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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#1367 of 1529 Re: Back in Canada for an encore: The (City) Golf. [gregs]
Oct 05, 2006 (5:50 pm)
The City Golf is a great deal for sure, at least from a price perspective. I priced one out on vw.ca and, fully equipped with everything except alloys/sunroof, it is about $4000 less than a similarly equipped 2006 Golf from last year.
I was seriously considering trading my 2006 Corolla, until I browsed through this forum. Almost every Golf post concerns reliability issues, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair advice, or dealer annoyances. It appears nothing much has changed over time. My last Volkswagens were a 1976 and then a 1977 Rabbit. They cost me a fortune just to keep them running. I'm pretty sure my local VW mechanic (Karl) put his daughter through university on my tab.
The Golf/Jetta are definitely nicer cars than the Corolla, but reliability is key at this point in my life. I don't want to spend all my time underneath the car, or waiting at the dealer for warranty service.
Question: Why, after so many decades, is reliability still an issue? If Hyundai can get their act together after the Pony, Excel and Scoupe disasters and become a top rated manufacturer (check JD Power), why can't Volkswagen?
I just don't get it...
#1368 of 1529 Re: '97 Golf stalling after a brief rest following long drives [chrisando1]
Oct 15, 2006 (10:00 pm)
turned out that it was the crank angle sensor. the plastic housing was cracked and worn out and it was shorting out becuase it is precariously located. it cost 450 AUD to replace and i haven't had any problems since.
#1369 of 1529 Re: Problem Starting first thing in the morning [bpeebles]
Nov 03, 2006 (9:19 am)
I seem to have the same problem with my 1998 Golf. The car won't start anytime there's a little cold weather (early in the morning and late night) Whenever I can start it, have to step in the gas for some time, (if not the car stops at idle speed). Some other times this happens after running 1 mile or so.
The technician, says there's no error code from the scanner and has replaced an electrical device which name I don't know (it's not the alternator, but a winding connected to the distributor) It helped for four days, but with winter season entering the region, I have the same problem. Where should I continue?
#1370 of 1529 Re: Problem Starting first thing in the morning [guayo]
Nov 03, 2006 (2:40 pm)
It sounds to me as if your cold running enrichener circuit is not working at all. Its role in life is to add extra fuel to the engine when cold to keep it running properly.
The cause of this could be several things. You did not mention which engine you have so I cannot help very much.
Certainly consider the "engine temparture sensor" may be sending false signals to the computer. (If sensor tells computer that engine is always hot... then enrichener will not kick in.)
If your engine has a "fifth injector" which is used to add xtra fuel when cold, it should be scrutinized too.
Some older VW engines used a "bypass idle circuit" to increase the idle when engine is cold.
#1371 of 1529 Re: Problem Starting first thing in the morning [bpeebles]
Nov 04, 2006 (12:03 pm)
I used to have the same cold starting problem with a pre-Golf Rabbit that had the Bosch fuel-injection. The part that was causing the problem was known as a "warm-up regulator", but I believe it was technically known as a control-pressure regulator. I would assume the Golf has something similar...
#1372 of 1529 alarm is cramping my style
Nov 05, 2006 (1:27 pm)
this is my first time posting. My dad recently bought me a 97 golf, and I have no problems with it mechanically (thank god) but... starting yesterday, the alram is acting very strange. The powere locks dont work anymore first of all, just 3 days ago they were working, and now, the key will only unlock EITHER the passenger or driver's side doors. but when I do get in the car and close the door, as soon as I step on the brake to try and start it, the alarm is set again, so that when I put the key in the ignition and turn it, the alram goes off... I havent driven it for 2 days... at this point I just want to disconnect the alram because I cant afford a trip to the mechanics... can someone help me?
#1373 of 1529 Re: HELP! 98Golf Electrical HAUNTED [hauntedgolf]
Nov 05, 2006 (7:21 pm)
I just started having these problems too... did you ever get it resolved?
#1374 of 1529 Re: HELP! 98Golf Electrical HAUNTED [kjoefas]
Nov 06, 2006 (6:38 am)
Im stillwaiting fora reply from anyone.
#1375 of 1529 Re: alarm is cramping my style [patrickm805]
Nov 06, 2006 (5:38 pm)
Each door has at least 3 micro-switches in it that feedback information to the "immobilizer". If one of these switches gets 'flakey', then the alarm system does not know what is going on. (Is a door open?, are they locked?, is the door-handle pulled?)
Also, do not forget that the hatch and the hood also have switches to feedback when they are closed too.
One "test" you can do is to verify that opening each door will turn on the interior lights. (this tests ONE of the micro-switches)
If you can isolate which door is the culprit, then it may need to be disassembled and checked.
Here is a thread for taking the door apart:
Here is a thread with pics of the electronics involved:
Finally, a link with the switch replacement: