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      03.07.2012 11:55

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      Great car, just make sure its oiled and maintained

      Owned mine for 5 years now, a mk5 2004 GT 2.0 143bhp. Gorgeous car to drive, so reliable and the diesel gets 500 miles to the tank with ease. I have had a few problems, common faults on Golfs are weak springs, i had a front spring snap on me, not too expensive but annoying, didnt take the tyre or the wheel out thankfully. Also i have had to change the glow plugs, as a precautionary measure the cambelt was done which in turn needed the water pump doing, this should be done at 60k.

      i have heard of stories of the noisy whistling turbo going bang, but mine has whistled loudly from 21k right up to 70k been stripped several times and its still going strong.

      Would recommend this to anyone looking for a strong, safe, reliable car which truly does live up to the reputation the brand and the golf deserve. it does also like to drink a lot of oil.

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      02.06.2012 14:43
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      Smooth all rounder with great performance and sound

      I bought a Mk4 Golf GTI 1.8T about 11 years ago after wanting one since the MK1 Golf GTI from back in the 1980's. Having bought the Mk4 I realized that things had changed a bit since then. The car was now a lot bigger, heavier and had only a warm performance with soft unresponsive suspension for a "hot" hatch. Then after a local VW dealer serviced the car car it never ran right again. The final insult was being overtaken by a then new Mini cooper (not even an S model) on a winding road in Scotland, which led to me swapping the Golf for a Mini Cooper.

      Not giving up on the Golf GTI I decided that I would replace the Mini with a MK5 Golf GTI after seeing all the reviews over the years and seeing the car on the roads. I bought a 3 door model with only 11K on the clock a year ago. It is the same colour black as my Mk4 GTI was but that is about all that is similar, the car has the same quality feel as the MK4 but a lot has changed and moved on.

      Performance - The car now has 200BHP instead of the MK4's 150BHP and a lot more torque. This translates to a real confidence when overtaking other traffic and also leaves the car a lot easier to drive when driving smoothly around town. Gear changes are not required at all on motorways unless traffic comes to a real standstill. The car now corners with a lot more confidence and country roads are now a pleasure to drive on with the perfect balance between firm suspension and comfortable ride. The traction control seems to be well thought out as well and is not obtrusive leaving you to explore the great handling of the chassis and only stepping in at the rare moment.
      The car is a bit of a two faced affair in that when my mood is calm and relaxed I can drive smoothly and quietly with the windows up, music playing and the duel climate control set to desired setting. Just wafting around quietly with the lovely torque the engine provides is great. At other times when in the mood I can just put the windows down and enjoy the amazing sound of that wonderful engine and exhaust which burbles at low RPM and sings at higher revs with the turbo adding that little extra note.

      Economy - I never bought this car with economy in mind, for that I might have gone for a diesel or a new 1.4 turbo model. That said this car can deliver reasonable MPG for the performance it delivers. Mixed driving to work around 9 miles away I get around 25-30 MPG depending on how much traffic and slow moving tractors etc I decide to overtake. On a long run on a motorway or gentle unhurried holiday driving I have have had over 38 MPG.
      A small note to this is that though VW states that the car has to run on a minimum of 95 Ron I use the recommended 99 Ron (super unleaded) fuel which is a bit more expensive. Using this fuel does seem to give me slightly better MPG than normal and I can definitely notice a difference in performance. I believe this to be due to the cars engine management computer which restricts the performance to match the lower fuel.

      Equipment/ safety - My car has not very many optional extras fitted to it but still comes with Auto headlights, auto wipers and anti glare rear mirror which can all be switched off or overridden. Also the car comes with anti-lock brakes and traction control the latter being supplied with a button to turn off if required. The traction control incorporates a stability control which uses the car's brakes to gently apply braking to a wheel to stop over-steer and keep the car straight when taking corners at speed or in wet conditions.
      Front and side airbags are a welcome feature of the car and the ability to turn off the passenger side airbag might be a welcome addition for parents.
      The radio system gives a really quality sound and I fitted a Parrot Bluetooth system easily which sounds just as good as the on-board CD player.
      The general feel of materials used throughout the interior of the car feels very good quality and the seats give good support and are very comfortable with reasonable adjustment.

      Overall - I find it hard to find fault with this car so far. Its so much better than the last two generations of Golf it has to be seen to be believed. The main gripe I have at the moment is the optional 18" diamond cut alloy wheels which have now started to suffer the well known lacquer problem. At 4 years old, with only 19K now on the clock this should not be happening in my opinion and the cost to repair them is around £288.00, also this can only be done a maximum of two times as each refurbishment requires metal being removed.
      Since the car keeps putting a smile on my face and in the main provides all the things I require I'd recommend it to anyone in the market for a good quality hot hatch that provides much fun in all conditions. Its may not be the fastest hot hatch out their but in the real world I think its the best all round hot hatch.

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      11.05.2011 18:12

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      great car, would happily buy another:)

      I've had my golf for nearly 3 years now and can't really find much to fault it with. It's great to drive and feels safe, smart and stable at all times. My 140 hp version gives more than enough acceleration when overtaking on country roads, there's always plenty of power when needed, nothing scarier than labouring past the car in front with a corner coming up. The six speed gearbox and cruise control mean easy motorway driving.
      There's also plenty of torque for pulling trailers, I've towed at least 2.5 tonnes of weight, and although it labours a bit, the car is capable of comfortably towing this kind of weight for many miles without a hassle. There is also a decent load carrying space with the back seats folded down, I managed to get a half tonne electric motor and packing crate into the back when most hatchbacks would have required a trailer.
      The interior of the car looks stylish and take a bit of wear and tear well. My only dissapointments were that it cost an extra £100 for an ashtray (smoking kit) and the optional ipod dock doesn't fit an ipod touch or an iphone, maybe they have corrected this by now as both were relatively new when i got mine.
      Apart from the usual oil and filters I had my brake pads replaced a month ago for the first time and will need new bushes before the warranty runs out.
      All in all I'd say it is a great car, fun to drive, practical and has given me no hassle at all in my years of ownership.

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      My lovely car, couldn't love it any more I don't think!

      ~*~*~*~ Beware From Ciao So Is A Little On The Long Side ~*~*~*~

      I will say now that the Mark 5 VW Golf has always had a bit of a soft spot in my heart, yes, I know it's a car but I really liked them when they first came out in 2004, even though I was only 14 I've always been into my cars. I blame Dad for that! So when July 2007 finally rolled around and I was hunting for a driving instructor, it was only natural for me to choose one that was using the Mark 5 as their instructor car, I was spoilt i have to say with a 4motion sport, 2.0 litre TDI - with leather interior and Lord knows what else - I told you I'd been spoilt. Thing is when I passed my test 6 months later I couldn't bear to let go - especially when I bought my first car a few weeks later... To go from a brand new golf to a 8 year old Renault Clio it was a bit of a downfall - so when I decided I was having a new car I knew what I was having even if it wasn't exactly the same as I learnt in - it had to be a Golf and after a few weeks of searching - I went to pick up Rex... Pet name for him don't ask!

      ~*~ A Bit about VW ~*~

      VW was originally founded in 1937 by the Nazi Trade Union, because at the time the car industry in Germany was dominated by luxury models of cars, which were increasingly expensive - and the average German was unable to afford this kind of car. Ferdinand Porsche, yes the very man behind the supercars, was commissioned to build a 'car for the people.' The Beetle as we know it now was finally developed and created by Erwin Komenda - the first car designed using a wind tunnel. Surprisingly the reason VW is still around due to the British Armed Forces, commissioning twenty thousand of The Beetle cars to be built due to a shortage of light vehicles, but hundreds were given to personnel, which is how they came to be in this country in the first place. By 1946 the factory was building a thousand cars a year, despite the fact that the factory was in a complete state of disrepair. As time went on the future of the company was very uncertain as the competition was far more popular and their owners were not interesting in helping further VW.

      By 1948 however The Beetle had been taken to America and by the sixties due to some clever advertising, and sheer good luck in a way it had begun to sell very well. Between the sixties and now however, the reputation of VW has changed from a relatively small company, to a worldwide company no longer associated with being Nazi made. Now VW's are seen as a somewhat Premium badge of cars, that also carry a high level of workmanship, and a reputation for being reliable - that and a nice price tag to go with it; in car price and insurance. Obviously we all have our ideas about which cars we like, but it is hard pushed to find someone who doesn't have a VW favourite somewhere down the line, especially since they have brought out a new and updated Sirocco - who can deny that car is not a good looking one!

      ~*~ Info About The Mark 5 ~*~

      The mark 5 Golf was brought out on a 53 plate, though not officially brought out until the 04 plate car according to Parkers (the online car guide) but I've seen 53 plates driving around - until a 59 plate I have seen but it varies in each area depending on what the garages are offering. It is widely known that when a new shape of vehicle is about to come out, that garages do good deals on the older models to get them on the road basically. The mark 5 varies in engine size from a basic 1.4 to a rather sporty 3.2 in the R32 model, in both Petrol and Diesel, but the R32 is only in Petrol form. As with most cars there are varying trim levels, optional extras and the usual bits and pieces that go in any car, so if you are looking for one check out the best specifications and go for one with as many as possible. Think of it as a bargain because normally when bought new the cars cost a fortune and if you can get on with all the toys used, well it's going to be a bargain! I currently own the 1.6 FSI SE 5 Door version of the lovely Mark 5 in a beautiful black, horrendously filthy at the moment I may add... And that is what my review will be based around - thank you in advance for reading my first attempt at a proper car review!

      ~*~ On The Road ~*~

      ~*~ Tax ~*~

      So one of the things that the majority of us look at when we are looking to buy a new car is the amount of tax it is going to cost you every year. With many cars now, there are offers on the tax, but when you have a used car you are unlikely to get anything in the way of offers on tax. The problem with the Golf and quite a lot of the larger family hatchback's, is that the tax is quite expensive, the lowest engine size in the Golf is still £180 a year, and if you dare buy the R32 version after 2006 in top of the range you are looking at £425 for the year. Which is an incredible amount, considering what road tax gets spent on, or rather not spent on but that's a review for another day! For my 1.6 FSI SE Golf the road tax is £180 which compared to my previous car isn't too much of an increase from £125 to that really. Other cars in the size range vary, the Focus in a similar engine and trim type is only £155 - but it is all a matter of preference, if you can afford that extra £25 for the car you want then go for it, after all it only is once a year! (Unless you pay 6 months at a time which is far more expensive in the long run anyway!)

      ~*~ Insurance ~*~

      The insurance was the biggest thing for me aside from the price of the car in the first place, as only being twenty car insurers see me as a little pot of gold. Never mind though I loved the car and well I had to have it, until I tried to insure it of course, for a year though I have to say wasn't too shocking given I only had 2 years no claims at the time and the fact that I'm a student which never bodes well I'm lead to believe - at only £816 if I paid for the whole year in one lump sum. Of course unfortunately I couldn't afford the year in one go, so I had to go for the pay monthly option which made it to be a long way over a thousand pound, which is a little annoying but tough I guess I wanted my car so I've paid my insurance - more than some!

      Obviously, the older you are and the more years no claims you have the better your insurance quote will be. I will warn you that as the engine size climbs so does the insurance group, and since the insurance groups have changed, looking now might shock you - but it's not as bad as it seems on the surface. The 1.6 FSI SE 5 Door that I own is currently insurance group 14, which a year or so ago I would have never considered but since they have been changed it is less likely to break the bank. I think in the old system this was around a group 6 or 7 not entirely sure - but given the difference it looks like a huge jump. As always with your insurance especially on a car like this, get your fully comprehensive insurance, just in case you are
      unfortunate enough to cause an accident.

      ~*~ Size and Weight ~*~

      This car is what I would call an average size family car; the hatchback especially is perfectly sized for a small family really - due to the large boot size. Even with the front seats all the way back there is still ample space in the back for my Dad who is over 6 foot, so I would have to say there is plenty of space in this car if you are tall or have lots of friends! Car seats in particular used to be a problem for me in my Clio I have to say but, in the Golf I've not had a dash of a problem with a two year old in a car seat, or a new born in a car seat (not mine but another Godchild of mine :D) so if you have small children then I would say there is plenty of space for them in this car!

      The actual body size of the car is; 58.2 inches high... 69.3 inches wide.... And 165.5 inches long... Just looking at the measurements it doesn't look all that big, but rest assured when you have been used to quite a small car it does feel large. Though to be honest I feel now that it's not that big - it all takes a bit of getting used to, parking the car was a bit of a challenge when I first got it considering it had been a while since I had driven a car this size, but it only took a few days and it was fine. No real reason to be worried about spaces, yes it takes up more space in a car park and you have to be a little more careful when pulling into a narrow space, as you can't quite see the end of the bonnet from where you are sitting unless you literally look over your steering wheel, which completely makes your perspective wrong! For any man out there that is about to say oh you're female you can't park anyway - Shut up!!! (lol)

      However the car isn't the lightest out there, but then again at around a tonne and a half, but then again on a windy day you will be fine sitting and not worrying about your car toppling over - or going round a corner at a high speed feel relaxed in the fact the weight is adding to the stability of the car. Thankfully despite its weight it doesn't impact on the cars performance all that much, but I will talk about that later on in the review.

      ~*~ Interior ~*~

      Obviously each car has a different interior, depending on what the first owner specified when they bought it. So my interior will be different to the next Mk5 Golf you find in the road, well unless by pure chance they happen to have the same interior!

      So, my interior is a really nice royal blue colour for both the seats and the interior door panels, on the seats there is a black pattern that looks like net on the blue of the seat, not as bad as it sounds. The material of both is quite simple and soft, not particularly scratchy at all if you are sitting on it with bare legs or a bare back which I do quite often in the summer. The seats hug you quite nicely actually, which is down to the air bags in the side of the seats - which also makes you feel quite safe in the awful chance that an accident does happen, my car is 5 years old now and it does seem not to have worn too badly either over the time.

      Now my favourite part of the interior is the dials, in neon purple they look a bit different! They are very prominent and the digits for speed and rev meter are very clear, so you cannot mistake mph for kmph no matter how hard you try! In the console you also have the digital mile gauge, a mpg gauge, the temperature and the time; you can use the end of the right stalk on the steering wheel, where you can chose either the mpg or a journey clock - I stick with the mpg even though I get addicted to looking at it!

      As for the rest of the interior it is all really pretty well places, the handbrake is in a nicely accessible place, not too close to the seat or too close to the passenger, so you don't end up groping them. (Unless you want to of course.) To the left of the steering wheel controls, is the light controls are sat there instead of being on one of the stalks off the steering wheel, but the full beam is attached to one of the stalks so that's a slight inconvenience VW! The wiper blades are just as odd in my opinion, you can pick the manual option on the stalk, or you can pick one of the options of how fast it's wiping your screen, however there is also an option where you can put on a sensor and it decides how often to wipe your screen - that can be regulated too though!

      Storage within this car is, well there's a fair amount apart from the boot space which is rather large - there is also the glove box, of which mine is cooled - which can be altered inside the glove box to your desired temperature. It's an odd thing to put in a car but it does keep my chocolate and bottles of drink cooler - not like a fridge but cool enough. There are drawers under my front seat, pockets in the back of the seats, and little drawers that I'm sure I'll still be finding in a years' time. So put it this way if you are looking for places to hide stuff then you will not be short of space! The cup holders are actually a bit inconvenient, they aren't deep enough to put a bottle in and if you do you are bashing your arm every time you change gear, or go to put the handbrake on.

      The two favourite features of my car, are the electronic wing mirrors that are controlled by a round thing, that looks like a button but isn't - it also means that you can program the wing mirrors to fold in when you turn the car off... But it is difficult to do that is the one thing that bugged me, VW make it a bit easier!! The lights in the underside of the wing mirrors are another one of my favourites, which light up puddles when you get out of the car and well that does make my driveway look ambient!

      ~*~ Exterior ~*~

      Not got a lot to say about the exterior to be honest, its metal, it has lights, a badge, a boot lid and a fuel filler cap. The filler cap of which is on the driver's side - which is where most cars have theirs, where the largest queue for the petrol station is normally too! Now speaking of the fuel filler cap, it does my head in - because you undo the flap from inside the car, and then unscrew the cap from the inside - so what are you meant to do with your keys VW? Given that you aren't meant to leave them in your car, so you have to leave them in your pocket just in case you stab yourself when you sit back down - yes I have done that, don't ask!

      I'm not entirely sure why I like the looks of this car so much, it just has a certain something about it, the curves perhaps, or just the modern look it has. For my particular car though, it has to be the combination, of the rear fin (not boy racer-ish I promise,) the bump strips underneath the front lights and the fog lights in the front bumper. When I first saw it sat in the garage at VW I was so impressed with the car looking a bit mean and edgy, I left the garage I had the biggest smile on my face knowing that this car was going to be mine. That's how much of an effect the mark 5 has had on me over the years, and how badly I wanted one - especially one in black :D

      The wheels, and tyres - well it's the tyres that are more of the problem because the smallest size I have seen is a 15 inch, mine are a 16 inch and given that they aren't the slimmest tyres in the world. By no means actually the biggest - but they are quite expensive to replace obviously depending on which brand you buy they will vary. Alloys or wheel trims, depends which ones the car comes with obviously - Alloys are great but when you get them all dirty and covered in brake dust they need a clean to be all shiny again.

      ~*~ Ride Quality and Handling ~*~

      The ride quality of this car is actually quite good; I wasn't expecting it to feel like I was driving a shed - but given that it is a fairly large car I was quite surprised to feel like I was driving a small car. It doesn't feel like we were driving a Ford KA which just feels like you are driving half a car, it feels like a smaller car but don't let it go to your head else you'll be trying to squeeze it into smaller spaces than it fits! I have taken it out for long and short drives in the time I have had it, and to be honest the ride is pretty good - not once have I come home with a back feeling like it was in a thousand pieces. The 207 in comparison is quite the opposite, it does make you come home and feel like you need to go and lay down for a few hours. The only thing that does get a little achy in this car is the fact that your knees and ankles end up hurting spending all your time on the pedals, but then the car can't be blamed for that really!

      This car and quite a few come with ESP (Electronic Stability Programme,) and I have to say that does make a huge difference if you have it. At the beginning of this year when the roads were still a bit icy and slippery - it was lovely to go out and feel less worried that I would be sliding all over the place, of course I didn't concentrate any less! When driving around corners I was incredibly impressed with how well the car sticks to the road, I'm a bit of a lover of driving quickly (not over the speed limit of course.) Given the fact that this car has a bit more grunt behind it, and the fact it is wider, with wider tyres it has a better chance of sticking to the road when going round the corner at high speed, compared to a smaller, thinner car with thinner wheels - the Golf is spread across the road a bit more, for more stability, so you don't feel like you are going to topple over!

      ~*~ Safety ~*~

      Back in 2004 when the car was first released to the public it was given a five star Euro NCAP Rating, and again in 2010 a University in Australia found the Mark 5 to be five out of five in level of safety in passenger protection in the event of an accident. So I have to say I do feel fairly safe in this car, especially as from the inside you can push a button that locks all the doors, and so no one on the exterior can open them. This is useful if you are sat in a bit of a dodgy area, and are feeling a little bit at risk. I'm not too sure about the crumple zones and all of that kind of stuff, so I will not sit here and pretend to know what to say. I just know I feel quite safe in knowing this car once had a five star rating, and with the amount of airbags just in the front of the car, in the event of an accident I think I would be quite safe. Well depending on the accident of course. I'm not too sure about the body work, considering I've not actually hit anything in my car - but I haven't seen many Golf's about with dints in, unless the people in my area are just very careful with their cars!

      ~*~ Performance ~*~

      Well, by no means is it the slowest car in the world, but then again it's not the fastest either. The pure fact that it is around a tonne and a half, ensures that it's not going to be the fastest car in the world with only a 1.6 litre engine in. But by no means is it not going to get you where you're going in plenty of time, with a top speed of 119mph, you aren't going to be hanging around. Not that you will be doing that speed, as it is more than 40 miles an hour over the speed limit even on a motor way - nudge nudge, wink wink! 0 - 60 is just ten seconds, in comparison to other models in the range it is quite slow I guess - but it's really not that slow, not that I thrash my car at all but when you put your foot down off traffic lights and out of junctions it really does plant you in your seat quite nicely. Put it this way, if I don't drive my car for a few days then go and get into it - it still shocks me now at the acceleration! The car has 113 horsepower, now I'm not going to try and explain it because I don't get how it works I just know the higher the better... After all the Bugatti Veyron has a thousand horsepower - so in comparison my car is miles away from that standard!

      ~*~ Economy ~*~

      In times of ridiculous petrol prices and a 55 litre petrol tank, economy is a big thing. In my area petrol is £1.30 a litre and I'm sure in other places it is far worse, but at £72 to fill your car it is important it goes a long way. Now I'm not the most economical of drivers I do admit but, on £25 worth of petrol I have managed to do 175 miles... So it's not too bad I don't think, around my town, which is full of road works, roundabouts and traffic lights I have averaged 27mpg, and on the longer runs it has been up to 45mpg... So ok it's not perhaps the most economical car in the world - but it's not a huge petrol guzzler either. It's not like you are going to get to Scotland and back on a full tank, but it's not going to do too badly on long journeys providing you are staying in the same gear, and don't have to overtake too much... In a way I'm quite lucky as I have a 6-speed gear box which does make things easier, and less revs on the engine when I'm doing national speed limit between roundabouts - not making the engine work so hard and pulling through less fuel!

      ~*~ Service and Maintenance ~*~

      Through VW you can buy service packages for your 3 - 10 year old car, a minor service is £129 and it has a fair amount of items changed and checked, it will reset your service warning light if it needs doing - but personally I use it before MOT time, to see if anything needs sorting before that. Else a £39 MOT at VW could get very expensive, the service package includes all labour at VAT so you can be rest assured you aren't going to get slapped with an expensive bill on top of the £129 you have already paid. If you feel like you need a better service package you can get one for £249 but I have to say there isn't much difference between the two - and if you know someone at your local VW, as I do you can probably get a bit more. There are also deals available at your local dealer, depending on how much your sales person likes you it will vary in price, bartering is also good if you can manage it to get the service and warranty plan you need!

      ~*~ The Price ~*~

      Now according to Parkers the 1.6 SE FSI on a 55 plate in a 2006 car, through a franchised dealer as mine came from my car should be worth around £6,980. Now I'm not a fan of telling people how much I paid for my car but I will share with you that mine cost me 5,995 - so I feel I may have got a bargain for how much it is estimated to be worth and what I have in my car. There are many different types of this car, so it is best if you look it up yourself - and get an average price if you are looking to sell or to buy your Golf. My car was actually just short of £22,000 when it was first bought and given that I am only the third owner - I think my haggling skills got me a bargain of a car. However in just 5 years for the average base 1.6 SE FSI has dropped from £15,375 to just short of seven thousand so the depreciation has been quite large - but at second hand it will now hold its value if kept in a good condition!

      ~*~ Finally ~*~

      Well we got there eventually, that is what I think about my lovely car... Sorry to have rambled on for so long - didn't realise I had so much to say about what I do and don't like about him! Many thanks for reading it!

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        This is a fantastic GTI alternative for those of us who are seeking economy as well as speed!

        I thought that after 3 years of ownership I would write a review of my VW Golf GT Sport.

        The first and most important point to make about this car is the sheer pace at which it eats up the road, it is rapid - I recently drove a Golf GTI and, whilst the GTI can rev much higher and gain speed quicker that way, the greater torque of the TDI meant that it didn't actually "feel" any faster... and bear in mind that on an average tank I will get around 47MPG versus under 34 for the GTI, and I am a keen driver.

        The car has been extremely reliable, which I expected to be honest after buying from Volkswagen. The only parts that have been changed are the timing belt, tyres and 2 brake discs (probably related to my driving style). The car does seem to get through a lot of light bulbs however?

        The car looks fantastic, is classless - I am a chartered accountant and can unashamedly park my Golf beside the partner's Mercedes without it looking out of place.

        Overall, this is an absolute gem, a very quick car which has good economy to boot, particularly important given the fuel prices these days. Oh, and one last point, 132 pounds VED!!

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        An economical hatchback that has an alter ego just bursting to get out...

        I bought my Golf in March 2009 for £7600 after having two VW Polo's.



        I have only ever owned a VW and that is mainly due to the heritage and quality of the vehicles they have produced. This car truly is a classic VW design and build, the car gives you that feeling of security and solidness as well as being a spacious hatchback.



        The first thing that grabbed me about the car was the grunt it had, when you are driving it feels as if there is still more to give.



        Handling

        The car feels great in all conditions and you always know that you can throw it into a corner, the steering feels light compared to some other cars but you can feel the stability when driving. The steering also feels very responsive compared to other hatchbacks I have driven.



        Engine

        My car has a 2.0 GT TDi and I am so glad that I went for it, I was debating between this and the 1.9 but having the 2.0 is like having two cars. You can push the car and drive it harsh and it feels really sporty or you can drive it sensibly and get great economy from it.



        Economy

        When I am driving sensible and with my one eye on my Wallet, I can get around 50 -55MPG from this car. But when I want to drive it hard and accelerate quicker and go on shorter journeys it end up being more like 38MPG -42MPG which has really impressed me.



        Reliability

        I have had this car for over 1year and half and I have had no troubles with anything (Touch wood) The car starts perfectly and roars which is better than some of diesel engines on the market that sound more like John Deere tractors.



        Interior

        The interior is spacious and has plenty of areas to store bits and pieces, the only thing that I wished it had was better cup holders. There are two beside the handbrake but they are not very stable. I actually bought a divider that fits in the middle of this from ebay after I saw it in a Mk5 hire car in Germany. The cloth is very durable and looks great with the rest of the car and is very modern looking. Now the best part about the interior for me is the lighting, the blue and red lights on the dash, cd player and ceiling look great and are so crisp and makes reading the dials easier.



        Exterior

        I love the curves of this car and I personally prefer the shape of this car to the new MK6 but I would say that. I went for the GT model because the car then comes with the body coloured strips and this makes the car look so much more sleek and the 16" alloys look great but I wish I had the wheels from the GT 170BHP model.



        Extras

        The car being fairly high spec came with some great features which I had never had the luxury of having before....Like a thermometer! But seriously the car has loads of features, it has the coming home lights which turns the lights on when you unlock the vehicle (Useful in dark car parks) It also has a trip computer which includes, Range, Average Speed, Economy, Time, Temp. The car has all electric windows, mirrors and it also has auto wipers, auto lights and a auto rear view dimmer which is great in winter. Oh and dont forget the 6 CD Changer for all those CD's I never listen to.



        So overall the car is fantastic it is a pleasure to drive and when I first got the car I was finding excuses to drive the thing anywhere I could. It is very roomy, I have used it on a some airport runs with 3 passengers and their luggage and have had no problem.

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        15.09.2010 22:56
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        Great family car.

        I bought this car 2 years ago, as a 2nd hand car. It is a 1.6 TDI model. I bought this as I was getting back pains from my old car (mini). This is such a comfortable ride, even on long journeys.

        I have 2 young children and have easily fitted child seats in the back. Although they are on boosters now we did use full seats initially (again with no space problems)

        The car I have has a number of extras such as auto wipers, heated mirrors and dimmer rear view mirror (which is my favorite when driving in Winter)

        I have encountered a couple of problems with the car (but it is a few years old now) but one thing to watch is the wipers (front and rear) will not work if the bonnet or boot are not fully down.

        Its OK on fuel consumption - I get about 35MPG but given that I mostly do motorway driving I had hoped for better.

        From a family perspective Its a great family car. The boot space it plentiful (even when I had a buggy and a weeks shopping)

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          08.07.2010 08:54

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          Go the extra hog - and you'll be glad you did

          I Love my new car!
          I've just taken delivery of a midnight black Mk5, and its wicked !
          5 door with alloys, its looks smart, I had the old one and really liked it, you can fit 4 real people in it and at a push 5, everything just works! i know this sounds silly, but i've driven other peoples cars and they seem all wrong and things are in stupid places, this is a really well thought out car.
          the MPG is good I've not gone for the ultra sport model but put a few upgrades on the 2L , and and its a head turner ! Not that i care what anyone else thinks, ok maybe a little, but it helps.
          I love the way the seats come down the back is as big as an estate car with everything down, and you can fit lots in..
          I really do love this car, don't get the imitations you'll only with you hadn't !

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          Good all rounder

          I bought a 55 reg version of this car about 2 years ago in a part exchange deal for my old Renault Megane. I paid £7500, plus my old car.

          The engine~ Mine is a nippy petrol engine. Despite that the car is quite large, it accelerates nicely, and gear changes are relatively smooth.

          The bodywork~ So far I haven't had to replace any panels on the car. The golf is a tough thing though, as it has been hit numerous times by other car doors in car parks, and it hasn't left a mark. The dealer told me (if i'm to believe him) that repairs wouldn't be too expensive, as the it is a popular car.
          The boot is a good height, I haven't struggled when trying to get something heavy in there, although because the boot lid is so large, you might need to give yourself a little extra room if you park with the boot next to a wall.

          The styling~ It's hardly the epitome of style, but its not a car you would recoil at. It follows a similar styling to the rest of the Volkswagen range.

          The space~ It is a very roomy car; there is a good head height for tall people, and good legroom at the back considering it's a hatchback.
          The boots a good size too, but its not unexpected as the Golf is quite a bulky car.

          The tyres~ Provided you don't 'burn rubber,' the tyres can last for a good while. They grip the road well, and I've never had any problems with them.

          THe interior~ Classic, well made VW. Inside there is a screen to display whatever radio station etc you're listening too. The controls are also relatively simple. The quality is top notch.

          One thing I have noticed though is that you can put any money in the plastic side pockets, as the make an annoying scratchy noise. The warning bleeps can be annoying though. ALso, when you drive on a motorway, you can hear the wind whistling. It could to with something to stop the draughts.

          Fuel economy~ Not bad at all. Urban driving I can get about 30mpg, but on the motorway it gets up to about 50.

          Price~ I got it on a part exchange deal, but the Golf doesn't deppreciate as much as other cars, so you get a good part of your money back when you sell it on.

          Overall, this is an excellently car. To Volkwagen I raise my glass.

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          car. of. doom.

          When it comes to cars I'm pretty uncomplicated really - as long as I can get myself and my stuff into whatever car I'm driving, turn the key and go, I'm happy. Though, in my time, I've worked in tyre, brake and clutch factories (all part of my mission at the time to teach English to the French) I really have no interest in knowing what's under the bonnet. If you are in the market for one of these second hand - VW is on to MK6 now I believe, before you move on I should probably point out that I've owned a MK5 for over 5 years and in that time I've come to know it pretty well. I hope that some of my experience might help those thinking of embarking on a relationship with a Golf - me I'm about to demand a divorce.....

          It all started off so promisingly. I'd always liked the look of the Golf, and had heard they were reliable. The model I plumbed for was the FSI 1.6 (petrol, and other engines available in this model) - in silver, just like the picture, a five door hatchback. I quite liked, and still do, the look of the car which I have with alloys, and on first driving it was pleased to find some quite nice features. There is an impressive sound system - speakers dotted around unobtrusively all over the place, and the dashboard is clear and not too encumbered with buttons. The aircon is good.

          The interior feels solidly made with nice features like an integrated holder for sunglasses, adjustable motorised wing mirrors - the upholstery is comfortable and 5 years in has worn well, the boot opener is concealed in the badge, it's a nice car to look at and judging from the number of these I see on the road it's quite popular. The fact that you can disable the front air bag will be useful to those wanting to transport children up front, and the car does feel solid and safe - it has side airbags too. I do find that the car handles well, I have a leather steering wheel and the power steering is crisp and the engine is responsive and quite powerful.

          If I sound like I am starting to struggle on the positives, the reality of driving this car for me has not been the pleasant experience I dreamed of. The troubles for me start with the diagnostic computer. During my ownership of the car the car has tested me to my limits by throwing up every error code it can think of and at one time or another I've seen every warning light on the car lit up. Drive the car as carefully as I will through every single holiday since I've owned it there has been one constant - yet another problem with the car.

          Now I might put this down to bad luck or it being a "Friday Car", however having googled the latest issue I have with my car rather extensively it does seem that these cars are not as reliable as they might be. This being VW when things do go wrong it isn't cheap. Whilst the car was under warranty ( I bought it second hand from VW with under 10,000 miles on the clock) we had literally thousands of pounds worth of work done, from a new clutch, to a new stereo, it even had a new motherboard. My 3 year old was so familiar with the dealer's showroom that she used to head straight for the colouring corner and knew some of the staff by name. This car's chequered history has allowed me to discover how expensive parts are - from the catalytic converter that failed at the end of a day out ("we sell about one of these a year that will be £500 thanks"), to the Engine cover the RAC repair man broke the other day when taking it off (£186 to repair), this car is high maintenance.

          I could almost forgive it all of those issues if I actually enjoyed driving it when it worked. Somehow however I've never been quite happy with the sound the engine makes, which I can only describe as too guttural. Also I would have to say that the view to reverse is beyond awful - dismiss this opinion as that of a mere woman who struggles with parallel parking maybe, but my husband finds that he has exactly the same issue. It's clearly not easy to reverse which would, perhaps explain how the garage that it went to recently on one of its little holidays came to reverse it into a wall, something that I myself have managed to avoid, though I have been tempted to drive it into a wall on several occasions I will admit. The time it randomly opened its own windows and refused to let me into the boot (that computer again) being a case in point. The driving position is also a little low - though the seat is comfortable and has lumbar support and is adjustable for me, personally, through the windscreen is more restricted than I would like, though at least there is non of that annoying reflection from the dash that plagues some modern cars I find.

          Another actually quite nice feature causes me no end of issues - the headlights turn on and off automatically (a common feature on more modern cars I assume), however when you leave the car they stay on for a few minutes as a courtesy feature, which is nice but does lead to a constant chorus of "you've left you lights on!" from the helpful citizens of the town where I live. If you leave the indicator switched on to left the headlights don't actually switch off at all - though this I am assured is a design feature not one of its little annoying habits.

          So, to sum up, I bought a dud car. I doubt that if you buy one of these you could possibly have quite all the problems I have had, and I do know at least one person who has a Golf MK5 and loves it and has only had a couple of issues with it - ever, however I do have to wonder if the MK5 is quite as reliable overall as its predecessors. That reputation came from somewhere, but from my experience the onboard computer is just too over controlling, the engine isn't that reliable, the car is just too needy. It seems to need topping up with coolant far too often, and there is just too much to go wrong.

          Perhaps having an early model of the MK5 they ironed out problems with later ones, and for all I know the new models in the showroom may be absolutely amazing. I'm not ever going to find out to be honest, I won't be buying another Golf or, indeed, a car from the VW group - which eliminates Audi amongst other makes I believe. The £150 rust bucket I once owned was much more reliable (though I did once manage to lock the keys into it with the engine running in a very public place, through my own stupidity). As an average "I don't know much about cars" owner I don't rate this car, and I certainly wouldn't recommend buying one, though I think the depreciation on this is pretty big so a second hand one of years or so will probably set you back £4000-6000, I've driven mine about 10000 miles per year, in between break downs; currently the car randomly decides there might be a problem, disables the engine and a man with a computer has to switch off the error code for it to work - no one can work out what the actual problem is, if there is a problem, or why the computer thinks there is one. Unbelievably I haven't even mentioned all the problems I have had with the car, as it turns out that brake factory experience came handy in the middle of France, and there have been other issues too numerous and tedious to detail. You've probably got the point though, if you aspire to one of these as I did the reality may well not live up to the dream, and that's a real shame.

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            16.12.2009 22:05
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            can fault it at all, great motor

            I bought a brand new Golf GTI mk5 in 2006 I was on the waiting list for four months and I tell you know it took some real patience it seemed like forever but well worth it in the end.

            The GTI is a fantastic car, really good handling for a front wheel drive, it is stuck to the road when you throw it round a corner.

            I got the 18" upgrade wheels, leather interior and armrest interior. This cost 22k brand new.

            The interior is really good if you are tall, I am 6ft 3" tall and it leaves loads of room above my head unlike my previous cars. The seats are one of the comfiest I have ever sat on for a middle of the range car, really soft but crafted to give great support too.

            THe build quality is very high but what you would expect from the german giant, the doors lightly thunk as appose to clap shut, the dials I have always loved too in blue when lit up on a night.

            Cabin space is really roomy although mine was the 3 door version it still had plenty of space for four fully grown adults with space left over for a small adult. The boot is good size too, perfect for a pram or pushchair with no wheels needing to be taken off the pram. The standard stereo is of real good quality too, you can not be disappointed with it at all.

            The one thing I was really disappointed with was the electrics of the car, they used the same electrics as the mk4 version as I found up via the AA man once the alarm started playing up after 2 months, but was soon fixed and sorted.

            This is a hatchback that will not disappoint and has been a top seller for so long now that this reflects just that. A really great motor

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              A brilliant car - would buy another one tomorrow

              We bought our Golf GTi Edition 30 two years ago, and have had about 23,000 miles of generally fault free driving (see minor niggles at the end). Our previous car was a Peugeot Gti-6, and the difference was profound. I've always been suspicious of the claims made about Golfs versus other competion, but it really seems to be true. The thing feels solid as a rock. The seats are absolutely superb, the driving position is perfect, visibility is good - you can see where the front of the car is (though the view out the back for reversing isn't as good as in the old peugeot - possibly the only negative comparison).

              We opted for the DSG gearbox which has two clutches as we wanted a car to chew through mainly motorway and a-road miles or be happy in slow traffic, rather than a sports car where half the fun is trying to work your way through the gears on a twisty b road. It was a good choice. Travelling through cities is easy on the legs (no constant clutch pressing) and you are barely aware of gear changes most of the time (though there are situations where it isn't quite perfect). There are flappy pads to use if you like - I use them to change down if I'm approaching a hill as the car can't anticipate that sort of thing (maybe something for a future feature!). The engine is powerful as it is, and when you need to accelerate smoothly and quickly, this car just takes off - I have great fun waving goodbye to cars which probably are quicker in the right hands but are being driven by someone not too hot with the gear stick... that said, the car isn't really a 'boy racer' toy - it's far more refined than that. Smooth, reasonably quiet with little wind noise (though a bit of tyre roar on concrete).

              The only downside to it has been that we've had a few occasional small rattles coming from what sounds like behind the stereo. It comes and goes so not really something we worry about too much, but I read that the new golfs have this sort of thing nailed. The peugeot was a nightmare in this respect, so we still feel happy about the car.

              Practicality: We bought the 3 door version as we don't need to carry passengers often. There's loads of space for them when we do. The rear seats fold down - though not flat - to let you get more stuff in the boot. We manage to get two bicycles on top of the folded seats, leaving the boot space free for luggage - though you have to take the wheels of, of course! We've done a number of long trips with the car packed like this, and it's very practical - no need for bikes strapped to the roof, with extra fuel required or security issues.

              One last thing: fuel economy. It can gobble the fuel if you're heavy footed, but we manage to get between 35 and 40mph on long runs if the traffic is between 60-70mph, which is up to 10mpg better than the peugeot (not bad for a car with so much more power). In town it usually is about 20-25mpg, but to get 25mpg you need to drive very smoothly (which I do).

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                24.11.2009 21:42

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                Great sustainable car which has my recommendations!

                I've owned my Volkswagen, Golf, Mark 5, 1.9 se tdi for 2 years now. I am considering purchasing the new mark 6 but it would be so difficult to part with my car. Its only a 2006 but my god do I love it. I've simply added the GTI 18" alloys, cheap option to add major sex appeal. None of this matters however, the important points are:
                Reliability, comfort, speed, handling, and most importantly fuel economy!
                I bought the car as standard and the few problems I found were:
                That the accelerator had this 1 second lag when putting my foot down.
                The revs limited at 4,500 when there's more to give.

                I did some research on the internet and found that re-mapping diesil engines is worth it. Apparently it improves your fuel economy and performance. After finding out a contact I managed to get it done for a wopping price of £275.

                I drove a different car away, I'll tell you that! Accelerator response was awsome, revved straight the end limiter just like a petrol, more horse power, more torque, engine becomes much smoother, almost no black smoke cloud bursting out of the exhaust.

                Improved torque makes over taking cars a doddle. Just put your foot down, listen to the turbo whistle loudly and watch the over taken car dissapear in your mirror.

                Looking to buy a Golf mark 5 GT TDI? Buy a 1.9 Se Tdi, have it re-mapped and trust me you'll love it. With endless reliability and ample comfort I would recommend the car to anyone looking for a safe, spacious, fuel efficient, sex appealing beaut of a car!

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                A quality desirable car

                After being very impressed with my previous MK4 I decided to buy another Golf and go for the new MK5 1.9 TDI SE model.

                First impressions from sitting in the car was the rather dull interior but at the same time the car has still the excellent build quality that VW are renowned for.

                The ride comfort and handling on this model is excellent due to a stiffer chassis and new suspension set up. This has much improved over the MK4, which suffered a lot of body roll round corners and bends.

                This SE came with some nice toys including auto wipers, cruise control, heated mirrors and a trip computer which can tell you various information including your average mpg, estimated miles to empty, outside temperature etc.

                The performance is respectable but not outstanding. The 1.9 engine has 105 bhp and a decent amount of torque in lower gears, which is very useable for overtaking. At idle there is a fair amount of noise from the engine and on cold mornings but this isn't noticeable once you are on the move.

                Reliability wise the car has been excellent so far. The only minor problems I experienced was some wind noise round the drivers door (fixed under VW warranty with new door seals) and some corrosion on the centre caps.

                Running costs are very reasonable, £120 road tax, at least 500 miles per tank and respectable servicing costs.

                If anyone is considering purchasing a MK5 Golf I would definitely recommend one.

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                I will miss this car

                As a little bit of a petrol head, I am a massive VW fan. The car I have just sold was a Mk5 Golf 1.9L TDI.

                Starting with the interior - as it is my favourite part of this car - It is very spacious, however I must say not as spacious as the MK4 golf. Inside is quite plain but modern. The dashboard is higher up than previous models. The speedometer and other dials are lit up in red and blue, which is very edgy. The built in CD player is very good. Previously I have found standard stereos don't sound as good as more branded models such as Bose, however this VW stereo didn't let me down.

                The exterior has improved on every model of the golf that has come out over the years. This is a much boxier model and my Golf came with a standard small spoiler which I think is a very great sporty touch. This Golf is available in many different colours, both metallic and not, I went for a metallic silver as I think its very classy.

                As with all VW's this car is very reliable. It handles very well and when your sat in it you feel as though you are in a tank, and untouchable. The only problem I have had with this car is within the first 3 months it needed a new steering rack, luckily this was covered under warranty, and is a very common problem with this mk5 Golf.

                This car is a very comfortable car, its fantastic on fuel as long as you don't rag it around everywhere as then it is a different story! My golf set me back £18,000 as I did have a few extras added on such as an arm rest and Ipod adaptor. I got this car on finance as VW offer a great rate and are very competitive.

                Overall I cannot really say anything bad about this car, its the best car I have owned and I am sad to see it go.

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