2006 Volkswagen Golf GT TDi 140 2.0 TDi from UK and Ireland
Shame about the build quality and dealerships, but otherwise a good car
-Firstly, I picked up on a drivers door alignment issue on the second day of ownership. Around the top corner where it meets the front wing, it tapered out like someone had bent the body panel. Dealer attempted to 're-align' three times in order to cover up the problem, but on the fourth attempt they resprayed the door and wing in order to fix it. I 'REJECTED' this car as I had discussed that I didn't want any such remedial technique involving repainting...
-Secondly, rattles from passenger door, scuffs/pulls in numerous places on the interior, vibrating clutch pedal - poor. I was glad to get rid and accept a replacement car!
-I'm on my second Golf now and the door alignment isn't perfect, but much better than previous. I've come to accept it as they all seem to be like this (on 3 door models especially).
Again rattles from drivers door and seat belt latch.
To top it all off while my car was in having some of the niggles sorted the dealer managed to put a nice dent in my rear wing!
-The car performance is impressive for a diesel.
-Very torquey engine.
-1st gear seems a bit dead, but once in 2nd it flies. This is my second now so I know this is the norm.
-Handling is very impressive. Sticks to twisties quite satisfying.
-Fuel economy is good - seeing 50mpg while running it in.
-It's very quiet on the motorway - a big mile muncher.
-Very comfortable, easy to control at slow speed. -Ideal in today's crawling traffic queues.
-Gearbox is nice and slick.
-Loads of gadgets.
-Niggles are annoying.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th November, 2006
28th Apr 2007, 00:01
I owned a 2005 Polo TDI and got shot of it after 6 months. Constant niggling problems and the most unsympathetic and arrogant dealer network I've ever experienced (and I've owned Fords and Renaults)
VW are living off their reputation which in my experience is no longer deserved. There are better cars out there for less money. You're paying for a badge.