This car is like a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's responsive and sure footed and certainly shifts when put under pressure. It's been extremely reliable and cost effective to run. I regularly get 65+ mpg on my 13 mile run to work each day. It's great in town and equally good on motorways. Never had a problem until recently when emissions workshop light kept coming on. VW garage told me it would cost £100 to inspect and repair but a friend (a VW technician) tested it and said it's just an indicator that's playing up - not urgent. I wouldn't sell this car - it'll have to die before I change it
this is a great car,ive owned this car for 2 years now without any glitches or problems,i previously owned a mondeo tdi which gave me alot of problems not to mention[barrings goin on clutch and drive shaft failing and only had 65k on clock,i would highly recommend this car to anyone,ive clocked up 80k trouble free miles,my main vw dealer are pretty good too,from now on im going to stick with my vw
I bought my '04 Bora Red I secondhand in Dec06 and have covered 40k since. Great car well specced with comfortline interior, alloys, remote locking and body coloured side trim and bumpers which greatly enhance the look of the car as the basic model is a bit plain looking. Oh and the windows come up automatically when you lock it remotely which I think is very cool. Unknown to myself this car was chipped by the previous owner and the power and acceleration is simply immense, this car will make you grin when you floor it. Having driven the Mondeo 138hp diesel this is faster. Consumption on a mix of average, poor and urban roads is a steady 48mpg (around 550 miles per tank) regardless of driving style, while two friends unchipped Bora's do about 55mpg. The only costs I've incurred are new clutch shortly after I'd bought, new tyres after doing 30k it and a timing belt around 75k. Also hit a deer but that's hardly VW's fault. Servicing costs not an issue as do routine stuff myself, its a very easy car to work on and get independent mechanic for anything serious. VW are cheap enough for parts but robbers when it comes to routine servicing. Sorry I didn't get an '05 version as these have improved interior trim. The traction control option would also help deal with the power as without it this car is a beast, but a joy to drive. Will prob go for Skoda Octavia VRS diesel next as VW have nothing to tempt me.
I have owned this Bora since 2001 till November 2007. [The 81kw/110bhp engine however is not PD (pumpe-duese) as What Car specification states, PD engines started with 115bhp.] You will not regret owning this car. However, manual shift 6th gear which is on 115, 130, 150bhp engines is a great plus which I missed on this model. I covered 110k miles in six years. Climatronic compressor failed while under warranty and was replaced by VW. Besides this during all other miles that I drove this car just the alternator had to be replaced. No other repairs were needed besides the usual servicing (has variable service option). In all 110 000 miles the average fuel consumption of diesel was 50.63 mpg. Excellent car, highly reliable, fabulous level of equipment, very comfortable drive. Highly recommended. Way to go to VW!
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