Last post on Nov 04, 2012 at 2:48 PM
You are in the Volkswagen Golf
What is this discussion about?
Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#970 of 1529 scottdude: decision has been made
Aug 14, 2003 (9:24 am)
Having researched the Golf and read all the posts about its reliability, I have decided to not purchase at this time. I will save my $$ and see what 2004 will bring (looking forward to the new 1 series from BMW). Hopefully VW will work on reliability in the meantime. (The Corolla LE that I test drove yesterday was a disappointment. The A/C could not keep up with the 100+ heat outside and the steering wheel position was awkward no matter how it was tilted.)
#971 of 1529 Air filter question
Aug 18, 2003 (6:22 am)
After scouring the owners manual and searching the internet, I ahve no clue as to where the air filter is located- let alone how to change it. In the past, I've had cars where the air filter was literally in view (just unscrew the top and it pops out). Any advice on where to find it and how to change it? Thanks.
Aug 18, 2003 (6:31 am)
If the engine bay is similar to the Jetta the air filter housing is a black box left when facing the engine.
Aug 18, 2003 (7:54 pm)
I just got in my 2001 Golf GL earlier tonight and went to adjust the A/C, and saw that my climate control knobs were all dark except for the two A/C and re-circulation buttons. I know my friend with a 2000 Golf 1.8T had the same problem, and took his to the dealer. Am I left with the same option to light up that cluster again? Or does anyone know of a way to fix this annoyance easily myself?
#974 of 1529 Re: fish8
Aug 19, 2003 (10:25 am)
Thanks for the tip. I looked, and saw two black boxes. One had a hose connecting to something else; the other was directly in front, right behing the left headlight. Unfortunately, I am not sure which one to open or whether the air filter will even fit. How would I go about opening the right box? What tools would I need?
Aug 19, 2003 (2:18 pm)
the air filter is the box on the left - the one on the right is the battery cover. If you don't have a replacement filter for it don't even bother with opening it up. The filter is rectangular shaped. You have to release the hose clamp, pull the hose off and unclip the clips from the top side of the air box - easy.
I've had a Golf and now have an 03 Jetta TDI wagon - no complaints and I'd buy another VW without hesitation.
Aug 20, 2003 (4:30 am)
I recently checked my air filter and I believe all you need is a phillips head screw driver. There are 4 screws that need to be removed and just gently pull up on the air box. I didn't even need to remove the hose clamp. Just don't "yank" the entire box so as to pull ther hose out of the housing.
#977 of 1529 It depends what engine you have
Aug 20, 2003 (9:02 pm)
The air boxes for the TDI, 1.8T, VR6, etc all take the same filter (to a certain extent) but some mount differently and some open differently. On some you don't need to take the breather valve off to change the air box.
#978 of 1529 engine light
Aug 21, 2003 (1:03 pm)
i enjoy driving my 2001 golf gls. BUT tomorrow will be the seventh time that i have to bring it in for the engine light problem. the dealership says it is the new emissions regulations that make the light so sensitive. that they fix one thing and another is affected. seven times? has anyone else had this excessive problem? advise? my warranty runs out on 12 sep...
#979 of 1529 Mine's the 4-cylinder 2.0L engine...
Aug 21, 2003 (1:39 pm)
So perhaps that's why I've had problems finding the location of the air filter.