100 HP
140 LB-FT
Curb Weight
? LB
Front Wheel Drive
Engine Size
1.9 L
Transmission Type
MPG (City/Highway)
29/40 MPG

This WAS my daily diesel driver, a 2005 VW Golf with the BEW TDI motor and a 5 Speed Tiptronic Transmission. The car was the pride and joy of a former coworker of mine.  He babied the car and lightly modifed it before he decided to cash EVERYTHING in to buy a sailboat and become a professional "Harbor Bum." I'd always liked the look of the Mk4 Golf and LOVED the TDI motor, so I snapped the car up when it went up for sale. MODS: The PO had modified the car slightly and I added some items as well, to include: Suspension:  Replacement Bilstein Shocks Polyurethane Bushings For The Front Lower Control Arms Audi TT Bushings For The Front Lower Control Arms Wheels: Konig Daylite Wheels 17x7 Black Kumho Ecsta 225/45/17 Exterior:DEPO Black Face Projector Headlight/Foglights With Glass Housings Silverstar High/Low Beam Bulbs Engine: Kerma TDI Custom EPROM Tune (Stock Injectors, Turbo) Kerma TDI "Doggie Collar" TDI Frost Heater Exhaust: 2.5 Muffler (Add On To Stock System, Unsure Of Brand) Electronics/Electrical: Optima Red Top Battery Pioneer Double DIN USB Touchscreen Bluetooth Head Unit New South Performance Indigo Blue 52mm Analog Oil Pressure Gauge Ultra Gage II OBD 2 Virtual Gauge Brakes: Slotted Rotors F/R SS Braided Brake Lines F/R Interior: Leatherseats.com Replacement Leather Seats F/R Mk4 GTI 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel The car served as my faithful daily driver for over a year and a half until Sept 2017, when it saved my life in a serious accident. Head on collisions with Hyundai Sonatas driven by sleepy drivers tend to ruin good cars. If I can find another one in nearly as good of shape, I would like to pick up another one. However, after thinking about it...maybe a Passat TDI would be a better choice. More survivable.

Discuss this build

[]Maggie Johnson

Love this car! That’s awful to hear though sorry about what happened!

[]Ed Dobrzyn

Thanks, and I really do miss this car. The Sonata Hybrid I replaced it with is a much "nicer" car, but I wish I still had the Golf.

[]Maggie Johnson

I know the feeling my jetta got totaled last December. But there’s always more out there!

[]Ed Dobrzyn

Well, this thing is beer cans now. Got hit head on by another driver on my way home from work back in September.

The little VW saved my life, as I probably should have died. I was cut out of what was left of the car. My GF saw the car in the tow lot a few weeks after the accident and said it looked like the front end had been bitten off by a monster.

Thank you VW for building a tough little car. I'll miss my little oil burner.

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