I bought this car in Spring 2001 at a year old with just under 10k on the clock. I went looking for a Golf and bought this instead - it was about £1,000 cheaper and didn't lack anything in comparison. I've now just clocked up 80k. I thought about swapping it a couple of years ago but couldn't see anything around at a sensible price that would be as good. Most of my journeys are from London to Oxfordshire and my average consumption is 39-40 mpg - the best is 45mpg on country rides. My only gripe is that it's not stunning at low revs - my most comparable previous car was a Rover 220GSI and that was noticeably quicker off the mark (but not as good as this in other respects!). At nearly 8 years old, this still feels tight and solid. A very under-rated car in my opinion. My two previous cars were company cars - a BMW 323 and Mercedes C200 - and I haven't particularly missed either of them.
I have owned this car for five years and am now about to sell it.
I am slightly concerned as to whether I will find something that will provide with me as much reliabilty and pleasure to drive as this car.
I had never owned a VW before but since having this car I would definitely buy another.
This car, in my opinion, is underrated and this is perhaps reflected in the resale values.
Handling is very good and the SE comes with excellent equipment - definetly a good buy.
I am cosidering the new Jetta, but will it be as good?
I purchased this car with 44k on the clock. I average 10k every 2 months due to my job. I average around 58-61mpg per tank, which equates to 600ish miles to £45 of juice. Excellent. The punch from the engine is immense, one of VWs best in my opinion, and certainly a class leader of its time. The car is a 52 plate, to my knowledge there was no other manufacture with a 150bhp diesel squeezed into 1.9 litres. The fiat 1.9 150bhp diesel in the Saabs, Vauxhalls and Alfa's is only reacent. Mechanically, its sound. As with any diesel, regular oil changes and servicing is always good. Trim is of typical VW high standards, the odd creak here and there, but nothing major or worth moaning about. The car is very functional, nice little cubby holes for storage and high quality pop-out cup holders, ideal for them slogs up to Edinburgh which I have to do often. Motorway travelling is very quiet in my opinion, but I guess not for thoes who are used to the likes of Audi A8's and high end Mercs. I would highly recommend this car to anyone. I really don't have a gripe with it, I've had no problems at all. It looks good (I like subtle looks), feels good and drives fine, however it can sometimes be a little sloppy on those country roads, but I can deal with that. I would certainly buy one of these again, the only thing stopping me is the fact they don't produce these anymore, and VW seem to of stopped producing the TDI 150 in the last 1 or 2 years of it's life.
My Bora came from Approved VW and is a 1999 170bhp model with full VW service history, 12 months all-parts warranty, breakdown cover (with hire car) and 50K on the clock, all for under five grand.
What do you get? BMW 320i Sport or Audi 2.4 performance, a well-built, comfortable and well-appointed car, with good ride and practical for a small family. It's roomier than the Golf with a fair-sized boot and - because it has depreciated faster - was available for less money.
It handles well, is economical around town, handles well on country roads and cruises motorways effortlessly. Performance is good with 60mph in a touch over eight seconds and on to near 140mph, although it never really feels that quick.
In short, it's a well-priced, reliable, practical car with more than enough performance for most people's needs. It won't set your pulse racing but it's stylish for a small saloon and is worth considering if that's what you need.
Personally, I'd recommend it to anyone.
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