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VW keeps leaking coolant

Asked by Jasmine

Recently my 2002 VW had some coolant leak issues, which were repaired, but since then I've had to top up the coolant twice in four weeks. Given its age and the possibility of a more serious problem I'm looking to replace it. I'd like to stick with another Golf, or even a Polo, but how do you pick a "safe" one given VW's recent track record? Are some years better or worse? Can you
suggest an alternative option?

Answered by CarsGuide

26 Feb 2016 Carsguide.com.au

If you've had to top-up the coolant twice in four weeks I'd suggest that your problems haven't been fixed and that you should take the car back to whoever supposedly repaired it and have them do the job properly. As for a "safe" option I can't really recommend one, except to say that I would avoid the DSG gearbox. The only "safe" option is to buy another brand, and in that case I would suggest a Japanese brand, such as Mazda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, all of which have a good record of reliability.

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