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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#1080 of 1529 Re: Should I buy a 2000 Golf GLS [ruki]
Dec 08, 2004 (7:50 pm)
She bought her 2001 golf about 1 year ago with 40K miles. I immediately pulled out the snowscreen and it was totally plugged with bugs and stuff.
The so-called "snowscreen" is actually a fine-mesh screen in the intake plenum behind the drivers-side headlight. The following how-to video helps explain how to get at it.
I do not clean the snowscreen the way the video shows. The snowscreen is plastic (almost like pantihose) and easilly damaged by scraping. What I do is remove the snowscreen from the end of the tube and use the garden-hose sprayer to backflush the snowscreen with water-spray. I do this to ALL the VWs in the family annually.
A plugged snowscreen will cause loss of MPG and increased oil-consumpton due to excessive vaccuum on the PCV system.
#1081 of 1529 Low on Gas noise?
Jan 03, 2005 (8:57 pm)
Hi all and Happy New Year!
I just bought a used 2004 Golf GLS and noticed that when it was low on fuel, there was a squeaky noise that came from under the car. Once I filled up, the noise was gone. Is this a normal thing for this car????
Jan 08, 2005 (11:14 pm)
That crash test is of the all new Golf due here in 2006. The test of the 1998 Golf would match that of the 2005, except in the side impact since our Golf has head curtain airbags and the one they tested did not.
#1084 of 1529 97 VW Golf - Transmission fluid check
Feb 22, 2005 (8:23 am)
How do I check the transmission fluid level and/add fluid in a 97 Golf - manual says take it to the dealer....shouldn't I be able to do that at home? Thanks
#1085 of 1529 Re: 97 VW Golf - Transmission fluid check [paule1]
Feb 22, 2005 (5:22 pm)
Automatic or manual tranny?
#1086 of 1529 Re: 97 VW Golf - Transmission fluid check [bpeebles]
Feb 22, 2005 (9:16 pm)
automatic....but the year is 96 rather than97....thanks
#1087 of 1529 Re: In my experience [bpeebles]
Feb 24, 2005 (10:45 am)
I know this is an old thread............now it's nearly March 2005,,,,,,,,,,,,But you are absolutely RIGHT about Asian cars. I live in a climate where we have a MINIMUM of 6 mos. of winter per year, and every Honda I see that's 3 years old or more is rusted, especially in the wheelwells. I, too, would rather fix a few electrical glitches, which incidentally are blown way out of proportion to begin with,(VW's are excellent cars) than to repair rust every 3 years. I ignore Consumer Reports, because they don't think ANY car is good unless it has a Honda or Toyota badge.
#1088 of 1529 Re: In my experience [zillz]
Feb 24, 2005 (11:20 am)
The solution for rust is as simple as spending about 150 to 200 bucks to have your car thoroughly undercoated and rust-proofed the first week after purchase.
I have had several japanese cars with no rust after 10 years.
#1089 of 1529 Re: In my experience [pulgo]
Feb 24, 2005 (4:02 pm)
Rustproofing is usually a waste of money and often voids any Manufacturers corrosion warantee.
I actually PAID to have rusproofing done to a brand-new Honda once. (The Honda dealer was selling this.) The agreement was that if I brought it in to be "inspected" once a year and have them put a stamp in a book, they would guarantee against rust for as long as I owned it.
YAA RIGHT! After 3 years, they changed their mind and announced that they were disbanding the inspectinos and warantee. The Honda ended up with huge rust holes in it anyway.
Volkswagen, Audi, MB are all undercoated and rustproofed AT THE FACTORY where it should happen. Their warantee EXPLICITLY says that adding anything else voids the warantee.
Dont take my word for it, look UNDER any VW (Pick any year...it does not matter) There is a very thick layer of rubber on the entire underside. Then, open the hood and look into the nooks & crannies, that rubber coating is EVERYWHERE. (Some of it is painted indicating that it is applied very early in the manufacturing stage.)
A VW is DESIGNED to resist corrosion, applying stuff after you purchase it is just a temporary band-aid.