truck would be more economical than my little golf.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th October, 2006