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Hey guys, im looking to purchase the mkv but i have heard the volkswagens are not very reliable cars. I have heard that when they are brand new, they are amazing rides but as time goes on the tend to wear a lot quicker than other cars ( such as japanese models etc). Have you guys found any reliablilty issues? How is the vehicle service ( parts etc) expensive or what? Im planning to keep this car for at least 7 years till im done school so i dont want it to crap out on me. Any comments are welcome. Thanks!
 

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I have owned several VWs over the years. My first was a '90 Corrado G60. It was about 5 years old when I got it, but still in great shape. The only problem I ever had with it over the 4 years that I drove it was the alternator going out. That cost less than $200 to replace including labor. I think I had about 120K on that car when I sold it and I still got like $7K for it. :)

I had a Beetle for a little while. I think it had some issues. In fact, most people that have them say they have problems, especially electrical. I always see New Beetles driving down the road with 1 headlight or 1 foglight out.

My brother has a Golf TDI and he abolutely loves it. It's an '03 (I think) and he has over 100K miles on it. No problems so far.

My Mk5 GTI is 8 months old and has 12K miles on it. I haven't had any problems. Most of the problems I hear people mentioning with their GTI are small issues like rattles and what not. I think this is common with most cars. Sometimes you have to work out a few kinks as you are breaking it in. Someone will probably disagree with me on this, but I think this is the case with all mass-produced cars.

Overall, I think the GTI is a far superior car to all of its Japanese competitors. Don't underestimate the things you can't see. For example, my father bought a 2005 Honda Accoud V6 Coupe. It was pretty nice, quick, and seemed very refined. After about 1 year it had dents all over it from normal road debris. Apparently it is made of really cheap steal. He traded it in for a Subaru Forexter XT. Although it is also Japanese it seems to be built much better.

Just my thoughts. Good Luck!
 

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Well, I hope this doesn't put you off the GTI (I still love it), but one of my front headlights has been out for the past month. Fucking dealership can't seem to diagnose the problem, I've had it in 3 times in the past month to get it fixed. First it's "we gotta order a new assembly, bring it back next week", then they install the new headlight and it still doesn't work so now it's some kind of control unit they need to order. They're fucking idiots for not being able to diagnose the problem right in the first place.

My '97 Jetta was a super reliable car, even though it was one of the dreaded made in Mexico models (which are the cars that give VW such a bad name for reliability, a lot of them are very unreliable). I didn't have a single problem with it that wasn't caused by myself, I even drove it cross continent twice without a hitch. Got $7000 for it when I sold it this spring 'cause people know a 6 year old VW that still runs well is a very reliable car.
 

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I just took mine in for its 15K mile check up. Cost me 100.00 up from 70.00 for the 10K mile.. this time it got an oil change, a rotation and a balance, which i don't even think it needed. That bill for the 15K shocked me but at the same time, the only money I have spent on my GTI has been for scheduled maintenence. I am quite satisfied and I drive it like I stole it, EVERYDAY.

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Well, I hope this doesn't put you off the GTI (I still love it), but one of my front headlights has been out for the past month. fwording dealership can't seem to diagnose the problem, I've had it in 3 times in the past month to get it fixed. First it's "we gotta order a new assembly, bring it back next week", then they install the new headlight and it still doesn't work so now it's some kind of control unit they need to order. They're fwording idiots for not being able to diagnose the problem right in the first place.

My '97 Jetta was a super reliable car, even though it was one of the dreaded made in Mexico models (which are the cars that give VW such a bad name for reliability, a lot of them are very unreliable). I didn't have a single problem with it that wasn't caused by myself, I even drove it cross continent twice without a hitch. Got $7000 for it when I sold it this spring 'cause people know a 6 year old VW that still runs well is a very reliable car.
thats the kind of crap im talking about. Little things here and there etc. Im in love with the gti as well but i guess ill be a little more cautious before i place the money down. Also, i wouldnt mind spending alittle more money on something a notch higher (in terms of quality) . Ive been looking at the 328 coupe and the is250 as well. Any comments? The only reason im even considering the gti is because the thing is so damn fun to drive and i can save a bit of cash as well. But if its gona wear down in 2 years, i do not want to have to put up with all that crap.
 

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"But if its gona wear down in 2 years, i do not want to have to put up with all that crap."

All depends on how you drive it. You abuse any car and its life will be short, treat it right and you got a long time ride.
 

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If you wanna go a step up, get the A3 2.0T. Same engine, same chassis, better quality.
 

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If you wanna go a step up, get the A3 2.0T. Same engine, same chassis, better quality.
meh. I personally think ugly. The gti is way hotter. I guess ill hold off for a while before i decide. Thanks for the input.
 

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They're fucking idiots for not being able to diagnose the problem right in the first place.
Electrical gremlins are hard to diagnose sometimes. VW owners should especially know that. That's a main problem of VWs. Diagnosing the problem is not that simple.

But man, that sucks. What if you get a ticket for that? Who pays if you knew about it and are in the process of fixing it?
 

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Dealership gave me a printout of something with a stamp on it, that supposedly should get me out of any tickets.

Don't see the point in ticketing me anyhow, I drive with the fogs on at night, so I'm visible enough and even without fogs, the single HID is brighter than any two halogens combined.
 
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