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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
Apr 16, 2005 (3:56 pm)
This is my first time posting. I just bought a 2000 1.8T, manual golf with 70K in immaculate condition for $7800. 5 mins out of the dealer the check engine light went on! I bought it from a subaru dealer and they said that this was no a problem and that they would fix the car. My problem is i'm not sure the Subaru dealer is qualified to fix a VW, they are two very different cars. Does anyone have any advice as to where I should take my car for repair should i take it to VW or an independent import shop? I'm also not sure which gas and oil is best for the car, i want to keep it running for 200k! Any suggestions? BTW the car is a blast to drive. Thank you.
#1118 of 1529 Re: 2000 Golf [gittisquared]
Apr 16, 2005 (6:04 pm)
Premium fuel and VW 502.00 specification motor oils (all synthetic) is a good start. Make sure the car has had the following Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) items addressed:
Window regulator malfunction causing power windows to fall in the door (nuisance issue)
Replacement of defective ignition coil packs (this is a showstopper) to a model newer than the J-series coil packs
If you can get the engine flushed and start using VW 502.00 synthetic oil
(see this link: http://www.vw.com/SP/pdf/oilchart.pdf), you will avoid having the sludge problem as in the TSB for the 1998-2004 Passat.
In a turbocharged automobile, it is VERY important to remember these two guidelines:
1) ALWAYS change your oil at or before every 5000 mile interval. Do not go over the 5000 mile interval, otherwise - do not pass GO, do not collect $200 (you know the old Monopoly board game).
2) Before shutting down your engine after a high speed (or highway speed) drive, let the car idle for a couple of minutes to allow the oil temperature to stabilize and properly cool the critical turbocharger bearing (as it spins down as well).
As long as you meet those two guidelines, your engine should make it to the 200K mark (and beyond) with relative ease.
#1119 of 1529 01 Golf GLS 1.8t
Apr 16, 2005 (7:07 pm)
I just took ownership of the above car. So far so good BUT how do you get the back wiper to stop? I had to order a manual. Any help would be great. Thanks!
#1120 of 1529 Re: 01 Golf GLS 1.8t [dellwell]
Apr 16, 2005 (8:16 pm)
#1121 of 1529 Re: 2000 Golf [gittisquared]
Apr 17, 2005 (8:38 am)
You need to take this to a VW specific service shop, preferably an independent that has the VAG software that can isolate the source of the CEL. It could be something simple that can be reset with the interogation tool or it could be more serious(read:expensive) such as an MAF sensor (mass airflow). Warranty for some parts with a high failure rate - such as window regulators and MAF's has been extended by VW - unfortunately extended to 70K in most cases. There are recalls out there for this model, a VW specific repair shop can indentify these.
Castrol makes a great synthetic oil for this engine, its 5-50w - perfect for a turbo. You MUST use synthetic oil with this engine! There is a VW oil spec for this engine you can use as a baseline.
Med. grade gas is best (90 octane) as any lower will cause the engine management computer to retard the timing (knock sensor) to prevent pinging. This, of course, decreases performance.
You're right - the car is a blast to drive!
#1122 of 1529 Re: 2000 Golf [wetwillie]
Apr 17, 2005 (5:35 pm)
I use Castrol Syntec 5w-40 for my 2003 Wolfsburg and my wife's 2003 Jetta. Unfortunately, you have to either get it at the dealer, or special order the oil. There are other synthetics on the VW 502.00 spec that you can get at the local auto parts store - i.e. Valvoline's 5w-40 synthetic can be purchased at the Auto Zone.
Here's the VW 502.00 spec for the oil:
#1123 of 1529 Re: 2000 Golf [600kgolfgt]
Apr 18, 2005 (7:46 am)
The Castrol Syntec 5w-50 I'm referring to is readily available. Checker, for example, has it on sale now for $3.99. This oil exceeds the VW 502.00 spec. The 50 weight extension on the high (viscosity) end offers even better protection for hot-running turbos.
This multi-weight (5w-50) was non-existant when the VW 502.00 spec was published.
#1124 of 1529 I'd Stick with 5-40
Apr 18, 2005 (9:00 am)
It's a special oil designed specifically to VW standards. Here is what Castrol says on their website about it:
Engineered specifically to meet the Volkswagen engine warranty requirements, exceeding VW 502 00 and 505 00. Exceeds all car and light truck manufacturer's warranty requirements for the protection of gasoline, diesel and turbocharged engines where API SL, SJ, SH, CF or CD is recommended. Porsche approved and also exceeds European ACEA: A3, B3, B4, MB 229.3, MB 229.1, BMW LL-98. Meets the engine protection requirements of Volvo, BMW, Mercedes Benz and ILSAC GF-3 for API Certified Gasoline Engine Oils.
On the other hand, 5-50 does NOT satisfy these requirements:
Provides the widest range of protection available. SAE 5W-50 delivers exceptional cold temperature pumpability for rapid oil circulation at start-up and provides a thick oil film for ultimate wear protection. Exceeds all car and light truck manufacturer's warranty requirements for the protection of gasoline, diesel and turbocharged engines where API SM, SL, SJ, SH, CF or CD is recommended. Exceeds European ACEA: A3, B3, B4, and meets the engine protection requirements of GM4718M ILSAC GF-4 for API Certified Gasoline Engine Oils.
There is no mention of VW. The second sentence is just tricky wording. While VW recommends SF oil, it has to also satisfy their spec.
5-40 Syntec is available at my VW dealer for $4.00 per quart.
#1125 of 1529 Re: is the price acceptable? [yyzhou]
Apr 18, 2005 (9:21 am)
I think that all VW products are rather high considering that they were made in mexico and brazil. But do not worry the quality is still quite high, actually a lot higher than an american car and a little better than japanese makes. As far as the cost of the 2005 being less than 2004 it is probably because VW will release their new golf soon and are trying to move the older models out of their showrooms. Also the cost greatly depends upon the features that are available for that particular car. The features by the way are numerous regardless of 2004, or 2005.