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#90 of 1529 VW Golf gl 2000--nuff problems!!
Oct 22, 2000 (12:02 am)
This will be to the point.
I have a VW Golf GL 2K 2.0L 5sp. w/ ~13,0000 miles.
I started having problems at 8,000 miles
1. driver side visor mirror light went out--replaced by dealer . ok now
2. gear clash in shifting from 1st to 2nd. gear. it occurs 1 every 2-3 weeks. Dealer claims the golf has a shorter "throw" on the shifter. So it is easy for drivers to clash the gears on shifting. I have been driving a manual for 10 years. are they suggesting I can't drive?
3. This is a good one. Anyone have experience with this problem? If you turn on/off the ignition VERY slowly the head lights will come on as you pass the ACC. mode in the ignition. The parking brake is up during this operation by the way. The dealer says that this occurs on the Golf and Jetta. It is just part of the "design". I say it is part of a "design" FLAW. Anyway, no fix from the dealer. Please let me know if you experience this on the Golf / Jetta.
4. The vehicle sometimes hesitates in first gear. It is as if it does not get the correct amount of gas/air and then all of a sudden it kicks in. On first trip to the dealer they could not find a problem.
5. At startup the vehicle revs up (overshoots) to 2K rpm. On a normal startup it should overshoot up to ~ 1200 rpm then settle at ~ 850 rpm. After the second time it happened, the check engine light came on for 2 days. The dealer had a look and stated the coolant temp. sensor went out. This was replaced. They also said this was why I had prob. #4 above. Alas, problem #4 above still occurs, but just not as much. So is it the O2 sensor problem as others have had? (see the main.and repair conf. for more on o2 problem).
6. When coming out of a right or left turn, as the steering wheel spins back the opposite indicator light will flash just as the indicator switch trips off. Dealer replaced the turning switches. Problem continued. Dealer then replaced some sort of air bag spring thing a ma jiggy (sorry I dont remember what exactly it was). Anyway, this was supposedly what cause the turning indicator switch to go bad. I have not returned to the dealer to have another turning switch installed yet.
7. the vehicle seems to consume quite a bit of oil. 2K miles after my first oil change the level was below the required level. I assume when they changed it, the proper level was put back into the car. I have been check it since then and it still is going down very gradually. The manual does state that it will consume oil depending on driving condition ( I do DRIVE the vehicle too). But I also DROVE my previous car and the level never changed between oil changes.
These are the problems i have had. hope this helps some one. i am a bit disappointed in the car. i still really love it though. so i suppose it is a love/dislike relationship. :->. the car is still THANK GOD under warranty so no $$ yet. but i have spent a total of 15hours at the deaier for a car less than a year old. they can't pay me for my time at the dealer either.
#91 of 1529 Turn signals
Oct 22, 2000 (6:00 am)
I think I know what you are talking about. If I take a right turn and then straighten out, I sometimes thought I saw the left turn signal flash really fast. I just figured it was my imagination. Anyways, I don't really notice it too often, but I will keep an eye out for it.
01 GTI GLX Silver/Black
Oct 22, 2000 (2:47 pm)
I too have experienced the bizarre disappearing oil. My dealer has told me that there's nothing wrong w/ the car. It seems to be a very slow consumption of oil, but I've never had a car that did this before. It's not leaking (as far as I can tell), and it doesn't appear to be burning any either. I've ended up keeping an extra quart in the back of the car, and check it every few weeks.
I've also experienced that hesitation from first gear. That doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it catches me off guard, and kind of ticks me off.
I've had no real problems with the car, it's fun to drive, and gets pretty good gas mileage. And it LOOKS good too!
2000 Golf GLS 5spd.
#93 of 1529 2.0L
Oct 23, 2000 (2:40 am)
On my sisters beetle, it has the 2.0L engine, and it drinks so much oil I couldn't believe it! I just add some more oil to it ever couple of weeks. I think I'm gonna switch over to synthetic when it hits 20K miles and I'll see what that does.
#94 of 1529 problems
Oct 23, 2000 (2:12 pm)
wj27: I too, notice the turn indicator flash you described. It was like that from day 1, so I assumed it is a "design" thing. As for the headlight, I only experience the turning off part, where the light will come on briefly when I turn the ignition off, but then it is only briefly, and everything turns off when you have the key out. If I turn the ignition on, the light will only come on when I have the handbrake down.
#95 of 1529 to be brief
Oct 24, 2000 (2:09 pm)
VW golf 99
1-Check engine light two times
2-The dealer drove it for 300 miles to check it
3-Squeaking noise twice to the dealer. He was thinking it was the bushings and added some grease. Finally they changed the brakes. 4-Rattling noise and it disappeared by itself
5-Oil light was turned on at 8000 miles. The dipstick was dry. Two quarts were added.I was told it was normal. NO WAY
6-Oil check was done every 1000 miles by another dealer and it was 20% less each time.
7-At 18700 the light was turned on again. Two full quarts were added.
8- At 20200 the level was under the dotted area.
9-Went back to the dealer for maintenance and oil compression test and the test was OK.
10-The tape recorder is not working as if someone is speaking fast.
11-The dealer said they had problems with radios.
12-At 21200 oil level is 50% less. No way that is normal. There is no leak and there is no black smoke coming out. The car is burning oil and the engine is defective.
WHERE SHOULD I GO AND WHAT TO BE DONE ?
Oct 24, 2000 (8:48 pm)
Floater, if you're still deciding between the 1.8T and the TDI, take my advice & drive a TDI.
I have a Golf TDI. My wife has a Passat 1.8T. The TDI is so much smoother & more pleasurable to drive than the 1.8T. Chipped, it is absolutely amazing. Powerful torque, great mileage, diesel-durability.
Best of all, you get to join the club. Fred's. www.tdiclub.com
#97 of 1529 Brazil vs. Wolfsburg
Oct 27, 2000 (4:05 am)
I'm considering a 2001 Golf GLS 1.8T. Unfortunately, they are no longer assembled in Wolfsburg. They are now built in Brazil. I'm very leary of Brazil. Can anyone comment on the build quality and component quality for a German assembed Golf vs. a Brazilian? Thank you.
#98 of 1529 trouble with 2000 GL
Oct 31, 2000 (2:20 am)
I bought a 2000 Golf GL in june. I replaced the VW radio with a Sony unit which included a CD player.
One week into driving the car the ABS light went on and the ABS starts working erratically. The car also did not start occasionally, that means nothing happened after turning the ignition. Removing the key and closing and opening the doors in some arbitrary fashion seem to solve the problem.
The dealer told me that the ABS problem is due to my "aftermarket" radio. After having me yell at the service manager for quite a while they examined the car and found a broken ABS sensor that they fixed. The dealer(of course as it is intermittened) could not find anything wrong with the ignition.
The car now has 5k miles and goes to service next week. These are the current problems:
1. Reverse gear extremely difficult to put in. Often you have to shift into 1st, roll a few feet before the reverse can be put in. (My 1980 Scirocco works smoother!)
2. Occasional noise in both doors.
3. Sometimes hesitates in 1st gear (was reported earlier by somebody else).
4. Cupholder does not work anymore (bend out of shape I guess).
5. The ignition problem still exists.
6. Some noise when pushing the clutch down.
7. In general, the FM radio reception in that car is horrible. That is true for the original VW radio as for my current Sony unit. Something is either wrong with the antenna or the design is flawed.
Lets see what the service guy comes up with when I drop the car off.....
#99 of 1529 Noise in doors
Oct 31, 2000 (3:40 am)
what exactly do you mean?? Is it like a knocking/squeaking sound whenever you go over some light bumps?? I have that in my 01 GTI GLX and I really helped the situation by coating all the rubbers around the door with silicone spray. It doesn't take it all away, but it makes it about 50% better. Also my VW dealer told me that they sometimes put some clear tape around the inside of the door to make it stop squeaking. Good luck.