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  • header2header2 Posts: 10
    a. You should never have to break in a transmission, the salesman was blowing smoke.

    b. an automatic selects the gears for the driving conditions if the engine starts straining it drops down a gear. In manual you have to keep an eye on the tachometer and know the engine rev limits. if the engine is doing 2000 rev in 5th and you step on the gas it's not going to do anything. You have to drop down into 4th or 3rd to get higher revs to get abit more power for acceleration
    It also depends on the engine, if is has a turbo or not, or if it's a diesel. I know it may sound complicated but a little research can save you heartache later on. If the salesman is pressuring you to buy the car tell him to forget it, he'll be following you out the door dropping the price.
    c. engines do need a break in period, read the handbook, if in doubt ask to read the hand book before you buy.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    If you have this much uncertainty about the Golf, look at another vehicle. I'd get the manual because this is a heavy car with a relatively low powered engine. Plus the mileage numbers on the 2.0 auto are pathetic, bordering on what cars with twice the power get.
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 101
    Tons of Jettas, but Golfs are scarce right now at local dealers. I'm interested in an '02 TDI Golf, anybody know when these will show up? Thanks.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    They are at dealers now. Dealer in my area has two GL 4 door TDI. Both red with black interior, one manual and one automatic. TDI is rare compared to the gas models and the Golf is scarce compared to Jetta and Beetle so if you want one the dealer in your area may need to locate it.
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 101
    I could really go for a 4 door GL Golf TDI. Had my Jetta WE in for service yesterday and not a single Golf on the lot except a black 2.0. The wife needs a new car and I think a Golf GL would be great, and I like the TDI for an all-around car.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I thought the GL came only with two doors, GLS only with four doors (GLS includes upgraded upholstery and power windows, if I'm not mistaken). So basically you can only get a 2-door Golf (not to be confused with GTI) with manual windows and 4 door Golfs only with power windows, which I think sucks.....
    Anyone know if this has changed?
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    VW now sells a 4 door GL, but with so few Golfs available and so many variations, the chances of finding one seem slim. Because it doesn't offer power windows, etc. will make it a rare find.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Edmunds' Most Wanted Vehicles for 2002? The Volkswagen Golf was chosen as the best Small Coupe/Hatchback Under $20,000. Happy Motoring!

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  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    How could the Golf be chosen for "best hatchback" when the GTI is actually recommended? There is considerable difference in driving characteristics between a base GL with the 2.0 and a GTI with 17" wheels and 1.8T. The Golf GL is probably not the best hatchback and the GTI probably is the best, although finding one under $20k would be challenging.
  • I think this site is interesting and useful for all of us. It hase been only a few months since I ve bought my GTI so, I haven't experienced any problems so far. I'll keep on reading you folk's reviews and try to help you when possible.
    Take Care !!!! O Cakici
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and thanks for your notes. In addition to this discussion, you may also be interested in our ongoing VW GTI discussion. We look forward to hearing more about your ownership experience. Happy Motoring!

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  • For what it's worth--I have a 2000 golf 2.0 gls,5-speed. Aside from an American flag and a Grateful Dead sticker the car is completely stock. I bought the car new and put 32,000 miles on it in the first year. The car has been flawless, rock solid and just a joy to drive. I do a lot of long distance(Boston-Manhattan) and local,city driving. After a 12 hour drive today I felt compelled to post and let anyone who is weighing the purchase of a golf know that this really is a great car.
  • jskhojskho Posts: 107
    I am considering buying a 2002 GLS 2.0.
    I am wondering if you can share how much you paid for your Golf. I notice the TMV is only $100 below MSRP and I got carsdirect quote of about $200 below MSRP. Is it the norm? Is it the best one can do?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    (And fyi, I just deleted my previous message after reading your post more clearly.)


    While you're waiting for feedback from VW Golf owners, I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. As it has been explained to me, TMV may not necessarily reflect the absolute best price, but it helps you to negatiate a "fair price" based on the average price that other people have paid for a particular vehicle in your region. Considering those factors, it may be a matter of putting on your running shoes to find out what the absolute "best price" is in your local market. You can read more about how Edmunds' calculates their TMV here.

    Btw, I've found that even if you can't budge much below msrp, there are often other ways you can still negotiate... with accessories and financing for example. Also, I believe VW is offering some special financing incentives on the 2002 Golf. Here's a direct link to Edmunds' Incentives and Rebates so you can see what's available in your area. Good luck and please keep us posted on your purchase.

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  • Hi everyone,

    I have a 1999 "New" Golf. I love it. I've been pretty happy with the service at my dealership up til now. For my 50K service I was told I need a new Air Flow Meter. Of course it's out of warranty and cost me $350 plus labor... ouch!

    Normally I feel pretty good after a service, but this time I feel like I was screwed. The car was working fine.

    Anyone ever had trouble with this Air Flow Meter. (Also called an Air Flow Sensor)

    Was I a fool to pay for this?????

    Thanks in advance
    Arnie
    arnie5@mindspring.com
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    The Mass Air Flow or MAF sensor and power window regulators are two components that have very high failure rates and are known problems with 1999-2001 VW cars. The actual cost on the MAF is under $200 and labor it takes less than 15 minutes to replace the MAF (more like 5 minutes).
    VWoA has compensated many owners of cars out of warranty for the total or a portion of the cost for repair of MAFs. Contact VWoA both by phone and in writing and request that they cover all or a portion of the cost for this repair. It is a well known defect.
    There are a couple of TSBs on MAF but I do not have access to them as VW now charges for TSBs and they used to be available on internet.
  • Thanks for the info. What's a TSB?
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Technical Service Bulletin is information from manufacturer to dealer. It generally involves solutions to mechanical problems but can cover many other areas as well.
    http://www.alldata.com/TSB/62/99621184.html
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Read more about Technical Service Bulletins in this Edmunds' article: Recalls, Technical Service Bulletins, and Other Good Stuff.


    To everyone- Also, with Edmund's new Maintenance Guide you can look for TSB's and recalls for just about any vehicle from 1990 to present. Hope this is helpful. And now back to the subject of the VW Golf. Happy Motoring!

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  • vikdvikd Posts: 187
    You're just full of info...thanks for the input and steady presence here.
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