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Ode to a Volkswagen Golf…

Owner reviews have been flying in to Auto Trader since we launched the service a few months back, especially with our brand new competition giving away £500 every day as an incentive.

Some submissions have used a little more creative licence than others. Take this poem, written by David from Exeter on the Volkswagen Golf hatchback (2004-08), entitled A Golf can putt you off driving

I loved my gold Golf for over five years,

But our relationship then ended in tears.

Had her from new and serviced her with care.

Drove her with pride, from here to there,

But when just only five, she broke down twice.

First her clutch, leaving me stranded in ice.

Then her brakes, which was also not nice.

I vowed she would not fail me thrice,

So we sought help from VW, her maker.

They said this was no relationship breaker,

But their service was slow and advice pathetic,

So we wrote to the boss, who was sympathetic.

He sent a few hundred against two grand spent,

But this was merely a gesture with no repent.

So I recently sold goldy to another kind man,

And now drive her younger red sister when I can.

So the moral of this relationship tale,

Is keep trying if first you should fail.

And, the Golf can be a costly ride ,

But a younger model will boost your pride.

Ok so it’s not exactly a straightforward ode after all, David encountered a few relationship problems with his Golf and ended up trading it in for a newer model. Them’s the breaks, but that’s the beauty of our owner reviews, they provide the personal perspective alongside the more formal reviews contributed by our team of motoring journalists.

You can check out the rest of our owner reviews on the 2004/2008 Volkswagen Golf hatchback here, which has now been reviewed by 122 people and has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.


Filed under Competition, Owner Reviews, Volkswagon

Cheap and cheerful

The Lada 1500 Estate

The Lada 1500 Estate

Kia is about to launch its new supermini, the Venga, in the UK. Having just driven it, I can confirm that while it isn’t class leading, it is thoroughly competent both dynamically and in terms of build quality.

This is the latest in a line of supposed budget brands producing a highly competent car – but without the bargain-basement  price tag that we used to take for granted. So where do you turn if you want a budget family car?
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Cars we’re driving in January


The Christmas tree is down and the mince pies have all been turned to crumbs, but we’re not sad because January sees the launch of some brilliant new cars. Here’s what we’ll be driving on Auto Trader this month: Continue reading

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Filed under Alfa Romeo, car, Cars, Fiat, Honda, Mini, Volkswagon

Are you downsizing your car? Try Auto Trader Car Finder

With the credit crunch biting and stock markets falling, the cost of motoring is high.

Downsizing your car is one way of cutting costs – and Auto Trader Car Finder can help find the right car for you.

Are you thinking of downsizing to a smaller car to save money on list price and fuel?

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First ever Auto Trader video car review

Honda Accord

We’ve just published our video car review of the new Honda Accord which goes on sale in June (October for the Tourer version).

It’s a great car which should give Audi A4 and BMW 3-series drivers pause for thought.

There are some fantastic saloons about at the moment – the Ford Mondeo has continued Ford’s resurgence while the Mazda 6, the car which kicked off zoom-zoom has been well-received too. Continue reading


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