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VW Golf

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  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    MAF sensor is common
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    The price for the 2.0 MAF sensor part # 06A 906 461A is confirmed at $45.00 for a 2.0L GAS MAF sensor. Price was over $200 prior to the reduction in price. FYI in case anyone needs a MAF.
  • paco13paco13 Posts: 2
    Yikes! The dealership charged me $366 for the MAF sensor two months ago.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    The price reduction only happened in the last couple of days. Some TDI owners are testing the 2.0 MAF in the TDI as it may be usable in the TDI.
  • leemondoleemondo Posts: 4
    Reflex Silver, Monsoon and Luxury package. I fell in love with the car and can't wait to pick it up on Monday. I have to hop a bus, subway train, and then commuter rail to get to the dealer since I have no one to drop me off! :-)

    This is my first diesel. I've been trying to read up all I can about proper maintenance at TDICLUB, etc.

    The dealer (of course) wants to sell me a $299.00 paint sealant job. Any recommendations for or against? Also, is the 6 disc CD changer worth the bucks (offered to me for $595.00)?

    Thanks for any advice!

    Lee
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Paint sealer is not needed, since VW covers their cars for 12 years against rust.

    The CD changer price is ~$350 and it's very easy to install. $595 is highway robbery!

    So no on both cases. :)
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    Don't get any of that crap they try to sell you. You'll be fine.

    The 6 disc changer for 600 is a rip! I got mine from the dealer for $295 installed.

    You have a double din head unit with the new monsoons, so no need for a 6 disc changer.

    - Anthony
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    This should be covered under warranty right?

    adg44:
    THe double din is for the GLS models, with or without the monsoon system. There's always a need for the CD changer, IMO
  • centarforcentarfor Posts: 22
    Hi, I am checking out the 2000 Golfs and GTIs. Does anyone know if VW made a Golf in 2000 with the 1.8T or VR6 engine? Was it just the 2.0 110 hp? The GTI is a bit too small with the two doors.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The 2000 models could have the 1.8T, the 2.0 engine (115hp), or the VR6. The GTI VR6 was the only one with the VR6 though. On the 4-door models, look on the right back corner. If there is nothing there by the right taillamp, it's a 2.0. If it says "TDI", then it's the 1.9TDI turbodiesel engine. If it says "1.8T", then it's the 150hp turbo engine (the best I think).
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    Yes, there was a short period when VW put the "AWD" 1.8T in the Golf.

    - Anthony
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I bought a 2002 Jetta 1.8T, but was going to get a Golf 1.8T. They stopped making them for 2002 though. That sucks! I think they did it because they could get more money on a Jetta purchase as opposed to the Golf. They had a used 2001 1.8T Golf when I got my Jetta, but I wanted the better warranty (4/50K as opposed to 2/24K basic), so I got the 2002 model. I am also leary of someone trading in a car that's not even one year old, with 13K on it. Not a good sign, unless they were tired of it. No way to know that though, so I went with the new Jetta anyway.
  • bpibpi Posts: 120
    "I am also leary of someone trading in a car that's not even one year old, with 13K on it."
    LOL
    "Not a good sign, unless they were tired of it."
    More LOL
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I should talk, because I traded in my 2001 Protege with 20K on it for the 1.8T Jetta I have now. There was nothing wrong with the car, I was just tired of it and wanted the Jetta.
  • Hi, all. I just wanted to tell you about a sticker I saw on a Golf CL (sorry, I don't remember what generation it was) in Athens, Greece. (I got back last week from vacationing in that country.) The sticker said, "This is not a GTI." I wonder if it was supposed to influence car thieves to keep moving, kind of like the "NO RADIO" signs that were prevalent here in New York City.

    This reminds me of the Benz some friends of my parents who live in Naples, Italy used to have. The wife told us that since gasoline was so expensive, car thieves passed up the gas-powered ones and went for the diesel-powered ones. So they replaced the diesel-model badge on theirs with a gas-model badge. Gas station attendandants were sometimes shocked to see her pumping diesel into it.
  • sizzla123sizzla123 Posts: 18
    Hi all,

    I've been driving a Jetta 1.8T for the past year, I love the 1.8T engine. I cant afford the car anymore, so I'm looking at a 2.0 Golf. How much of a step down in performance will this be? I dont race or anything, but I like the way the 1.8T feels and kinda worried that the 2.0 will be HUGE step down.

    Thanks
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    It's a huge step down. Keep the 1.8T
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I am driving a 2.0 Beetle right now as a loaner, and have driven a 2.0 Jetta before as well. They are SLOW compared to the 1.8T, and they also sound like a lawnmower. The 2.0 engine is not a good one from what I have heard either, with an oil drinking history. Keep the 1.8T. You will lose alot in trading such a new car as well. Not worth it.

    To save a little money, you can use regular gas instead of premium. Don't know how much that will help, but every little bit counts. Good luck. :)
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I have the 2.0 with stick and it is very peppy, with a lot of acceleration at freeway speeds due to its low gearing. Gas mileage has averaged 28 mpg for me based on a 30 mile commute that is 15% street and the remainder freeway (with some stop and go sections).

    Best is to test drive one first.

    As to the oil drinking, I have to put in a quart every 1500 miles, which I do not consider excessive (I was always told German cars are designed to consume some oil - to keep the rings and valve stems lubricated). Consistent oil usage is not a problem. Being against it is a prejudice that dates back to the era when an oil user was on its last legs - American cars would start out using little oil, but then soon start burning it, which was the sign of the engine giving up. Japanese cars were so "tight" they never burned any (visible) amounts of oil. Anyway my car has used the same amount of oil since day one, and I now have 30,000 trouble free miles on it. I just figured it was why you could have 10,000 mile oil change intervals - it's not really the same oil in the pan anymore, by the end of the cycle. (I change oil every 3,300 miles to stay on the 10,000 mile maintenance cycle at the dealer, and I use Mobil 1 5-30.)

    Finally, it takes a higher grade of catalytic converter to deal with oil consumption. Ford, in contrast, has an oil spec that is based on lower oil consumption to protect the lower grade materials in its catalytic converters....
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    FUEL ECONOMY

    that's the only reason.

    It's driven by the raising in CAFE standards for manufacturers. With the dismal fuel economy of many of the Ford Trucks, they needed to raise the fuel economy across the board to bring up the average. There's no redesign in the engines to accomodate the thinner oil. Just some testing that shown no drastic reduction in reliability.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    unfortunately, trucks and cars aren't averaged together for CAFE. So thining out the cars doesn't do a thing for the trucks.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    It's still fuel economy, at least that's why some Ford engineers say
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    If you go from the 1.8T to a 2.0L.....

    Find another way to cut your costs. After you figure out the loss in trade in and getting into another car, it probably isn't worth all your trouble.

    Who needs to eat anyways! :D

    - Anthony
  • yoeddyyoeddy Posts: 46
    Hi,

    My friend has a 1997 Golf GL and recently both the fuel gauge and dashboard lights don't work. Any ideas? Could this be a fuse issue? Or could both lights burn out and the fuel gauge go bad, all at once?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  • herod2221herod2221 Posts: 1
    i'm not sure how it works in VWs, but i had a pontiac grandprix and the lights went out on the dash and climate control panel. turned out it was all one light unit, so the whole thing had to be replaced.
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    I would check the fuses if I were you. It explains on the panel what each fuse is for. Just pull them out and check them.

    - Anthony
  • enthuenthu Posts: 4
    I have a MY (Model Year) 99 Golf GLS automatic 2.0L, based on A4 platform--99 Golf has two platforms and the new one is A4. No, not Audi A4.

    I had a few minor problems initially, including windshield washer fluid leakage, which I fixed by reconnecting the hose to the nozzle: you can take off the plastic covers on inner side of the hood and see the nozzle. Other problems were AC failure due to loose hose (easy fix by dealer) and 'check engine light' when Mobile's low octane gas was used--the dealer says VW doesn't seem to like that gas. Huh...? Bizzare. When it happened, it shorted out the mass air flow sensor temporarily but it seems okay now. The dealer job to replace the sensor would have cost me $200, so I opted out to wait for further monotoring. VW has extended 'partial warranty' (they pay 50% on fix) on this item, so I suspect this happens a lot. You can buy the sensor online at about $40 and replace yourself: it's the little thingy attached to the intake just before the air filter. But you may have to reset the PCM, which normal customers like us can't because we don't have the equipment. Yup, that's how the dealers rip off us.

    Oh, one more (yes, VW isn't as reliable as Toyota). My Golf's temp gauge fluctuates from zero to 180 F like roller coaster, even during 85 mph. Just a misreading, I reckon. No more warranty, so I don't bother taking it into a dealer. I don't think the engine management read off the temp from this gauge anyway.

    Besides those troubles, I love this car. I guess it's a small price to pay to get a useful and stylish fun to drive car. Now I have 27,000 miles on this little fellah, I am thinking of getting another one when the new model comes out next year, this time with manual transmission. It's going to have real cool high speed wiper blades, the same kind used by Mercedes S class. This is why I love VW! How cool is that!

    Happy driving!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    99 was the first year. Another post why not to buy the first year of a vehicle. Too many problems not figured out.
  • enthuenthu Posts: 4
    The first year car does have more problems; it's almost natural. No lab testing can simulate 100% real world.

    One correction to my posting: Mass Air Flow sensor is installed just after the air filter (i.e., closer to the engine), not before. The sensor is sold at $45 at www.vwparts.com, and the dealer price is $100 (crooks!). Ironically, the 'check engine' light came on today. The dealer will charge another $100 for module reset, and $20 for road test. I may just buy the sensor at $45, and see if I can have a local shop mechanic reset the module with his equipment. No way he will charge $100 for that.

    Fun never ceases.
  • subzero206subzero206 Posts: 111
    is the Golf more reliable than a Jetta? fewer problems? etc..
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