1995 Volkswagen Golf Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1995 Volkswagen Golf as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

The engine may develop an overheating condition due to a damaged water pump impeller. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.

A coolant leak may develop after oil filter replacement. When tightening or loosening the oil filter the filter housing may turn damaging the coolant o-ring seal. The recommended procedure is to hold the filter housing when tightening or loosening the oil filter.

Oxygen sensor and coolant temperature sensor failures are common.

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

Poor drivability symptoms—including hard starting—can be caused by coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor faults.

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

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

An engine coolant leak may develop, most commonly from the water pump. The valve cover gasket is also prone to leaking engine oil.


Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.

Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.