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VW Golf - car for spazzers? (qualified)


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This is purely anecdotal but in my direct experience.

Women who buy Golfs are fairly normal.  They can get a bit attached to "Golfie" but not much more than they get attached to other cars.

Blokes who buy Golfs are however "special".  Generally they will buy Golf after Golf because they once read that it was the "perfect all rounder" so replace one Golf with another ad inifnitum. Or ad mortuis.

Is this replicated widely or have I just known an unusual subset of male Golf owners?

Every other bloke I've known has owned a varied selection of cars because they like that variety.

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No experience of Golfs or their drivers, but I do understand the desire to endlessly repeat a purchase choice that has been successful. I have bought exact replicas of most things in my life if I

Look what Porsche did with non plastic crappy engines. Design faults in a lot of the Boxster/Cayman engines meant that a fairly high proportion self distructed. No help from Porsche for owners outside

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if they hadn't discontinued it, i'd have stuck with diesel Peugeot 205s, insetad i had to move to a 206sw

and then a hilux xD

I still miss the 205 though. Economical, reliable, good ground clearance for a small car and, with the rear seat down, I could get 5 bales of hay in the back.

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Just now, Hopeful said:

if they hadn't discontinued it, i'd have stuck with diesel Peugeot 205s, insetad i had to move to a 206sw

and then a hilux xD

I still miss the 205 though. Economical, reliable and, with the rear seat down, I could get 5 bales of hay in the back.

As I would still be driving an Escort.

But that's because I, off my own bat, thought they were great.  I didn't seek approval for my choice.  And nor did you.

Golfists on the other hand..

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34 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

This is purely anecdotal but in my direct experience.

Women who buy Golfs are fairly normal.  They can get a bit attached to "Golfie" but not much more than they get attached to other cars.

Blokes who buy Golfs are however "special".  Generally they will buy Golf after Golf because they once read that it was the "perfect all rounder" so replace one Golf with another ad inifnitum. Or ad mortuis.

Is this replicated widely or have I just known an unusual subset of male Golf owners?

Every other bloke I've known has owned a varied selection of cars because they like that variety.

I have had a couple of golfs, and I have one currently.

I’ve had plenty of other cars, and all of them had something that was unsatisfactory. Minis were just too small and the ride comfort was non existent, Ford Escort was flimsy as fuck, Vauxhall Astra was just fucking awful at everything, Citroen AX fell apart quicker than it could be fixed, Porsche 911 couldn’t fit a single suitcase in the boot/bonnet, Porsche Cayenne couldn’t fit in a parking space.

Golfs are a bit boring but they do just do everything satisfactorily well, and feel fairly solid. The sportier versions are: fast, practical, comfortable and easy to park.

Edit to add: I knew there was another one. I had a Honda FRV but it was so soul destroyingly dull to drive that I forgot all about it.

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1 minute ago, Hail the Tripod said:

I have had a couple of golfs, and I have one currently.

I’ve had plenty of other cars, and all of them had something that was unsatisfactory. Minis were just too small and the ride comfort was non existent, Ford Escort was flimsy as fuck, Vauxhall Astra was just fucking awful at everything, Citroen AX fell apart quicker than it could be fixed, Porsche 911 couldn’t fit a single suitcase in the boot/bonnet, Porsche Cayenne couldn’t fit in a parking space.

Golfs are a bit boring but they do just do everything satisfactorily well, and feel fairly solid. The sportier versions are: fast, practical, comfortable and easy to park.

And therefore it's not you at which my accusation is directed.

It is people who have bog standard Golfs time after time because they view them as something like Rayban sunglasses or Levis jeans: if you buy a car you buy a Golf.

People who want simple answers in life.

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1 minute ago, Frank Hovis said:

And therefore it's not you at which my accusation is directed.

It is people who have bog standard Golfs time after time because they view them as something like Rayban sunglasses or Levis jeans: if you buy a car you buy a Golf.

People who want simple answers in life.

I like my Rayban sunglasses too. :ph34r:

xD

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No experience of Golfs or their drivers, but I do understand the desire to endlessly repeat a purchase choice that has been successful.

I have bought exact replicas of most things in my life if I liked the first one and if something gets discontinued then I'll look out on Ebay for someone selling second-hand or end-of-line stock.  I did it just the other day with some trainers.  Mine were falling apart, the particular style had been discontinued years ago so straight to Ebay.   

I find shopping an incredible chore so if I got it right on a previous occasion, I see it as efficiency to not have to repeat the decision making process.

Or maybe I'm just dull.  But it's served me well so far.

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6 minutes ago, highbot said:

My last car was a Golf and a lorry wrote it off.  As I needed another car quickly I didn't have time to shop around (plus I hate cars and driving and shopping for cars) so I got a Golf.

 

That's the mindset.

Want car = buy Golf.

Cost / quality irrelevant.

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I had 2 Golfs R one after another.  Cheapest option when I wanted to lease a new car that was fast.  Even went for a Golf R forum meeting.

I've "quit" and drive an old Clio now.  I can see why people like Golfs, controls are pretty intuitive. However, the reason for the second Golf was that it was still a relatively good deal, I almost got Yeti instead.  

Golf R's suspension was a bit hard though and tyres were noisy on a rough tarmac. Sometimes I miss the acceleration but passengers mostly don't.  

 

 

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A friend I've sadly lost touch with had a mark 4 Golf 1.6 . I got driven home from the pubs in it a few times and it was incredibly comfortable compared to my car, which felt more designed for smaller Japanese body types. Not sumo wrestlers, that's for sure. 

I always preferred the looks of the  booted versions of the Golf: Jetta/Vento/Bora. @ccc My sister's former partner 20 years ago had a C reg (1986) Jetta 1.8 GT 8v in red for a short time. He let me take it out for a spin and I flipping loved it. Actually managed to scare the chap when I unexpectedly put my foot down. Unfortunately there was some sort of fault with it and he traded it in for some other £350 shit box.

He coundn't afford much as he was on the hook for 3 lots of child support! 

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Spazzer reporting in :D

I've had shitloads o cars, including:

Mk2 Golf GTI - fucking awesome

VR6 Highline - looked gorgoeous, 145mph in a straight line but couldn't go around corners, verdict, shite

Seat Leons (Golf in drag) with a 1.8 turbo motor same as TT, remarkably capable....

Octavia VRS estate - again ok on the autobahn, in reality a shitty barge....

Golf GT mk7 with a 1.4 engine that shuts down 2 cylinders to save petrol....spunky little thing! Decent turn of speed and handles miles better than a VRS...

Bottom line, Golfs are 'mainly' ace! :P Leons which are based on Golfs are even better value, try one of the recent ones with a 7 speed DSG auto box and I think you'll be impressed......

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Never driven a GTI,  but drove the standard 1.6 for about 6 months once.   It was..  ok.

Not sure where it fits in..  not big enough to be practical for long journeys with families,  not really small/cheap enough for an economic run-about to do the shopping.

I guess it appeals to the unadventurous who have plenty of cash, no family and want something medium size that’s sensible and reliable..  but again, not including GTI owners in that.

I have no issue with Golf drivers though..  they seem pretty switched on usually.

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19 minutes ago, GBDamo said:

My car history is-

Fiesta 

Passat

Passat

Passat

Like said before, when you find one thay does it right for you why change?

I must get bored more easily than you. Every time I get a new car, my main consideration is that it should be nothing like the last one.

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