2003 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 115 BHP, 3 door 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


An invention of sheer power and beauty


Drivers electric window switch replaced under warranty at 22,000 miles. It took about 1 hour to replace. The switch was still working, only when I wanted to flick it to do "auto" close it didn't close itself, I just had to keep my finger on it. Nothing much really.

General Comments:

This is definitely the best car I've ever owned. I hasn't cost me a penny in 4 years of over 55,000 miles of hard driving.

It's very light on diesel considering the power that I'm getting out of it.

Only cost I've had was servicing and a set of front brake pads.

Comparing the Golf TDI to its rivals out there, ie, Corolla, Focus, Almera, it's head and shoulders above them, when it comes to power and style. I've driven these other cars and was glad to get back to my Black baby!

My last car was a Honda Prelude. 2.2 petrol, dead as a maggot, heavy on petrol, not comfortable and certainly not reliable. In 11 years I had to replace a power steering pump and much more. The last straw for the Prelude was a snapped timing belt at 43,000 miles.

My Golf is a breath of fresh air for me, I love it. Now my brother has bought the exact same car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

13th Apr 2008, 17:20

Sheer power. 115 bhp. OK.

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!!!