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    1. Member Chasemedown's Avatar
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      02-22-2006 08:43 PM #1
      I'm very interested in the Mk4.
      How reliable are they? Expensive to fix (I'm coming from a honda)?
      If I am looking to buy one...is there a milege point where they will start to have problems more often?
      Your input is appreciated,
      Thanks

    2. 02-22-2006 08:44 PM #2
      thats not even a real question

    3. 02-22-2006 09:03 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by onepointniner td »
      thats not even a real question

      thats not even a real answer


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      02-22-2006 09:04 PM #4
      unreliable and expensive to fix. but we love em anyway.

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      02-22-2006 09:04 PM #5
      well...I imagine the reliability is quite good then

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      02-22-2006 09:29 PM #6
      it just depends...i have owned a dozen VW's, and have been very lucky to have either small problems that didnt cost a lot, or big problems that were covered by warranty. i have NEVER been stranded on the side of the road by a VW though. i dont know what that says for reliability to you, but i think highly of it.

      you may find yourself very fortunate, and get a VW with 0 problems, or you may get shat on and get a crappy one...either way, if you ahve found this website, you probably are an enthusiast to some degree, and thats mostly what owning a VW is all about (for people like us) ENTHUSIASM.

      my advice, take your time, do your homework, shop around and get a CPO car. (certified pre owned), and enjoy it.

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      02-22-2006 09:31 PM #7
      I got my CPO vw GTI 3 months ago. Today while letting it warm up I got a cel, took it to autozone and found out the o2 sensors are out.
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      02-22-2006 09:32 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by c1rcausa »
      I got my CPO vw GTI 3 months ago. Today while letting it warm up I got a cel, took it to autozone and found out the o2 sensors are out.

      annoying, but not going to cost you a dime.

      Big Bopper to March Hare..We're still in the game okay? Understand this, that scag, and his floozy....They're gonna die!

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      02-22-2006 09:32 PM #9
      MKIV is definitely more expensive to fix than a civic, reliability is questionable. MKIV usually has problems with electronics; however, if you maintain it well, it will last very long. Theres no certain point when things start to break if you take care of them beforehand.
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      02-22-2006 09:33 PM #10
      I've also never been stranded by a VW. I've been on some long drives in them too........

      take care of your VW and it will take care of you.


    11. 02-22-2006 09:36 PM #11
      well i dont know if you would call Mk4's reliable. Im on tranny number 3. The diffs blew twice so the whole tranny had to be replaced ...but i still love the car to death.

    12. 02-22-2006 09:38 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Chasemedown »
      I'm very interested in the Mk4.
      How reliable are they? Expensive to fix (I'm coming from a honda)?
      If I am looking to buy one...is there a milege point where they will start to have problems more often?
      Your input is appreciated,
      Thanks


      Honda is a very reliable car and doesn't compare to the VW.

      With proper maintenance, the VW is still a good ride.

      Nothing drives like a german car.

      6 yrs. 130k miles, first foreign car, If I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing.

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    13. 02-22-2006 09:40 PM #13
      Mine hasn't ever left me stranded and it hasn't ever had a major problem other than what I enflicted upon it. Also, I haven't had to pay for any repairs yet. Thats just me though, I can't speak for other MK4s.

    14. 02-22-2006 09:40 PM #14
      came from aircooled and honda world so i can relate to your concern, i had my jetta 1 1/2 months and now it's throwing a CEL and the cable on the window regulator is destroyed. They are some easy fixes though i would say not as reliable as honda but more fun and comfy to drive. I save my honda for the track..i am tired of riding like i am in a go cart. On the other hand i think the people that owned this car didnt take care of it. I love the jetta though i would say go for it

    15. 02-22-2006 09:41 PM #15
      i have owned 2 so far. I woould say what i have had break and other problems were all coverd by vw minus my time and gas. So i would say mechanically it is good . I have never had anyother issue with my car and have owned it since 2001.

    16. 02-22-2006 09:52 PM #16
      2003 jetta gls 1.8t.. not a damn thing has broken on me and i drive it spiritedly often. Hasn't let me down.

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      02-22-2006 10:00 PM #17
      2000 GTI GLS, 2.0L AEG engine. Made in Wolfsburg (not Mexico or Brazil). 80000kms and no problems yet.

      But if we're talking about MKIVs in general:
      As for general reliability, I'd say they aren't up to par, but only because MKIVs have so many damn things to offer! The more things they shove in a car, the more likely something will break. Simple as that.

      Also, I think VW engines are pretty good. I havn't heard a lot of problems with engines exploding yet. Just treat them with care, and you shouldn't have a problem.

      Oh, and I think the most common problems are general misc. things that can be fixed under VW recalls.


      Modified by bootymac at 6:02 PM 2-22-2006


    18. 02-22-2006 10:36 PM #18
      i have a 2001 jetta and before i swapped out the factory 2.0 motor, i put 220 000 kms, never had to do anything to it, just did the first tune up at 215 000 kms. in other words "It done me good". now i have a 1.8!!

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      02-22-2006 11:35 PM #19
      mines only been in the shop for oil changes. i love that car. you wont be dissapointed.
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      02-22-2006 11:41 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by silentdub »
      first foreign car, If I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing.

      same here.....if you get used...get CPO....my car has been pretty good....a few little problems....transmission being one of them...but its the automatic and they are known not to be the best....but as a whole....*i also work at 3 car deaerships so i drive lots of cars *.....my VW has to be one of the nicest cars in its price bracket...the finish on the inside is really nice...the plastics *to me* are some of the nicest feeling....rides great...handles pretty decent....and its pretty torquey *motor wise* for their bottom lne motor *2.0*....if i had to do it all over again....i would.....paint wise...even though its soft is takes to polishing/waxing very well...but scratches alittle easy....


    21. 02-22-2006 11:42 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by bootymac »
      2000 GTI GLS, 2.0L AEG engine. Made in Wolfsburg (not Mexico or Brazil). 80000kms and no problems yet.

      I hate to ask, but does anyone think it makes a difference where it was manufactured?


    22. 02-22-2006 11:48 PM #22
      i dont know, mine was from me-hi-co

    23. 02-22-2006 11:50 PM #23
      theres a lot of cheap cel triggers in vw's. like the fuel air mixture being .00000001 off so that it triggers the CEL.


      Modified by VgRt6 at 7:48 AM 2-27-2006

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      02-22-2006 11:51 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Geoffrey69 »
      I hate to ask, but does anyone think it makes a difference where it was manufactured?

      Yes, to a certain degree.


    25. 02-23-2006 12:10 AM #25
      take care of your VW and it'll take care of you.

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      02-23-2006 12:54 AM #26
      VWs are good cars. mine never failed on me, prob got 3 CELs due to MAF and O2 Sensors, and had the cat replaced at 62000. but thats it. usually, early model cars have probs. forexample, the MKIV started seling in the US around 1999.5. those tend to have the most problems.
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    27. 02-23-2006 01:26 AM #27
      Quote, originally posted by mrivera »
      unreliable and expensive to fix. but we love em anyway.

      x2


    28. 02-23-2006 01:32 AM #28
      It honestly depends. I think the later MK4s were WAY better. They really got it together. The early ones were way more electrical and it was a bit iffier.

    29. 02-23-2006 01:40 AM #29
      a honda vs VW on the issue of reliability is like comparing a model rocket to the space shuttle... one is cheap and is pretty cool, does the job.....but the other costs way to much and blows up once in a while

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      02-23-2006 01:50 AM #30
      there not, and thats why there such a 'spontanious joy' to own

    31. 02-23-2006 02:15 AM #31
      Quote, originally posted by mrivera »
      unreliable and expensive to fix. but we love em anyway.

      x3


    32. 02-23-2006 02:16 AM #32
      I think as long as you find someone that has maintained the car well, you shouldn't have a problem at all, or very few.

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      02-23-2006 02:22 AM #33
      very.


      I've had two mk4s, a 2001(35K RIP) and now a 2003. (35K)

      w/ no major problems to report.

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      02-23-2006 02:31 AM #34
      i should add ive only had minor problems under warranty that werent anything big but under warranty.

    35. 02-23-2006 03:05 AM #35
      it mostly depends on the owner.

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