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2002 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Opinions


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We have scoured the web for consumer reviews of this car and found the best ones for you to read. Found 257 reviews. This list is displayed in ranked order based the reviews we think are the best.
Great value for the dollar.
Source: Edmunds

...I have put 19,000 miles on this car in the five months since purchasing it and have no complaints. Peppy, comfortable, expensive looking materials, complete lack of problems and great fuel economy...

Ok, but no bells or whistles, and just Ok.

...The car is just ok. I have 83,000 miles on it now and I am looking to replace it. Everything went at 82,550; alternator, front and back brakes, control arm bushing wheel bearings and muffler! So, it's been one heck of a year of disappointment when it comes to the Golf. I would not buy this car again (I plan to look at the Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. It's the car I wanted back in 2002, but couldn't afford it so I got the Golf). Another thing about VWs. I don't know why they think a dial is a good way to recline a seat back. The dial design is a sure-fire mechanism to increase tendonitis. I...

Forget Jetta, the Golf is the bomb
Source: Edmunds

...I looked at Mazda Protege 5, Hyundai and Ford Focus. I purchased the car primarily for long weekend trips. Here is why the car is the best choice: 1.Cheapest Insurance rate 2.Good Power 3. Superior features for its price point (none of the competitors have 6 airbags, abs, power everything, immobilizer, anti theft and day time running lights)4.Low depreciation 5.V. Large trunk (larger than Jettas) and you can haul everything when you put the seats down. 6.Increasing popularity (sales increasing)7.Safest car in its class My advise, test drive all the competitors and see for yourself...

Great Buy Overall
Source: Edmunds

...This car has been great to me so far. I usually get about 44 mpg city and 48 mpg highway (I usually go about 80 with the AC blasting).
My only complaints are a few interior pieces peeling (fixed by puting in oem aluminum trim) and a few interior rattles that I hear every once in awhile.
The car overall feels like a quality vehicle and I love this car...

Japanese for me
Source: Edmunds

...Just like all of the other reviews here on Edmunds - drives and looks great with poor build quality and reliability (2002 model).
In two years I have had it to the shop 7 times, including 1 tow.
Lots of rattles from the dash and vents, broken radio and window motor,
frozen doors (it snows/rains in Germany, right?),
wouldnt shift out of park so I needed a tow to the dealer and now I have noticed the burning oil at 27K (smells like a 2-cycle motor the first 10 sec after starting in the cold).
Average 24mpg with 70% highway driving...

Cool, reliable, fun and great gas mileage!

..."The VW Golf GLS is truly a great car. It is the perfect combination of fun, cool, reliability and economy.
Not only does this car NOT waste gas, but it NEVER breaks down.
You will NOT spend alot for maintenance on this car!
Creature comforts are many with this car. Power windows & mirrors, cruise control, nice sound system and great cup-holders are all standard.
The best part is - this car ZIPS! Its surprisingly strong engine and sports-car like steering make it alot of fun to drive. Lastly - the hatch fits ALOT of stuff!"...

Really happy with my first VW
Source: Edmunds

...This is my first exp. owning a VW and I am very pleased so far.
This car is deceivingly roomy, esp. in the trunk. My Golf is so much fun to drive and it's great on gas mileage ( I always use midgrade gas, that seems to make a difference).
I have had no problems with the service department, actually they have been very helpful.
The only problems we've encountered so far are the doors freezing shut in the winter.
The door seals on both front doors were ripped/broken in the process of trying to pry the doors open. Service dept. has taken care of this with no charge...

not up to par
Source: Edmunds

...within weeks of purchase, i brought the car in for warranty work.
the lights would not flash when arming or disarming the alarm.
service said that a fuse was missing. second time was for annoying passenger side doors creaks and rattles.
service replaced rear door weather seal and both front door's plastic window clips. creaking and rattling still audible. overall, it's an ok car...

Fuel economy is one of many good things!
Source: Edmunds

...Have had no problems whatsoever. Great looking inside and out, always draws second glances. Interior sets the standard for cars of this class and has perfect ergonomics. Seats are comfy if maybe a bit tiring on long trips. Good sound system. Performance more than adequate; won't leave sports cars behind but if you punch the gas pedal it pushes you back in your seat. Excellent fuel economy, about 500 miles/tank in city, 600 in highway; more with manual. There's pride in owning a TDI and an unspoken bond among fellow owners. Dealer service isn't the best (so I've heard) but it won't be in there...

Love my Golf TDI
Source: Edmunds

...This car has been one of the best cars I have ever owned.
Being 52 years old I've owned 6 other vehicles in my lifetime,
and this one handles exceptionally well, has very adequate seating room and cargo room, has as much power as many gas powered vehicles, and gets 45 miles to a gallon.
VW has done a great job for a very reasonable price!...

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