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VW Golf



  • kmaurerkmaurer Posts: 48
    If you look at the interiors of the two models, you will see a GREAT difference between the two. The Jetta was decontented for 2011. The plastics are harder and cheaper (you can see the mold lines), the onboard computer does not have as many options, there are no rear vents, etc. Definitely take a look at the two models & you'll see the difference. The Jetta also has a cheaper suspension system. The Jetta is no longer a "premium" car like it used to be. If it were me, I would go for the Golf anyday.
  • curious46curious46 Posts: 3
    I don't like the pressure on the under side of my leg. It will keep me from buying. I'm afraid the circulation in my legs will cut off.
  • vchiuvchiu PARIS, FRANCEPosts: 564
    Not sure if this has been posted already

    According to what I understand of the article, should be built on an all-new platform which promises better rigidity, less weight, less wind resistance, more passenger and luggage accomodation.

    The promised motor mix is very optimistic with all kinds of technologies from ICE to pure electric, going through different hybrid technologies and stages.

    A diesel pushing up to 220 HP would be in the plans, while revised versions of DSG would be available. An automated gearbox would help entry level engines yield 10% more mileage.

    as an appetizer, a Youtube link would provide some teaser information on the future design
    in the upper right section, we see some kind of body beign worked on. This may be some alternative design from which the future 2012 model was chosen, or not.
  • zenfmzenfm Posts: 10
    In Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources provides data regarding fuel efficiency. The 2011 2.5L Golf Wagon equipped with the Tiptronic 6 speed transmission rating are as follows : City, 9.1L/ 100 km equivalent to 31MPG (Imperial) or 25.8 MPG (US) ; Highway, 6.5L/ 100km equivalent to 43.46 MPG (Imperial) or 36.2 MPG (US). Could anyone currently driving a 2010 or 2011 2.5L Golf Wagon corroborate these readings or indicate what they are getting using regular gas at the pump. My view is that this big engine should not be as efficient as indicated. Thanks !
  • juiyuanjuiyuan Posts: 4
    I have a 2011 Golf 2.5 2dr with 5 speed manual. I usually got 23-24 (mpg) city and up to 35.5 mpg on highway in US. Im a high rpm driver, and the mpg really impressed me. I'm thinking about pick another Golf up when 2012 is available.
  • zenfmzenfm Posts: 10
    That confirms the EPA findings. Fuel efficiency should be a little better with the 6 speed automatic trans. Thanks !
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    edited July 2011
    "Fuel efficiency should be a little better with the 6 speed automatic trans."

    Highly-HIGHLY unlikely. While there are many cars which sport slightly better EPA numbers for Automatic versions, in the real world I've yet to see any (as in not even a single one) anecdotal reports where the Automatic equipped cars are even able to match their Manual equipped siblings. My SWAG based upon literally hundreds of reports is that the Automatic will deliver two or even three fewer miles per gallon in all driving environments compared to a Manual version of the Golf.
  • Can a VW guru summarize the primary differences between the Golf and GTI?

    I had always thought of them as pretty distinct models-- the Golf as a stylish, affordable, semi-upscale 2 or 4 door hatch, and the GTI as a sportier, 2-door hatch. Now the GTI is available as a 4 door (when did that happen? :confuse: ) and it almost seems to make sense to think of the GTI as higher trim levels of the Golf.

    Are there more fundamental differences that I am missing? Are the suspensions radically different?

    I'll be in the market for a 4-door hatchback, and hadn't even considered the GTI, not realizing it had a 4 door option.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Since the inception of the GTI moniker it has always been an uprated Golf/Rabbit. Basically a GTI is a Rabbit in Wolf's clothing. :)
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    The GTI is a type of Gulf. They are not separate models.

    Virtually every vehicle manufacturer has a "souped up" version of one of its base models.... VW is no different.

    VW used to offer the R32... (250HP!) which was the most powerful Gulf ever - far beyond what the GTI offered... but real performance costs $$ and not many young folks could afford it.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    To reply to your original question "Can a VW guru summarize the primary differences between the Golf and GTI? "

    Basically, besides the obvious body differences, the GTI has stiffer suspension, and bigger brakes than the base gulf. Since the turbocharged engine and larger tires are available on the gulf - I do not consider them a big difference. (although the GTI engine has some 'tweaks')
  • Thanks for the replies.

    What's confusing about the Golf/GTI disctinction is the level of overlap and redundancy. A TDI Golf is nearly identically priced to a similarly optioned GTI. Both lines now top out at about $30,000. The only fundamental difference between the two lines is the availability of a couple of fairly cheap trims for the Golf.

    Imagine if Honda offered two entirely separate, high-quantity lines of Civics with substantially overlapping pricing and entirely different trim lineups. It just seems to make the process all the more confusing (or maybe just for me).
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I don't see how it's confusing at all; three trim levels:

    Golf 2.5
    Golf TDI
    Golf GTI

    Simple as that.
  • V W 2008 Golf 2.0 Turbo Diesel DSG Transmission, the problem I have is that when braking gently to a standstill, as the gearbox changes down, the servo assistance increases to such an extent that smooth braking is hard to achieve, IF I shift into neutral before braking, braking is smooth and controlled. Obviously manifold vacuum is increasing as the car shifts to lower gears BUT WHY is this making braking so difficult ? Is there a vacuum regulator somewhere ? My dealership refuses to accept that there is a problem
  • kbabskbabs Posts: 1
    Hello. My 2011 Volkswagen Golf - TDI (diesel) died on me yesterday. I was driving on the freeway when the "diesel engine malfunction" light came on. The car proceeded to lose power. I was able to pull over to the side of the road and turn the car off. It now will not start. This car is only 8 months old and had had no accidents or problems. Any ideas what this might be? Was it a mistake to buy this car?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Two possibilities:

    - You accidentally fueled with gasoline instead of diesel
    - The station where you've been buying diesel has fuel with insufficient lubricity

    If either of those are the case, then your car is going to go in for an expensive repair as the entire fuel system will need to be replaced. If the issue is low-grade diesel, your dealership might pick up the tab, however, if gasoline is in the tank be prepared for a repair upwards of $8,000.
  • It could be that your fuel gelled. If temperatures are below freezing, simply add FPPF Fuel Power (one bottle treats 200 gallons) every time you fuel up. This will save you a LOT of headaches. :)
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    This time of year fuel gelling is highly unlikely. If the OP lives in an area where the temperatures get that cold, local diesel fuel will already be a winter grade or have winter additives.
  • Took delivery on a 2013 Golf TDI DSG on August 31st. I must say that I love the car so far! I think the styling is classic but understated and the seats are excellent. Coming from a Volvo wagon I was looking for something smaller and more sporty. This car delivers. You can really tell the build quality once you get in and take it for a drive. I love the fuel economy but mostly the power. This thing has a lot of torque for accelerating onto a freeway or passing a slower car. One tap on the paddle shifter and it takes off like a rocket. I wish more people would cross-shop these against hybrids. Fuel economy is almost as good and the driving experience is a lot better. BTW I'd shied away from VW before due to reliability problems but Consumer Reports now shows this car as recommended. You can tell the quality of construction from the Wolfsburg plant. Highly recommended!
  • Hi, I asked two dealers about the price of VW 2013 Golf 4-door w/ Convenience. All I got was $23000 OTD (CA tax). How much does everybody pay for this trim?

    Thanks a lot!!!
  • I know your post about your 00 golf was a few years back but I'm having the same problem and wondered if you ever found the answer to the problem?
  • I have a 2000 Golf that has up until recently run great. A few months age it began to shut off randomly while I was driving. I took it to a VW shop and we have tried new coil, plugs, plug wires, crankshafe positioning sensor, O2 sensor, battery, alternator, and a few other things with no luck. Any one else had this problem and found a fix?
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