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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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    Bump.

    What is the mk7 1.4L (the 92kW variant, so not the twincharged thing) like reliability-wise? Looking at a low km 6sp manual in the base model. They are well-specced and cost 3/5ths of fuck all, and appear to be an excellent second car.

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    6sp non twin charge seems ok. The 7sp and twin charge was the devil model.
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    TSI is ok
    TSI is the hand grenade?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tremolo View Post
    Bump.

    What is the mk7 1.4L (the 92kW variant, so not the twincharged thing) like reliability-wise? Looking at a low km 6sp manual in the base model. They are well-specced and cost 3/5ths of fuck all, and appear to be an excellent second car.
    Good thing. They’re not related to the twincharge engine at all.

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    We had one of the dodgy ones and it was a love hate relationship .
    We had small gearbox problem that was sorted out under warrantee , I still dont know exactly what went wrong because everyone at VW was very shifty and nervous about talking to us .
    I believe it was some small component that broke and jammed the shirt lever , not allowing it to go into drive .
    The shuddering of the gearbox particularly in second gear was a mind bender , it started doing it at about 15,000 kms . We took it back to VW and were told that it was fine and not to worry . At my insistence they made an official note that I wasnt happy with the gearbox . I was worried that it would develop bigger problems after the engine/ drivetrain warrantee ran out , and I wanted it noted that It had begun to give problems while still under warrantee .
    The thing shuddered its way through the next 75,000kms without any major dramas and we traded it recently before our luck ran out .
    I really liked the car for every other aspect except the gearbox , a real shame that VW didnt recall them and really sort the bloody thing out in my view .

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    Mate has a mk7 dsg , 96000km immaculate car and box rooted, curb won’t even start off the key cos the mechatronics cunt bag is rooted internally.

    I had 147kms 13 passat 118tsi Tsi - box rooted and shuddered etc.

    I had 13 polo dsg box died few months after I sold it to a person we know only had 40000kms on it. Total replace cost him 6k.

    On the plus side it’s cheaper to just buy a stat write off and use that as a donor , u can get whole cars for as low as 2k and upto 5k depending on the model etc. that’s the cheapest dsg fix solution .


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    Thanks but that's irrelevant as I'm looking at a 6sp manual. With 3 pedals. Wife refuses to drive autos.

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    The main problems all seem to revolve around (older than what you’re looking at) DSG ‘boxes.
    Manual?
    I’d put my nopix in one happily.
    Soft roaders represent an excellent compromise between the needs of the hardcore 4x4 user and the convenience of a city hatchback. Its clear to see why they have become so popular in todays society.

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    Just to hijack slightly.
    Considering buying a 2011 Golf bluemotion diesel mk6. They are a 5sp manual. Apparently do 3.8L/100. Will be for highway commuting as I drive 135km each way to work daily at the moment all highway and wouldn't mind something that is going to save me a fair chunk of coin on fuel. Don't know much about them apart from the reviews I have read from when they were new. Are they shitboxes and am I going to be spending my fuel savings on servicing it or fixing it constantly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skurfer View Post
    Just to hijack slightly.
    Considering buying a 2011 Golf bluemotion diesel mk6. They are a 5sp manual. Apparently do 3.8L/100. Will be for highway commuting as I drive 135km each way to work daily at the moment all highway and wouldn't mind something that is going to save me a fair chunk of coin on fuel. Don't know much about them apart from the reviews I have read from when they were new. Are they shitboxes and am I going to be spending my fuel savings on servicing it or fixing it constantly?
    bluemotions are fucking awesome. will happily do 1200km per tank. egr failure - light on dash and funny running, and clutches can wear out over 150,000km. the rest is just service stuff. they are a bit basic inside. the normal diesel will do the same kms. other model to look for is an older model with the BKD, BKP, BRE or BMN, BMR, BRD engine codes. all known as soot chuckers. will do star ship miles, simpler than the later efi ones and quick. like suprisingly quick. 6 speed manual ones are the go in those. a flash makes em hilarious.
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    MK6 BluMo gets GTI suspension and an aero-friendly bodykit, too.

    Have seen a few with GTI and R wheels on them.
    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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