I have had the 1900 TDI for four years now. The car is sturdy and well finished and generally pleasant to drive, apart from a tendency to wallow over bumps. However, it is not a Toyota, and the main problems have been with the engine management system.
The engine water temperature measurement capsule became faulty, causing the slow running speed to vary wildly (a real pain in an automatic). The VW dealer was useless, but I eventually found the problem by trial and error myself.
The air mass measuring box developed a fault, limiting the engine power to about 30bhp. I found out when I tried to overtake a lorry on a country road and nearly killed myself. Again, the VW dealership were little use, but the local Bosch fuel injection specialist found the problem.
When the heater could no longer demist the windscreen due to lack of puff, I found that the pollen filter was blocked solid, and probably had not been changed since new (from the date code on the cartridge) - even though the first owner presented me with service bills for £1700 as proof of a full service history.
So, if you want to keep one of these cars into their old age (over five years), make sure you have a good specialist mechanic locally who can diagnose faults without having to change every black box on the car. That would cost you a fortune!
I have had this car as company vehicle for 2 and a half years and have had no trouble with it at all so far. The car drives beautifully and just eats up the miles on the motorway, delivering decent economy. It pulls well and has plenty of torque, although it can be a bit 'snatchy' when pulling away from a junction or roundabout but you get used to it.
The handling is the only real let down and feels flabby, especially on country lanes but it does soak up the bumps at speed. Besides routine service items I have never had a problem with the car mechanically and I have done nearly 80,000 miles in it. The equipments levels are good, especially the CD changer and the leather seats. As with all VW dealers the service pricing is quite steep.
was realy pleased with the car for the 1st couple years service was great car ran really smoothly . only 33 k miles on the clock after 4 years , used the car to drive up and down the road to work . had problem with the car firing out thick black smoke and my oil being of a thick content took it to the dealership and they said oil content was full of water . i asked how can this be and the rply was that i must have put it there . after few weekes of arguement i got nothing then i had to pay to get the car drained and i paid also for a full service . 6 months later car engine totally stops and got car towed to dealership what was the problem engine and oil full of water again .still going back and forth currently nearly 8 months later . would like to hear i anybody else has had this water problem with this car ?
Overall I am Very Pleased with this car, bought in August 2006 on a 55 plate. Economy is excellant at nearly 50mpg and it is very comfortable and very well put together. So far I have had no 'knocking' problems as per previous reviews. It has recently had its first service (17,150miles). The bill was over £ 300 and included a new set of rear brake pads! (at 17,000 miles??!!). Volkswagen claim that the rear brakes do a lot of work! I'm not sure about that. Letters are flying back and forth. The front tyres are very worn as well. Apparantly the front pads are fine. Somrthing is not quite right....
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