MK4 Golf GTI 2.0
Added: 13th of October 2013
Level of comfort is excellent with road and engine noise kept to a minimum. The plastic gearstick and handbrake surround start to creak after a while howvever an easy fix by adding some fabric tape between the joints. VW in their wisdom coated some of the dash with a soft touch finish which goes sticky and looks a mess after a while. A little elbow grease to remove the coating leaves a shiny plastic surface that can be left as is or recoated. The drivers seat suffers wear on the bolster nearest the door with most models suffering from tears. The engine is sturdy if looked after however servicing is costly and with a new cambelt kit required after every 60K or 4 years it becomes questionable whether its cost effective to keep the car when other manufacturers can go upto 200K before such an expense is necessary. There's two most common problems that appear to come up, one being crankshaft sensor costing £180 from approved garage and upto £300 from a dealer. The other being the wiring at the transition from roofspace to rear hatch where it flexes some of the wires tend to break sending the electrics into a frenzy of failures. Mostly though the Golf is a good all rounder, from going to the shops to motorway travel the comfort and reliability(if looked after) is second to none.