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2004 volkswagen golf v comfortline dsg

I realise that the km's are high, but I'm hoping that this would be offset by the 5 year warranty. ie if something breaks down, it would be covered by the warranty.
Am I correct to assume that? or am I missing something?

Read the terms and conditions on the warranty very, very closely. I can't recall whether the Golf V had a DSG or regular auto, but if it's a DSG, the replacement cost of the gearbox would almost write off the car.

Those dealer provided extended warranties are normally very limited in what they cover.

Make sure the timing belt was done at 120,000. If it hasn't been, avoid as the owners probably neglected everything else too.

Golf V comfortline was probably the slushbox, not the DSG. If it's the slushbox, avoid. That thing is the worst gearbox ever invented. It's ALWAYS in the wrong gear.

If it actually is DSG then make sure it was serviced at 60,000 and 120,000. If not avoid.

The non-turbo 2.0 is known as the 2engine and has no scope for any significant power increases. If you're after a shopping trolley then that's fine. Remember that it requires premium fuel and factor that in to your expenses.

A 6 year old VW will have lots of rattles. It's traditional for VWs.

Read the warranty and note what it specifically includes – everthing else will come out of your pocket. It also won't cover wear and tear items like discs and pads etc.

I'd say in this market it's about 2 grand too much for a 6 year old car but I'm not sure what they priced the warranty at.

Golfs are brilliant cars but they are not a Hyundai. They are more upmarket and more expensive to own.

The biggest mistake people make is expecting European cars to take more abuse than a Jap car.

European cars are more sophisticated and need proper servicing and care.

Mid-high end euros yes, but low end euros like a golf? No, not more so than an equivalent jap anyway.

Honestly though I'd avoid the golf, for reasons already mentioned (unreliable with high km's, possibility of DSG faults which cost nearly as much as the car etc). A lower km model would be far better for a Golf.

It's a conventional torque converter auto. Only the TDI and GTI (and possibly GT) models got the DSG in the MkV range. DSG wasn't introduced across the board until the MkVI was released.

Its electronics and technical design is hardly above that of a similarily priced Japanese car.

But the overall driving experience is head and shoulders above that of an equivalently priced and aged Japanese car.

Besides, how many new Japanese cars in the Golf's price range (Corolla, Civic, possibly Impreza) get a twin-charged engines and a dual clutch gearbox. )

If you're referring to the 2005 Golf Comfortline, not many equivalent Japanese cars of that era got a 6-speed tiptronic auto, rain sensors, semi auto air conditioning and auto headlights. Or even a trip computer, for that matter. There's plenty of other little refinements and conveniences as well that don't usually show up on the feature lists – the devil is in the detail.

While European cars may not have the reputation for reliability and bang for buck that the Japanese and (increasingly so) the Koreans, they do often offer a better overall driving experience than their Japanese competitors. I'd say this is one of the big reasons why people buy so many European cars, despite the higher running costs and (potentially) poorer reliability.

But aside from all that, I'd probably look for a lower mileage example Golf as well – there's heaps of them around, plenty of choice.

If the OP has his heart set on a Golf and has the means to pay for its upkeep, then good on him. That said, I'd be a little cautious about the kilometres. If it was a country car, then that's not so bad. But it's got high kilometres because it used to be an ex-fleet or novated lease car, then I'd walk away.

Dealer warranty vs Manufacturer warranty = totally different things.

Dealer warranties are completely useless, majority of the time it doesn't cover anything important, just a scam to make you feel safe.

As for the car itself. as a Golf owner myself, it is a great car, however, i wouldn't recommend anyone getting a VW with 145000km on the clock, actually i wouldn't recommend anyone getting any car with that many KMs.

EVEN if you do want to get a Golf, the price is way too high, I would NOT pay that much for that car. brand new RRP is $32k BUT how many people actually pay the RRP? $15k for a car with that many KMs? not worth it, i wouldn't pay more than 11-12k for that car.

And also, i'm 95% sure that the car doesn't come in DSG, Tiptronic is NOT the same as DSG gearbox.

May be have a look at Ford Focus as well. Both European designed, South Africa made cars with good handling.

or Mazda 3? Drivetrain and Chassic are very similar to Focus with made in Japan reliable.

EVEN if you do want to get a Golf, the price is way too high, I would NOT pay that much for that car. brand new RRP is $32k BUT how many people actually pay the RRP? $15k for a car with that many KMs? not worth it, i wouldn't pay more than 11-12k for that car.

OP is based in Hobart, guess the dealer can ask more there. May be buy a car in Melbourne and drive/ship it back? Pretty sure OP can get better deal in mainland.


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