1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI

1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

Power Windows Fail More Often Than Manually Operated Window Cranks

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

Vehicles Using Biofuels May Have Injection Pump Failures

Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.

Wrong Anti-Freeze/Coolant May Cause Heater Core Leaks

Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

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1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Questions

How do I lock the driver side door if the electronic "fob" no longer works. (2 answers)

Use key manually for ignition and to lock all the other doors, but I can't lock driver side door with it.

brake fluid (1 answer)

brake(dash) light is on ,reservoir appears to be low.I don't have owners manual,what specific brake fluid should I put in my 2006 golf diesel

transmission wont go in reverse (1 answer)

when i shift in reverse it trys to backup then kicks it out of gear and grinds really bad. If the car is on jackstands and u put it in reverse it turns the tires fine but still sounds like it is grinding or really rough sounding. do i need a new transmission or is it worth having this fixed.Howev...

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