"I bought my 2003 Golf brand new and haven't had any major issues. I've kept up on my maintenence and haven't driven it hard. The only complaint is the check engine light seems to want to be on no matter what. It goes off usually one month after I get it checked and fixed. The only other issue is clearance, but if you don't drive crazy, it's not a problem. Also break/tail lights go out quickly. BUT, this car never lets me down and is VERY reliable."
"I used to love Volkswagon, but I have had this new car for three years and it has broken down three times. The bearings had to be replaced after one month. The brake timer was replaced after one year. Now it needs a new fuel pump. Don't buy this car unless you love to spend time at the auto shop."
"Handles well. Mileage is great. Expensive to maintain. Electrical system failed after three years. The warranty was weak. VW must have known what was coming. The car tends to nickle and dime you to death."
"Car does not have enough clearance. Speed bumps serious problem. Have punctured oil pan ($650), destroyed transmission ($7,000). turbo has blown twice, one under warranty the other $3,000. Dealers don't seem to know how to repair them. Savings on fuel far outweighed by this cars problems. Can only change oil at dealer ($60). Fuel filter ($75) needs to be changed every 50k mi. or it dies on the highway. VW customer service says no history of probleems witht he model. Am selling and buying a Kia."