I bought this car early April and by October had problems with the airbag warning lights staying on constantly, which indicates that the airbag is malfuntioning. Took it back to VW twice and they have not been able to fix it. At one particular instant they had four similar cases in on the same day.
My wife and I test drove a new 1.9Tdi DSG Auto for about an hour.
The DSG 'box was fine, and the engine performance OK for 'normal' use. But the interior ambience was, frankly, cheap and the quality of the fittings suspect. Some bare screw heads visible. My wife was disappointed - it left her with the impression of a 1990's Hyundai.
Where has the cachet of the legendary VW interior gone?
The road noise/rumble was very noticeable too, as was the wind roar by the driver's door at only 60MPH. Refinement was substandard. Is this really the best that VW can offer?? And the ridiculous asking price of around £16,000 was plain daft.
Salesgirl confirmed that the DSG clutch life is 'around 60K miles' and costs £1500 to replace. Plus it needs the DSG haldex fluid/filter changed every 2 years @ £180. At 4 years, including the cambelt, we were quoted a total service cost of £1250 + Vat! My Mercedes E-Class 4 year service was £670 + Vat.
Please test drive other marques: and do not be seduced by the VW brand - clearly the cost-cutters have gone too far on the Golf Plus. There are better cars for less cash.
I was pretty happy with the Golf plus, mainly because it replaced a Renault Scenic which I loathed. Equiptment levels in the TDi were good, the seat was comfortable and the huge pile of stuff I need to carry around for work fitted in beautifully.
Handling was OK for this type of car and power delivery was surprisingly good as was fuel economy.
I use the past tense here because I took the car 3 months ago on long term rental with 5000 miles on the clock, put another 5000 miles on it before the Turbo blew rather spectacularly with just below 10,000 miles on the clock and obliterated surbiton in a cloud of white smoke. I have never had a car die on me before and usually own rather tired old beasts.
I have always heard wonderful things about the reliability of these cars - seems like that is a thing of the past - don't buy one with your own money!
I now have the 1.4 petrol model, somewhat gutless but the peace and quiet after that diesel is a godsend - lets see how long this one lasts!
I opted for 2.0-litre TDi GT. I had driven a normal Golf, but the extra interior space appealed to me in the Plus.
I covered 18,000 miles in seven months, returning over 50mpg on a long run, and around town mid 40's. The best bit is that the engine pulls like a train. even in sixth gear, which is so great on the motorway. Country roads present no problem either - even in fifth there's plenty of torque to overtake safely when you need to.
The ride is quite firm, but put this down to the sports suspension, which really is a bonus when it comes to driving, but can be a bit of a bone-shaker on bumpy roads, particulary around town.
The sliding rear seats have been used when more boot space is needed. The split-level boot a bit of a waste of time. The front pillars do cause a bit of blind spot, but I have got used to this now. During the winter, snow was difficult to clear completely from the windscreen because of the way it is recessed, and this limited forward vision.
The rear LED brake and indicator lighta are a good safety feature, because they are a lot easier to see than on the normal Golf. There's plenty of cabin space, so it feels good and airy.
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