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Just how good is the mighty Volkswagen Golf, Europe's best selling car that's now in its seventh generation?

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14 July 2009

Save at least 4k before negotiations and buy a 170bhp, 330lbft Alfa 147 Ducati Corse instead.

14 July 2009

Sod off, Greg!!! We want a car that won't spend 364 days a year at the dealer or fall apart after less than a year of use. People buy Golfs because you can drive them for 20 years without major problems. I had a Mark 1 for 10 years, my wife had a Mark 2 for 25 years, I had a Mark 3 for 10 years. Twice I've tried something different from a Golf. First, it was a Ford Escort. Rubbish. Then i tried a Lancia Delta Integrtale. Lovely car but it broke down five times in its first year. Each time I went back to a Golf. Nothing ever went wrong with my Golfs.

14 July 2009

[quote Greg1]

Save at least 4k before negotiations and buy a 170bhp, 330lbft Alfa 147 Ducati Corse instead.

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330 lb.ft from 1,900 cc. them Italians are the dog's bollox at this engine malarkey. respect!

queer though them eyeties still using pounds-feet.

14 July 2009

[quote brakedust]We want a car that won't spend 364 days a year at the dealer or fall apart after less than a year of use[/quote]

I thought that particular stereotype had been put to bed. Obviously not.

That said I would take the Golf every time over a 147, but not at that price - Jeez.

14 July 2009

[quote Lee23404]I thought that particular stereotype had been put to bed. Obviously not.[/quote]

Quite - I suppose word about VW Touareg's horrendous reliability hasn't got out then.

The article mentions that the GTD lacks, wait for it, soul...I'm merely proposing an alternative with character, more oomph and at a price that would make it a serious contender. Let's face it, we're talking about the GTD being about 20% more expensive than the Alfa, before even starting to haggle with the Alfa dealer!

14 July 2009

[quote Greg1]Save at least 4k before negotiations and buy a 170bhp, 330lbft Alfa 147 Ducati Corse instead.[/quote]

No the alfa 147 has 330NM which is 243lbft, which is 15lbft less that what the vw golf produces... or 20NM less if you like.

14 July 2009

[quote brakedust]Nothing ever went wrong with my Golfs.[/quote]

You were lucky then.

I would suggest that the Alfa is now at least as reliable as the Golf, if not more so. I do appreciate the dealers aren't as good though.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

14 July 2009

[quote brakedust]People buy Golfs because you can drive them for 20 years without major problems.[/quote]Perhaps he means Golf clubs?

14 July 2009

Once again some slightly dubious research from Autocar. The Leon FR and Octavia vRS now use exactly the same engine as the Golf GTD and as far as I know the Leon at least can match the GTD for both emissions and mpg.

On the subject of reliability, my Golf has run fine for 5 years (so far). Still, they're asking a lot of Golf fans this time with that asking price.

14 July 2009

Do these smoke and drone as badly as the last (Mk5) GTD I drove?

£22,435; mmm, saving a few quid on road tax will certainly make up for the repayments on that...

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