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#767 of 1529 re: A few issues with Golf ...
Sep 23, 2002 (12:41 pm)
Hi Enthu and All Golf owners,
I seem to experience the same problems as what enthu has been having.
I bought a Golf GLS 2000 and here is the problems history I have been having :
1. 1st year : O2 sensor broke so the engine light is ON .
2. 2nd year :mass airflow meter broke so the engine light is ON again.
3. Now in the 3rd year :the temperature gauge is oscillating between 0 and 190 degree all time (on freeway or city street )
Note the 2 first failures , the was no charge by the VW dealer because it fell w/in the 2 year warranty limit but I am afraid that they are going to try to rip me off for fixing (properly?) the temp gauge .
If anyone can give any suggestions to deal w/ the temperature gauge issue , please do.
#768 of 1529 You are lucky with 40k....
Sep 23, 2002 (2:51 pm)
Mine had to be replaced around 20, and so did our Beetle's.
Not bad at all...
#769 of 1529 40K Service Prices
Sep 23, 2002 (2:52 pm)
I went to a highly recommended independent repair facility and they used Alldata to give a pretty accurate estimate of the cost of the 40K service. It came out to within few dollars of the dealer's cost. Maybe dealers are more competitive on routine services. I can't understand a $470 rear brake job, though. I had all four struts/shocks replaced for less than that at a speed shop (upgrade to Tokico, don't recommend, too firm).
#770 of 1529 We bought a Golf contd.
Sep 24, 2002 (3:24 am)
Thanks Alfox. We just heard from the dealership that they suspect a faulty ignition switch that gets stuck in the on position and has repeatedly burned out the starters (x3) that they have installed in the past week. I told them to keep it an extra day or so to start it a few times to make sure. While we felt we got a screamin deal on this car, that's only true if the darn thing can start more than 4 times without needing a new starter. Thanks again
#771 of 1529 itsaplot
Sep 24, 2002 (4:28 am)
That's actually good news. Sounds like a plausable cause for the problem, and a likely fix. Good luck - it can be a great car, and a blast to drive. Bear in mind that the '98+ are even better, and reliability has gone up as well. Good luck.
#772 of 1529 temperature gauge
Sep 24, 2002 (8:39 am)
Just had the 40K mile check-up (2000 TDI), rear brakes were at 60%, front 70%, I also had a faulty temp sensor for the past several months (gauge bounced up and down), finally tripped the engine light last week. the sensor was $5.00 and the install was $30, total cost of the check-up was $130. I also replaced the goodyear tires as they were down to 3/32 with Nokian NRWs. For the record the temp gauge was the first "problem" with my Golf.
Sep 24, 2002 (9:45 am)
The bulk of your driving must be highway - That TDI engine totally impresses me, it must be a perfect long distance cruiser.
I've owned a bunch of VW's and have always found them to be very reliable.
#774 of 1529 Brakes...
Sep 24, 2002 (9:52 am)
I have a 2002 Jetta 1.8T that I drive pretty hard. It feels like, just recently, that the brakes are starting to wear. I am going to get some Mintex Red pads to replace the rears, and going to have the back brakes checked as to not damage the rotors if the pads are worn.
#775 of 1529 temperature gauge
Sep 25, 2002 (12:11 pm)
Hi Japet ,
Were you able to find out that the temperature gauge failure was connected to engine light tripping in anyway .
I recall that there is a message in this forum saying that temperature gauge is not used for engine management .
Did you have your temp gauge replaced or did you do it yourself and could you tell me how ?
#776 of 1529 itsaplot
Sep 25, 2002 (7:18 pm)
Question for you.......
How can these things have happened when these dates haven't even come up yet????
A sentence from your post says:
"After a screw up with replacing the starter, they put new tires on the car and call it "VW Certified" and we get the car back on 09/25/02. On 09/27/02 the same thing happens and it goes back to the dealership. Returned to us on 09/28 with another new starter and dies again that evening."
Today is 9/25/2002
I'm just busting on you I really thought I was losing my mind when I read the post. I had to go look at the calendar and check my computers for the correct date.
Seriously though, about your Golf. Does the dealer try to start the car several times before giving it back to you? After you got it back, how many times will the car start before it won't start at all? Does it turn over, or is it just dead? If it were the starter, and I don't think it sounds like it is, you should at least hear the car trying to start. If there is a short, then it may cut off the ignition, hence the alarm possibility. Are you sure there wasn't an after market alarm installed? It makes a big difference once the after market guys start hacking away at the starter wires. I had a starter problem on a different vehicle, but I knew when it was starting to go from the noise it would make. Starters usually don't just break like they are claiming.
You've had the car less then a week and the dealer won't look past the starter to fix the car. Maybe you should take it back and get a refund. What's the warranty on it?
It was nice of you to get the car for your son, but has he driven it yet?