This is my 4th Bora, all TDi's, my first one was a basic S model and I couldn't believe how well equipped it was,I have had 2 Highlines a 100bhp and a 130bhp guess which one i liked the best yes the 130.Why people buy the Golf i don't know, the Bora has terrific boot space and is more of a family car than the Golf. The economy of the TDi's is phenomal even my 130 bhp could return 55mpg at a steady 80mph on the motorway. Handling is very good and predictable and braking all that you can ask and more. VW dealers in my area now are rubbish now they have gone from family run concerns to "huge" national companies. My present Bora (my 4th) has had a lot done to it to keep me quiet, it was originally advertised as a 115bhp tdi (VW only put that engine in the earlier Boras, mine a '54 plate) it is in fact a 100bhp tdi.
Owned this car from new- June 05. This is the third Bora we have owned. Without doubt the best. Few problems and only small such as the electronic boot lid switch failed. Odd ESP light warnings. Excellent fuel economy, good turn of speed when needed. Only complaints involve noisy dash and interior trims. VW servicing costs are a joke. Watched the last service which seemed to take no time at all. Charged 290 pounds for this second variable service. The car has covered 36k and we have been looking to trade it in as the warranty begins to fade, but the VW dealers have had a very 'take it or leave it' attitude. We tried many dealers trying to do the deal for a Jetta or Golf. The feeling we got was that they were making enough money anyway they didn't need to negociate. We have now signed up for a Skoda Octavia which appeared to us almost a Bora inside and to drive. Same parts, engine, transmission, running gear, key fob. It had great reviews on the JD Powers survey which convinced us we were doing the right thing. However the 'Briskoda' site for Skoda owners is not full of praise for the model. I am now having second thoughts. The next owner of our Bora is going to be a happy person!
I bought this car because of VWs supposed build quality.It was a second hand purchase with one previous owner(VW themselves)and had 30k on the clock.Within months it required a new gearbox under warranty and has had the hand brake lever fail due to wear on the ratchet(soft steel),the rear door window surrounds replaced due to corrosion,rear shock replaced,cup holder fail,trim falling off or breaking,clutch break up at 50k. The driving experience is nothing special with poor handling and a sports suspension set up that VW should be taken to court under trades discription act,it crashes over bumps but is so soft its like riding a sponge quite an achievement! The interior is poor with lots of video box type plastics and who thought it was a good idea to coat all the plastics in a thin coat of rubber as it marks easily and comes away The only good part of this car is the radio which is Blaupunkt.Excellent tuner and sounds rather good. I certainly will never buy another VW product after this cars poor showing.
Since purchasing the vehicle in January 2003 I have done over 175,000 virtually trouble free miles. I would recommend one of these but wish I would have gone for the 130hp model. It still feels tight with over 200,000 miles showing and feels like it could run forever!
Fuel economy is good with an average of 47 mpg if you keep to sensible motorway speeds!The interior is still very fresh but the velour interior is hard to keep clean.There are few gripes and Volkswagen would do well to produce another car as reliable as the Bora.
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