One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Volkswagen Golf TDI
1997 Volkswagen Golf TDI
1997 Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.