Anyone owned a VW Golf?

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After selling cars for over 20 years, all I can tell you is that German cars are like a high maintenance girl friend. If you love them enough they are worth the time and expense. Don't expect it to be as reliable as your Toyotas. You might want to consider a service contract.
 

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I had a 2013 GLI for about 18 months...super fun car that I loved to drive, but my experience echos the sentiments that they are high maintenance. In that 18 months I spent over
$3k on repairs, which seemed excessive for a car that only had 60k miles. The final straw for me was when I had to replace the intake manifold because the plastic arm that controlled the runners broke.

Word of warning, do a little research on their transmissions if you drive a lot of miles. The DSG is a sweet transmission but requires a fluid change every 75k (I think) miles that costs over $1k. My car had a manual for that reason and the transmission was one of the few things I didn't have a single issue with.

Edit: I was way off. Looks like it is a 40k interval and cost closer to $500..so I guess it's about the same cost over similar life to my initial guess.

I had a negative experience, but I will say that I have friends with VW's and no issues.
 
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I have a 2013 Golf TDI that I picked up not quite 2 years ago. I've put nearly 50k miles on it so far and haven't had any issues. You do have to replace the transmission fluid every 40k miles (DSG), but even through the dealership, it was only $300.
 

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We had a VW with a 1.4L turbo. It was solid and fun for a while but turned into a cash-hole.
 

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I had a VW GTI, which I liked. My wife has a VW Tiguan, which has as very similar interior quality. I probably will never buy another VW. No big issues, just not up to my expectations.
 

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We had a 2014 Jetta Sportwagen TDI (which is a Golf wagon renamed in the US for marketing purposes) that I bought as a salvage/rebuilt for real cheap. It was wrecked and totaled out with 5000 miles on it. The damage wasn't that bad IMO, and the repair work was done well. My wife and I both really liked it, and had absolutely no trouble with it for the 3 years we owned it. It was a great car for city traffic driving (it was my wife's daily driver when she was commuting about 30 miles each way).

I submitted the Sportwagen to VW for buyback during dieselgate. I didn't really expect VW to accept it because of the salvage/rebuilt title. After about a year of back-and-forth, VW sent back a phenomenal offer (full current market value + restitution). We couldn't turn that down, so we turned it in.
 

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After selling cars for over 20 years, all I can tell you is that German cars are like a high maintenance girl friend. If you love them enough they are worth the time and expense. Don't expect it to be as reliable as your Toyotas. You might want to consider a service contract.
Interesting. I've never owned a VW but I've owned BMW's Audi's and one Mercedes and rarely had any problems with any of them. Very reliable. I had a lot more issues with Chevy Suburban's and Danali's, YMMV.
 
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Interesting. I've never owned a VW but I've owned BMW's Audi's and one Mercedes and rarely had any problems with any of them. Very reliable. I had a lot more issues with Chevy Suburban's and Danali's, YMMV.
Denali is a trim package, not a vehicle name like Suburban.
 

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My wfe has an Golf Alltrack Sportwagon coming off a Passat Wagon.

They are expensive to maintain and we have had very few issues with her VW's. They are good cars with great style. Toyotas are good cars with no style.
 

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If you want Toyota + hatchback, get one of the new GR Corollas. Not dropping until fall though.
 

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Denali is a trim package, not a vehicle name like Suburban
So what? Point being I had more problems with Suburban's and Suburban's in Denali trim than German cars. Bunch of ball busters on here. YMMV!
 

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So what? Point being I had more problems with Suburban's and Suburban's in Denali trim than German cars. Bunch of ball busters on here. YMMV!
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