Volkswagen Golf TDI Repair and Maintenance

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

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Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

Mass Air Flow Sensor May Fail

The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.

Engine Oil Leaks

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

Glove Box Hinges fail frequently

The glove box hinges (made of plastic) on our 2000 Golf TDI have failed three times in the 10 years we have owned the car.

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Volkswagen Golf TDI Questions

Have 2010 TDI golf.Llive in Fairfax county virginia. emission test. (2 answers)

Have 2010 TDI golf.Llive in Fairfax county virginia.Can't pass emission
test. Dealer says I have to drive it for 2 to 3 hours to heat engine. I've done this 3 times and still can't pass. What do I have to do. I've put now 3+hundred miles,gas and time trying to heat engine up. Wha...

my light on glow-plugs, is blinking since 3 days ago, shall replace the plugs for new ones?? (1 answer)

The light from the alternator is on Could it be the battery? (1 answer)

I got a reconditioned one last month

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Volkswagen Golf TDI Recalls

Occupant Detection System Does Not Work Properly

The passenger seat occupant detection system may not function properly, resulting in the passenger frontal air bag not operating as it should in an accident. Dealers will replace the passenger occupant detection system control module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Potential Diesel Fuel Leak

On the 2.0L TDI common rail Diesel engine/clean Diesel engine, fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of injector line #2. This resonance creates additional stress on the fuel line. Small cracks could develop in the #2 injector line, resulting in a Diesel fuel leak. A fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install an improved #2 fuel injector line and install vibration dampers on all of the injector lines to correct this concern. The Volkswagen/Audi recall number is 23J9/V5.


Incorrect Location for Headlamp Aiming Screw Disabling Cap

The caps to disable the headlight aiming screws may be installed in the incorrect positions. The cap for the horizontal aiming screw may have been installed on the vertical aiming screw. Improperly aimed headlights could cause reduced road visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will install and remove disabling caps as necessary to assure they are in their correct locations. This recall is expected to begin on October 31, 2007. The Volkswagen recall number is Q8.

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Volkswagen Golf TDI Reviews

I own a 2000 Jetta diesel,last 6 years nothing but cost & headache. Diesel engine excellent on fuel but maintenance cost is high on the engine, poor quality parts, turbocharge, exhaust system build up, valve controls failed to open or close. Would I buy another VW car not likely.
the only problem I have with my 2006 golf TDI is the heater takes forever to heat up when it gets to minus 20 or more Im talking a good half hour. Anybody else ever had this problem.
Economical to operate and I like the 10,000 mile oil change intervals, but it is a cheap interior and the repairs are quite expensive. I look forward to the diesel electric hybrid.

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