Don't buy a vw caddy
While the car is a true 7 seater with a boot, we have had nothing but trouble with the build quality of the vehicle. Only 80,000 km in and we have had to replace the clutch twice, the transmission and now the engine seals are going - first the at the gearbox and now we have oil in the coolant. And VW consider this normal wear and tear? Unless you have an unlimited budget Thor repairs, stay away from VW. Don't make our mistake.
Well built and runs off an oily rag.
I have just hit 80,000kms in 3 years in my Caddy Diesel.. I get between 700-800km per tank and thats city driving. It would easily do 900-1000km on freeway work...
I have had no issues, its services on time and I think it has had 4/5 car recalls that have been all fixed whn i have done my services.
I really cannot fault this car as a work/family vehicle. Next time i may look at the VW van line.
fuel range, accelaration, interior space
Services arnt capped and are expensive
Brilliantly practical family car
Bought our Caddy 5-seat 1.6 litre 7-speed auto, brand new, in January 2013. Driven 4200 km so far, mostly urban including quite a few short trips, averaging 7.4 litres/100km with best result of 6.3l/100k last week.
Used it for a family holiday to Central Coast last month - it easily fitted the large jogger pram, 2 oil heaters, big esky, and all clothes/linen/toys needed by a family with two small kids for a self-cater holiday, with the boot only filled to the start of the glassline! And sailed up even the steepest hills fully laden at 115kmh ...
Van is fine, but VW Australia stinks!
yeah the van is fine, handles well and my only complaint is that it uses excessive fuel when the air conditioner is on during summer.
BUT, at 75,000kms and just over 3 years old, it developed problems with vibration, no one could diagnose the fault, and it eventually needed all new CV joints and engine mounts, some had cracked and some had worn unevenly. The air conditioner also seized and had to be replaced. I asked VW to help by paying for just the parts, I would carry labour, as I had used a non VW mechanic,( there aren't any VW mechanics anywhere near us). They wouldn't even consider it!!
Not happy... so I tell everyone the story, and a couple of lost sales will more than make up for the $2500 they saved by not helping me!!
this is a company car for me, and do a lot of country and city driving, overall i am more than impressed with it! do not go by the road tests and or statistics on the vehicle, the caddy life is better than what you read! the amount of boot space, when the 3rd row seat is removed is huge! the kids love to ride in the 3rd row, whilst adults have plenty of room in the 2nd row and front seats. the caddy handles very well. it is a tall vehicle, but there is no body roll when going around corners at speed. have had the vehicle for 2 weeks and done ap...prox 2500kms and have found the engine is getting quicker and more responsive. being a diesel it will only get better. the new diesels are as good, if not better than petrols. i cannot recommend the caddy life highly enough, the VW people know how to make a car. i really love the versatility of the caddy life, from 5 seats to 7 seats. the build quality is exceptional. the 1.9 tdi engine is very quiet and really gets up and goes! The dsg transmission is fantastic!! the stereo is also very good with 6 speakers. there is a huge amount of room, it is very spacious for a small car, suprisingly so. the overhead and under seats and under floor storage is great. the ride quality is excellent. first service is 15000km, not 1500km. very easy for parking. the turbo lag, the turbo kiks in at approx. 1500 revs, so there is a small delay when taking off, but this is more of a slight inconvenience rather than a dislike. i must admit, the look of the caddy is very unusual, bordering on ugly. this is one vehicle that not everyone will like the looks of. the 3rd row seat is 50kgs, so is heavy to get in and out.
Makes life easier when caring for a disabled relative
Len Brazier special vehicles modified the Caddy to accept a wheelchair, the ramp works well & the VW vehicle is dream to drive. It is an automatic with a Deisel motor but the performance of the vehicle is anything but truck like to drive
Efficient diesel motor & car like handling
Service costs are a bit expensive
For the price nothing equal to this and it just handle like a car and not a van, put a DVD for the kids and they will love it.
Diesel Engine, Space inside, quality inside ( Caddy Max Life )
Bluetooh not controlled by the steering wheels control, board computer menu does not activate, no air bags for passengers
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