2004 Volkswagen Golf CL 2.0 from North America
Nice car, but full of quality problems. I dread the idea of the warranty expiring on me
2.0L engine is no fun to drive. Loud and somewhat sluggish.
Engine misfired twice for no known reason. Dealer could not identify problem.
Battery died in cold winter weather.
Ground clearance is low. I am constantly hitting ice blocks on the road.
Windshield wipers had to be replaced after 3 months because they would jump. New OEM windshield wipers are also worn out after two months.
Black seat and floor cloth get dirty very easily.
Carpet cloth is very cheap and very difficult to clean.
Creaking sound from passenger door. Dealer could not fix.
Shock-absorbers make a creaking sound when driving over bumps.
Seats are too firm and small for long distances.
Passenger door lock broke. Dealer replaced under warranty.
Trunk lock broke. Dealer replaced under warranty.
Fuel consumption poor. Average 10L city driving.
Poor trunk lighting.
Brakes are very good. The car has four disc-brakes and stops instantly. The handbrake is also very effective.
Full spare-tire in trunk is very welcome.
Side airbags are standard.
Handles very nicely around corners. The car is stiff, and drives nicely.
High-quality materials in the interior make this car a delight to sit in. It feels like an upscale car, with damped motion of glove-box, grab-handles, and stalk controls.
Excellent top-notch sound system.
Good interior lighting with a reading-lamp for each backseat, and two map-light in the front.
The car looks just plain good, and more upscale than the price would suggest.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th March, 2005
Sorry, but complaining that the carpets get dirty easily is not a problem with the car. The problem lies with you getting into the car with dirty shoes.
So I guess he is supposed to walk around outside barefoot?
Comment by original poster:
Clarification on carpet comment: while all carpets get dirty, the one in my Golf is very difficult to get clean. I attribute this to the cheap material used. It should not take you an hour of brushing and soaking and rubbing every spring to remove clean your carpets; I certainly do not have to spend that much time on cleaning our Honda or Subaru.