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I thought I would share my experiences with my one week old TDI Golf.

In short this car was made for me. I LOVE this car like I have never loved a car before. My list of previous cars over the years have been 1987 Ford Escort GT, 1990 Ford Saleen Mustang, 1988 Toyota Celica Altrac Turbo, 1986.5 Toyota Supra n/a, a 1987 Toyota Supra Turbo and a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. I have also owned several full sized pickups and one 1999 Ford Explorer.

I have to say that everything about this car has my name all over it. It literally fits like a glove. I honestly believe that there is no other car that could be such a perfect match for me. BTW, I am 5'10" and 170 pounds and I have been thru the very best aggressive driver training schools.

THE GOOD:

I averaged 44.1 mpg today on a 136 mile trip. I averaged 67-73 mph, on a pretty level freeway but there were a few traffic clogs for maybe 4 miles that bogged traffic down to 0-35 mph of stop and go traffic.

The standard stereo is very good with no complaints that so many people have been complaining about. Maybe they have been comparing it to some $2000 aftermarket stereo.

Performance is awesome for a 140 horsepower diesel. Look at my cars above to see what I am comparing it to. The 6 speed manual trany is very smooth, easy and positive. The clutch, once you get use to it, is very acceptable. It took me about one day to completely get use to it, however one still has to give it a lot of "gas" if you're starting out on a steep hill or the car will stall.

Comfort levels are wonderful, both in driving position, relationship to the instrument panel, etc.

Handling is very nice for a non-sports car.

It is simply amazing that the car feels so much bigger than what it actually is. The room inside for occupants is great!

The turning radius is an absolute wonder!!!!!! I think I could turn a 360 in my garage! ;)

THE NOT SO GREAT

I still have not figured out the center console armrest. This thing is adjustable in height and fore-aft movement, but its very hard to really figure out how to raise it up and down.

The ignition is annoying if you stall the car. You have to completely turn the car off then turn the key again to get the car started. This could create a compromising condition and possibly an accident by someone hitting you if you stall your car and are unable to get it started again and back under way in a swift movement.

If you live in a hilly community where there is a high likelihood that you will be stopping on big hills, this car with a 6 speed manual trany is not for you. I HIGHLY suggest going with the DSG if you live in a place like San Fransisco, Seattle, etc. Today I was in a line of traffic on a 9% grade hill, which is really freaking steep hill and I literally had to push the accelerator completely to the floor while I was releasing the clutch to prevent it from stalling. I was not impressed with this one bit.

The rear wiper's intermittent stage is set to close together. I personally think it should be set at a longer interval.

The back window is hard to keep clean/dry if the road is wet. In fact this is the worst car I have owned for this issue. I do not know if its the design or the fact that I have the Votex rear roof spoiler.

The three heater/air conditioning controls knobs are very hard to see either at day or nite. Meaning you simply can not tell if its set at air vents, defrost, foot or the temperature. These controls should be designed in a way that you can simply feel what position they are set at like soo many other cars.

I personally hate the daytime running lights. I am certain that something euro is in the works to correct this problem very soon for me.
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My issues or complaints are very minor and I can live with them...mostly. Again, I am in love with my car.
 

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With the armrest, you can always raise it, but to lower it, you have to raise it until to the limit, then you can lower as much as you want. The salesman at the dealer explained everything about the car over an hour or so. I thought it would be pretty boring, but it was actually very useful.

Oh yeah, the a/c knobs are a bit annoying. I hate that you can't see all the options on the right knob from the driver's seat.
 

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Saw your reply on the vortex, if it doesn't lower after raising it to the limit it's definitely defective. Mine has about 3 clicks before I can lower it, so do the others I've seen. They did change the hinge construction sometime between 2006 and 2009. The early ones have a metallic clacking, the later ones have a dampened clicking which sounds rubberized.
 

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THE NOT SO GREAT


1. The rear wiper's intermittent stage is set to close together. I personally think it should be set at a longer interval.

2. The back window is hard to keep clean/dry if the road is wet. In fact this is the worst car I have owned for this issue. I do not know if its the design or the fact that I have the Votex rear roof spoiler.

3. The three heater/air conditioning controls knobs are very hard to see either at day or nite. Meaning you simply can not tell if its set at air vents, defrost, foot or the temperature. These controls should be designed in a way that you can simply feel what position they are set at like soo many other cars.

4. I personally hate the daytime running lights. I am certain that something euro is in the works to correct this problem very soon for me.
To answer your review

1. The rear wiper intermittent stages can be manipulated via Vag Com adjustments.

2. Hatchbacks/wagons have this trait and just a design trait. Wind gets tumbled back there and dirt accumulates as a direct result.

3. YES! I really don't like the new design of the heating and cooling controls. If you are the driver it makes the controls difficult to see, but passengers can see them wit ease. Maybe Volkswagen will revise this at a later date (granted there are enough complaints).

4. Daytime running lights can be disabled via Vag Com.
 

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UPDATE: ONE MONTH

I now have 2800 miles on "Casper". I am still very pleased with him but I have noticed a few other issues.

1) about a week or two ago I noticed excessive engine "chatter/knocking" within the first 30-60 seconds of start-up, but only after the car has sat overnight. I mean this is much louder than just standard cold diesel starts as the outside temps have ranged 40-50 F. I open the hook and this sound is not consistent with lifters or anything as it is sporadic, such as one loud "knock" every 5-20 seconds but it goes away after two minutes of idle. And at the same time that it "knocks" you can see the engine move in synch with the sound. It's heading to the dealer on Thursday to get checked out.

2) During my first complete vacuum of the interior I found wet carpet underneath the driver's front floormat. It had been raining for the past few days and I just washed the car that morning so it's a big "I don't know" where the water is coming in. Clearly it is much more than just tracking in water when I step inside and clearly nothing was left partially open. The floor mat was dry. Also to be checked out on Thursday.

3) at times my driver's seat does not lock into place on the outer rail, meaning I'll be driving along after long since adjusting the forward/rear movement and the outer-side of the seat will slide back one position when I shift within the seat. Another words the inboard side of the seat completely locked as it should have but the other side apparently did not.

4) I am still very disappointed in pulling out from a stop on a very steep (Seattle) hill. I have to completely push the accelerator to the floor as I am letting out on the clutch to prevent a stall.

5) I really HATE the horn sounding whenever I lock the doors using the remote. Apparently the only way to disable this is with VAG-COM. The dealership will be trying this at the end of the week.

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I have averaged 41-47 mpg on each tank full since new. One 100 mile trip over the weekend the computer calculated an average of 51 mpg.
 

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It sounds like a grommet somewhere might be letting water in.

I have a foglight that likes to go on occasionally when I'm turning into the driveway-I will have to get that checked I'm sure.
I love the car overall- the suspension and the acceleration - just the whole feel of the car. I'm sure there will be some issues here and there- the engine is a marvelous one though.
 

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It sounds like a grommet somewhere might be letting water in.

I have a foglight that likes to go on occasionally when I'm turning into the driveway-I will have to get that checked I'm sure.
I love the car overall- the suspension and the acceleration - just the whole feel of the car. I'm sure there will be some issues here and there- the engine is a marvelous one though.
I kinda figure it's a drain/grommet on the floorpan.

BTW, your fog light is made to do that. If your headlights are turned on without using DRL and your fog lights are turned off, then one of your fog lights will come on if: ONE - you turn on a turn indicator at low speeds and/or TWO - you turn your steering wheel at low speeds. It's designed to supposedly help you see that area which you are turning into. Therefore if you frantically turn your steering wheel from one side to the other, your fog lights will alternate from side to side. Someone has a video of this on one of the VW forums....probably VWVortex
 
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