A 75MPG diesel with the performance of a spirited petrol engine, but with the sound of a tractor
Indicator control stalk faulty. Fixed under warranty (Jan 2001).
Air intake pipe worked itself loose and caused an annoying vibration - fixed under warranty (Nov 2001).
Braking issues. Investigation of poor braking performance and scraping noises on first brake application after an overnight stop. Garage results - nothing faulty, but charged 150 pounds sterling in labour!
Dashboard rattles. And don't tell me you can live with this.
Engine mounts failing already. Jolts when the engine starts when tje ambient temperature is less than 5 degrees Celcius.
Lots of vibration from the engine even before the mounts failed - probably why they have failed.
Brakes seem under specified for the car - they seem fine until you're driving in heavy rain, then they don't have the stopping power they should. I am used to a performance degradation, but not as much as I experienced.
I disagree with the oil change interval specified by the manufacturer - 10,000 miles. The engine becomes noisier around 6,000 miles. Oil change then improves matters. Expensive oil though - 35 pounds sterling for 3 litres.
Some dealerships don't understand the new pumped-shower turbo diesel engine requirements. At the first oil change the Volkswagen garage put the wrong oil in - mineral oil instead of fully synthetic!
The engine is very noisy and unrefined - it's part of living with direct injection though. The three cylinder engine is a little unbalanced though.
Plus side. Regularly achieves 75 miles to the gallon whatever the weather.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th January, 2002