Long term tests

VW Golf GTI

The Golf, not unlike its keeper, has an occasional reluctance to wake up in the mornings. It has never actually failed to start on the first turn of the key, but it does have a tendency to chunter away somewhat.

The Golf, not unlike its keeper, has an occasional reluctance to wake up in the mornings. It has never actually failed to start on the first turn of the key, but it does have a tendency to chunter away somewhat. On one occasion it spent a worrying few seconds on what sounded like a less than full complement of cylinders. A couple of blips of the throttle acted like a cold shower and roused the remaining pots, but it was still slightly concerning. As with so many cars nowadays, the Golf decides for itself when it would like to be serviced. Nonetheless, I thought I'd have a squint at the manual and check that GOX wasn't due a fettle. The glovebox file told me that I could easily discover how long the Golf had left until a meeting with its dealer by pressing the trip computer button for two seconds. The answer was a surprisingly lengthy 6400 miles or 438 days, which means I'm obviously not giving the Golf enough of a caning. Consequently I will be setting off early every morning from now on to give the GTI a damn good thrashing - assuming I wake up in time, that is.

Running Costs

Date acquiredSeptember 2005
Total mileage9,533
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month936
MPG this month31.0mpg

Most Popular

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
Jaguar

Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
Bentley Bacalar 2021 review – Crewe’s answer to Ferrari’s FXX programme
Bentley Bacalar dev - sideways
Bentley

Bentley Bacalar 2021 review – Crewe’s answer to Ferrari’s FXX programme

The Mulliner designed Bacalar showcases Bentley’s bespoke engineering talents in super-exclusive but unexpectedly capable form.
9 Apr 2021
MSV secures freehold of Donington Hall Estate
Donington park
Track and Travel

MSV secures freehold of Donington Hall Estate

Donington Park has been purchased outright by MSV
9 Apr 2021