Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by londonbmw, Apr 14, 2019.
Don't get the Mk5 imo.
Had one, (GT TDI) and it was awful.
After a long list of problems, it ended up in car heaven with less than 100k on the clock, due a faulty sensor. Yes, car heaven for a fucking sensor.
VW had the brains to locate this sensor in the steering rack, so when it goes (and it does) you need to replace the entire steering rack - just to fix a fucking sensor. I'm still mad about it years down the line, and will never buy anything VW again in protest.
Plenty of info here
Damn that’s ridiculous. Thanks for the heads up mate.
I’d avoid too
Go for the 1.9 TDi PD if you want a fairly reliable golf diesel.
Just searched that. That’s a mk4 right? I didn’t want something that old.
Might have to stick with my 330cd idea lol. At least I know something about the car
PD if your going golf D. As suggested by Hopz121
I have a 2007 MK5 GT TDI 2.0 140 PD and I love it. It’s just about to click over 150k and I’ve had it a year now covering 10k miles, In that time the only problem was a fuel pump which was a £70 part and 10mins to replace.
In terms of maintenance I have replaced the timing belt and water pump, engine oil service, replaced all the brakes and callipers, brake fluid etc
It had a new clutch at 130k.
Go for it
Thanks for the info guys. Also came across e60s and can’t believe how cheap they are although I don’t want a car that big ideally
They do a MK5 in it and two engine variants 105 BHP and 130 BHP
The engines are bullet proof and no dpf or any other silly bits to go wrong. I have a 2005 one as a daily and it’s great, it will do 60 mpg easily enough too.
They rust on both front wings but otherwise are pretty solid. Skoda, VW Audi and Seat all used the engine. Skoda fabia VRS would be a good shout
Mk6 tdi gt is a superb car and is the pick of the two.
The mk5 gt tdi is also good for the money- get a later one post 07 with good history and extras. Common issue- DMF (all modern diesels), abs unit (now not as expensive to fix as previous years), turbo and major fault is oil pump on the 2.0tdi Pd which IS expensive.
The more reliable of the two is the mk6 2.0 tdi cr by a long way. The 1.9 tdi engine in the mk5 isn’t as great as some would have you believe. It isn’t the same bullet proof 1.9 tdi unit found in the mk4 and does have certain issues which can be expensive.
What are these issues out of interest? Mine has nearly 160,000 trouble free miles on it and my Indy keeps telling me how reliable the unit is compared to the 2.0tdi and newer diesels.
It can depend on which 1.9tdi engine you have - The ones with the “BXE” engine suffer from engine failure think it is related to bore scoring and conrod issues. The gearboxes also have issues. However not every car will suffer from these. I have had high mileage 1.9 tdis- with over 200k Miles with no problem and my mate had a 1.9tdi Passat and the gearbox went on the car.
I believe the 1.9 tdi in the mk5 doesn’t come with 130bhp as standard and It is 105 bhp.
So one to throw into the mix I have a 2009 golf gt 1.4 petrol. This model actually makes 170bhp+ stock and will happily return early 50mpg on a long journey.
Yea they are 105 BHP as standard but I believe there is also a 130 6 speed option too.
As you can see I love a Golf haha...
I've got a mk4 1.9tdi gti and mk5 tdi as part of the daily fleet at the moment. Gf had a mk6 1.6tdi but sold that and is using the mk5 instead.
I'd personally go for the mk5 with a PD engine as others have echoed. No DPF issues and regularly see 55-60mpg. Just watch out for rusty front wings. Luckily have a mate whos a VW tech so got mine done under warranty. Still come with decent spec as mine has cruise, heated seats, auto lights, wipers etc.
Excellent. Thanks so much for tht advice guys. Really appreciate it.
The 2.0tdi common rail engines are far more reliable than anything in the mk5.
Had a mk6 gti for 5 years and not a problem till just before I sold it for the m3. The mk6 suffers from timing chain tensioners failing but a lovely car to drive