i have had a 1.6 se bora in the past was a graet car but running cost cot to mush.so i sold it and naw own a tdi 115 sport is graet a head terner and lots of power and the spec is graet as good as a bmw and dos 50mpg in town and 65 on motorways they are a great family car is i mave twins henry and georgia"it has a boot that fits all they bits and bobs in and lots of room for the shopping to and looks sporty to.had family and pals gatting boras to now.they are a great car drive better than eny golf i have driven.and are bilt to last a life time.
I have owned this Bora from new in 2000. I would agree with many of the reviewers in the point that this is a good sturdy car which corners surprisingly well. It is a pain on bumpy roads though. The power for a 1600 engine is quite good, but I have driven the 130bhp diesel and I find it to be a much better choice. In comparison to the Golf I would pick the Bora everytime. It may not command the same price second hand but is basically the same car with a bigger boot. So the Bora is certainly the ideal choice second hand. I have recently put a set of 18inch alloys on mine and I still love it as much as I did when I bought it. I hope to drive it until it stops. I have clocked up 80,000 with no glitches at all. An excellent car.
To date, the only gripe I have with my Bora is that getting a bike in the back is very awkward - but I did save 30% compared to buying a similarly specified Golf. I bought the Bora at 18 months old with 10,000 miles on the clock.
The interior is extremely well built and the SE model generally very well specified, including features such as cruise control and automatic windscreen wipers. I was surprised that a CD player was not standard on what had been an £18,000 car when it was new - a genuine VW unit cost £160 and integrates neatly into the dashboard, an unfortunate design feature being that it is obstructed by the cup holders when they are in use!
The TDi 130 specification strikes an excellent balance between performance and economy - 'on the move' acceleration is particularly impressive. Longer motorway journeys return 60-65mpg when cruising at 70-80mph, it is possible to exceed 50mpg on local urban journeys, if driving with care. Overall with a mix of journeys and driving styles I achieve 55mpg.
I would recommend this this car to anyone looking for a vehicle of this size.
The car is a good drive, performance is very good i have had mine tuned to 170 bhp. Tiptronic gearbox has been changed under warranty @ 48k.
The servicing cost's are quite expensive but a good independent garage is more than capable of looking after your vehicle.
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