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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 A$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.
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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 A$50,000.00.
- Mk7.5 Hatchback 110TSI (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 A$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
- Golf Mk.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 A$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 A$27,000.00.
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.
Exceptional customer service from VW Australia
We purchased a used 2013 VW Golf Highline in January 2019. It had 65,000klm on the clock and had been regularly serviced. Lovely car to drive, great handling, economical, and typically well finished German interior which is elegant and practical. After 4 months of ownership the car developed a shudder when taking off from the lights. This was diagnosed as the clutch packs being on the way out. Being well out of warranty we were quoted $2,800 for repairs. We had heard much bad press about VW and their customer service however I have nothing but ...praise. The dealership applied to VW Australia for a good will claim. After three days we received the news that VW Australia would replace the clutch packs at their cost. For a car that was three years out of warranty this is great customer service. For all of you who read the bad reports about owning a VW this is a good news story.
Purchased in January 2019 for A$15,500.00.
My wife and I bought a used mk7 Golf GTI with 134,000 km on it! (manual). It still looks, feels and drives like a new car. Our family with 2 kids are very tall and we find this a fantastic, and fun, primary car. It tows well too.
With the addition of a roof pod there is lots of luggage space for holidays.
The only problem we've had is a flat battery.
Purchased in August 2018 for A$18,000.00.
Great car, poor manufacturer backup
Quiet, comfortable, great to drive, great stereo with Apple CarPlay. My 3rd Golf and 5th VW over 24 years. Servicing is expensive but 12 months, 15,000km.
Have had repeated faults with ACC/Lane Assist. Sudden dramatic turn of the wheel, almost crashed - much more than the usual slight tug - then into fault within 20 seconds. Went to the dealer (Norris VW, Kedron) and they immediately started talking money - over $500 to fix - no warranty cover as they insisted there must have been an "external influence" causing a "sudden drastic change in sus...
Purchased in October 2017.
VW Golf 90Tsi constant issues.
After the first year I noticed my car stalling, the staff didn’t have a clue what was going on.
They checked it, did a software update and said it was good to go. The car then stalled and died in the car park of VW servicing centre off James Ruse Drive. Shortly after this they replaced my mechatronics unit and the car was ok for another year.
Same issue happened again. New mechatronics unit was ordered. Car was ok to drive for another 2-3 years. Luckily all under warranty.
5th year of owning the vehicle same thing happened again. Replaced t...he mechatronics this time at my own cost because Volkswagen said the vehicle was out of warranty and that driving a car 25,000 kms a year was ‘excessive’. Mind you we are up to the 4th mechatronics replacement on a vehicle they look after. This time I had to pay for it despite history showing a constant issue with this part being fitted into my car. After a lot of back and forth i ended up paying the $3000 for the mechatronics unit to get the car back on the rd only for the gearbox to fail less than 6 months later (gear fork somehow snapped off) and Volkswagen asked for another $7k to replace. Avoid this car if you can - google all the issues this vehicle had from previous owners: you will also notice a lot of the same vehicle for sale with ‘no drive’.
Purchased in August 2009.
Economic and powerful
Ive used this 2007 tdi Sportline manual model for 4 years now, and I do 60K kms per year.
Apart from the normal wear and tear, its been a rock.
Only use premium fuels in VWs as I believe the hi spec engines need it.
The now outdated CD navi system packed it in a couple of years ago, but big deal.
Quality of interior is in a class on its own compared to its japanese/ korean competitors.
And I live only 300 meters from the beach, and no sign of any rust.
Im buying another one......
Purchased in July 2016 for A$10,000.00.
Should have bought this in the first place
Can only compare to my previous 2017 i30 and before that a 2013 Corolla... the 2018 Golf excels in these basic and critical areas: engine (the 1.4T is a gem, great torque but also great fuel economy), steering feel, interior, and seat comfort.
Comparing models at the same price point, the Golf does lag behind the i30 in other areas, namely road noise insulation, tech features inclusion as standard, electronics in general (the steering wheel buttons and driver menu in the i30 are more intuitive and better designed) and servicing costs. Yet, I'...m happy I changed to the Golf after only 1 year in the i30 (not the best financial decision, but the best decision). Like the Corolla before it, the i30 was a very good car across the board... but nothing in particular felt special... at the end of the day, I feel more satisfied pushing a best-in-class engine, looking at a best-in-class interior and sitting in a best-in-class seat even though I now miss some non-critical features. It's totally worth the little extra cost. There's a lot of DSG transmission scaremongering on the internet, but I like the DSG very much and it does not feel dramatically different than using a normal auto/torque converter. I didn't get the "low speed hesitation" or "lag" some people are talking about, it's really not a problem. If you've driven a manual before, you will notice how the DSG works as an automated manual and adapt to it really fast. My partner has never driven a manual and she doesn't like the DSG, admittedly, so it's not for everyone. I've driven 25k km so far and the car has had no issues. Our VW dealership has said that they will cover the DSG trans with 5 years of good will warranty (even though pre-2019 cars only came with 3 years warranty in general). Now I also know what my next car will be, a Golf GTI or R (used... can't afford a new one) for even more performance on this great platform.
Purchased in August 2018.
Slow off the mark
Loved all the tech and style of my new Highline TSi 7.5, but geez the 1.4 motor is sooo slowww off the mark to the point I nearly had head ons while turning against traffic. When I would put my foot down to turn against on coming traffic nothing would happen until the turbo kicked in and then I'd be stuck slowly picking up speed with cars barrelling down at me. Changing lanes and putting the foot down to pick up speed to keep up with the faster moving traffic was also a nightmare as again it would take a second or two to start picking up speed,...and geez did I have some near misses when doing that!! The dual clutch was also a headache as yes it's basically a manual....but it didn't have to drive like one and be so temperamental with it's gear shifts. AARRRHHHH!!!! Suspension was too hard for a car like this. As it isn't a sports car as such it has really stiff suspension making the ride unpleasant. Lane detection was a nightmare as it would follow grooves in the road or old lane markings that were covered up months ago. Nearly ended up under a truck once as it was driving me towards it, so I ended up not using it ever again after that! So in the end we had to sell the car after only 10 months as It was too dangerous being slow, and my wife didn't want to travel with me in case I had an accident. So sad for a new car that had some really good tech and but was let down with being underpowered with a combination of annoying dual clutch lag and slow engine pickup.
Purchased in August 2017 for A$34,999.00.
Questions & Answers
I purchased my Golf SE mk7 over 2 years ago. The infotainment system stopped working 29th June2020 my warranty ran out on 4th July, problem was I was in lock down in Spain due to Corona virus and could not get a ferry crossing until 15th July. I called Volswagon in Vera Spain and earliest appointment was 10th July. They did the second service, 18000 miles on clock and investigated infotainment system. Paid 93 euros for service and was given a quote for 1,985 euros to replace the broken system as it was over the warranty. I called the volkswagen dealer where I bought the car they said to take it to my local dealer in Shrewsbury which I did as it needed its first mot. They agreed it was broken and needed replacing. Even though it was impossible to get back before the warranty expired the would only give me 20% off the bill and I would have to pay £1600 to have it replaced. Do u think this is fair?
2007 got sport TDI VW golf 2ltre turbo.
What does it mean when engine light comes on, than coil light flashes and exhaust light comes on???
Also since then my turbo stopped working
Hi I'm looking at purchasing a 2014 Highline TDI mk 7. It's immaculate inside and out, one owner, I can tell the car has been well loved and looked after. I've never had a euro car before, but am looking for something that is high tech, and economical. The golf seems to tick those boxes but I hear mixed reviews.. Can anyone shed some light on your experience with these cars?
I can only answer from my own experience of my Golf, purchased new in Sept 2015. It's done 107,000km and been serviced regularly (7 times). Has been a fantastic little car, fun to drive, economical yet nimble. That being said, much comes down to how it's looked after (clean oil, quality fuel, fresh air) all goes a long way to having the car serve a long, useful life - but my experience is a thumbs up and enjoy these cars!
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