Buying a used VW Golf Mk 6 – 2008-2013, Common Issues, Buying advice / guide

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Buying a used Volkswagen Golf Mk6 – produced from 2008 to 2013

What is the best engine, which gearbox should you choose, what are the common problems with these cars? How powerful are the best engines? Watch the video and you will get answers to all these questions!

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VW Golf 1.4 16v, 1.6, 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI, 2.0 TSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.9 TDI, 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI


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[Applause] [Applause] recently I did a used-car review about the fort and the fifth-generation VW Golf so today I'm gonna take a look at the sixth-generation – this VW Golf was made from 2008 to 2013 the build quality of the car is basically the same as in the fifth generation so it's good however you can sometimes hear slight squeaking or rattling noises from the interior the good thing is that this golf doesn't have many common problems despite of some of the engines but I will talk about the engines a little bit later the common problems are for example with the air conditioning Bluetooth hands-free door locks window regulators electrically adjustable side mirrors rear windscreen wiper or with the rear window defroster the suspension is usually alright however you should of course pay attention to various rattling and humming noises from the suspension the standard equipment in this car was as in the previous golf's really poor however sometimes you can also find mother clipped cars to the optional equipment may include for example adaptive headlights navigation system electrically adjustable seats leather interior heated seats bluetooth hands-free system or the DCCC adaptive suspension the basic petrol engines are basically the same as in the fifth generation these engines are the 1.4 liter and the 1.6 liter four cylinders so the 1.4 liter 4-cylinder engine can have more fun camshafts if the previous owner have not changed the oil regularly in this case there can be also carbon buildup and bigger oil consumption the 1.6 liter engine can have bigger oil consumption or problems with the EGR valve but mainly in high mileage cars then there is the new 1.2 liter TSI turbocharged 4-cylinder direct injection engine this engine can have problem mainly with the timing chain which means that in some cases the timing chain was born even after 15,000 kilometers the 1.4 liter TSI engine without the compressor is a better choice however this engine can also have problems with the timing chain carbon buildup or the turbocharger the last petrol engine is the more problematic 1.4 liter TSI twin charter which is equipped with a turbocharger and also with a compressor this engine can have problems with the compressor turbocharger carbon buildup oil consumption and it can have world pistons and even piston rings all the petrol engines with the direct injection can have problems with the injectors and the carbon buildup mainly because the previous owner have not changed the oil regularly and also because of the cheaper fuel so you have to change the oil after 15,000 kilometers and you should also use at least sometimes the more expensive premium fuel in these engines the diesel engines are usually alright whoever take can have regular diesel engine problems you should also pay attention to the head gasket which can sometimes leak in this case the coolant can mix with the oil which means that the oil level will raise it's very important to change the oil in the engine after 15,000 kilometers but the best is to change it after 10,000 kilometers some of the engines are equipped with timing belt so you have to replace the timing belt every 150,000 kilometers in 1.9 liter TDI diesel the 1.4 liter and the 1.6 liter petrol engine after 90,000 kilometers in engines which are equipped with timing chain the timing chain can be worn after or even before 100,000 kilometers so we have to pay attention to rattling noise after cold start if the car is equipped with the for motion for new trial system then you should also change the oil in the Haldex differential every 60,000 kilometers you can choose the menu of five or six speed gearbox which is usually reliable or there are two automatic gearboxes the Tiptronic is a regular automatic transmission the DSG is a dual clutch automatic gearbox which is more complicated than the Tiptronic this DSG gearbox should change gears very fast and very smoothly but remember that the automatic gearbox can have electronic or mechanical problems so you should check it properly before buying I recommend to change the oil in the automatic gearbox every 60,000 kilometers you should check the car properly before buying I also check the gaps between the body panels they should be even on the left and on the right side too I hope that this information are helpful enough if you have some questions write them in the comments don't forget to Like subscribe or comment thanks for watching

38 thoughts on “Buying a used VW Golf Mk 6 – 2008-2013, Common Issues, Buying advice / guide

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  2. As with any car, get it serviced regularly and you never normally have a problem. Some cars do better with neglect than others and high performance engines always need more care than the normal Mums car 🙂

  3. Would you buy a used Golf VI or a used Polo Mk5 (2009-2017) ? Here in Portugal with my budget I can buy a Petrol 1.0 Polo from 2016 with 35.000 kilometers or a Golf VI 1.6 TDI (diesel) from 2011/12 with more than 120.000km. Which one of them would appear to last longer if treated correctly ?

  4. HI! what is your opinion about a scirooco 2.0 TSI, Petrol, Manual Transmission 2010 YEAR – Reliability And Fuel Consumption ? i am looking to buy this model and i would like some expert advice on that model.

  5. Can the GTI MKV last up too 200k (miles)? If not what year or generation has the best engine and is the most reliable? I’m thinking of getting a MK5 but I want a car that’s reliable and will last a long time as Ive read bad about its engine. I also would like to say I would take good car of the car and do regular maintenance and check ups. Also if I get one how many miles would be too high?

  6. These cars are junk and the carbon issue is huge for these engines. The intakes are made of plastic with parts that fail. Why would anyone make intake parts out of plastic. It's completely ridiculous and is made to fail to make the dealer money on parts.

  7. this review it is not accurate, this guy keeps mentioning all the time the same generic problems for different cars. According to him all the EGR valves are failing, or all Turbo-chargers etc etc What do you mean when you say that the 1.4 TSI has problems with the "compressor" and with the "turbo-charger"? Do you have any idea what those 2 things are?? pfff don't just read a script! P.S. I only agree with the fluids time change interval or mileage.

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