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★★★★☆

“I bought my Mk4 2.0 5dr 115bhp GTi and is the 8th...”

Written on: 27/01/2011 by swf500 (1 review written)

I bought my Mk4 2.0 5dr 115bhp GTi and is the 8th Volkswagen I have owned. Each VW has similar traits which can leave you un-cool and in a gutter, but a bit of regular care and maintenance generally prevents the problems before they start. I have yet to have a major engine fault on a VW and this current GTi has done 157k. It has coilovers fitted (Nothing too fancy, just a Janspeed set)and a stainless steel back box. It sticks like a go-kart now, but is a very firm ride!! It is slow on initial… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Great looking car but not worthy of the GTi badge. A...”

Written on: 26/01/2011

Great looking car but not worthy of the GTi badge. A terrible effort from VW and a car that I wouldn't recommend to anyone… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi is a good quality build,...”

Written on: 06/03/2009 by whitesja (1 review written)

The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi is a good quality build, economical, nice interior. I find it can be sluggish, jerky on accelerator, If looking to buy make sure you check seals around windscreen and ensure that they haven't perished. I had a major leak in mine for this reason… Read Full Review

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“I speak as a lifelong VW fan who has owned half a...”

Written on: 21/08/2008 by Big Dave Midlands (25 reviews written)

I speak as a lifelong VW fan who has owned half a dozen Golf GTi ' s, and also reviewed and praised the MKIII Golf GTi in other sections of this website, when I say that Volkswagen must have well and truly squashed their laurels when they produced the non turbo 1.8 20v or 2.0 8v engine MKIV golf GTI.
The standard MKIV GTi is not a bad car by any means, it still has the iconic Golf silhouette, the interior quality is excellent, and it has that certain something that other manufacturers… Read Full Review

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Big Dave Midlands's Response to Big Dave Midlands's Review

Written on: 26/03/2009

Since writing the above review, I would now really struggle to recommend the MKIV 2.0 8v Golf GTi or indeed any of the Golf MKIV petrol range. Despite only owning my own example for only 8 months, it is being traded in next week.
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<br/>For every month I have owned the car, I have had problems with it. The lists is as follows, and bear in mind this is all on a 2002 car (only 5 1\2 years old when purchased) with one previous owner, with full main agent history, had only covered 60K when bought, and all the problems occurred over a distance of less than 10,000 miles.
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<br/>Month one - failed water pump due to poor design (metal spindle which corrodes attached to a plastic propeller which cracks) fortunately able to drive it very slowly to garage for repairs without overheating or blowing head gasket " bill for &pound;265
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<br/>Month two - failed front suspension bushes causing knocking noise over rough surfaces (due to weak design, upgraded OE part now fitted) " bill for &pound;125
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<br/>Month three - Rear wash pipe fractures spilling water over boot lock mechanism (causes alarm to go off when parked and gives boot open error when driving) " bill for &pound;65
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<br/>Month four - New rear road spring required due to weak design of original " bill for &pound;120
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<br/>Month five - interior lights stop fully functioning (with light in door position they do not go off when doors locked, new door sensor needed) - never fixed
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<br/>Month six - arm rest lock broken, and in dash CD changer eats CD number 5 and refuses to give it back or play it (whole new arm rest top needed as not available separately, left CD in as I had given up at this point) - never fixed
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<br/>Month seven - final straw. The rear wash wipe stop working totally, and the interior was squeaking away as if a family of mice had taken up residence in the interior. Enough was enough, my VW servicing specialist and this dog of a car has absorbed enough of my very hard earned cash, even excluding what I call consumables i.e. MOT, servicing, brakes and tyres, I spent enough on repairs to fuel my car for a year ' s worth of commuting, repairs which in my opinion are attributable to basic poor design and engineering and overly complex electronic systems.
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<br/>In my humble opinion The MKIV Golf GTi is a poorly executed product that sells on its past quality reputation. It is a product that is let down by a poor driving experience and electrical gremlins and engineering shortcuts.
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<br/>Oh and the final kicker, the good old VAG engine management light issue was never fixed because the code was not identifiable or the fault traceable, despite three attempts to resolve it at &pound;30 a throw.
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<br/>Goodbye GTi, hello 3 series...
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★★★★☆

“Very good car. Never had any trouble with mine I have...”

Written on: 05/03/2008 by david ecclestone (1 review written)

Very good car. Never had any trouble with mine I have had all the gti range mk1 all the way up to mk4 the performance is good when it is modified. Induction kit ecu remaped and performance cam… Read Full Review

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“Will hold value well compared to are many competitors,...”

Written on: 22/01/2008 by Garry H (1 review written)

Will hold value well compared to are many competitors, servicing costs reasonable especially if on long life servicing plan [ every two years ] average Volkswagen costs approx 210… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi Lambda sensor and air mass...”

Written on: 27/03/2006 by ferrero (1 review written)

The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi Lambda sensor and air mass meter fail about 5 times in 1 year and the VW garage fail to rectify what causes the problem,
VW again fail to rectify a timing belt noise… Read Full Review

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“Dont get me wrong I like VW's having owned a Mk2 golf...”

Written on: 27/08/2004 by adymcc (1 review written)

Dont get me wrong I like VW's having owned a Mk2 golf GTI16v. It was a great car, but the MK4 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi is not a great car. Setting aside its reliability issues, its just no fun to drive. 110 Bhp from a 2 litre 16v is poor. The motor is torquey but has no real overtaking power and cornering and general handling feel is sloppy at best.

This car does no justice to the legend of the early Golf GTIs.

Then there is the reliability issues in one year:

Flywheel Warped
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Caseyg's Response to 167516_adymcc's Review

Written on: 16/06/2005

having read your comments i completely agree. Can you tell me does your car use much oil? and if so how much

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Big Dave Midlands's Response to 167516_adymcc's Review

Written on: 13/10/2008

Agree with this review, The 2.0 8v engine is a gruff old thing that doesn't live up to the GTi badge and was a real backwards step from the 1.8 20v fitted to earlier MK4 gti's. Like you I have had a number of Golf's over the years starting with MK2's through two MK3's and now my MK4. The MK4 is the worst of the lot. I bought mine 2nd hand and after only a month of ownership i had to spend out over &pound;200 for a new water pump, the engine management light kept coming on and the car was hesitant when cold. The handling is also way off the mark. It is fine cruising on the motorway but on anything else was poor. I wish i had bought a BMW instead as they are more reliable and go around corners properly.

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Smithyonline's Response to 167516_adymcc's Review

Written on: 21/07/2005

I dont agree im afraid, you may have had problems but that comes with any car, try driving slower!!!
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<br>Try and find a car of the same age with a 2.0 litre engine that beats it, MG ZR+ZS, seat ibiza, no chance.
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<br>Oh and its 115 bhp not 110, although with my exhaust and chip i get 155bhp, quicker than any 1.8T, Ha!

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★★★★★

“The VW Golf 2.0 GTi is the best car a young...”

Written on: 06/02/2004 by neno (1 review written)

The VW Golf 2.0 GTi is the best car a young goodlooking guy can posses. Very stable in corners, and smooth driving on highways. I really like the acceleration of the car, especially when operating in lower shifts. Very durable parts… Read Full Review

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“The VW Golf 2.0 GTi is not really a bad car or a great...”

Written on: 12/01/2004 by CanAm77 (2 reviews written)

The VW Golf 2.0 GTi is not really a bad car or a great car at that. Car is terrible in the snow even with snow tires. 2nd month I owned it the car was making noises in reverse, put it up on a lift and checked it out both outboard seals on the tranny were leaking, one was on the cvaxle. Not long after I bought it the vehicle started making noises in the engine, was messing around an discovered the timing belt was slapping into the the cover, but that was not the noise the noise was the proppler… Read Full Review

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Neno's Response to CanAm77's Review

Written on: 06/02/2004

You have probably mistaken the car. I should say that non I don't agree comment is true. The car greatest advantage is its parts' durablity and stability. :( sorry my man... you probably drive some other car, but not Golf 3 GTI 2.0

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Guethary's Response to CanAm77's Review

Written on: 13/03/2011

having read this-and i have no reason do disbelieve it i will pass on the one i was thinking of buying and stick to my trusty Mk3 which has 125000k on it and never any issues (1,8 Driver) and my Honda Prelude 1987 ( the better car!)
<br/>Thanks for your comments

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Canam77's Response to CanAm77's Review

Written on: 16/06/2006

I know this is really old but, yeah the car was a 1997 GTI - after that review was written the reverse idler went again, and then the entire transmission went not long after. Transmission was replaced and it spun a bearing after that... I will never buy another post-92 vw again.

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