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    So tell me about VW Golfs

    Hi,

    I am thinking about getting a different car, and after driving a VW Golf I was pretty impressed with how it drove.

    But theybhave had a few issues on a few select models. Is there any of the DSGs to avoid? From memory it was the 7 speed, is that right? Anything else i should look at?

    And is it just safer to get a manual?

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    Thank you for removing the pin on the forum hand grenade that is VW.

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    Are you talking about new or older ones?
    They get a bad rap, but we had a Mk6 90tsi (manual) for 8 years and it never had a problem. Compared with any other small car at that time it was miles nicer to be in and drive.

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    Its the early mk7 1.4l and 7 speed that are the ones to avoid iirc
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    Hey, it's better to remove the pin on the forum now, than to actually buy a grenade

    Looking at something a bit newer, for the most part they are great cars, just not up to date enough on my euros to know which combos to avoid.



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    As far as I know it was the Mk6 118tsi (1.4l turbo +supercharged) that had the biggest issues. I think all the Mk 7's are OK.

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    Yep 1.4l twin charge dsg is a fucking dog. Maximum avoid.
    I bought one for the nopics a couple years back. Fit and finish and ride is great. Dsg shudders like it's about to explode and the dealer and specialist says it's a good one lol. I've nicknamed the car UggaDugga.
    Also had the water pump crap out which is a massive job and expensive. It's also jerky and shit to drive with huge delays in gear shifts.

    I hate it but nopics loves it so I'm waiting for it to become an economic write off lol
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    I drove a newish one mk7? Last week and the DSG still shuddered and carried on while doing carpark negotiation. Was shit and never really consistent at engagement etc

    Rough kept interiors do clean up well, but the carpets are generally shit which can really look tatty quick.
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    send me the vin via pm and ill run it thru the system.

    mk7s are fine older ones not as much but one with fsh will usually get goodwill if something happens.
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    Thanks heaps Sloth, not quite at that stage yet, but will shoot potentials through when I get serious

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    The low torque engines with the 7 speed (DQ200) were the problem. Trundling along in traffic fucked the clutch packs etc.

    The 6sp (DQ250) is the better option. I have a MK6 R.....I enjoy it muchly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    send me the vin via pm and ill run it thru the system.

    mk7s are fine older ones not as much but one with fsh will usually get goodwill if something happens.
    Happy to help too, my days are filled with finding new homes for German machinery

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    Quote Originally Posted by willsy01 View Post
    The low torque engines with the 7 speed (DQ200) were the problem. Trundling along in traffic fucked the clutch packs etc.

    The 6sp (DQ250) is the better option. I have a MK6 R.....I enjoy it muchly.
    Does any Golf use the DQ500? Was silky smooth in the Multivan demo I drove last week.

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    No, only Tiguan and T6.

    It is a nice box though. Way less troublesome than the others.
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    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    To the topic at hand, diesel manuals are reasonably reliable.

    Try and find one that hasn't had the recall done.
    Quote Originally Posted by brewdles View Post
    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    Nopics has a 2008 Golf GT Sport Tsi manual which she bought new. As Jim has commented it is very nice to drive in terms of ride and handling, but I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that a VW is not a long term proposition in the economic sense. Up to about 90000 km it wasn't too bad, regular servicing plus one or two door lock mechanisms and a fuel tank sender. Since 90000 km (currently 107000) it has had a waterpump / supercharger clutch replacement, an air con compressor and Tx valve, the rear hood lining dropped and it is currently in having the chain tensioner replaced. However that job has now morphed into the timing gears as well because they are significantly worn. All this on an engine that does not get flogged or laboured hard on boost.

    As for diesels, the workshop I use says that some of the diesels with the balance shafts that are driven from a key on the back of the oil pump can flog the key drive out and that VW here say they cannot be repaired. The primary problem being re-alignment of the balance shafts.

    I know VW's seem pretty good bang for buck but I think they can be an expensive proposition out of warranty.

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    Yeah some of the unit injection 4 cylinder motors around '07/'08 had issues with wear on the balance shaft gears. There was a recall on them, where we were just fitting a revised gearset and bolts. Was a piss-easy job, and there was an alignment/locking tool that slipped into the balance shafts to hold them insitu, while you tightened loosened the bolts on the gears.
    Quote Originally Posted by brewdles View Post
    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    I've had a Mk6 GTI DSG since new. Had a good run with it, only questionable items were water pump at 72k and PCV at 105k

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    Surprised it hasn't needed chains.
    Quote Originally Posted by brewdles View Post
    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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