1997 Volkswagen Golf Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Volkswagen Golf as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.Refine by vehicle
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.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
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.