i have a 55 plate tdi model and find it a great car with the exeption of the dual mass flywheel thats seems to persist on the vw group cars of about this age (i think they have sorted out the problem on newer models and i had a 99 plate sharon that was ok in this respect) vw seem relctant to help or admit to the problem despite there being various notes on the internet about it, (it judders when i pull away,some sort of clutch problem?) but my overall feel to the vehicle and the vw make is to say that i would definately buy another one, the boot is massive and you can get loads in it, probably why several taxi companies use the cheaper octavia (seat) version as i believe that they can get ample amounts of luggage in them on airport runs etc, i get about 500 miles out of a full tank of diesel, and thats mostly just running around locally, school runs and going to and from work etc
Having bought one second hand (03) model (2ltr tdi) over two years ago I have to say I adore this car. I am constantly astounded at how whilst it has all the power you need in normal driving as well as going like a bat out of hell, it is so economic. In fact it makes me laugh when I hear adverts for newer cars boasting about an average mpg of 42. I'd be seriously hammering the Bora to get as low an mpg as that and I live in one of the hilliest counties in the country! You can fit so much in it, it's comfortable to drive (one of the few cars that doesn't hurt my back) and I trust it to be reliable and safe. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another one and the only disadvantages are that it's just that smidge too long for a reasonable proportion of parking spaces and it's a touch masculine (people assume it's my boyfriend's car!) For me those disadvantages are not even worth thinking about considering all the advantages. Oh and I love the blue dash lights!
The Bora may be considered by some people to be a very boring car. I do not agree with this. It may not look very good, but is certainly an excellent motor, with credentials of both the Golf and Passat. At a shade under 2G less than the Passat it is a car for someone who can't quite afford the Passat, but needs a Golf with more space and practicality, and has a little more money to spend. The Bora is obviously not considered to be a drivers car, and does not come with the V6 2.8, but does come in 2.3 V5 form, and is "sharp" to drive. It is a car of quality and refinement, like all Volkswagens, but could not possibly be as popular as the others. It is a bit of an odd one out, but I'd still buy it.
This car is everything that VW needed to reflect upon the success of the polo, golf, and the passat. These are the fab three as far as VW are concerned. They sell more of these vechicles than ever before. Now they should become the fab four with the new arrival! Facts S1.6 105BHP Stdi 90BHP SE1.6L 105BHP/AVAIBLE IN AUTO SE2.0L 115BHP/AVAILBE IN AUTO SETDI 90 BHP/AVAIBLE IN AUTO SETDIPD 115BHP SPORT 1.9TDIPD 115BHP SOON TO BE ADDED A V6 4 MOTION 204BHP BUT UNTIL THEN V5 150BHP This variety of engines offers economy or power and in somes cases both. Prices range from approx 16,000 to 21,000 and therefore quality does not come without expense. this car is built to be practical and combined with performance really I ask you ' Is there a better family car out there?'(open to suggestions) It has stye distinction, refinement and VW's exceptional build quality. A Quote from VW's web site ' The 115bhp engine is part of VW's latest generation of diesels that returns exceptional fuel ecomemy yet performs with a quietness of a petrol' All extras are availble but at slight cost but the 'basic is far from BASIC!! This rounds of my comments on VW and I shall move to another make. PS I am open to comments
We have recently bought the TDI PD 115 bhp diesel version, and are absolutely delighted with it. Having driven only VWs for a very long time I can honestly say that it's the best yet (matched only by the Golf Estate). Everything about it has been well thought through and designed, it's beautifully put together, and the boot is enormous. If you thought diesels were slow, test drive the TDI PD. Superb acceleration (better than the 2 litre petrol model) and 121 mph top speed. A real rival to BMW/Mercedes, and at a much better price. So is the servicing. Check out the prices in the Netherlands - we saved around £4000, even allowing for all the incidental costs. 55 mpg by the way.
The VW Bora 1.9TDI (110BHP) Sport is an excellent car. I have owned the above model for nearly a year and I am still in love with it. The noise of the engine is no more noticeable than that of a Petrol equivalent, the power is fantastic and the fuel economy superb. The BORA is a saloon version of a Golf and all the usual quality that you would expect from VW is there. My model has a host of extras that I could no longer do without. Automatic AC, Electric Windows and Mirrors, Automatic windscreen wipers that turn on and vary in speed with the density of the rain. Even the rear view mirror dims if the headlights of cars behind you are too bright. The handling is excellent and holds the road like glue, especially around corners. The boot is truly enormous, and with rear folding seats, most loads will fit in. One drawback is legroom for rear passengers, especially if like me the driver sits well back. This has been sacrificed for the boot space. I would have no qualms about buying another Bora, however I think I might be tempted next time to move up to a Passat.
The VW advert for this car implies that someone would give any excuse to drive it - and they are right. This is a fantastic and very overlooked car. With an image of being merely a booted Golf, like its predecessor, the Vento, this is in fact a completely separate car. Quiet, refined, powerful, ideal for cruising, the car is a joy to drive, despite the power steering feeling slightly light at times. The switches are all satisfyingly large, and whilst the radio takes some getting used to, the overall feel is of a very well put together machine. There is a range of engine sizes, with the 2.0 being plenty powerful enough, and the high-rev acceleration is quite breathtaking. It is comfortable as well, the seats are fully adjustable, and the boot is enormous. All in all, a wonderful car.
Last week I took the opertunity to take one of VW's 24 hour test drives. Compared with the usual once round the block the 24 hour drive is an excellent idea. We drove about 100 miles each way through the cotswolds and the performance was very impressive. Over 50 miles to the gallon and I must admit I was not being gentle. Six speed box that always seemed to have a little bit more in reserve - I pulled away like a rocket in top at 80 on the up slope onto the severn bridge! There were only two flies in the ointment for me, 1) lack of cruise control (I like my toys) and 2) non-working aircon (25C last Monday). For £18.5K you would think that VW would get the AC right! I was close to considering one, but having driven British Cars in the '70's my antenae would not stop twitching at this so it will be Japanese (again) for me next time!
This is probably the most underrated car that VW currently make. It's looked upon as a Golf with a boot but that's unfair because it's streets ahead of the Golf. Although it shares the same floorpan and interior with the Golf it's refinement is one up on it's hatchback brother. Ride and handling are tighter with more of a sports feel. Build quality is simply amazing. Close your eyes and think Audi. In fact, unless you're a badge snob, then buying an Audi is a sheer waste of money. This does it all superbly. Excellent equipment levels and amazing residuals.