2002 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.9 TDI from North America
Awesome mileage and fun to drive!
Broken valve spring at 182,000 miles.
Front fenders rusting from inside out.
Front door window lifts replaced under factory recall.
This car has been one of the best cars I have ever owned. I average 45 MPG. I drive 90 miles per day, and this car has been very well suited to the task. It is also a hoot to drive!
Diesels are not for everyone or every climate. I have had my fuel gel up three times over the years in below zero weather (I reside in the mid west). I have concluded the problem lies in the location of the fuel filter. At highway speeds, the wind chill is too much for the petroleum/bio fuel mix of this region. Now when the temps get down to single digits, I trade cars with my wife. She never has trouble driving it around town, and I no longer worry about getting stranded.
I bought this car fully intending to put 200k miles on it. Having eclipsed that goal, I am now going for 300k.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2011