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    2,500 to spend on a Golf

    Hi all

    I'm looking to get myself a second-hand Golf, and have a budget of about 2,500 to spend.

    Ideally I'll be looking at a later Mk5, or possibly an early Mk6 if I can find one in budget. What should I be looking for?

    It looks like the vast majority around my budget are diesels with about 150,000 on the clock - I assume there's a lot more mileage left in them?

    Any particular variants I should be homing in on or avoiding like the plague?

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    Buy diesel, it will be as problematic as petrol, but will return decent fuel economy.
    2.0 tdi is much better then 1.6 tdi, but also harder to find within budget.
    2007 Passat B6 2.0 TDI-PD, BMR, DSG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renars View Post
    Buy diesel, it will be as problematic as petrol, but will return decent fuel economy.
    2.0 tdi is much better then 1.6 tdi, but also harder to find within budget.
    I've got my eye on an 07 plate 2.0 GT TDI at 2,200 with 111,000 on the clock. But I'm imagining it's going to be 2,200 for a very good reason?
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    Look at it.
    If it works its good.
    Its better to go for Common rail diesels, they start somewhere in 2008.
    2007 Passat B6 2.0 TDI-PD, BMR, DSG

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    From what you're saying, do I take it that the diesels are fairly bulletproof?

    Or is it more a case that being able to drive it at the point of purchase is all I can really ask for at this particular price point?
    1999 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

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    No car is bulletproof, especially after 100 k miles.
    Petrols in golfs are bad, only GTI's engine can be considered as reliable one.
    But its different money and quite different consumption figures.
    In 100k plus diesel I would worry about DPF as pretty expensive part, but petrol will also easily throw expensive chain issues at you.
    2007 Passat B6 2.0 TDI-PD, BMR, DSG

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    Don't buy a diesel if you may have to drive into one of the upcoming emissions zones coming into force all over the UK and Europe) in the next couple of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    Don't buy a diesel if you may have to drive into one of the upcoming emissions zones coming into force all over the UK and Europe) in the next couple of years.
    Euro 5 petrols also will be banned in places with worst air. And they will be banned for sure when no difference in air quality after initial ban will be noticed.

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    Mk 4 1.9 TDI.

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