My TDI is a great little car.
In 2019, I purchased a 2013 TDI with only 40k on the speedo and after 2 years, it's been perfect and reliable. Admittedly I probably over service my cars and use a VW specialist Audvolks in Melbourne. I got the dsg and timing belt/water pump done as a precaution and do a weekly country drive. So far the only issues are a few dash rattles and the clear coat coming off around the rear licensed plate. Costs over 2 years other than servicing ($500-$800) has been a set of quality tyres, polish and wiper blades. I average 7l in the city and 5l in the...country. The car has so far exceeded my expectations as I was a bit worried about VW reliability after coming out of a Mercedes B class. Make sure you buy one that has been looked after, driven gently and serviced by a VW specialist.
Purchased in November 2019 for $14,000.00.
Great to drive but going wrong a lot and hard to repair yourself
Smooth and easy driving and very good on fuel.
Headliner has completely delaminated.
Fuel door open wire has broken /jammed (approx $400 to repair)
Fuel system gave up (bluemotion) - needed complete rebuild - replacing. Cost absolutely thousands.
Clutch actuator seal leaked - $900
Had to replace all brake disks as well as pads.
Aircon Compressor seal perished - must replace whole compressor....
Purchased in May 2018 for $10,000.00.
The best all-rounder hatch on the market.
I bought my Golf GTD manual turbo diesel after doing a ton of online research and I can confidently say it's the best do-it-all small car I've ever owned. For the entire 60000kms I've done in it it's never once broken down or had any issues. Servicing is quite affordable and only every 15000kms. Fuel efficiency is phenomenal and on flat freeways is realistically 5.5L/100km. Even when towing a trailer and 300kg payload, fuel consumption will only go up to 6-7L/100km. The turbo diesel is wicked fun and has a great take off feel. The leather bucke...t seats are comfortable and have that low set go-kart feel you'd expect from a hot hatch. Problems? The automatic windscreen wipers are not terribly intuitive, the little plastic clip that covers part of the rear view mirror stem keeps popping off, and for a premium car it could do with some better standard features like reverse sensors. Do yourself a favor and buy one!
Purchased in March 2018 for $16,000.00.
Bought about a year ago and have had no issues! Love it so much and is sooo zippy and good on fuel. Best hatch on the market by far and would recommend to everyone
Purchased in April 2019.
Brilliant small car
Diesel engine goes forever. Easy to park and feels as safe as a tank. Great city or country drive. Has plenty of power over taking. Even survived kangaroo encounters on country roads. Brilliant car. 10/10
Purchased in February 2010 for $37,000.00.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purchased in June 2008 at James Frizelle's Automotive Group for $50,000.00.
Car turned into a lemon overnight
Our VW Golf Wagon drove mostly fine for 6 years but then started coughing and spluttering so we took it to our local mechanic. He advised there are problems with the compression system and that to investigate it further would cost circa $2,000 and then to repair it might be many thousands more. We took this up with VW Australia to say we didn't expect this for a car which is supposed to be reliable with less than 90,000kms on the clock. VW were totally unhelpful and said we could pay the further fee and that they may pay some of it depending...on what the findings of the testing were although they're not obliged to. They referred us to the 3 year warranty (expired some time ago), which in my opinion is a poor excuse. You buy a VW expecting that it will be worth something after 6 years or that you could drive it for a further 6 years! Very disappointing and frustrating.
Purchased in August 2013 for $34,999.00.
Very unstable and problematic gearbox
We just use the car for a regular commuting to work and home. 8 years only 60K km. But the gearbox has been mulfunctioned for a few times. Recently got a very serious problem
Purchased in September 2011.
MK6 GTi, the perfect little hatch
After some time now with our Mk6 Gti Golf with 6spd DSG we have come to the conclusion it is a brilliant small hatch and one of the most rewarding cars out there for a very reasonable price.
From commuting to work daily, grocery shopping or 800klm roadtrips doesnt matter what it is, the Golf just does the job easily. We have owned a Mazda 3 and a Corolla over the years and the Golf is by far the much better car for overall quality and refinement, not to mention the comfort. Surprisingly for a small car, adults can actually sit in the back in...comfort with more than adequate head and legroom. As far as fuel consumption, our real world figures average 8-9L/100klm (usually sits around 8.5) doing a 50min each way city commute daily in heavy traffic. Once on the hwy the fuel consumption varies from high 6's to 7L/100klm We purchased this 2nd hand from the original owners some time ago, and have not had one issue. It did have full service history which is essential. These seem to have a bad reputation for poor reliability and expensive repair bills and while things can go wrong with any car it pays to keep up the maintenance. If you neglect the servicing then it is at your own risk. VW service depts can be quite expensive so for servicing it is worthwhile checking out a local Euro car specialists as they are more likely to charge reasonable prices.
Purchased in April 2018.
Had this car for 6 months and the gearbox started to shudder going between 1-2 gears. The dual clutch system was diagnosed to be faulty and was quoted 5k to fix!! Also blew a lot of oil from the turbo! Would never buy from Volkswagen again as they refused to fix either of the problems!
DSG mechatronic and clutch pack issues are real
VW have scandalously got away with sub standard quality on the transmission on these vehicles and the ACCC seem to be toothless in forcing them to stump up for repairs.
Our model had all the recall work done on it and yet the mechatronic still failed and cost me $4000 to repair. VW offered me a complementary service ~ $450...
Now there is the shuddering at pull-off from standstill. Don't know if this means the already replaced clutch packs (under recall) are gone again or not. VW want $187 to do a road test on it! That's customer service for you! NOT.
Why is Ford being slugged $10M yet VW getting away scott free? Go figure....
I think the key here seems to be get rid of a new VW before warranty expires.
mk6 gti perfect daily driver
great daily sports car thats not to thirsty and provides great fun for your dollar. I can average about 7.5L from daily commuting and can get over 600kms with a tank. This is great for a turbo 2L engine and the DSG transmission is a pleasure to use especially with the paddles.
good car but it does have its problems
Have had this car for a while now, and i can see why the dsg transmission is sucha problems for these.
Everything else is very good, ride quality, confort, space inside the car, petrol consumption anbd overall quality of trim.
The only problem is the DSG. taking of uphill and going at low speeds it is very stuttering and does not seem to know when to shift into 1st and 2nd gear. sometimes feels like it stalls the engine.
Also never leave it parked ona steep hill with not much fuel as you wilkl have problems starting the engine!
Other than the transmission, mechanically it is a very sound car. Perhaps get a manual instead or one after the dsg issue has been fixed.
Fun car to drive
No regrets purchasing the golf compared to some cheaper hatchback competitors. The interior has a well designed and quality finish - no cheap plastic dash or trimmings. Spacious as well - its seen a couple of camping trips, full of tents, a mattress, sleeping bags etc. Great handling around corners and very fun to drive in the city. Nicely grips the road.
Cracking good little car
We looked at a number of other comparable small cars including Toyota Corolla and Hyundai I30 before unanimously deciding on the VW Golf. It was superior in every respect including fit and finish, cabin room and driving refinement. The turbo diesel is incredibly frugal averaging around 5.0L per 100km mixed driving and under 4.0L per 100km out on the Hwy. It has plenty of torque which makes driving effortless. I think the Mk 6 is the nicest looking of the Golf models and so far this car has performed flawlessly. The DSG gearbox does take some ge...tting used to but the gear changes under acceleration are lightning fast and almost imperceptible. Once drivers understand that is is not an automatic transmission but a mechatronic dual clutch system, they will understand why it behaves in a slightly different way. There is a reason VW has overtaken Toyota as the world's largest manufacturer - they make much more exciting cars!
Questions & Answers
Hi my golf 2011 tsi am having issues with remote not locking and unlocking doors have had it checked at a reputable key locksmith it is responding but still won’t allow for open and close of doors and also the radio doesn’t have any signal could the both be connected problem?
I have a 2016 TDI and from the day I took delivery, it has told me 100 times to change the battery key. I check the battery, even put a new one in, and guess what? Still the same. Most times my key will unlock the car when I grab the door handle but often not, so I use the unlock button on the key case. This key has just died completely and VW want $620 for a new one, yes it's true !!
I have a 2011 tsi 1.4 and when i get to 3000 - 4000rpm it gets stuck and no exceleration till i back off and try excelerate again 7 speed dsg what could be causing this a sensor or is the transmission on its way?Appreciate you’re feedback
Have golf 118 tsi ( the s and I are red in colour). There is oil coming into air intake pipe which then drips under the air filter. Have to top it up all the time. My model is 2010. The gear box shudders all the time on take off. However, it suddenly lost power on the Hume Highway when I was travelling at 110 km. Nearly got rammed at the back. Only has 103 000 km on it. What could it be?
Lucky you. Did some searching and found heaps of other people with engine and gearbox problems in this model. Recalls in most countries. Looks like the consumer protection and government have been asleep at the wheel. My most scary experience was the sudden loss of power on the highway.
Also owned a Mk 6 golf. Engines in that era were renowned for burning a reasonable amount oil, mine about 1 litre per 5000kms; VW has stated that this isn't problematic. Leaking oil is another issue that needs expert advice. Is it a manual? If so, the shudder at take off is symptomatic of a warped clutch plate, which is not uncommon at the km's yours has done and all clutches do have a limited lifespan. No cheap fix, may need a new clutch. The loss of power is concerning and sounds like the car has gone into limp mode due to a detected failure of some system. All these issues warrant a return to the dealer for testing.
|Category||Cars, Wagons and Hatchbacks|
|Release date||Jan 2010|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2012|
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