Written on: 03/07/2012 by Victorias (1 review written)
Since buying this car I have actually enjoyed driving (well almost :)) I have yet to have one single issue with it and it drives like a dream. Petrol is a bit expensive but that seems to be the only costly effort of the car. Other than that I highly recommend this gorgeous piece of machinery! (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2012 by CraftyBristolian
Bought this car from my then employer (Lloyds Bank). Ex-company car - well looked after and only 28k on clock. Despite colour description in logbook (beige!!) everyone agrees it's a light gold metallic. Car drives like a dream. It's the 130bhp model and the it's also my first diesel. Build quality cannot be faulted - the dash is as good as a BMW. Seats comfortable and vision excellent. Climate control keeps temperature steady. Road noise can intrude on some surfaces however. Performance... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2011 by DAVE DANIELS (2 reviews written)
I have owned my golf GT TDi 130 for almost a year now and have to say that despite having to replace some consumable items i am equally as delighted with the car as the first time i drove it! the performance is incredible for a diesel! and even with the boot hard in it will still return 45+ MPG and pin your head to the headrest through every gear! and if you drive it with your slippers on it gives 66.5 mpg in 6th gear at 65mph! I have spent quite alot on repairs but only because previous... (read more)
Written on: 07/02/2011
I'm pretty sure that i am echoing what other people have written about the GOLF GTtdi 130 however here goes.
Amazing power to MPG ratio... How can a car be this quick and still do 40-50 mpg? Its a fun car to drive i can honestly say i enjoy driving again ( i used to love going for drives when i was 18... Always starts without any difficulty.
It must be hard wearing as its done 105k and still feels amd looks like new. Even the interior is not showing signs of wear that most cars do at 100k... (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2011
I bought this car fron new, and over 9 years later it is still going strong. 88,000 miles, original clutch, original exhaust and original catalytic converter. Only money i have spent has been on normal wear tear and annual serviceing.It is quick, reliable and very reasonable to run and to maintain, a great car that i would recommend without hesitation. The only minus for me, is the quality of the headlight alignment which for me is set too low, giving poor vision in nightime driving. Having... (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2010
Ive got a GT TDi mk4, and it has been remapped to 200bhp, its realy got some pull although abit much torque for a front wheel drive car, so cant realy get the most out of the power. :/ (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2010
An incredibly reliable car. Now with 135k miles and only minor parts needed replacement eg window winder and front shocks, all major parts are still original. Brilliant combination of economy and power (perhaps 130 BHP is a bit more than is needed)
The car still feels solid and no rattles, the interior (with leather seats) is still like new.
I would highly recommend the Golf (read more)
Written on: 28/07/2010
This is a sensible purchase as it blends decent performance with great economy. I have had my PD130 re-mapped to about 165bhp. This gives me great flexibility - 50+mpg still achievable yet brilliant midrange power for overtaking if needed. The downside is the cars handling, suspension and weight - it's far too sloppy. Definitely a cruiser, perfect for the motorway but don't buy for genuine thrills. Check suspension and clutch before purchase. (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2010
Good reliable vehicle, steady power and a comfortable ride which is suitable for a familly or professional travelling long distances for instance. (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2010
I've had my V W Golf tdi 130 for a year now.
The performance is excellent. I am however still a bit puzzled by the interior build quality. I know Volkswagen have a reputation for quality but I really have to question the interior. Full of rattles and knocks, cheap black plastic glovebox for example. The interior lets it down and stops me giving the car 5 stars.
I would be 50/50 buying it with what I know now but performance is superb. (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2010
Build quality is shocking, paid too much for a poorly build car, have been to mechanics more times than anywhere else, turbo failure, clutch,. Too expensive to maintain.My old focus was far more reliable and well built.
Only plus point...... Its a golf (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2010
ive owned my golf gttdi 130 for over 5 years now and have had no problems apart from the usual werar and tear, brakes, tyres, 1 wishbone, bushes etc. normal things. never failed to start. so reliable hence why ive owned it so long. reluctantly up for sale now as a new addition to the family forces me to buy a bigger car but i can honestly say that this is the best car ive ever owned. meybe ill buy another 1 for my wife when she eventually decides to take her driving lessons! (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2010
Now I know i've not owned this Golf long, but I thought i'd put finger to keyboard in the hope that my witterings would assist anyone who is thinking of purchasing one of these cars.
I began hunting for a MK4 Golf as I wanted a car that was well built, with a good pedigree and was nippy yet practical.
I drove ten variants of the GTi and GT TDi in both petrol and diesel guise before taking the plunge and I have to say that the diesel, for me, is a great choice. Frugal when driven... (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2010
I have owned my Golf GT TDI 130 for just over a Year now, and I can honestly say this car is absolutely amazing in every way! Pulls like a train, very reliable, strong engine and superb performance! The only thing that bothers me are the cheap interior parts, which gets easily scatched and leaves a mark! (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2009
i have owned mygolf for around 5 months and i am over the moon .had to changea wishbone and a brand new alternator but its worth it.dual mass flywheels are meant to be a big problem with these cars but until this happens im happy (read more)
Written on: 22/07/2009
I've got the volkswagen golf gt tdi which is a fast reliable n good lookin car. Would definately recomend it to friends and family. (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2009 by HeloErn (1 review written)
My Volkswagen Golf Mk4 Tdi 110ps imported and owned since Mar.'99 has now 81k. Both front windows have had plastic lifters replaced by metal but apart from that has been an economical reliable car.
Disappointingly it has recently developed intermittantly a drop in power usually when driving uphill or accelerating, and first gear is sometimes difficult to engage by going into third instead. While in Germany had engine checked by a VW dealer, but their scanner came up with 'kein fehler' (no... (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2009 by PD130 (1 review written)
I've owned my Volkswagen Golf GT TDI 130bhp Golf for around 6 months now having owned a 270bhp Impreza before it. It's unfair to compare the 2 cars as dynamically the Impreza is far superior...However, the mix of performance, fuel economy and price is astounding on the Golf TDI 130 and 150 models. As others have said, the torque is great on these cars although don't forget that they also have a 'conservative' 130bhp to back up the torque too. In fact, midrange acceleration doesn't feel far... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2009
The Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 Mk4 is a great Drive fast and reliable! Although some minor problems with the wishbone (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2009
The Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 Mk4 has great power when needed, great size for a small family, good for towing small trailers, ie bike and general use. A very good all round car (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2009
I love it, best buy of my life so far! Volkswagen is smooth to drive, comfortable, Brilliant handling, Quick off the line, Seems to go on forever!!! (read more)
Written on: 26/12/2008
Bought this VW Golf TDi from new in 2002, still got it and drives likes new. Excellent drive, fast and no major problems, minor faults with key fob, screen wash leaking but overall happy. Dashboard colour very nice blue, everyone's who sits in car notices it and likes it. (read more)
Written on: 04/10/2008 by marineboy1958
A good looker with a cult following, and since being a owner of one for over a year, now I am smitten myself. Good handling and all round good performance makes it a pleasure to drive everytime I get behind the wheel. This is a cracking car with a proud and understandable pedigree being built by VW. I am overjoyed with mine. (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2008
I have had this car since new. I bought it in January 2001. It now has 40,000 miles on the clock. I have travelled down to Spain on the French autoroutes every summer since I bought the car and the worst return in economy I have had, believe it or not was 58mpg and that was at an average speed of 74mph from the Spanish border to Calais. The most mpg I have had was 70mpg! Hard to believe! The traction control works a treat and the car handles really well and stops very well. (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2008 by Kr400ler
All round an excellent car. It is expensive to buy, but you get a good car for your money. I love my GT TDI. (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2008 by nickhards
After owning an Audi S3 for the past year I had become quite attached. The only thing is...the S3 gave me 25mpg! Even driving it steady meant no more than 26-7mpg so I thought (as well as my wallet did, it was time for a change) I opted for the mk4 golf gt tdi 130 in black and wow is I impressed. I cannot compliment it enough... Ive driven over 300 miles in it so far with an average mpg of 53.brilliant car! It has also been remapped by Customcode and runs at roughly 175bhp, which keeps you... (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2008
Fuel efficiency, space, performance, stylish although sometimes noisy. Overall very impressed. (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2007 by carl2607 (1 review written)
An all round good car sometimes lets you down by its handling but it more than makes up for it in every other field. (read more)
Written on: 11/12/2007
I still own my mkiv vw golf I've just had to have new camshaft nearly 1000 no support from vw what so ever log the fault on the car from new Stafford vw could not trace it as they only have technicians that plug and play i.e if laptop doesn't tell them what is wrong they don't know what to look for. Took the car back 5 times no fault found. Ended up taking the car to Stafford audi who diagnosed straight away contacted vw Stafford and UK warranty avail they just didn't want to know, I ended... (read more)
Written on: 07/12/2007 by baker9
Overall very sound car, used to think my 206 gt hdi was good until i bought this, was even better when i got the engine remapped to the same spec as the 180 Audi! (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2007 by frogs (1 review written)
Had my VW Golf GT TDi lowered 30mm will need to do drop links on front anti roll bar as they are hitting the drive shaft, but that is a minor problem and I have fitted RS6 18inch wheels and it makes the ride so much better and more confidence in cornering - it's a must, I`m thinking of getting the ECU remapped but is 130 bhp ok all should i get more will it give me problems with clutches. It's very rare i get 50mpg out of it only on long trips behaving my right foot had it checked for faults... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2007 by nareviewcenter (1 review written)
I've had the car for just under 2 years and love it. Bought 18 months old from a main VW dealer who were polite and reasonably efficient - although their 100+ point check failed to spot broken rear light, broken arm rest and almost bald front tyres. However this was all rectified quickly and without question when it was pointed out on return to the dealership. The car is now just over 3 years old and running well. My previous car was a 1.2 16v Renault Clio and the difference as expected was... (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2007 by Dave Milne
We bought our car 2 months ago due to needing more space for our little girl and all her things. Always liked the Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 Mk4. We saw this one, jet black, lowered suspension, R32 rear boot spoiler & 18" RS4 alloys, privacy glass in all rear windows, had to have it. My first diesel car, got a real surprise at the power available, the superchip (ECU re-mapped) giving it an extra 40bhp is amazing, if needed whips ass with a lot of sporty petrol cars, pushes out... (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2007 by utrinqueparatus (2 reviews written)
I have had my Volkswagen Golf GT TDi 130 for about 2 months now and I'm very impressed with the power and mpg. I am considering getting it chipped/ecu remapped and was wondering if anyone else had had this done? If so what are the gains in bhp acceleration and losses in mpg? (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2006 by Sionedj (1 review written)
I've had my UK spec Volkswagen Golf import now for 4 year and 70k miles. No major problems - until now. The electrics are really playing up - central locking, main dash screen etc. The main thing that worries me is that the heated seat element in the inside of the driver seat has burnt a whole through. I had started wondering why I felt as if a bee had stung me in the bum all winter!! But now it's getting worrying as it could start a fire and the hole in the seat might get bigger. Has... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2006 by stmartinsdiver (7 reviews written)
A car that averages 55 mpg yet still out accelerates most 2 litre petrol engined cars is not only cheap to run but great fun to drive too.
I'm looking to replace my Volkswagen Golf shortly with a Mk 5 which has an even sportier engine and I shall opt for the DSG automatic rather than the 6-speed manual gearbox this time as they are even nicer to drive. (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2006 by doc9770
I've had my Golf for 4 months now and I'm extremely happy with it. The fuel economy is good and the power is excellent. I've got a Subaru Impreza Turbo 260bhp to compare it too and find the Golf isn't that far behind for fun!
I've really only got one negative and that's the seat comfort. It could really do with adjustable lumbar supports,which it hasn't got. But apart from that it's great ! (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2006 by mberry15 (3 reviews written)
I've had the Volkswagen Golf around a year and am thoroughly delighted with it. It looks the business and has a great combination of sports/conservatism to satisfy a more middle of the road driver looking for a bit of enjoyment.
The Golf competes with a wide range of other cars, in a variety of factors and offers a number of positives. I've no problem with the dog having plenty of room in the boot, and have had some real good fuel economy on longer journeys. The diesel has a lovely low... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2005 by seanbaxter
Six month's in and delighted with the Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi. Great performance, with torque across the rev range - superb pull after two thousand revs, and the sixth gear makes for comfortable motorway driving and great economy 55mpg. Overall a great car.... (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2005 by adriand (1 review written)
I have owned the Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 Mk4 since new it's like sex on wheels great fun to drive, wholly reliable average 52-54 mpg. I have travelled 540 mile (S coast to York and back in same day) on less than 1 tank of fuel. Like every thing about it. More subtle design than mark 5 (which looks bloated on steroids) (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2005 by daveebay (1 review written)
I have had my Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDi now for 3 months. It was bought as a secondhand car, and with 130bhp, it goes pretty well. Long drivers are a pleasure. After reading a few reviews I am considering lower suspension and bigger wheels, which may make the ride better on countryside roads.
Does anyone have any comments or advice on re-mapping the ECU to get more BHP out of this beast, and are there any side effects of that? (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2005 by P4PACO
The Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 Mk4 is fantastic I love it.
It's the incompetent dealers I HATE with passion now.
My 2001 6 speed PD115 was chipped @44k miles, to 150bhp/295torque,
Now I'm on 79k miles & engine is still mint.
I can't stress how important this was, because the engine block is bombproof, but with VW's standard ECU program, it had 2 annoying flatspots, which make it feel like you're pumping the accelerator!
I haven't had any major problems with the car.
Heated Seat element... (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2005 by guykerr (4 reviews written)
Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 (Mk4)
I have had many Golfs over the years, starting with one of the first 1600cc 4 speed Gti's, but this is my first Mk4 and my first diesel, and I'm very, very impressed with it!
The power and economy are nothing short of amazing. I'm averaging 54mpg in a combination of town & motorway driving, which is pretty good! In standard form, the 130bhp engine has loads of power and a great spread of torque, making it very tractable and able to embarrass many so... (read more)
Written on: 22/11/2004 by Daniele
I have had my Volkswagen Golf from new and at less than two years old it set on fire (luckily I and my baby had just got out about 1 minute before it happened). The dealer had it in the garage for 3 month's and has "fixed it" although doesn't know the cause! All they know is that it was something to do with the electrics and it's back on the road so they consider it "fixed". Quite how then can say it's fixed when they do not know what the problem was is beyond me. It also has a leak that... (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2004 by Dave Hadfield (2 reviews written)
Well erm... the Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 has no power from new, 1 year on, bad oil leaks, rear tyre badly worn (1 Year!). Never again, come back Puegeot all is forgiven!
And did I mention NO POWER!!!
... and expensive.
When you buy a german car they always say "you will get your money back when you sell". No No No! has that ever happened to anyone out there!
I'm such an idiot... (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2004 by baldrick (5 reviews written)
Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 (Mk4) Family Car Review:
After a 6 month affair with a Mondeo 1.8 TD I vowed never to have a diesel again, in fact I traded it in for a Rover 620Ti (200Hp Petrol Turbo). But then one day I tried an Audi A4 Tdi 110 and in the real world it was quicker.
2 Years later and I went into my local VW dealership as the 130PD TDi engine had been out for 6 months and I could afford the screen price on a nearly new one.
The Performance is unbeliveable, power from... (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2004 by calvert
Had my Volkswagen Golf 1.9 GT TDi 130 (Mk4) family car for just over 2 years with 25k miles. been back to the garage for a loss of power 4 times and its still not fixed. Had new boost valve and complete new turbo unit but it still occasionally drops power down to about 30-40 bhp usually when pulling hard like when overtaking a lorry or climbing a steep hill (great fun!) I think its got to be the ECU because the fault is cleared simply by turning the ignition off and restarting the engine. (read more)
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