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You are in the Volkswagen Golf
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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#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?
#777 of 1529 Golf or Jeep GC?
Sep 25, 2002 (8:08 pm)
Is the Golf fun to drive? Reliable?
My boyfriend is going to be getting something else to drive besides his '98 Wrangler. He really wants a Grand Cherokee, but he has thought about the Golf.
I keep telling him that the Jeep GC isn't a great solution to saving on gas, but I don't really know how bad the gas mileage is on them either.
Each day he drives about 40 miles one way to work. He drives about 80-90 mph on the Highways, but he gets really poor gas mileage with the Jeep Wrangler. I think he fills up his tank about every 1 and a half to two trips. About 200 miles per tank. I believe it's a 15 gallon tank. So that's only 13-14 mpg.
He doesn't want to give up 4WD, so he will only get the Golf if he keeps his Jeep. I really think he will love the Golf and forget about having a 4WD vehicle.
The Golf is a lot cheaper then a Jeep GC. I also feel that the residual value is a lot better on the Golf. Also, he will probably be putting at least 20-25,000 miles on it each year.
Anyone have 50k or more on a Golf in 2 yrs.? Any major problems? How's the gas mileage at high speeds? Can it handle high speeds (80-100mph)?
Thanks for any input
#778 of 1529 Temperature Gauge
Sep 26, 2002 (7:11 am)
The temp gauge itself is for your eyes only. However the temp sensor sends information to the on board computer to control various engine functions like the electric radiator fans. The sensor had been functioning intermittently, it is only when it finally quit that I got an engine or "MIL" light.
I would start with the sensor as it is cheap $5.00 and $1.00 for the gasket vs $??? for the gauge. As for the how to, try some other more "technical" web sites for a good explanation.
#779 of 1529 trlyka - You're kidding, right?
Sep 26, 2002 (7:46 am)
He's cross-shopping a GC and a Golf? He drives a Wrangler at 80-90 mph every day?
Get the GC - He'd hate the Golf, and the capabilities that make it what it is would be wasted on him anyway.
#780 of 1529 TDI Golf is what you need re trlyka
Sep 26, 2002 (8:42 am)
TDI Golf will get 45-50 mpg and can go 80-100 mph all day long without any trouble. It will go over 700 miles per tank of fuel, has good residual value, and with a set of snow tires will get around very well in on-road snowy conditions.
I can't imagine having to commute 40 miles each way in a Wrangler as the Wrangler is a terrible commuting vehicle. Fantastic as an off road vehicle, but uncomfortable, poor mileage, poor on road handling on road. Do yourself a favor and at least take a look at Golf/Jetta TDI.
#781 of 1529 moparbad's right, BTW
Sep 26, 2002 (9:20 am)
If it were me, I'd buy the Golf too. It's by far the more practical car for that use. In fact, I'm shopping a TDI now.
However anyone who would drive a Wrangler 80-90 mph every day, and would consider a Golf and a GC for the same use, is unlikely to discern the qualities that make the Golf superior to either. And it won't go off road. ;^)
(I should have put the smiley on my first post, I guess. /;^) )
#782 of 1529 Temperature gauge/sensor
Sep 26, 2002 (10:44 am)
Japet and all,
Could you guys suggest which "technical " websites to check out to learn where and how to replace a temperature sensor or O2 sensor on the Golf 2000 GLS ... I am more like an electronic person than automotive guru . However I feel this is pretty much the kind of things I can replace myself rather bringing it to a dealer shop.
#783 of 1529 website
Sep 26, 2002 (12:06 pm)
I don't think we are allowed to name outside sites but try searching for TDI clubs.
As the GC vs Golf I would rather get hit by the golf than the GC.