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Volkswagen Golf Mk4 (1998 - 2004)

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reviewed by Tenchman7 on 25 September 2020
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reviewed by Anonymous on 30 July 2020
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reviewed by Anonymous on 9 April 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 23 August 2017
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reviewed by Bobby Colin's on 1 August 2017
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reviewed by Anonymous on 10 June 2017
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reviewed by Ivaylo Ivanov on 5 August 2016
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reviewed by symonh on 7 March 2016
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reviewed by HonestTam on 16 January 2016
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reviewed by bikeman on 15 November 2014
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reviewed by T5SUG on 29 November 2013
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reviewed by Bollo79 on 13 May 2013
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2.0 SE Estate

reviewed by Comical Engineer on 8 April 2013
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Overall rating
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Running costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
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Experience at the garage or specialist
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How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Unreliable slug with dodgy build quality

115bhp engine is gutless and incapable of getting any more than 40mpg even when driven like a nun. Front wheels lose grip very easily when trying to get away from junctions and the ride is very roly-poly.
String of build quality issues including leaking door seals, rattles from centre console, sticking locks and trip computer failures. Saw the dealers so much under warranty that the wife thought I was having an affair with the receptionist.
Also needed new water pump, thermostat, 2x lambda sensors, various suspension bushes and the steering re-aligned every 3 months. Dodgy central locking due to problems with the lock mechanisms!
Seats too hard and gave me cramp after about an hour in the car. Some bodywork panels very thin and prone to denting easily.
Watch out for the rear washer pipe coming off inside the car and soaking the headlining! The pipe is too short. The doors freeze solid in the winter and can be impossible to open without a kettle of warm water being poured on them. Watch out also for failures of the front window mechanisms. A plastic clip breaks and the window drops into the door. The dealers will only sell you a full mechanism at about £180 when all that is broken is a 20mm plastic clip. Job takes about 2 hours to fix but involves removing inner door skin and fittings.
Dealers polite but hopeless - can't fix anything first time, never have a courtesy car available. VW UK rude and disparaging. Put me off VW for years.

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reviewed by thewigger on 28 February 2013
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reviewed by Anonymous on 14 February 2013
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reviewed by toscano on 30 May 2012
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reviewed by nigel pb on 5 September 2011
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reviewed by conorblonde on 21 February 2011
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reviewed by ema_89 on 15 December 2010
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reviewed by Spamspamspam on 12 December 2010
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reviewed by JaxxB on 24 November 2010

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