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1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

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Most Common 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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.
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0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Brakes Problems

2 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Drive Train 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.

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Electrical & Lights Problem

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 ...

2 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Engine Problems

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.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Exhaust & Emissions Problems

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

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

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Maintenance Problems

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Miscellaneous Problem

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

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems & Complaints

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.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
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.
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 ...
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
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