2001 Volkswagen Golf User Reviews

2001 Volkswagen Golf Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"handling" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"build quality" 9 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
"expensive part" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews

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John writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8T Review
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Quick, smooth and powerful engine, beautifully built, great ownership proposition

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Competent but uninvolving handling & steering, staid and unimaginative design

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Guilty Pleasure No 103: Mk 4 Golf Gti 1.8t — Thanks to my autophile father I was pretty much born with petrol coarsing through my veins and grew up lusting after italian exotica and french ingenuity. So when it came to fulfilling my motoring destiny by parting with the hard earned, I fully expected to return home with a sonorous and stylish Alfa or a quirky old Citroen. How then did I become the owner of a Volkswagen Golf? And not even the iconic mk1, desirable mk2 or rejuvenated mk5, nope the stodgy if solid mk4. The actual reasons for this decision are somewhat dull and practical and as it happens I'm planning to swap it for aforementioned alfa in the next few months. But saying goodbye to the Golf won't be as easy as you may think. It may be staid, evolutionary and a little bit dull, but even to a petrolhead like me there has been a guilty pleasure about owning this car. Mine is a 1.8T GTI which helps the case enormously. The engine must be the pick of the mk4 bunch; it is silken smooth and pulls like a train, with lovely turbo torque from 2000rpm and some good old fashioned top end go as the 20 valves come on song around 4000rpm. The GTI also has significantly firmer springing and weightier steering than your boggo 1.6. Neither of these is going to mask the inherent shortcomings of the mk4 chassis, and on your favourite piece of twisty road it feels safe and competent rather than fun and involving. But in 90% of real world driving this is irrelevant. What is relevent, is where you are sitting and what you've got and here the Golf excels. It is beautifully built (far nicer than the mk5) and in GTI trim very well equipped - my favourite feature being the superb recaro seats which are comfortable and supportive. And then there's all the other stuff about owning a Golf, like good reliability and strong resale values which shouldn't get you excited but when it's your own money does. So there you go, i've said it, I'm glad to own a mk4 Golf and frankly would recommend it to anyone. Now where did I put that Alfa brochure....

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Wrieland writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GL 2.0 Review
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Cool sporty look, great around turns, gas mileage, comfortable, normal sized trunk

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Back seats small but okay, not a lot of power

Wrieland
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Great Looker And Ride — I like taking turns with the car, it was fun to drive. Brakes are good, is good in the snow. Helped my wallet with the gas mileage. I liked the brand and think they make good cars and this one had a quality build, I felt safe.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rasko01 writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 Review
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Great gas mileage and comfort. Best turning radius. All around great visibility. No repairs as long as you perform VW scheduled maintenance. Fun to drive with good handling and even better braking.

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Could use tighter suspension.

Rasko01
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Comfy Daily Commuter With Awesome Gas Mileage — Overall great compact car, pleasure to drive. My wife used it for a daily commute to work and really enjoyed it. Easy drive, great gas mileage and a German quality built to last for years and years. Very comfortable ride, easy to park anywhere and a great turning radius, a must when driving and parking in downtown.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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EKR writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 Review
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I think the Golf is just about the most perfect car made. Fun to drive and absurdly practical. it has an amazing weight to it and level of finish that you just don't see in other cars of its size. It is as comfortable on the highway as it is in the city.

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more repairs that i would have liked, but we owned across the 100,000 hurdle, so we paid for everything. Now it is all set!
Gas mileage, It drives me crazy that a car this size can't do more than 32 mpg on the highway.... it just needs one more gear!

EKR
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Best Car Ever — There was nothing I did not like about the car except I wanted one more gear in the transmission. Oh, and we outgrew it. it is tight for a family of 4. no problem at all for 3. I will miss it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jonathan writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8T Review
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Stylish (in black), quick, efficient

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Some build quality issues.  

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My First New Car — Great car. Quick with the 1.8T. Raised the bar for interior accommodations, along with the same-generation Jettas and Passats.

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Matija writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GL TDI Review
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power

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nothing

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Gti — interior quality is on high level, i like recaro seats on it, it s fun to drive in it on high speed, didnt need any repairs, good acceleration, good handling, inteior is very nice, nice black black colour, rims are from golf r 32, price is more than good

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Hector writes:
2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0 Review
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Ride's good

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it is still not finished

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It's Going To Be A Champion — This is my racing ride, i love riding it on the track. Hopefully we will enter racing competition soon. It has an upgraded suspension coilovers (made them myself). 2.0 engine with 5speed transmission. I'll test it on the dyno soon.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sham writes:
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love golfs

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nothing

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Everyone Shouldm Own One Of These At Some Time — a golf cabrio, buy standard and make them like you want to, reliable, good looks this model has all the mod cons and is an easy car to own and run, love the golfs..everyone should. find a clean example and then lucky find, bad ones, then spend some dosh on them

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ezra writes:
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Great car, make sure you can afford it and ignore the ones with the automatic gearboxes

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High fuel consumption, high insurance cost and expensive parts

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Review Volkswagen Golf Iv 2.3 V5 — Performance- Expected more out of a 2.3 liter engine. Although the automatic gearbox ruins a lot!!! It's still faster than the average car though... Build quality- It is supposed to be a very reliable car, but the weather here ruins a lot of the plastics and it's hard to find a propper garage that does the right job. The engine is bullit proof and never let me at the side of the road. Appearance-People complain that it's just a Golf, it's not flashy, but definately not ugly! The Golf IV is the most beautiful Golf Volkswagen ever produced in my eyes. Besides that, you can consider this car as "cool" since teenagers love it as a "hot hatch"... which it is.... Cost of ownership- If you can just afford the car because you have the money to buy one, leave it alone... Get a Japanese hatchback or something... Fuel consumption is VERY high for such a car with an average of 9 km/l. Also the cost of insurance is high, because my car is considered to be a "sportscar" with the insurance companies. Then the maintenance, simple service is cheap of course. But if something breaks and you need new parts??? Jackpot!!! Fun Factor- With a 2.3l 5-cylinder engine, you will adore this engine if you know something about cars. You get the beautiful soundtrack of a 5-cylinder engine and not a standard 4-cylinder sound like most Golfs will have. However, I always see this car as a GT car, not soo much a "hot hatch" like a GTI or R32. It has soft suspension, an automatic gearbox and is made for comfort. But put your foot down, and it can blow your head off!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jean-Francois writes:
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good engine

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expensive parts

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Jf_golf — makes me feel secure. Great acceleration No major problem apart from the Turbo that needed to be replaced after 6 years... Fun to drive, my wife like it so much she wants it after I upgrade with the new VW Golf wagon with clean diesel engine probably the family one. Thanks

Primary Use: Family transportation

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