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#98 of 1529 trouble with 2000 GL
Oct 31, 2000 (1:20 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 (2:40 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.
#100 of 1529 sqeaking
Oct 31, 2000 (2:31 pm)
adg44: my 00' 1.8T has the same problem with the sqeaking noice from the door? when going over a bump, it sounds like the plastic molding is not properly attached to the body or something. I have a hard time locating the noice since it always seems to come from the c-piller or thereabout, but it also sounds like it is coming from the trunk, or where the seatbelt is. Which silicon spray did you use? Do you just spray all the rubber tubings and that "half-cures" it? Pls advice.
#101 of 1529 Door noise on Golf
Nov 03, 2000 (9:21 pm)
It actually sounds like some cables are hitting the inside of the door. Thanks for the tip with the silicon, but I doubt that the rubber seals are causing the trouble. Despite, the car is under warranty and the dealer gets paid by the factory to fix warranty issues.
I would not mind, and actually do, working on cars. This one, however, is new and I expect it to work without problems. The VW dealer seem more reluctant than other car dealer to give you a really good deal using the argument about superior german quality. Now I want to see the proof.
#102 of 1529 GOLF GLS too noisy!
Nov 04, 2000 (2:21 am)
I just bought a 2000 Golf GLS 2.0. I have to say it's too noisy. Every time when accelerating, it sounds like a tractor. Is this normal ?
Except the annoying noise, it's a good car, accelerate quickly, very stable.
Anyone who is driving a Gold can tell me something about it ? Thanks !
#103 of 1529 Door noise
Nov 06, 2000 (9:39 pm)
Had some weird door noises when I first got my car (00 GTI GLX). Was really driving me crazy, thinking I should have bought an Accord after all. Took it back to the dealer (Tynan's in Denver) and explained the problem, certain they would say it was all in my head. They fixed the problem and I have never had it happen again. I don't recall exactly what they said the problem was, something about the trim being misaligned. I'm not really sure, but there is definitely a fix for the problem.
Nov 07, 2000 (4:18 am)
The dealer just told me that they actually adjust the door so it is to tight to move against the rubber while in motion. I'll have them do that tomorrow when I take it in.
Nov 07, 2000 (5:13 pm)
volkswagen has corporate standards rather than quality standards varying from plant to plant. ever noticed that american hondas and toyotas are just as sound as their japanese built counterparts? a friend of mine has a brazilian made 1993 volkswagen fox and it has proven to be utterly bulletproof.
#106 of 1529 Quality Concerns By Country
Nov 08, 2000 (1:35 am)
I'm not quite sold on the idea that US-built Japanese marque cars are as tight as Japan-built models. Exhibit #1: My father's '98 Toyota Tercel CE. It's a very nice example and one of the very last imported from Japan. It is also much tighter, more solid feeling, and totally bulletproof than the US-built Japanese marque cars in my family, especially for a throwaway econobox like the Tercel. My examples include Mom's '00 Honda Civic LX and my squeaky but absolutely blazing '93 Nissan Sentra SE-R, both US-built. Even my brother's Japan-built '91 Honda Civic 4WD Wagon has a tighter feel than my SE-R or Mom's Civic. The differences are somewhat minor, but noticeable. Given the choice, I'd take a Japan-built model over a US-built Japanese car.
As for Volkswagens, I too have been concerned about the quality of new Golfs from Brazil. I see many a Brazilian-built Fox, though, still roaming the streets, often flogged at top tilt by MLB backwards-cap wearing types. The Fox's general quality is proven by how many are still around in usable condition. I wouldn't buy the first Golf out of Brazil, but maybe a late first-year model would be ok.
One question: 2001 Golf production for North America is supposed to have moved to Brazil. I've seen conflicting stories, though, about the TDI. Where will NA 2001 Golf TDI's come from? I might buy myself one next year.
There are exceptions to every car story. This post is not intended to start a flame war, incite riots, or further urban decay. There's always someone out there ready to pounce with a 250,000 mile Chevy Cavalier or a lemon Honda Accord or a VW that's not fun to drive. Well, maybe not that last part.
Thanks for reading this far.
#107 of 1529 1st gear probs?
Nov 11, 2000 (4:59 am)
I've noticed that sometimes when I go to shift from 1st to 2nd, the shifter sometimes sticks in first gear. It doens't happen all the time, and it just requires a bit of force to pull it out. I thought that I didn't have the clutch depressed enough, but I don't think that's the case. Today just 10 minutes ago, I was slowing down from 40 MPH. I braked to about 15 MPH until I put the clutch in and moved the shifter into first, with the clutch fully depressed. I heard a very weird noise, like the gear was going rubbing, it was a grinding sound. Has anyone else heard of a problem like this? Do I need more clutch fluid of something? Does this happen to anyone else?