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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#1337 of 1529 Re: Driver seat problems in VW Golf 1998 [juliar]
Jul 07, 2006 (6:21 am)
RE: "We are thinking of buying a 1998 VW GL Golf for our kids. How do these cars hold up in an accident? Repairs."
A LOT depends on how the previous owner maintained the Golf. VWs generally require careful attention to regular maintenance and strict adherence to VW standards. That said, the Golf is a sturdy car and will run for many more miles. And, its safety record is quite good. Check IIHS, Europes' NCAP or Consumer Reports crash tests.
NCAP Test on 1998 Golf: http://www.euroncap.com/content/safety_ratings/details.php?id1=2&id2=46
Get the current owner's repair/maintenance records and review them, then take the car to a good mechanic and have it inspected for wear and tear items - hoses, belts, timing belt change, A/T maintenance, fluid/coolant quality, etc.
I assume the car has a 2.0L four cylinder. The 2.0 is sturdy but not fast - good for a young driver, I think. The 2.0 gets pretty good mileage. My '96 2.0L w/ A/T gets about 26 city, 30 highway.
#1338 of 1529 Faulty Brake Light Switch
Jul 07, 2006 (11:15 am)
I am a 2001 VW Golf owner, and I am very frustrated with the faulty brake light switch that the 2001 Golfs (and other Golfs manufactured around this time period) are equipped with. I have had my brake light switch replaced FOUR TIMES now, once for each year I have owned the car. It's costly, and frustrating to find myself stranded in park over and over again!!! Why doesn't VW do something about this problem?
I am urging everyone out there who has experienced a similar problem to file a consumer complaint with the National Transportation and Highway Safety Administration. The NHTSA will investigate only if sufficient consumer complaints are received regarding a particular issue.
The link to the NHTSA is:
or, you can call 1-888-327-4236 to file a complaint.
Thanks for reading, and drive safe!
#1339 of 1529 Re: 2001 VW Golf and EPC light [mrobinson]
Jul 07, 2006 (11:18 am)
I also have a 2002 VW golf and the EPC light comes on for me also, but when it does I am not able to move the gear shift. It rights itself but in its own sweet time.... I am taking it to my local repair shop Monday, but they are concerned they may need to refer me to a VW dealer as they do not have the software to diagnose the problem.
#1340 of 1529 auxilary audio imput
Jul 07, 2006 (3:33 pm)
can it be done to my golf 01
#1341 of 1529 Re: Faulty Brake Light Switch [orchid]
Jul 08, 2006 (10:14 pm)
The brake-switch problem HAS been corrected by VW by superceeding the switch with one that is more reliable.
Your specific problem seems to be one of the following;
1) Your dealership does not know the "trick" to installing a new switch and adjusting it properly.
2) They are replacing the WRONG switch. (there are 2 switches on some vehicles)
The proper corrective action for both of the above cases is the same ... have somone competent do the job!
In neither case should your issue be attributed to VW. They have done their part in identifying the problem (faulty switch) and providing replacement switches free of charge.
SURPRISE! There is already a listing for your described problem in the NHTSA!! (that is why VW has responded with free replacement of the brake-light switches)
#1342 of 1529 Before It changes...
Jul 19, 2006 (11:36 pm)
I have a Golf 2004 Aut. I think 2.o l is not enough for the weight of that car; but std is different.
I'll buy a std one before it changes.
#1343 of 1529 Look at 2005 GL... thoughts?
Jul 21, 2006 (8:48 pm)
Hi all! I'm looking at at at 05' GL 2.0 with 55 000 km (not quite sure what that translates into miles, perhaps 27 5 -30?) Just wondering pros/cons. How are they in the snow? On the highway? Any big problems? Just would like a more reliable car with more space and somewhere for the dog to hang out. Price is around $17 000.
Thanks a bunch!
#1344 of 1529 '97 Golf stalling after a brief rest following long drives
Jul 21, 2006 (9:44 pm)
I was wondering if anyone had had a similar problem or can help.
I am finding that my 97 Golf is stalling (in any gear/speed) after it has been turned off for a short peroid of time following an extended driving time (at least half an hour). it will run for several hundred meters and then stall. this will happen several times. the radio/lights remain on but the engine stalls.
if i start the car after more than 30 minutes following driving i have no problem and can drive long distances. If i drive a short distance, stop the car for a short period of time then it restarts and then runs fine.
it sounds temperature related, but there is plenty of coolant and the temperature guage is in the mid range. it has had a recent service
and oil change (+ new sparkplugs) 300 miles (500kms) before the problems began.
there are no clunking sounds and the engine when running sounds as healthy as always.
i would greatly appreciate any help on this matter,
#1345 of 1529 VW Mechanics Phoenix AZ?
Jul 22, 2006 (9:37 am)
I live in Phoenix AZ and I am looking for a good VW mechanic? Any ideas?
#1346 of 1529 Re: '97 Golf stalling after a brief rest following long drives [chrisando1]
Jul 23, 2006 (5:16 pm)
i have spoken to my mechanic and he thinks that this is probably the crank angle sensor or the no. 30 relay.
he is a VW specialist and usually spot on. he has fixed several 94-98 Golfs with similar problems and so it looks like this may be the money.
hope this is of use. i will post again when i get the fix if it is successful.
has anyone else had this part replaced?