11th May 2006, 15:47

VW built many of the Mk4 Golfs either Friday PM or Monday AM! The gearbox was one of the few bits of mine that was OK. I think most of the other bits were replaced over the 3 years I had the car (under warranty). No wonder VW can't make a profit!

24th Jul 2006, 16:06

VW working week:

Monday AM

Monday PM

Tuesday AM

Monday AM

Wednesday AM

Wednesday PM

Friday PM

Thursday PM

Friday PM

Friday PM.

At least that's what I think having sampled the last 3 years of Golf ownership. Even the courtesy car I was loaned broke down on me just after I left the dealers. If only everything in life was as reliable as a VW we'd all go mad.

4th Apr 2007, 17:48

That's what you get for beating them in WW2... (Hitler's revenge!!")!!!Take comfort, they are expensive overdesigned shi t boxes in North America (Canada) as well. (Don't feel alone)

20th Jun 2009, 17:32

Best and most reliable piece of engineering I've ever driven. It goes like a rocket and pulls like a bull. I love my 2002 model, it regularly does between 50 and 55 mpg even if I drive it like Sterling Moss! 9/10.

15th Sep 2010, 06:36

Still have my 2002 GT TDI 130. 110k on it now. Rattles and squeaks like an old truck (these were badly built cars), but mechanically it's still A1, it's as reliable as the tides (service, 10k troublefree miles, service, 10k trouble free miles, service etc - it's almost boring). Cosmetically it still cleans up like new, and the performance / economy compromise still beats the pants off any of the new stuff. These will crack a genuine (measured brim to brim) 55 MPG over a tank of diesel in real world driving, yet match any of the new equivalents for performance. Nobody I know with a new 1.9-2.0 common rail Golf / Focus / Astra is getting better than mid 40s, and their cars are no quicker.

My only gripes are the engine noise and vibration (seems to have got worse with miles), and terrible interior build quality. Has held its value well too.

How many other 8 year old workaday cars with this mileage are still selling for £3k?