2005 Volkswagen Golf TDI turbo diesel from North America
Clutch needed replacement = $2500.
Ridiculously expensive maintenance.
Lights burn out constantly.
Parking brake seized.
Windshield wiper motor burned out.
Avoid this - lots of bells and whistles coloured my judgement and I lost a bucket on this piece of junk.
It's way too expensive to maintain to make up for the fuel economy.
Handled fine initially, but not made to last.
Warranty is useless.
If you've got the money to buy one, spend it on something that will actually last.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th November, 2009
15th Jul 2011, 17:52
A $2500 clutch job? You got scammed. A full clutch kit costs around $300, it should never top anywhere near $1000!
16th Jul 2011, 19:06
Many cars nowadays have a dual-mass flywheel (DMF), and these are NOT the old $600 clutch jobs. The Ford Mondeo here in NZ is a NZ$3000+ (US$2400) clutch job (as opposed to a typical $600 job for a car 15-20 years old), because besides the clutch and the DMF, the labour to actually GET to the clutch and get it all done is a lot. And I do have mechanic friends who verify this. And that's a Ford - not a Porsche. It isn't uncommon now to have ordinary brand cars whose repair bills cost about the same (or more!) than what is deemed a prestige brand. The ordinary cars now use the same technology as the old prestige cars, so now they pay as much for repairs.
I was planning on getting a Mondeo manual until I found that out. To think I was avoiding the automatic, which to overhaul wouldn't cost much more than the clutch.