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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Volkswagen Golf TDI

Volkswagen Golf TDI Models:

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Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

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.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Volkswagen Golf TDI Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, October 31, 2007

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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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Engine, September 30, 2011

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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.

 

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Volkswagen Golf TDI Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1999 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Wailuku, HI

glow plug warning light on. I assume i need to replace these plugs and don't have a diagram of where they are. Do I need any special tools. I have located a glow plug kit on line with plugs ...

micahmcclure, 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, London, OH

when i shift in reverse it trys to backup then kicks it out of gear and grinds really bad. If the car is on jackstands and u put it in reverse it turns the tires fine but still sounds like it is gr...

Visitor, 2000 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Lakewood, OH

I have a 2000 VW Golf TDI and cant find a plug to keep glow plugs warm to prevent cold starts. Does anyone know if they come equipped with this option?

5289, 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Hillside, NJ

brake(dash) light is on ,reservoir appears to be low.I don't have owners manual,what specific brake fluid should I put in my 2006 golf diesel

karenxxx, 2000 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Tacoma, WA

all the time need to screw down pump but dont know how

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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.

Excellent handeling, great economy and decent power for a 90hp deisel engine. Repairs though over the last ten years, I would say are higher than average and more maintenance than a gas car. This car was originally recommended by Consumer's Reports but with all the problems it was later put on the not recommended list. I have to admit that the first three years had many problems but wer taken care of by the dealer. After these were taken care of the care has had it's regular worn out parts and maintenance is about average. Still driving with the original clutch and I do a lot of city driving. Great transmission.

Electrical system is troublesome.