Written on: 01/04/2010
highly underestimated car, which means getting a good second hand is a steal! Never broke down in 5 years I owned it (99 reg. bought in 2005) and is not showign any signs that it will any time soon, excellent mpg, on motorway it flies like Merc or BMW.
Inside - very sleak and comfy, adjustable everything, roomy!
I was going to look for small SUV as family has one new member - tried CR-V - just an uncomfortable truck compared to Bora and Rav4 is SMALLER than Bora on all counts except for... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2008 by trevorthibbert (1 review written)
After an Audi A4 and Volvo S40 and a Mercedes C class I took the 2.0 SE Bora for a test drive. Very comfortable and eerily quiet. Excellent refinement. Bought the 2002 Bora from a VW main agent at a very reasonable price with a years warranty/breakdown cover. A few things need to be addressed like no glove box light! and door lamp not working but these are minimal gripes. With only 30k on the clock coupled with the warranty I had to say YES. Lower insurance group (8) compared to the 1999... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2008
The front wheel drive together with an almost square wheel base gives it tremendous handling performance. If you are a good driver its possible to take bends like on one those very large roundabouts at 30mph without under or over steer. Brilliant suspension and shock absorbers give it a luxury ride. Seats and cockpit make it cosy. (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2007 by xpolsiv (2 reviews written)
I've had my VW Bora a few years now and it must be said having previously driven Peugeot and Vauxhall you notice the difference immediately both with the driveabilty and the solid feel. The cabin is classy and sleek, my particular model having carbon dash effect. The only downside to a Bora is if you plan to trainsport a bike or anything 'mis-shapen' so to speak a saloon makes it impractical. Other than that, can't fault it! Good old Volkswagen! (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2007 by edinburgh mum (1 review written)
Our VW Bora gearbox has just exploded - had to have new gearbox and clutch at cost of £1400. We bought the car from friends 6 months ago who had ever had any trouble with it. Does anyone know if it is worth us contacting the VW dealership they bought it from even though we bought it in a private sale or are we stuck as we didn't buy it directly from VW? (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2006 by tomm
The Volkswagen Bora 1.6 Firstline is a brilliant car and very reliable with excellent mpg and a good small family car which any day beats the Ford Focus, especially with the more solid build with thicker steel, which would be a lot safer in a crash. It's a pleasure to have parked on my driveway. (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2006 by lee carter
After owning a 1.8 20v Passat for 4 years I wasn't expecting such a wonderful time with a 1.6 Volkswagen Bora, but it really has been an amazing revelation in every way. Comfort, noise, mpg & luggage space are all better in every way. The 43 mpg avarage is better than my wifes 1.3 Fiesta. (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2003 by Vince.
The VW Bora 1.6 Firstline is a very comfertable car,good torque,great handeling,nice to drive,very quiet road noise,loads of room, and a good looking car. Since i bought the Bora almost 8 months ago, i find when im reversing in a wheel lock,, the engine cuts off. This has puzzled me for ages. I know someone else with the same car, and also the same problem. Other than this, its all around a great car, and the best in its class. (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2003 by Steeljaws.
Here in the new world, the Bora is called the Jetta, and from what I see, significantly less costly than the European cousin. First of, the car is first-rate in every respect. With a cost of under $20,000 US dollars, evrything was included, ie: Air Conditioning, sunroof, power windows, locks, etc., 8 speaker cassette/CD, rear defroster, leather seats, alloy wheels. No other car in the US market in this class comes close to the build quality, and standard features. In fact, the only options... (read more)
Written on: 27/12/2002
In general appearance the Bora looks very tasty. It has a look of style and strength it sits very well on the road. The Bora is well proportioned with ample interior room and it is very modern looking. The Bora like many modern saloons comes with many features which are now pretty much standard and taken for granted. (read more)
Written on: 27/12/2002 by Steve.
Enviable build quality record of the VW Bora 1.6 Firstline is well deserved. Roomy, easy to use - and classy. (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2002 by Rukhsar.
Performance The Bora aims to be small sporting saloon in BMW 3-series mould, and so it's engines are strong performers - the 2.3 V5, 2.8 V6 in the 4Motion and 115bhp 1.9 turbodiesel are all decently quick. Even the 2.0 from the Golf GTi has mid-range strength. A 1.6 and a 90bhp TD provide good driveability at a more affordable price. Ride & handling The Bora is stiffer than the Golf it's based on, and this improves things for keen drivers. On smooth, flowing roads it is well controlled and... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2002 by Vijay.
The Volkswagen Bora 1.6 Firstline is a beautiful car that will hold its value in the second hand market. VW really thought about the build quality to give you a remarkable looking car. A range of models but for the money the SE model gives you the best value for your money. 1.6 engine is falls in a insurance group 6 but is underpowered, so go for a 2.0 AUTO for the best deal. This is where the saloon can compete with the hatch. For the ultimate power go for a V5 4 motion. Expensive but well... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2002 by Derek.
I purchased my VW bora 1.6 Firstline privately 2 weeks ago for £7500. It is a 99v and has done 33000 miles. On first driving it I noticed how smooth and quiet it was but this tends to make road noise seem worse as you can hardly hear the engine.
After running it for a day or so I noticed a knocking noise coming from the front when going over bumps at slow speed so, as it still had 6 months warranty left, I took it to my local VW dealer who were very helpful and told me that the bushes req... (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2001 by yo!.
In family car-series the VW Bora will be at a very high position. I like this Car!!!! (read more)
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