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By Driver on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Built like a tank, good ride, handling, accelerati"
Cons: "Some interior materials fail early"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Solid German engineering sums up this car. It has a quite comfortable secure feeling ride and good handling. The brakes are excellent. The turbo 4 gas engine has some small amount of turbo lag but gives good mileage and acceleration when needed. One downside is some engine vibration in gear when at a stop. Otherwise the engine is very smooth out on the road. A caution though is to use fully synthetic engine oil as recommended by VW and change the oil at the intervals they say to. If you don't you may end up with engine sludge and having to replace the engine. I have always used the correct oil and change interval and have had no engine problems. As a note here to tuners I replaced the standard struts and shocks with Koni sport models and the front anti-sway bar with a HD one from H&R. Those small changes made this an even better car. It feels like it is nailed to the road."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Kay on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,010overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Up to date looks. Reliable. Built well."
Cons: "Expensive repairs."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I absolutely love my car. This is actually my second one. Loved the first one so much (besides the fact the person I bought it from withheld a lot of information) I decided I wanted the same one. My car is my baby. If you stay on top of your routine maintenance like your supposed you, you will never have a problem. It is more pricey compared to other vehicles and you can hardly buy your products from your local car shop. The key is plan ahead and buy online (super cheap). I have learned to do all my own mechanical work, really not that hard and youtube is great! You have to stay on top of your oil changes and check regularly, when the leaks come they are hard to get rid of. The interior is great and designed clean. I love the cup holders and the heated seats. To this day I am still finding new things about this car! Engine is built solid. It is temperamental with its fuses, so always have them handy. Overall take care of it and it will take care of you. This thing will last forever. BTW the first one I owned had over 200k miles on it.."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By bigal7382 on Tuesday, November 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive,good handling"
Cons: "Takes Premium gas,repair parts too expensive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Overall it is a dependable automobile.Not a vehicle for casual shadetree mechanic to work on.Parts are way too expensive ."
9 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Mrs. Young on Friday, October 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice interior, seat warmers were the best ones!"
Cons: "Too many mechanical problems!! Money pit."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought used, every problem that could happen did. Never should have ever bought this car. I will not be buying another Volkswagen again. Nice interior and comfortable, just way too many mechanical problems."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Jon_VW on Thursday, October 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 169,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, easy to work on, build quality"
Cons: "the dealership, avoid if possible"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"if properly maintained this is the best car ever. if not you can expect engine failure. take care of your car and it will take care of you! Usually."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful