8th Dec 2007, 08:40

I agree. The list of common faults on the mkIV Golf is pages long, but try getting a dealer to acknowledge any of them when your car breaks down. When my coils went, there were eleven dead Golf, Passat, Audi A4 and Audi TT vehicles at the dealer awaiting parts. Mine took 8 weeks to be fixed. The spark plugs argument is a known fob off, and you shouldn't fall for it.

A sensationally over-rated car which ended my 10 year run with VW. Yes they look nice, but far better quality, performance, handling and longevity are available elsewhere.

9th May 2008, 11:33

Another year on and the above Golf continues to be a great daily drive. There have been no further issues and except for two new tyres I have not had anything else to replace.

I chose to replace the standard air vents with the illuminated closing Bora ones and they complement the interior wonderfully. After fitting the wiring loom the interior developed a very annoying squeak (the sort that would make you sell a lesser car). In order to fix it I placed material tape on the joins of every dash plastic - heavenly peace now.

So, to finish. Although price hikes make car ownership difficult and future road tax rises will make this car expensive to tax, I wouldn't change it for another car. It ticks so many boxes in terms of moderate performance and economy combined with great looks and family practicality. Just find yourself a good garage to look after you and avoid dealerships like the plague.

27th Aug 2008, 17:33

Apart from fairly good straight line speed but dull handling, I am a proud owner of one too in silver (the wheels are a nightmare to clean) but it's starting to look dated now - so I am now considering purchasing the much newer and modern looking shape Golf TDI or dynamic looking, striking Seat Leon TDI.