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Topic # 151001 10-Aug-2014 20:28
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I'm looking at buying a Mk IV VW Golf. Just wondering where you guys get them serviced and if there is anything else you would suggest I should look at.

FYI I'm not interested in hearing that I shouldn't be buying a European car - I know but I want something fun to play with :)

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  Reply # 1106036 10-Aug-2014 20:32
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Can't help you with the specifics of your car, but I can recommend a very good European repair place for when you will inevitably need it, and that is Qualitat. 



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  Reply # 1106044 10-Aug-2014 20:44
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networkn: Can't help you with the specifics of your car, but I can recommend a very good European repair place for when you will inevitably need it, and that is Qualitat. 


Cheers. They are just up the road from work which is a bonus.

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  Reply # 1106054 10-Aug-2014 21:07
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I've just been taking my VW to Tristam in Glenfield, but pricy though and have to do it again tomorrow for the common suspension clunk / sway bar bushing issue.

Repairs have cost a LOT, but its still been my most enjoyable car to drive


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  Reply # 1106643 11-Aug-2014 17:52
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save up a few more pennies and look at a mk5 golf - way better than any mk3/4 !

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  Reply # 1106651 11-Aug-2014 18:22
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This comes to mind when it comes to servicing. But wouldn't you rather get a GTi? I don't have any problems with European cars, they are great to drive and the seats are more comfortable, I just wouldn't buy one that is outside it's waranty period, due to costs. Have had several Europeans and any fix to it was 1k plus. Even when dashboard lights needed replacing (which shouldn't really fail anyway), it was another 1k job. But if money is not an issue, and you don't have dependants, then go for it. But I would look for something newer and probably more reliable, as you don't want it to be in the shop, when you want to drive it. 

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  Reply # 1106657 11-Aug-2014 18:33
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The old chestnut; 

If you can't afford a brand new European Car, you DEFINITELY can't afford a second hand one. :) 



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  Reply # 1106658 11-Aug-2014 18:35
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I'd echo that if you can get to the MK5 over a 3/4 then you SHOULD do that. I like GTi's but I wouldn't pay the extra from a 3/4 to a GTI if you could get a 5 price wise.

If you want something awesome, I have an Audi S4 Avant v8 for sale :) 

THAT is a drivers car. 




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  Reply # 1106660 11-Aug-2014 18:42
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Yeah a Mark 5 isn't really in the budget once I add running costs/repairs. I'm going in eyes wide open, hence my comment in OP.

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