- VW Golf estate – what to look out for?
Owned a mk4 tdi estate and a hatch version
The boot on the estate is so much better, flat loading (neat to sit on when change muddy bike shoes ;-), hidden boot hatch space and will hold more than you expect.
Electric window motors can be an issue.
Check the squirty works on the rear wiper, costly to replace and is a common fault.
Some suffer with MAF sensor issues
Get the water pump swapped for a metal bladed version (plastic was std.) when you have the cambelt done, they can go too.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Currently driving a petrol, W reg, mk4 estate.
Lambda sensors on the exhaust are playing up at the moment (apparently a common issue).
Had some fun with the worlds most over complicated window winder mechanism a while back.
Electric solenoid on the boot went a while ago, wasn’t caused by the normal leaky rear wash squirter, never got round to tracing the fault, might do one day…
Anything you might need to fix or investigate has been covered by some Barry somewhere as mk4s are pretty popular with modders.
Otherwise no major issues really. Its been a good car.
Having said that next car won’t be VAG. Dare I say it you’ll probably find more space and comfort in a similar vintage mondeo estate and probably slightly cheaper parts too.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
steering rack likes to die – it should be silent , a dying one will whine.
they love to eat the inside edges of front tires
make sure the waterpumps been changed at the belt change – this killed ours.
central locking can play up
the leaky washer pipe killed the rear high level brake light.
youll probably be fine now as the rules been out for a couple years but ours came with the hid light upgrade and we got stung with putting normal lights back in as the factory fit didnt meet the new regs.
asside from that interior rattle and squeek is normal.
and understeering like a bag of crap if its a TDI is also normal – people swear they dont …but most of them havnt driven anything that can actually steer.Posted 4 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
W reg 2ltr petrol estate here. Good solid car. They do have their faults just like any other really. Water pump and belts on time. Lambda probes, MAS air meter, electric window motor mechanism, central locking are the most common faults.
Just came back from holiday in Pembroke to Hereford. 4 of us, all loaded up. Drove steady. 47mpg from a 2ltr petrol. Can’t justify getting rid.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
and understeering like a bag of crap if its a TDI is also normal – people swear they dont …but most of them havnt driven anything that can actually steer.
Actually that’s very much the same with the petrol, possibly worse. Probably because its a bit rear heavy to start with and with even less mass in the engine bay its not too fond of the corners. But then its not the kind of vehicle you go for “ultimate driving pleasure” its a practical car with a bit more load capacity.Posted 4 years agoorangeboyMember
My bargain £1500 130 tdi estate now has an ominous dmf rattle
Which will cost half the price of the car to fix , if I bother
Tdi can also suffer with the tandum diesel pump leaking from the pump cover
Some have managed to seal it other wise £ 300 for a new pump
For the space wish I got the slightly bigger passat estatePosted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
My wife has one, a mk4. Its got 125k on the clock with no major bills yet, and still returns 50+ mpg on a run. So no complaints.
As people have said, whilst the boot is a good shape for loading, its not actually THAT big. My bike only fits in with front wheel removed.
It’s dull to drive. Understeers terribly and doesnt feel nice to steer. The 130 tdi has a nice wave of torque for overtaking but its a long wait for the turbo kick when you plant your foot.
If those dont sound like big issues to you, then its been perfectly adequate for us. As people have said, a Mondeo/Passat is far bigger, and an Octavia cheaper.Posted 4 years agojimmySubscriber
What Trail_Rat said…
I love mine and pay probably £500/year on one ‘big job’ to keep it going. Over the last few years the radiator was replaced, gearbox overhauled, just done cambelt & water pump and wheel bearings are due to be replaced next. Otherwise, brakes & tyres usual stuff.
The size and shape is perfect, engine runs great, good economy (easy 50+mpg on cruising). Don’t plan on giving her up yet (145k miles, aiming for 200k)!Posted 4 years ago
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