ChatterBank0 min ago
Changing from Mercedes to W Golf?
Over the years, I have owned three Mercedes cars & have never found any problems with any of them. Just for the record, I currently own a Mercedes C180 Esprit.
However, just lately I have been thinking of selling it & maybe buying a VW Golf 1400/1600. I would never buy a brand new car, due to the immediate depreciation, but would go for one say 3-4 years old. Does/has anyone owned one & what did you think of the performance of it, etc., please?
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They generally put underpowered engines in Golfs and Polos too, unless you specifially buy a sportier one. Don't expect much help from vw dealers though.
Better off buying japanese like a honda or something, quiet, bomb-proof engines with high reliability and comfortable ride.
try looking at www.carsurvey.org there's some good info on there.
My Golf 1.6, bought new in '03, leaked like a sieve and went back to the local main dealer four times before they sorted it out. When it was just over a year old the driver's window fell out and as it was just outside warranty ( I bought it from Motorpoint in Derby and as an import it only had one year) the main dealer wanted to charge over �200 to put it back ! A strong letter to Customer Service at VW HQ resulted in the job being done as ' good will' !
I think the problem with VWs at the moment is quality control at the assembly stage.
No, I wouldnt buy another VW. The after- sales from main dealers is terrible and chronically expensive. Also, I've never understood this 'import model' business. I thought all foreign cars not assembled in this country were imported ! or do they just materialise ? I go along with Cockney_si, go Japanese.
Thank you Derek - Sorry you had so many problems with your new VW Golf. I wouldn't be buying from a main dealer though - we've always bought privately.
I'm not in a great hurry to change my car yet, but have always liked the look of Golfs - although that could rapidly change if I read many bad reviews on them later! Cheers.
It accelerates well, is fairly comfortable to drive long distance should you need to, and best of all, if I take it fairly easy, I can get 600 miles to the 50ish litre tank.
The only thing that went wrong was a dodgy battery. Once I got a new one from Halfords, it's been as good as gold ever since.
The only bit that regularly annoys me about it is that it rolls too much going around roundabouts or tight corners.