Last edited by Smooremin; 08-29-2020 at 06:18 PM.
I had a Mk6 Sportwagen 2.5L 5-speed for a few years. Great car, good highway cruiser. But I will say this, and it pains me...but the automatic is better.
The short ratio 02J in the Mk5 cars was better to drive than the long ratio box they installed in the Mk6 cars. They did that because the fuel economy sucked in the Mk5s. While the long ratio box solved the fuel economy problem, it made the cars suckier to drive due to the wide gear spacing. Add to that the 02J’s crappy shifter and clutch arrangement, and it was not a very satisfying manual car to drive.
If I were looking for a manual 5-cylinder to build, I’d choose a Mk5 over a Mk6 purely from a mechanical standpoint.
Mine is holding up well after 10 and 103k. And especially when compared to a lot of different cars I see coming through the shop. A lot of other cars have paint, rust and interiors falling apart. At the end of the day it comes down to how the car was treated from day one. Worked at a VW dealership and can say most VW owners really beat the piss out of their cars.
Then many mod them making other issues. My car still runs great too. It will need some maintenance like timing chain tensioner etc, but that’s expected on most higher mileage vehicles. Bought it 8/11 and still love it. No tune or crazy mods either. Haven’t had to do much to it in general other than general maintenance.
I have my 13 TDI with 124k now. The only issues I can think of are that the vent control on the back of the center console is broken, but that may have been done by the dog. There is some surface rust starting on the front door hinge mechanism but I think some grease will stop it where it is now. Strut mounts seem tired but they aren't bad enough for me to want to replace them yet. No head liner issues or anything like that but it's been in Connecticut and now Ohio it's whole life.
I cannot speak to long term ownership, but I leased a 2010 Golf 2.5 5 speed 2 door brand new back in the day, and for the 2 years I had it I was genuinely impressed with it for all the reasons you mentioned.
It was a decent suspension and a set of tires and wheels away from a budget GTI, in fact.
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I can't say enough good things about my experiences with the 2.5l cars I have owned. Pretty much like a German Camry. Oil changes, brakes, tires... That's it.
The 2007 had the 150hp version of the engine and short gearing. The engine had character in that it was noticeably better in the mid range than the low or high range of revolutions. By modern standards, efficiency wasn't great -- 30-ish mpg.
The 2012 had the 170hp version of the engine and taller gears, more like the five speed mated to the 1.8tsi in my 2017 Golf. The 2012 had less character, but was an objectively better car, faster, smoother and more efficient with an average of 35mpg over 93,000 miles. I did have some kind of oil contamination of the A/F sensor in the 80,000 range. There was some big plastic cover with a little rubber membrane that was hundreds of dollars to replace.
If you are over six feet, theses older Golfs are a better fit than the current one.
That car could accelerate from a stop without using the gas pedal; this made it a great car for teaching a new driver.
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Originally Posted by vwtool