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Well my 2.0 GTI has done over 117,000 motorway miles :)

Sound as a pound.

However with the smaller engined cars, perhaps there is more urban driving which can be bad for the engine?

Check the cars history, try to avoid a "school runner".
 

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Got 60K on my March 02 Bora 2.0. Had no real problems. Clonking clutch which cant be fixed for some reason. In the last week a grumbling wheel bearing/CV joint, but apart from that fine, and I rag the nuts off it every day [:)]
 

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The only things to be wary of on the 1.4 is:

engine/gearbox, alot of peoples have went up the shoot at as little as 40k miles.

The cambelt is another weak point, mine got changed at 37k.

Throttle body needs cleaned out if it starts stalling.
 

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why on earth would you want to get a 1.4 golf ?

1.4 need to be pushed to an inch of its life to get the car moving, so I would you think it could do 100k-150k max. But expect problems over 80k.

The 1.6 16v that I drove before getting my pd115 was struggeling to push the car along, I would hate to think how slow a 1.4 is.
 

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What you need to rememer, is that us 1.4ers were probably shopping around the clio, 206, etc market, whereas the gti mob are shopping around the lower end BMW/Audi market, totally different cars.

The 1.4 isn't as slow as you'd think, also, age comes into it, insurance etc.
 

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Quote: posted by S1R SS on 22/06/2004 12:29:51

What you need to rememer, is that us 1.4ers were probably shopping around the clio, 206, etc market, whereas the gti mob are shopping around the lower end BMW/Audi market, totally different cars.

The 1.4 isn't as slow as you'd think, also, age comes into it, insurance etc.

Absolutely. I was going to buy a brand new 1.2 clio... so glad I bought a 3 year old 1.4 Golf!
 

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Quote: posted by TigerStyle on 22/06/2004 12:16:45

why on earth would you want to get a 1.4 golf ?

1.4 need to be pushed to an inch of its life to get the car moving, so I would you think it could do 100k-150k max. But expect problems over 80k.

The 1.6 16v that I drove before getting my pd115 was struggeling to push the car along, I would hate to think how slow a 1.4 is.

i want a 1.4 because of insurance costs at my age. ive had a brand new clio 1.2, a brand new corsa, and didnt like them, however, after being in a golf, they seem much more refined, so i want one, even if its just a 1.4, a VW golf is still a quality car, much better then the other small hatches ive had.

im soo sorry i cant insure an R32, etc. you ass marauding male chicken ravisher
 

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I borrowed a Golf (53 plate) and convinced myself over the space of a day that it was a 1.6.

No, it was a 1.4. Held it's own on a motorway. Ok it's not got the firmest handling but it was light and did the job. [^]
 

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LOL at TigerStyle. People buy 1.4 golfs because they are cheap enough to insure and fun to drive!

A car doesn't need to be fast to be a good car or fun. As painfully slow as it may be, I'd rather drive my car anyday over an equivaletnt saxo, corsa etc. I've spent over 4k on my car and that figure keeps rising! I don't regret it one bit! BTW, if you've seen golf-ball's insurance record in the insurance forum you'll know why he has to get the 1.4 LOL
 

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The gearbox failing in on early models, due to some soft pins or something. Engine trouble related to a) cambelt tensioner failure or b) Water pump failure causing valve damage. If the cambelt is changed regularly and these Items are checked, you should be fine.

At least with a 1.4 your turbo/coil packs/intercooler/vvt won't go west!
 
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