Can you still get an alh golf that won’t need repairs in the near future?

ewithk

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Joined
Aug 25, 2021
Location
Toronto/Ontario, Canada
TDI
2002 ALH Golf (soon)
Is it possible to find a golf alh 2002 in europe that won’t need repairs for at least 2 years of frequent driving, under $3000 CAD? I found a few on AutoScout24 that look to be in good condition
 

coolvdub

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Apr 10, 2011
Location
SoCal
TDI
2001 Jetta TDI/2013 JSW
Honestly, you should try and find a Toyota Corolla or Camry or Honda Civic. Much cheaper to fix when there is a problem and pretty reliable to boot. The Golf is a great car, but a 2002 will most likely need a fair amount of upkeep to be reliable unless you find a Unicorn that has been well maintained and has low miles, don't just buy on outward appearance.
 

AndyBees

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Joined
May 27, 2003
Location
Southeast Kentucky
TDI
Silver 2003 Jetta TDI, Silver 2000 Jetta TDI (sold), '84 Vanagon with '02 ALH engine
Really? There's certainly a lot of suppositions in those statements.

I cannot imagine what a $3,000 Corolla, Camry or Civic would need in the arena of maintenance. Where would you take? Dealer?

OP, yes it is possible............ but, can you really depend on the reliability of someone's evaluation in Europe? As practically everyone in this form suggests, if you're looking to buy a used TDI (this is the TDI Club), expect to do all the regular maintenance even if you get documentation of recent work. The Timing Belt and related components are the things that you will need to know when the last time they were replaced (miles/kilometres and age) with solid documentation. Change all the fluids. Inspect the brakes, lights, signals, condition of the tires (looking for wear patterns), exhaust system, bells & whistles inside (is the instrument panel lit up, especially the CEL light), etc. ..................... rust?
 

Shenandoah

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Jan 9, 2008
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Shenandoah Valley, VA
TDI
2005 Jetta Wagon; 2005 Beetle; 2004 Jetta; 2002 Golf (three of them); 2002 Jetta Wagon; 2000 Audi TT->TDI; 1999 Beetle
ewithk,

Not sure about your question? You're asking about a 2002 ALH Golf in Europe, but your signature says Canada? Regardless, your asking about a car that is almost 20 years old. Yes, it will need repairs. Your mechanical abilities factor in to maintenance.

Eric
 

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Joined
Mar 1, 2014
Location
MN
TDI
02 golf ALH
why so set on 02?
I remember hearing that they had lifter/camshaft troubles that specific year
just had one a few days ago that had a lifter let go, hung the valve open and stuffed the valve into the injector
 
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