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2015 - 2018 Volkswagen Golf / GTI

'Considering a Golf R. It this model any more reliable than the regular Golf?

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Response from AcuraT

3:26 pm March 29, 2018

Being a performance model, it probably is less reliable than the unreliable Golf. This is according to TrueDelta (Scores Yellow or at 142% repairs on the latest version of the car) and a 2 on a scale of 5 at Consumer Reports. Save your money for necessary repairs if you want this vehicle (fuel system, electronics, power accesories).


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Response from LectroFuel

12:59 am March 30, 2018

The earlier in the current generation you get, the less reliable they will be generally. 2015 will be the worst year for example. If you aren't sure about the Golf's reliability, a good alternative is the Honda Civic Type R or Civic Si. They are direct competitors.


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Response from Member4229

7:19 pm April 12, 2018

I have a 2017 GTI Sport model with manual transmission. Zero problems after 10K miles. Not sure this fully applies to the R, but it seems to be built with care, and I'm impressed with the quality so far.


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Response from Tishpit

11:03 pm September 25, 2018

I have a 2017 VW Golf Alltrack (wagon) in SEL trim. Only about 5,000 miles on it now and it's been in for a repair (unsuccessful) already. It has an annoying rattling sound from the front driver's side; sounds like suspension issue to me. It comes and goes and is especially notable on bumpy roads. But it handles well. Mechanic said it was the dirt shield in the wheel well and tightened it (?). He admitted the noise was still there but couldn't do anything about it. Now going to take it to a different VW dealer (an hour's drive). The electronics are horrible; the GPS is the worst I've ever had and rarely leads me in the correct direction, the Bluetooth is slow and glitchy and often doesn't understand verbal commands, had a few electronics glitches that seemed to have worked themselves out. The handling is nice and sporty, engine is o.k., transmission (dual-clutch) was initially jerky at slow speeds, but now has smoothened out and is pretty good (better than most CVT's and those horrible Chrysler 9-speed trannies). Comfort and upscale appearance is nice. Very little storage room (cubbies, etc.) and the headlights do not look far enough down the road so nighttime driving is scary. I don't know about long-term reliability, but will probably unload this car when close to warranty being up.


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