Fuel efficient, unreliable money pit
Replaced shocks/struts all around.
Replaced tie rod ends.
Replaced glow plugs.
Replaced both front wheel bearings.
Replaced head gasket.
Replaced heater core.
Rebuilt starter (twice) and alternator.
Repaired outside door handles.
Electrical problems. Some of the wires under the dash melted and almost burned the car down. I am dealing with my insurance company now. The car is not drivable and will require hours and hours of work to repair and test the entire electrical system.
This is only what I can think of right now... only a partial list.
This car has been a nightmare for me. I have spent more on repairs than I paid for the car. Parts and labor are expensive. I don't know if I just got a lemon, but I am turned off VW for good.
I have not abused this car. I drive a lot of miles, but maintain it regularly. It's just one thing after another.
The only good comment I have for this car is the amazing fuel mileage that the diesel gets.
Next car will be Honda or Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th March, 2003