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Poorly engineered to fail
We purchased a 2012 Golf Cabriolet with DSG gearbox, leather interior, options etc new for $47,500.
It was mainly my wife's drive and after only having it for two months the drive line would vibrate when moving away from a stop. Turned out that the clutch packs needed to be replaced and this was done under warranty.
We ended up owning the car for 9 years and in that time we had the following issues:
-complete fabric roof replaced. We had to change dealers as dealer we purchased from said there was nothing wrong with the roof which was scuffin...
Purchased in April 2012 at Brighton Volkswagen for $47,500.00.
Great Pereformance with practicality
The VW Golf R Wagon is the perfect family car with great performance. I've had mine for 6 months now and have zero complaints. It's got plenty of space for my two kids in the back. The car packs loads of technology (i.e. digital cockpit, apple carplay, safety tech).
Purchased in September 2019 for $55,000.00.
Expensive maintenance issues
I bought my VW Golf in 2015 brand new from the dealership with 3 years warranty, thinking it is a brand new car , 3 years warranty should be enough. I got it serviced regularly at their authorized dealership.
I drive the car mainly in the city. Just after my warrant expired, 2 months after, the odometer reading was only around 60,000 km at that time, I had problem with my Gearbox. needed to get replaced. John hughes quoted $3600 to replace the gearbox , I claimed under goodwill warranty, Thank God it was approved. 1 year down the track, a...
- 7.5 (Hatchback) 110TSI Comfortline (2017-2020)
- Verified purchase
Excellent little car
Bigger than it looks, spacious, comfortable to drive in and very responsive. This is my second Golf and it has out performed the previous 2016 model so far. Good design and is an excellent car.
Purchased in December 2019 for $30,000.00.
Run for the hills #lemon
I am at my wits' end with this vehicle - I bought it on a whim and have regretted it ever since. As soon as it comes back from it's latest X thousand dollar repair I'm putting it straight into the auction house!
Part of the problem was that I was used to owning a Honda, so I'm probably used to cars that just tick along with regular servicing. Alas, this is too much to ask from a VW.
Purchased vehicle in July 17 with about 55k on it, received 1 year warranty from dealer. Had to take it back within this time with brake problems (always reassuri...ng when they don't work) and traction control/ABS issues. A month after warranty was up it started making odd sounds every so often on startup. After taking it to mechanic, it cost over $2k to fix the timing chain tensioner. Apparently this is a wee quirk of the engine and can lead to engine write off if left too long and cam chain slips. Some poor people have had this happen with single digit mileage! So that made me grimace a bit. A few months later I received a recall letter from VW, so in it goes again for surgery on the transmission. So many of them needed to be done that it was three months before the dealership could do the fix. At least that was free and they vacuumed it really nicely for me... Cheers, guys. A couple of weeks after getting it back there was a visit from the engine light and lo and behold the timing chain issue rears its ugly head again - just under a year from when it happened before. At this stage it is unknown whether my mechanic will be able to get a warranty claim or if I'll have to pay, but it's looking likely that I will have to pay another $2k+.
Purchased in July 2017 at NZ for $15,000.00.
- 7 (Wagon) R Wolfsburg Edition (2013-2017)
- Verified purchase
This car is simply perfect
Great car all round. Handling, performance, styling (inside and out) and liveability are all the facets that make this car a great daily driver, and a little 'fun' when you want to. Driving in Race mode, and sports shift is where its at, but will hit your fuel economy. IF you drop back to Comfort mode or Eco, you can get economy down to 6-7L per 100km on the open road. The only downside is that i cant hook up a towball due to the AWD and exhaust system at the back end, but i have a second car that tows anyway. Will def buy again!
2010 TSI 118 was good until the engine failed, then a write off.
70K on the clock when the TSI 118 suffered compression loss on one cylinder. VW said it's too old (even with the low km) so they are unlikely to assist. It's effectively a write-off.
The car had some good power, and if it hadn't failed, it'd be good value for the small wagon (not many around in AU). It's DSG doesn't do well for low speeds (such as give way signs on a hill - would get a shudder and hesitation) and is laggy on full throttle. I found the delay between throttle and acceleration unbearable after my manual Mazda SP23. But most other...auto drivers might find it ok. All over I was moderately happy with the car for the price and performance until it failed. I'd avoid the older, low km TSI 118 because of this issue. You are paying for an implied reliability and longevity that isn't there. Better off getting a newer one with more km, which VW might assist with - a better gamble.
Purchased in October 2016 for $16,500.00.
Brilliant car - great perceived quality
After 9 years with Tiguan TSI, it was time to upgrade/downgrade to a Golf. We were happy with the Tiguan, but didnt need the AWD and wanted something more economical.
The Golf is practical, fuel efficient, safe, quick, comfortable and a great perceived quality (everything just feels good quality). And when it comes with 5 years warranty, it just sealed the deal for us.
The service cost is more than a Toyota Corolla, but at least we do not need to visit the service centre every 10,000km
Purchased in July 2019.
Cheap Budget Parts - Warning!
2015 MK7 GTI 6Speed Manual
Battery died in no time due to a start/stop recall - this was covered a while ago. (1-2 years ago)
Plastic handle piece of the seat adjustment came off?
Passengers side mirror fell out?
Purchased in February 2016 for $50,000.00.
- 7.5 (Hatchback) 110TSI Automatic (2017-2020)
- Verified purchase
Great small car
looks professional, smart and trended. great performance with a turbo engine and fuel-saving stop-start technology. the most important, it has 5 stars safety rating. you can feel the difference from the Korean car by closing the doors.
Purchased in June 2018 for $25,000.00.
75000km and then take it to the junkyard
2011 model. Beautiful to drive.....reconditoned engine needed at 67000km ($6000). New water pump 74000km...($1200). Other random coolant leaks....a dog. Seems these problems are pretty common, read the other reviews! Was never driven hard. I'll never buy a VW again. Don't buy one of these second hand.
Purchased in January 2012.
Volkswagen Golf Highline R line
Second Golf purchased this one with a higher spec R Line sports package. Drives amazingly and it handles great. These Golfs are quality builds everything feels very soiled and well made, have never had an issue
- 7 (Hatchback) GTI (2013-2017)
- Verified purchase
Performance and comfort. So fun!
This Manual GTI is my daily driver. I drive probably 100 KM per day and have racked up nearly 40,000 KM on my Golf thus far. Purchased June 28, 2018 with 45,000 on the clock.
Thankfully I work in the automotive trade, so servicing doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. It's still serviced through Volkswagen every time it's due. Nothing major yet, only serviceable items at this stage.
Being a young bloke (24) and a car enthusiast, this car is perfect for me. So quick and fun when you need it to be, but also so capable in terms of being comfortable ...for passengers on the road. Being completely objective I'll jot down my current observations, negative and positive. - Negatives 1. These cars are NOTORIOUS for electrical faults. I've had my fair share, which convenientally have disappeared. My horn stopped working randomly for about 3 weeks, then one day I pressed it and it worked again. My windows, which are auto (firm hold and they go down on their own) quite often will not work when firmly holding down, but will go up if I hold the switch myself.
Owner and driver of 4 years~!
Have owned my mrk6 GTI for almost 4 years and done 110,000kms since buying, only major issues I've had owning it has been the water pump needed replacing @ 60,000kms (which is VERY common) and new coil packs @ 100,000kms (also common VW issue), other than that, its ran perfect! No gearbox issues, very reliable on fuel doing over 700kms to a 55L tank. Very quick daily, good to have power when you need it and don't get stuck in trouble getting out of places. Love my little red rocket to the moon and back!
Purchased in September 2015 for $28,600.00.
Android Auto is unreliable and full of bugs
The idea is great and (when it works properly) it's terrific BUT it is so full of bugs. Every second time I plug my OnePlus 6 Android phone into the Android Auto USB it's hit or miss as to whether it will work... often it works for a while, then starts to wig out, e.g. won't read or take SMS messages, screen goes blank, stops functioning altogether. Have tried the new version and still same issues. Have removed the app and reloaded - no better. VW couldn't offer any help. Hopefully CarPlay works better for Apple users. These days I just use Bluetooth for music and forget about the other features.
Fantastic car all around
I have owned my car for 2 years now and done 40,000km and it hasn't missed a beat. The fuel economy is excellent, usually around 6.5l/100km in town and 5.5l/100km highway driving. I also use it to tow my boat (500kg) and it does it with ease. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants an affordable yet comfortable hatch that is brilliant to drive.
Purchased in June 2017 for $27,000.00.
So Far ,So Good!
My VW Golf 2013 103 tsi Highliner has done more than 100,000 Kms so far.Not a single problem.
I get it serviced on time in a VW Dealership. Still like new, smooth and nice handling.
Purchased in November 2013.
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Good city car with some minor issues
Bought Golf 7 Highline with safety package and luxurious package in 2015 for my wife. Good city car and only done 30,000 km. Overall happy with it. I am six feet tall and fit in comfortably, more spacious than other small cars like Corolla, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, etc. Fast, solid. Like it's cornering light and adaptive cruise control.
Some minor issues need to mention before buying VW:
1. Don't like the start stop system, slow start when stop in red traffic light. I have to disable it every time before driving.
2. Battery dead just after three ...
normal daily use.
Often on short trips and less for long trips.
no issues as yet and do not expect any. A pleasure to drive . very smooth responses. Excellent features overall.
But its not a Golf GTI, mine is....
Car has commuted, school run, family holiday, camping, you name it we have Golfed to it. The car is used daily and the DSG has not missed a beat in 11 years. The car I used daily and is fantastic to drive, quick when required, comfortable sporty I love this car. Serviced initially by VW then by EMW it continue to go past 150K KMS. Its starting to get an oil leak and other problems on a ball joint but what service she has given me.
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Questions & Answers
My Golf 7 BlueMotion 1.4 automatic 2014 model, in the morning I entered in the vehicle and start drive, at about 300 meters driving the car loose power stop and show on the dashboard that I must apply brake. I apply brake and try to restart later it will later give me D1 again and I drive again and this won't happen again the whole day driving it. I don't know the problem and this happen everyday in the morning after starting it and drive and it happen on a busy road. what to do on this matter?
Golf 92TSI 2016 bought new. Had to have the clutch replaced after 23000km, under warranty ("Due to component related deviation in clutch as per TPI 2042749/6"). Is it normal for the Golf to have transmission noise? It's similar to the noise from the faulty clutch when it was changing gears. Very faint, but there just about all of the time. Should I badger VW? Car is now out of warranty but I wonder if the problem is related to the clutch and therefore should be fixed as well.
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