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#174 of 1529 Winter problems
Dec 17, 2000 (12:58 pm)
The door of my 2000 Golf GLS freeze whenever, I guess, the temperature is in 20s. Has anyone else had the same problem.
The problem is not with the locks which open fine with the keyless device. However, the door can not be open easily.
Also, for a last couple of days, the car does not beep when I lock the car (using the keyless entry device). Also the small light that blinks (on the driver side window) when car is locked is dead. Any comments!!
I am a little paranoid if my share of horror stories with VWs and dealers are now going to be written.
#175 of 1529 Stories...
Dec 18, 2000 (10:24 am)
Stories like the one before this post is the reason why I am scared to get rid of my reliable Mazda Protege and get a VW. What gives?
BTW, how is the traction in snow without the ASR on the 1.8T? And how is it with the ASR? Thanks in advance.
#176 of 1529 Frozen Locks
Dec 18, 2000 (11:30 am)
The locks on my VWs have always been prone to freezing. My car stays outside.
Taping-over the lock when I hand wash the car in the winter makes a difference. Also, tape over the locks is a "must" if you go to one of the self-service car wash places that use high pressure wand.
A little squirt of a lock deicer to displace moisture and lubricate the mechanism help, too.
#177 of 1529 Carboning Problem in Midwest
Dec 18, 2000 (11:38 am)
Anyone have comments about the so called carboning problem affecting Golf Diesels in the Midwest?
Is this really a problem dueto the high sulfur diesel here?
Dec 19, 2000 (12:06 am)
Consumer Reports claims that the Golf has "average" reliability, but I'm still concerned about buying it, since both the Jetta and Bug (basically same car as Golf) have been rated as "below average". As I have mentioned over in the Focus discussion, the best designed and most fun to drive cars seem to be the ones that have problems. If you want a car that will last forever, like a Civic, you have to put up with its impractical design (no hatchback) and performance similar to that of a Buick Century.
p.s. The 10/100 powertrain warranty on VWs is good only on the first owner. Subsequent owners get only a 5/50 powertrain warranty on balance of years/miles.
#179 of 1529 Reliability...
Dec 19, 2000 (9:47 am)
It just really matters on what day the car is built, etc. because you could get a VW Golf that runs forever and a Honda Civic that breaks all the time. Just luck of the draw I guess.
#180 of 1529 Not so much luck of the draw
Dec 19, 2000 (11:11 am)
I disagree with vocus about what day of the week a car was built. They are built 24 hours, 7 days a week and many of the parts are built on many different days prior to final assembly. Yes, you can have a Golf that will last forever and yes, you can get a Civic that is problematic. You may even have a Chevy that never breaks (as hard as that is to imagine). But it's a fact that the chances of having problems with VWs is statistically higher than with Hondas.
#181 of 1529 Anyone move to a VW from "large" vehicle?
Dec 19, 2000 (11:33 am)
I'm driving a '96 4 Runner. I like it, I can carry stuff, and it does well in foul weather, trouble-free. Though, I'm considering a return to VW after many years. Has anyone else here with a small family migrated 'back' to a VW from something with more people/cargo capacity? I'm thinking Passat, but I really like the Golf (not to mention it's cheaper). Thanks for all opinions.
#182 of 1529 Golf with curtain air bags?
Dec 22, 2000 (2:05 pm)
Does anyone know when the 2001 VW Golf will begin being equipped with the third air bag, the so called "side curtain" head air bag? This bag comes out of the headliner. VW says they will phase it in during the 2001 model year, but when? I need to buy soon, but would wait for this feature if it is not too far off.
#183 of 1529 Air Bags
Dec 23, 2000 (9:32 am)
I'm waiting on delivery for a 2001 GTI, and I was told that there's a fair chance that it will arrive with the side air bags. The car was scheduled for production in week 50 (i.e., last week).