Used VW Golf buyer's guide - What to look out for
Paintwork is easily scratched, especially the darker colours. Some owners complain about paint flaking off the bumpers.
Poor handling, clunks, squeaks and vibration means the front suspension needs attention. Test drives should expose any issues.
The steering can make a ‘grinding' noise. Also, the front tyres can wear quickly despite the wheels being correctly aligned.
Cabin trim can be a weakness, with rattles and squeaks appearing. The dash and centre console are vulnerable.