Volkswagen Golf 5
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Myself with a golf 5 tdi 90 hp 5 doors comfort I can say that it really is a very good car.
it is a very nice car is a bit like his line that the golf 4 but this time more comfortable rounded on the model and the black bars on its door handles painted the color of which gives a caroserie more finished model is equipped with 15 inch wheels that are also very pretty.
The engine like all the Volkswagen is a very good sign Audi VW engine is equipped with a 90 hp engine is a good car for long trip because it consumes very little 4.5l highway and offers bone of performance it rises to 180 km / h come a flower illegal but I know c must try again
intétrieur outside as the Golf 5 is very well equipped semi-automatic air conditioning wheel adjustable in height and depth 6 speakers in the front unfortunately has no cruise control flashing back on anti fog mirror before lumbar adjustment on driver’s seats and passenger
This is a very good car with good performance for its 90 hp it provides a excellent ride good equipment is very comfortable for me that the c + + + + to share a single thing about the price of 20,000 euros but when you love golf you do not count
What you can try
Its interior finish: serious, with a beautiful richness of plastics, especially the dashboard. And quality manufacturing to both rewarding and reassuring with regard to aging.
Its TDI diesel: Perennial, volunteers and sober. Especially on the latest TDI equipped unit injectors (they are identified by their “D” and “I” red).
Its driving qualities: strong right, with a braking rarely caught out.
His equipment: usually full, right from the basic version and upgraded many times during their careers.Security side, no gap. ESP (stabilizer trajectory) generalized to the entire series range in May 2001.Air conditioning as standard from 2000 (although some special editions of 2001 to 2003 retreat in equipment and do not benefit more).
The silence of the petrol versions: the noise level very content of mechanical fuel (even sporting versions) reinforces the impression of overall quality.
What may make you hesitate
His prize: the most massively overvalued, especially in its diesel variants.
unlike that might suggest his reputation firmly established, the Golf 4 is the victim of quite a few weaknesses, sometimes very expensive to repair. Aggravating fact: the brand contributes only little to repair, even for defects that are widely known and repetitive.
Comfort: less sweet than the French competitors.
The noise of the diesels: TDI While performing emit sounds a little buzzing, especially during acceleration.
Motility of TDI on the most powerful diesel (TDI 130 and 150), just before the train to pass power to the ground during heavy acceleration.
Orders ventilation / heating: it is located too low on the center console, with a display really difficult to read.
Buy / Quote
On the basis of a document already high, sellers often apply a small additional factor, even for premium well. Excessive. It is possible to negotiate, at least on the petrol versions, because the TDI diesel are tinged with such a reputation that many sellers do not revise downwards their claims. Some copies purchased by large rollers, can display high distances.
Balance mostly positive, with the same remarkable performance of all versions TDI on this chapter.
Most expensive 12 to 20% on its French rival.
Average level of prices high enough, even with some “points” tariff characterized.
Maintenance visits every 15 000 to 30 000 km (and every year more than if the mileage limit has been reached). Timing belt replacement every 60,000 km (TDI few selected years), otherwise 90 000-180 000 km. Versions with large wheels tires require higher budgets.
On this point, the Golf is expected to highlight. Especially that line are earlier generations, its mechanical strength and its trouble free use even constitute the major arguments in its favor. Be careful with this fourth version: if the car is well built and visually aging well, its weaknesses have been numerous, sometimes giving rise to capital or mechanical failures, for which repairs are expensive. Overall, from 2003, so the models at retirement, reliability becomes excellent.
Heavy breakdowns and immobilizing
1.4 engine. On models manufactured until November 2001, cases of premature rupture of the timing belt were found in significant numbers. May cause damage to the valves, cylinder head, or even damage the engine enough to require the full exchange.
Engines 1.4 and 1.6. On some cars built before 2003, few cases of accidental breakage of the timing belt. Caused by the weakness of the cleat drive. May cause damage to the valves, cylinder head, even necessitate a complete exchange engine. Partially supported by Volkswagen repair, depending on the age and mileage of the car.
Petrol Engines 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 T and V5. For models manufactured between January 2001 and January 2003, quite frequent failure of ignition coils. Replacing partially supported by Volkswagen or totally, by age and mileage of the car.
TDI engines. On models manufactured until spring 2003, gradual decline in performance, sometimes from 40 to 15 000 km. Caused by fouling the air flow meter. Remedy: no cleaning possible mandatory replacement (cost: about 130 €).
1.9 TDI 110. On models 98, some cases of seizure of the game or turbo shaft, or damage to the rod connecting the capsule to vacuum turbo.
1.9 TDI 110. On models manufactured before April 1999, very high fouling tendency of variable geometry turbo: lower power and ultimately break the turbo possible.
1.9 TDI 110, 115, 130 and 150. Possible weakness of the variable geometry turbo. Most often caused by contaminated fin and possible alteration of their tilt system on the TDI 110, 115 and 130 cases of premature cracking on the TDI 115 and 150.
1.9 TDI 115. Breakages Engine: many replacements from 70 000 km. Often caused by problems with the piston. Cost: approx. € 8 000. Not taken as collateral.
TDI 130. On some TDI 130, risk of breakage of valves.
Gearbox. Of the 1.4 SDI and manufactured until 2001, risk of breakage of the manual transmission from 80 000 km. Limited risk, but weakness identified a significant number of cars.
Other failures or weaknesses
Engine 1.4 l On some models manufactured until 2001, a crisis marked by bumps occurring after heavy acceleration, when slight pressure is maintained on the accelerator (not at once if the foot is suddenly released). Due to the function (EGR circuit EGR) or beam that feeds the high voltage spark (ignition cables).
1.4 engine. Becoming irregular idle. Caused by fouling of the unit motorized butterfly.
Engine 1.6 (8 and 16 valves). On models manufactured until 2002, in spurts rather chronic. Remedy: Reprogramming of throttle body. Moreover, retransmission of cyclical vibration in the cabin at idle.
1.8 T engine 150. On the GTI, worry quite common water pump, sometimes from 60 000 km.
1.9 TDI 110. On models manufactured through September 1999 issue of idling during a strike or a shift to neutral after acceleration (idle too high / too low or irregular, may stall). Is corrected by a modified electronic engine management.
Engines 1.9 TDI 90 and 110. On the TDI 90 and 110, soft reset problem and possible concern about the turbo vacuum hose.
Nosewheel. On all models, possible noises from 80 000 km. Most often due to the articulation of the stabilizer bar.
Catalyst. On TDI 110 of 1998, early destruction of the catalyst: the inner part ceramic pieces, and the catalyst mouth. It has often been replaced on the car.
Painting. Models 98-99, can shift between shades sheet metal parts and plastic components (shield).on some colors, bright in general.
Doors. Models 98-99, doors that can hang (lock).
Front seats. On 3-door versions of 98, records tend to move forward.
Front seats. On models manufactured until January 1999, noise and possible play on the records.
Noise (front seats). On models manufactured until January 1999, possible cracking of the dashboard.
Noise (door locks). On models manufactured through September 1999, noise from the door lock keepers.
Noise (shifter). On models manufactured until 2001, resonance in the shifter (due to ground vibration).
Finish. On models manufactured until 2001, poor fixation knob shifter.
Finish. On models manufactured until 2001, poor fixation of the tips of ventilation air circulating in the feet at the front.
Malfunctioning electronic / functions on
Central locking. On models manufactured until 2001, a few failures, most often due to the engine block or damage the cable’s switch to release fuel door near the handbrake lever.
Power windows. On all models (especially those made until June 2000), recurring failures of power windows. Due to the engine or mechanism of climb / descent, sometimes the anti-pinch, which can disrupt the rise (in ratio?). Partially supported depending on the age and mileage of the car.
Air conditioning. On some models (especially those manufactured until 2002), incidents of air conditioning: hazard on automatic programming, e case large enough to break the compressor from 80 000 km.
Instrumentation. On some models manufactured until 2000, some failure of flight instruments, or dysfunction in the dials. Caused by the PCB on the back of the counters. Remedy: instrument cluster to change the world.
Radio. On models manufactured until 2000, concern for receiving stations (interference).
Missed signal lights out. On models 99-2000, erratic operation, it may activate when the driver’s door opens, even if the lights are off.
Witness airbag. On models 98, unexpectedly power, no real fault of the airbag.
Controls. Those located on the dashboard can possibly get caught rubbing against their frames.
Reminder and correction concession
Getting Started. On Comfort and automatic versions built until September 1998, remaining start times impossible. Caused by an abnormality of the electronic immobilizer. Recall the end of 1998.
1.9 TDI 115. On models manufactured in 1999, engine failure risk. Due to a lack of coating the pistons.Recall in January 2000 engine changed. But beware: all TDI 115 have a high mechanical fragility, and it is only a small proportion of models sold, which was recalled.