One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.
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Newest reported 1999 Volkswagen Golf TDI problems
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.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.
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.
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.