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Used Volkswagen Bora Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
Used Volkswagen Bora Saloon 1999 - 2005 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Bora saloon?

You may think that VWs are safe and sound, but there are a few things to look for. Be careful of the 1.8-litre petrol engines, for a start. They have a nasty habit of throwing off their timing belts once they have passed 70,000 miles. It's not just the belt you'll have to replace; you'll need to shell out for a new engine, too.

The 1.6-litre engine can also suffer timing belt troubles at an even earlier mileage, although the consequences are nowhere near as severe.