2001 Volkswagen Golf

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The Golf GLS 1.8T is available with an optional sports suspension. The GL trims receive an updated cloth fabric, and the GLS trims get new velour fabric. Volkswagen’s Side Curtain Protection airbag system becomes available midway through the ...
The Golf GLS 1.8T is available with an optional sports suspension. The GL trims receive an updated cloth fabric, and the GLS trims get new velour fabric. Volkswagen’s Side Curtain Protection airbag system becomes available midway through the model year.
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Quick Facts
  • Engine: 90 - 150 horsepower
  • Seating: 5 passengers
  • Driving Range: 319 - 711 miles
  • Drive: Front-Wheel Drive
  • Cargo Capacity: 18 cu. ft.
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  • Styling8.9
  • Performance8.5
  • Interior8.3
  • Quality8.0
  • Recommendation8.2
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality8.0
  • Recommendation9.0
TDI is the way to go by Coast-to-Coast VW TDI on 02/28/2011. Trim: 2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI, Owned more than 10 years.
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Pros: Great mileage! 140k miles and counting, lifetime average for me is about 46 mpg. Get the 5 spd, not the auto trans if you want the most miles. Good power/torque. Styling better than most in this category, more unique than others on the road like Jettas or BMWs. 60/40 split rear seats make for great cargo capacity. TDI diesel engine, when regularly maintained, runs strong. Original battery to 7 yrs, original brakes beyond 10yrs/140k miles. No rust issues, but I wash it often, particularly after roads are treated in the winter. Original owner (10+ yrs) and baby her, good threads for support at fred's tdi web site. Not all VWs are lemons! You gotta take care of any car...
Cons: Not really cons, but some detail/additional info: Maintenance is a little high, recommend buying your own parts and doing your own work, or go to independent shops. Clutch kit at 140k miles was $800; timing belt is a $800 bill every 80k miles; AVOID the dealership for work. Suspension is a little soft, not really meant for hard driving/cornering but handles well - alignment needed at 100k miles, bushings wore out too. Mass Air Flow sensor will wear out around 60-80k miles (every time), but buy online for about $80 and install yourself instead of at a shop. Check Eng Light for 5+ yrs (flags glow plug pre-heater but drives fine). Reset but keeps returning. Headlight lenses scratch easy.
Overall review: Solid car for the price when maintained properly. Great styling, TDI mileage is hard to beat.
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