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Spyros
05-06-2009, 08:01 PM
Looking at making an a bit of an emergency car purchase tomorrow as the missus car died today and is not worth repairing. Problem is, despite us both liking the golf TDI for some time I haven't done any research at all. :o
Looking at either a late old model or early new model so 03-05.

My questions are. What are the service intervals? (the old man seems to think 6k miles) Are there any common faults to look out for? Any other usefull info? opinions?

If anyone can point me in the direction of buyers guide or something similar I'd be grateful. I dont like buying a car in a rush but my hand has been forced and I'm a wee bit stressed.

Sorry for another new car thread and thanks peops. Just gonna pop out for a kebab:D

onzarob
05-06-2009, 08:14 PM
service interval are 10K with a big service, eg cambelt at 60K or every 4 years. look for well serviced car 100bhp and 130bhp engines are great 150BHP GTTDI need spotless service record as they tend to wear cams heavy and cost at least £1500+ to put right.

Check for lumpy idle and sliping clutches as dual mass flywheel is expensive to replace.

The 130bhp is the pick of the MK4 TDI's which were made up to 05. 2005 is the change over to the MK5 Golf. Difficult to find any TDI's under £6500 worth having.

HTH.

Rob:D

Spyros
05-06-2009, 09:03 PM
Thanks Rob, appreciate the help.

It seems that I may have to settle for an 02 as I dont really wanna go over £5-6k.

I do like the look of the 130, seems an good compromise between power and practicality and she likes the old shape a little more anways so I wont complain.

I'll spend a some time now looking through the forum.

thanks again :fing02:

onzarob
05-06-2009, 09:21 PM
I have a MK5....It came at a v good price, but if I didn't the 130 MK4 would be my car of choice..good performance and economy:D

RickT
05-06-2009, 09:42 PM
maybe something like this.....


http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/VOLKSWAGEN+GOLF/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-11-19-51-240-4294966835-4294966886/advert.action?R=200915332207598&distance=21&postcode=ME14+3BD&channel=CARS&make=VOLKSWAGEN&model=GOLF&min_pr=3000&max_pr=5000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2001&vehicleRegLetter=Y



2001 Y Reg VOLKSWAGEN Golf 1.9 GTi TDi 115
Price: £4,495
Features:
69,000 miles
Manual
Grey
Diesel
Hatchback
1896 cc
Full Description:

Glossary of Terms

5 Doors, Manual 6 speed, Hatchback, Diesel, 69,000 miles, Metallic GREY, 2 Owners. Full Service History x6 Stamps, Air conditioning, Alloy wheels, Sports seats, Computer, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Central locking, Immobiliser, Power assisted steering, Driver airbag, Passenger airbag, Side airbags, Adjustable seats, ABS, Adjustable steering column/wheel, Foglights, Head restraints, Folding rear seats, Radio/CD, Rear headrests, Traction control. Insurance Group:10, £4,495


Rick

RickT
05-06-2009, 09:47 PM
OR..

Even this........



2004 04 Reg VOLKSWAGEN Golf 1.9 SE TDi
Price: £4,950
Features:
86,000 miles
Manual
Silver
Diesel
Hatchback
1896 cc
Full Description:

Glossary of Terms

5 Doors, Manual, Hatchback, Diesel, 86,000 miles, Metallic Silver, MOT-04-2010, 1 Owner. ABS, Air conditioning, Alloy wheels, Central locking, Cruise control, Folding rear seats, Lumbar support, Immobiliser, Passenger airbag, Side airbags, Radio/CD, Rear headrests, Traction control, 3x3 point rear seat belts, Body coloured bumpers, Drivers airbag, Front electric windows, Front head restraints, Height adjustable drivers seat, Isofix child seat anchor points, PAS, Rear wiper, Remote central locking, Steering wheel rake adjustment, Steering wheel reach adjustment, Trip computer, Alarm, Electric door mirrors, Heated door mirrors, Service indicator, Cloth seat trim, Solid Paint, Space saver spare wheel. Insurance Group:6, NEW CAMBELT,FULL SERVICE HISTORY,11MONTHS TAX+10 MONTHS MOT,very good condition inside out, £4,950

http://pictures.autotrader.co.uk/imgser-uk/servlet/media?id=925733871

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/VOLKSWAGEN+GOLF/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-10-19-51-144-240-4294966835-4294966886/advert.action?R=200922335030633&distance=95&postcode=ME14+3BD&channel=CARS&make=VOLKSWAGEN&model=GOLF&min_pr=2000&max_pr=5000&max_mileage=&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2004&vehicleRegLetter=04



Cheers

Rick

STEWY L
05-06-2009, 09:53 PM
don't forget the even better BORA,slightly cheaper second hand,but huge boot,and better looking front end.
highly underated.130pd best,115,110 would do the wife i'm sure.
good luck,
stewy.

Spyros
05-06-2009, 09:54 PM
Thanks Rick. I think I'd like to keep it below 60k miles if possible but I'm going to have another look at auto trader and go back further than 7 years to see a few 01 plates as that 1st one looks good.

cheers

RickT
05-06-2009, 10:07 PM
Thanks Rick. I think I'd like to keep it below 60k miles if possible but I'm going to have another look at auto trader and go back further than 7 years to see a few 01 plates as that 1st one looks good.

cheers

Hi,

How many miles per year does the wife or will the car do??

Reason i say is @ 80k miles, its only just ran in, some really good offers out there...

I would favour a newer car with more miles than an older one with less. -

if you see anything you fancy, post a link up and we will give you some advice on what we think and what to look out for.

Cheers

Rick

Spyros
05-06-2009, 10:26 PM
Well I want to keep the mileage on mine low so we'll be doing all the long journeys in hers. Probably 20-30k miles a year as our family are all over the place.

At the moment I'm favouring the following, pending info on MOT, tax and a good viewing of course.

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/VOLKSWAGEN+GOLF/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-20-41-145-240-4294966835-4294966886/advert.action?R=200912331017141&distance=13&postcode=me15+6fu&channel=CARS&make=VOLKSWAGEN&model=GOLF&min_pr=&max_pr=6000&max_mileage=60000&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2002&vehicleRegLetter=52

Also quite like the look of:

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/VOLKSWAGEN+GOLF/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-20-41-145-240-4294966835-4294966886/advert.action?R=200923335409153&distance=29&postcode=me15+6fu&channel=CARS&make=VOLKSWAGEN&model=GOLF&min_pr=&max_pr=6000&max_mileage=60000&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2002&vehicleRegLetter=02

and if I can stretch:

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk/www/cars/VOLKSWAGEN+GOLF/Ne-2-4-5-6-7-8-27-44-49-53-61-64-67-103-133-146-236,N-21-41-85-145-240-4294966835-4294966886/advert.action?R=200922335125312&distance=33&postcode=me15+6fu&channel=CARS&make=VOLKSWAGEN&model=GOLF&min_pr=6000&max_pr=7000&max_mileage=60000&vehicleYearOfManufacture=2004&vehicleRegLetter=04

You chaps are very helpfull indeed, appreciated :fing02:

Spyros
05-06-2009, 10:36 PM
don't forget the even better BORA,slightly cheaper second hand,but huge boot,and better looking front end.
highly underated.130pd best,115,110 would do the wife i'm sure.
good luck,
stewy.

I dont mind them actually but it just got a resounding boo hoo from her:D

elvismiggell
05-06-2009, 10:40 PM
Myself I'd go for the last option.

I picked up an 04 plate GT TDI last year for £7,000 with 68k on the clock. Love it.

Really nice daily driver and so comfortable on the motorway.

RickT
05-06-2009, 11:18 PM
You chaps are very helpfull indeed, appreciated :fing02:


No problem, thats how we are one if not the best VAg related forums online!

i would look at a MK5 if i was you, reason, the Mk4 has been around for some time now, since 1998 and i dont think i would spend over 5k on a Mk4 now.

If you look hard on auto trader and prepared to travel, you can get some good buys on the Mk5.

Rick

paul b
06-06-2009, 02:09 PM
The Mk5 looks a good buy. You could always do a bit of haggling when you get there, just put it down the the economy and all that... ;)

The first Mk4 (provided in the links) looks very tidy as well. I'm not very keen on the second one. Reason being the owner says it's immaculate etc, yeah, very immaculate, that's why it has a centre cap missing off the wheel. :D

Apart from that it may be stunning, but a lot of people will advertise their cars as immaculate when they actually aren't.

VAGMAN54
06-06-2009, 03:10 PM
nice selection.......stick with the mk4 very few problems compared to the mk5 diesel they can be troublesome with cylinder heads,broken turbos,split egr coolers we have done lots of them.....mk4 ..check rear axle bushes front antiroll bar links door locks can be troublesome same as window requlators but this is nothing compared to head and turbo faults on a mk5.......my preference and suggestion only ive worked on vw for a long time and they are a quality car.....plus the two mk4s have full dealer s/history....good luck with your choice..

Spyros
06-06-2009, 06:35 PM
The first one looks tidy in the advert but I got there and the back seats were down with a drum kit taking up the whole back from a gig the night before! Last 2 service stamps were just hand scribles and no idea about the cambelt change. Worst of all the oil was over half an inch above the max.

Second one was quite nice, a bit rattley inside but got a bad vibe about the guy selling it so just left it.

Will try to check out the mk5 tomorrow although slightly concerned about the head and turbo issues mentioned.

Cheers for your comments.

RickT
06-06-2009, 07:03 PM
Will try to check out the mk5 tomorrow although slightly concerned about the head and turbo issues mentioned.

Cheers for your comments.


The head issues are not a massive issue as suggested above..

Take a look at the MK5 Golf section...
http://www.vwaudiforum.co.uk/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=174

Remember, people only tend to post when they have a problem so have a look around.

I would not let the "head" quote above put you off at all, thats just one persons opinion.

Rick

VAGMAN54
07-06-2009, 12:23 PM
yes it is only my opinion

UltraViolet
07-06-2009, 04:50 PM
Worth also looking at the Passat??

I had an 05 Golf TDi (110) but when leaving the company, I bought a 53 plate Passat 130 sport (6-speed). I wasn't 100% sure as I don't need that big a car, but have found it to be not only quicker, but I get better fuel economy from it and it is great on the motorway....plus you can pick up a newer one for your budget.

VAGMAN54
07-06-2009, 05:11 PM
yep another nice motor

Spyros
08-06-2009, 06:09 PM
Worth also looking at the Passat??

I had an 05 Golf TDi (110) but when leaving the company, I bought a 53 plate Passat 130 sport (6-speed). I wasn't 100% sure as I don't need that big a car, but have found it to be not only quicker, but I get better fuel economy from it and it is great on the motorway....plus you can pick up a newer one for your budget.
Yeah I like them but she wants nothing bigger than a hatch which is fair enough.

There's a lot of dogs out there at the moment. I've seen 4 mk4 gt tdi 130's which all drive nicely but none have had a cambelt change and all but one were very scruffy in terms of mechanics and aesthetics which I cant live with for £5-6K.

Also tried two astra cdti's which are even slower than her 1.2 fiesta which has 170k miles and is falling apart

Mazda 3 diesel is looking like a good bet if I cant find a decent 130 although it obviously wont be as nippy. Drove one but the engine light was on hence very sluggish

Havenít really come across a good looking mk5 within budget.

Think were just going to have to be severely inconvenienced with one car or hire one until a good buy comes along.