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i am looking to buy one of these once i have saved all my pocket money an have around 7-8k for one. i have read allot of comments an problems people are having with this car. i am looking to have it revo'd and full system exhaust once i get it. i currently have a 1.6 mk3 fiesta and has done me proud for my first 2 yrs of driving, had not many probs with it and gets me from A-B. Having grown up a bit and got bored of the pony 90bhp my car currently has to offer i would like to buy a 1.8T mk4. what i need to no is, with golf having a great reputation for cars is the mk4 1.8T a reliable car, by which i mean from your experience:

does it always start first time?

Is the turbo reliable?

what kind of mileage do the engine live to?

i no there are small silly problems that most cars have like squeeky seats, glove box door not clipping in etc, but over all is the mk4 1.8T a good reliable car to keep for the next 3 yrs. please let me no your thoughts as i do really want one of these cars, cheers

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Those are strong points for the 1.8T

Turbos are good for 100k ,

No idea on engine but they are bullet proof!

Mine starts first time, had no probs at all!

MAFs, coilpacks are known for playing up , but all cars have weak spots!
 

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[:D]Get a 1.8t bought.

I bought a W reg (ARZ) in February with 40k on the clock for ?8000

You should be able to get a 2001 reg with low milage for that sort of money now though.

Ive had 1 problem with mine so far and thats the passenger side lock sometimes doesnt lock, but its not a major problem.

I had a 206 gti and the difference between the pug and the golf is mind blowing

1) The golfs build 100x better than any other car ive had/driven

2) The golf has no rattles at all! my pug had the same milage and sounded as if it was about to fall to bits!

3) Excellent tuning potential with the 1.8t (far better than most cars of similar price /size)

4)lThe golf has a drinks holder (Comes in handy when going to buger king/mcdonalds drive through) LOL[:D]

think the most common prob is the maf which cost about 100 quid to fix.

Mines still fine though[:D]

Buy the later spec 1.8t with the ko3s turbo and Drive by wire throttle (better tuning potential)

or buy one the same year as mine 2000 (ARZ) and you can have a 1.8t with Drive buy wire throttle (better for tuning than the AGU[:D]) and you also get the proper recaro interior (not recaro copies[:)] like in the later aum cars)
 

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One of the specialist golf magazines is running a black tuned 1.8t that has circa 125k miles on it and the last 30 odd have been tuned and I don't remember them having a problem.

My personal car has 102k on it and I bought it standard with 94k on it about 3 months ago.
 

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Presuming you are young (ie "completed 2 years driving" so under 20yo) then check with your insurance company first.  Big jump from a 1.6 festa to a GTi.
 

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Presuming you are young (ie "completed 2 years driving" so under 20yo) then check with your insurance company first. Big jump from a 1.6 festa to a GTi.
Good point im 19 (1YNCB) and mine is ?1800 a year for my 1.8T.
 

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Mine's an agu, bought from a dealer 3 years ago with 22k for just over 11k, now done 70k, only major problem was the gearbox which broke at 50k miles, not due to abuse I hasten to add, must just have been unlucky, thankfully the extended warranty covered that because the repairs were well over a grand.

Other minor things, dump valve , temperature sender, window regulator passenger side, wating for the driver's one to go [:(] latest thing to go wrong is the door locking module (passenger side) .
 

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Presuming you are young (ie "completed 2 years driving" so under 20yo) then check with your insurance company first. Big jump from a 1.6 festa to a GTi.
i can get insured on a 1.8t when i am 20 (19 at the mo but i will get the golf once i am 20). elephant photo me 1300 inc my speeding conviction fully comp. :D also i have had a few other quotes from other company's.

im glad to hear that the engine and turbos them selfs are good quality, i think i can bare with the stupid problems most cars have so i will deffo get one of these.

mmuuzzyy: thanks for your input, i am deffo looking to get a DBW for that reason as the revo will perform much better on that car. also we all no that the pug gtis are put together like a kinder surprise toy lol.

thanks for your replys ;)

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Presuming you are young (ie "completed 2 years driving" so under 20yo) then check with your insurance company first. Big jump from a 1.6 festa to a GTi.
Good point im 19 (1YNCB) and mine is ?1800 a year for my 1.8T.
what insurance companey are you with and what cover is is? fully comp?
 

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can some one tell me, what year was the DBW brought in as a standard for the 1.8Ts? was it reg 51 and on. or are only some 51s DBW? as i need to no this when buying one ;) cheers
 

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mine has done 98k. i`ve replaced the clutch, maf, tensioner and waterpump. oh, and my little agu baby is just about to have a IHI turbo strapped on!!!!! ;-)

speaking to james at jabba and he said the engine are nigh on bulletproof if not driven without care (i.e) revs a plenty through mcdonalds drive thru all summer (as the kids are now off). You know who you are!!!!
 

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Had two now..... 99 AGU 150 Golf..... had 71k when i got rid...
not a problem at all, apart from worn suspension bushes as
expected at that mileage.

Now on a 2003 AUQ 180 Leon.... only on 21k at the moment, aside from a duff Dump Valve not a single engine related issue really.
 
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