2003 Volkswagen Golf TDi 100hp 1.9 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Go drive a TDi
Front speakers were crackling ever since I took delivery of the car.
Lights on the dashboard flicker occasionally and for no apparent reason.
Windscreen wipers always shuddered across the windscreen since I took delivery.
When I mentioned to a friend that I was looking at selling my Impreza WRX STi and getting a diesel Golf, he cracked up laughing. I then took him along to the showroom for a drive, and I never heard another smart comment out of him.
I am very happy the amazing performance provided by the diesel. In total contrast to my Subaru, the turbo comes in almost straight away and pulls strong up to about 4000rpm where the power suddenly drops off.
With my occasionally heavy right foot, the Subaru would happily munch through a tank of Super Premium over a weekend. My Golf can go for two weeks on a tank of diesel. The lower price of diesel also means it costs about half the price to fill than my Subaru.
The only downsides to my Golf ownership have been my experiences with often rude and useless Volkswagen dealerships. I have experienced one particular service dept refusing to fix my faulty audio system under warranty, (despite the car being less than one year old).
The other dealership agreed to fix the fault, however after the car being there for 3 days, I picked up the car to find one speaker replaced and the other still crackling.
I find the suspension wallows a bit like a 1960's Cadillac (compared to my Subaru anyway). I have ordered a handling kit which the manufacturer promises will tighten up the whole package.
All in all however, I have no regrets in purchasing my Golf. The best car I have owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2004