Based on 266 Ratings for the 1999 - 2006 models.Review this car
By oldtymer on Saturday, September 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fuel economy,reliability, comfortable seats"
Cons: "rear seat ok for kids not adults."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Great ride for a small car,good handling & braking. Fuel mileage excellent.Seats are very comfortable even on long trips. Have owned since new, 9 years now & other than scheduled service nothing else needed."
By TrixS on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Transmission and reliable car."
Cons: "Interior parts broke. Quality should be better."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Have owned this car for over 12 years. AC still good and no major drivetrain issues. Just tires and brakes in that time. Clutch is perfect, engine and turbo are great. I have never owned a car this long before. It has fairly low mileage but have not owned a car with such few problems."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By TheOne on Thursday, August 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive in Fall and Spring!"
Cons: "Expensive to repair and needs lots of it too!!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Gas mileage for this small car it is only 28 in a good day?! Parts are made of cheap plastics. Inside of car full of cheap plastic. In hot days of summer squeaks and in cold days of winter they rattles, Das Auto!! Unreliable Automatic Transmissions (AT) and EXPENSIVE to fix. if you must Get one make sure to get a 5/6 Speed Manuals. VW manufacturing said and insisted and stated in the manual AT its LIFETIME maintenance free thats A BIG LIE! most AT on VW are falling apart left and right do to problems like: Solenoid(s), AT Oil or clogged Oil filters, TRANSMISSION VALVE BODY and it cost parts only about $800 at the dealers *I call them Stiller's*!! or just quits on you all together do to the chain reactions of one or multiple part failures in the AT!!! We own a 2004 Jetta 5 speeds 2.oL Eng. runs good and a Golf 2.0L Eng. with a AT. we purchased them brand new in 2004 Golf have a bad AT, Jetta still running but costing a lots of money to keep this two VW operational!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Flt50 on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Safe, never broke down, mpg, affordable maint."
Cons: "I got emotionally attached."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Hands down, I absolutely love this car. That's saying a lot, being that I am a car buff. I bought it used from a certified VW dealer in 2008 with 27k miles. It NEVER broke down. The only thing I needed the warranty for was to replace a wheel barring (~$1k job). The oil is easy to change yourself, as is all other routine maintenance (also affordable at an honest garage). I was in love. It was as fun to drive as a loaded rally car, but not crazy enough to be targeted by police. 4 doors = a must. When the back seats are put down, there's tons of cargo space. Oh, and great speakers. The dash displays are nice too (blue and red color scheme). If you are worried about driving a small car because of safety, I hear you. However, I commuted 60 miles (hwy) in this car a day and it kept me safe. No blind spots, too. Last month, I got rear ended at a stop light by a big Toyota pickup going 50mph. The kid was texting or something. My Golf was pushed into the Volvo in front of me... and it was totaled. I was well enough to get myself out of the car, but did go to the hospital. If i was in a Civic hatchback, it would have been another story. I miss this car terribly and am grateful it kept me safe (perhaps even saved my life). Those Germans know how to design a good frame and crumple zones..."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Jim J on Sunday, April 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, handles nice"
Cons: "suspension too soft, quality of the interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"The car is fun to drive and handles well. The GL model has a softly sprung suspension and it does not do well over roads with pot holes. The gas mileage is good, I seldom have to fill it up. I had to replace the cooling fan and coolant sensor as well as the front strut mounts and left front wheel bearing. Other than that, I've had no other problems. The cooling fan seems to be a common problem based on other reviews that I've read. The beige interior is hard to keep clean and the fabric is pulling away from the front door panels and the head liner is starting to pull away in the front. The estimate for a new headliner and to re upholster the door panels is $300. The battery fails without warning consistently every 4 years as I am on the third battery."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful