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...it's so bloody unreliable!

Now don't get me wrong, it's a great car and I - at the age of 20 - should be glad I'm not driving a beat up old Nova or some French tin, but with all the problems I've been having I'm thinking of getting rid, and getting a Hyundai!

To list my annoyances and problems:

  • Water pump obliterated, even though was changed at 60K for an equally useless plastic impellored one. As a result of this I have no heating inside the car.
  • One fan has stopped spinning completely.
  • Heated seats decided to stop working.
  • Drivers side headlight washer came flying off, thus leaking 5 litres of screen wash and rendering the entire system useless, the other one has stopped working even though it is intact. To top it off I have a great big hole where the cap should be.
  • Car will intermittently take longer than normal to start even though I have changed the spark plugs, coolant temp sensor and bought a ?60 Varta battery.
  • Passenger side lock is buggered, all others lock from inside but passenger pin stays up.
  • Passenger side window clips broken, resulting in glass dropping in the door.
  • Windows will steam up from the inside, pretty much all the time.

I have booked the car in to a specialist and they should be replacing the cambelt, water pump and thermostat. As I have included the parts labour is only ?100 inc VAT, but I am still disappointed at the supposedly legendary reliability of VW's.

Is everyone else plagued by faults or is it just me?
 

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No, the pin has only started to do this very recently. I think it's a knackered microswitch, but I can live with the problem I suppose.
 

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Windows will steam up from the inside, pretty much all the time.

The cause of this is your pollen filter needs replacing ......

As for the rest hope you get it sorted ....
 

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Got a new pollen filter and the cover had a crack in it so got that too, just need to fit it now. I really hope it does cure the condensation because it's driving me mad.
 

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Try German Swedish I got a new pollen filter for ?5.75 + VAT, seems good quality looks and feels like original equipment. They're a pain in the backside to fit though, so fiddly.
 

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I bought mine from the main dealer which was alot more than what they sell it for in eurocarparts [:$]

eurocarparts about ?10 iirc ....
 

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Was your pollen filter wet?  You said the cover had a crack in it, if your pollen filter was wet that means that water has gone down your vent system and i bet your passenger foot well is wet under th carpet.  That drying will be causing your condensation......
 

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Was your pollen filter wet? You said the cover had a crack in it, if your pollen filter was wet that means that water has gone down your vent system and i bet your passenger foot well is wet under th carpet. That drying will be causing your condensation......
That's what I thought, but when I checked the pollen filter was completely dry, and I checked for dampness in the footwell but nothing. That was dry too. I think I may have cracked the cover myself maybe, as it was a bugger to get out. But strangely, my service book was in the glovebox, and when I opened it one side was a bit damp. It was the bit facing out (see diagram
) so I'm not sure where the dampness came from.

 

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I have to agree with the unreliability. My golf mk4 was bought brand new in 1998 has done 36k since then and during that time i have had to do:

  • Broken Glove box
  • drivers window regulator (rear window dont even work)
  • door lock mechanism on rear passenger side
  • drivers door switches
  • Automatic gearbox service (twice in 36k!!!)
  • Stupid alarm going off whilst driving car!
  • Wiper mechanism seizing
  • (the interior getting all scratched up)
  • plus others that i have forgot

All are regular design faults none of which should have gone wrong with my level of usage

So much for the reputation of VW building reliable cars!

My advice, sell it before anything else goes wrong and buy a proper car (either a BMW or some japanese box)

(note that during this time i have had 2 other cars that have done more miles and havent required anything other than the normal servicing.)
 

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lack of use can be just as bad as over use, also some things are time controlled not mileage.

I'd happily stick with my golf with the issues it's had over the car before which was a 306 and felt like it was built last thing on a friday afternoon and lost value like nothing else
 

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I think maybe the early models like mine, had teething problems, and a lot of the minor niggles were probably sorted during its production run.

Bora Tom, I can agree with you there in that the Golf feels like it's been built to last (even if it is falling apart mechanically), the build quality is excellent, it feels very well put together. The 306 on the other hand, the less said about that the better...
 

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Mine is a 2000 on an x plate with 61k and the only things documented in the FSH are:

# A new windscreen a few years ago

# A new wastegate

# 2 CV boots

# The usual metal bracket on the base of the exhaust downpipe required welding...

I would defiantly by another VAG based on my experiance of ownership - But then I have owned a Pug 309 which preffered it if the electrics wouldn't work!

A Citroen ZX which went thro running gear far too quickly for my liking, A Nissan (thought I would go for Jap reliability) Almera - last shape - which lost a gearbox at 50k and the dealer would do sweet FA to help! A 20 odd year old BMW E30 which never gave me a single issue and is the best car i've ever owned. Along with the Golf, which I'm happy to run for another few years!
 

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Think a lot of the problem is that the golf were built in many different factories and the quality varies between them.... The South African ones I beleive are the worst in quality of build which may explain premature failiure of parts (i.e window reg not quite aligned, so wears more every time its used perhaps?)

I have a Bora, was bought on the basis that they were all built at Wolfsburg, my mate bought one for 3k last year, had 85k on the clock, no history and all it needed to be right was a door lock on passenger side, window reg, and a MAF.

This was an early 99 T plate TDI, unfortunately been written off recently but he works for a dealer and says that the wolfsburg built ones have the least problems, the above were just design flaws, which now have improved parts. Same with rear axle bushes they are now a revised part which does not wear the same.

All cars have these little niggles, old escorts had waterpump problems, my Pug 405 ate bushes and balljoints like a fat man eats chips.
 

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I'm on a September 2000 X GT TDI. My main problem is my OEM radio. It locks up sometimes for days on end where I can't push any buttons on it apart from turning it off. The only other thing I was annoyed with was the alarm siren died on me and the linkage seized.
 

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My 8 months of ownership brought with it roughly that amount of problems. One after another. Considering its the newest and most expensive car I have ever owned, I wasn't overly impressed. And considering its a VW I'm glad everything in life isnt as reliable as a VW, otherwise I'd be constantly pissed off.

But the strange thing is despite with being a bottomless pit of money, depreciation and trivial unrelaibility, I probably would get another one in the future.
 

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...it's so bloody unreliable!

Now don't get me wrong, it's a great car and I - at the age of 20 - should be glad I'm not driving a beat up old Nova or some French tin, but with all the problems I've been having I'm thinking of getting rid, and getting a Hyundai!

To list my annoyances and problems:

  • Water pump obliterated, even though was changed at 60K for an equally useless plastic impellored one. As a result of this I have no heating inside the car.
  • One fan has stopped spinning completely.
  • Heated seats decided to stop working.
  • Drivers side headlight washer came flying off, thus leaking 5 litres of screen wash and rendering the entire system useless, the other one has stopped working even though it is intact. To top it off I have a great big hole where the cap should be.
  • Car will intermittently take longer than normal to start even though I have changed the spark plugs, coolant temp sensor and bought a ?60 Varta battery.
  • Passenger side lock is buggered, all others lock from inside but passenger pin stays up.
  • Passenger side window clips broken, resulting in glass dropping in the door.
  • Windows will steam up from the inside, pretty much all the time.

I have booked the car in to a specialist and they should be replacing the cambelt, water pump and thermostat. As I have included the parts labour is only ?100 inc VAT, but I am still disappointed at the supposedly legendary reliability of VW's.

Is everyone else plagued by faults or is it just me?
I think this is why some golfs are ?4,000 and some are ?10,000, you get what you pay for!
 
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