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  • The unavailability of TDIs is due to sharpened emissions regulations, while at the same time the low sulfur Diesel (that is necessary to implement the low emissions features) got delayed introduction in the US. Blame your government, not VW.

    Low sulfur Diesel and low-emissions technologies have been available in Europe for many years, now.
  • I have an 02 Golf that has been to the dealers twice already and will be going back again for a third time. Lemon? i will be talking to a Lemon Law advocate also.

    JAG, I don't understand. You have a 4-year old car that has only been to the dealer 3 times, and you complain? Lemon laws apply to new cars, only.

    If it has been the same problem each time, make sure you get additional warranty from the dealer (for free) on that item.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Their biggest selling car is the Jetta...last time I checked that was not a "large luxury car".

    I think you need to blame your "messed up" government for the non-availability of diesels.
  • I don't agree with that acessment entirely, since the Jetta TDI is fairly available.
    The cars I'm referring to as luxury are th Phaeton and Toureng.
    I can't believe they are selling many of those although they probably have a big profit margin.
  • Incorrect, lemon laws apply to both NEW and USED (depending on the state).
    See link to find out your state law:

    JAG, I don't understand. You have a 4-year old car that has only been to the dealer 3 times, and you complain? Lemon laws apply to new cars, only.

    If it has been the same problem each time, make sure you get additional warranty from the dealer (for free) on that item.
  • Thank you for this unsolicited plug for Krohn & Moss, Ltd.. The original poster was from Ohio. Your's Krohn&Moss faithful state, for Ohio:
    ...If a new motor vehicle does not conform to any applicable express warranty and the consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer, its agent, or its authorized dealer during the period of one year following the date of original delivery or during the first eighteen thousand miles of operation, whichever is earlier, the manufacturer,...

    California has 18 months/ 18,000 miles. If you know of a state that has 4 years/ 48,000 miles, please let me know. I always like to learn new things. ;)
  • bdon_xbdon_x Posts: 3
    i have a 95 golf gl.
    my 95 golf gl wont tell me where its trunk release is.
    so my question is...
    HOW do you release the fuel door.

  • When the doors are unlocked, the fuel door is also unlocked.
    The trunk release button is under the lid of the storage bin between the front seats. I guess you don't have the manual.
  • Hi

    I'm a complete newby to all of this and know nothing about the internal workings of a car but here goes;

    How easy is it to lower the suspension on a VW Golf? Do you have to buy a new suspension kit all together or is it possible to lower the current suspension that the car comes with? My dad's quite good with cars - would he be able to do it or would it still be a job for the pros?

  • thanks for this. Ever since I saw the Audi A3 at a local auto show last year, I've been waiting for this Golf! I think this is a segment that some people are missing - the sporty hatch/wagon. I just hope the 4 door isn't too small and that this early 30-something won't look like I'm going through mid-life crisis when driving it :P
  • Reads like it was written by the VW press boys. Nevertheless, the MK V is on my short list for a replacement for my '96 Golf III. What's not mentioned is the base price, which I've heard (rumored) will be close to $17,000 for the four door w/ manual transmission. Ouch.

    >Just read it here
  • Just curious - what else is on your short list?

    That is a common problem with VW, their cars are very expensive, particulalry compared to something in the same category. They are priced between the standard brands and luxury. It's an interesting pricing strategy, but hey, it seems to work.
  • >That is a common problem with VW, their cars are very >expensive, particulalry compared to something in the same >category.

    Well said. But the "German driving experience" has been worth it. (Repeat this five times a day.)

    >Just curious - what else is on your short list?

    Hmmm. Well, I looked long and hard at the Mazda 3i, but after driving it, I came away underwhelmed. My '96 Golf rides and handles just as well, though I'm sure the 3s is much sportier all around - and more expensive.

    For economy and storage, the Honda Fit looks great. I'm not enamored with its styling and have never warmed up to Hondas. Seems kind of small for the American road system. I'm reserving judgment till I see one in person (in April?)
  • I just got a 2006 Golf GL 5-speed manual and at 70 mph the tachometer registers about 3600 RPMs. That's about 1000 RPMs higher than any other car I've owned running at the same speed, even cars with less horesepower than the Golf, and seems excessively high. Is this normal for a Golf, or do I have a problem? Thanks for any responses.
  • >at 70 mph the tachometer registers about 3600 RPMs.

    VW engines rev high for the most part. 3600 RPM doesn't sound excessive. I assume you have the 2.0L engine. However, my 96 Golf w/ automatic doesn't rev that high at 70 MPH. Have you checked other forums for better info? Try
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,080
    Which engine do you have? I thought that the 5-cylinder has replaced to ol 4cylinder 2.0L?
  • Nope. It's the 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter. I guess what I'll have to do is go test drive another one and see if the rpms are the same. Arrgggh.
  • Which engine do you have? I thought that the 5-cylinder has replaced to ol 4cylinder 2.0L?

    He bought the outgoing model (MkIV) Golf. While the new MkV GTI with the 2.0TFSI engine has been out for a few weeks, the new Golf with the 2.5 5-cyl. (or the 4-door GTI) won't be available until about June/July.

    If I don't forget to do it, I'll check what mine does at 70mph. I would guess around 3000rpm.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Nothing wrong at all with your 2.0 5 speed. The automatics are geared much higher to permit quiet cruising. VW philosophy is that the Golf 5 speed should always be "ready to go" - generaly, no need for a downshift if you are driving 70 or 80. At 80, the two Mark IV's that I had were turning close to 4,000 rpm - but so smooth. Still smooth and powerful at 100.

    4th still has some power curve left in it at 80 even with the low gearing. On mountain roads driving 50 or 60 I would often throw a downshift to fourth or third then run it up to redline to pass slow traffic.

    The 5 speed is truly a joy in the 2.0.

    For BEST performance, run premium in your 2.0 as recommended by the brochure and the manual. It will run on regular fine, but will make more power on premium.

    Look up for some great recommendations on gasoline. Most manufacturers have gradually reduced the detergents in their gas to federal minimum requirements, which are based on almost 30 year old BMW fuel injector tests. Chevron, Conoco-Phillips (and their brand, Union 76), and Shell have kept a lot of detergents in their gas, and keep your car running top performance.

    Your car's engine, although based on the 70's Rabbit GTi, has been updated over the years and is highly refined. It is smoother than the 5 cylinder and some drivers (myself included) are a little disappointed that the 5 cylinder doesn't feel much stronger and certainly doesn't run too smooth. The 2.0 oil recommendation is 5W-40. Although I have heard traditional "dino oil" in Europe can satisfy both this viscosity grade AND the VW specification (5xx.x) in your owner's manual, in this country the only oils that satisfy both the grade requirement and the VW spec are all synthetic. Look for 5-40 Pennzoil or Quaker State in bottles labelled "European Formula" or words to that effect; Mobil 1 0-40; or Castrol 5-40 Syntec, which my dealer used for its synthetic oil changes. If you aren't sure, check the bottle to see if it satisfies the VW spec or check the manufacturer's website.

    My dealer told me that 5-30 oil can be used, since the 2.0 isn't a turbo; and the manual states, somewhat enigmatically, that "5-30 may be used if 5-40 is not available." Which is VW speak for "we would never do it, but you American's insist on the cheapest possible oil." Also keep in mind that American 5-30's don't satisfy the VW spec and are not "long life" and therefore shouldn't be kept in the crankcase for the full 10,000 mile interval VW permits.

    On my first Mk IV I didn't take this stuff seriously; I believed in good oil, but thought dealers were overpriced. Since I had trouble finding 0-40 at Walmart, which is very cheap for oil, I ran Mobil 1 5-30 instead. This is full synthetic, and I was only running 5,000 mile oil change intervals, and I never had a problem. Unfortunately I didn't know that VW REQUIRES a drain pan bolt replacement at every oil change as a routine part of the oil change process, and as a result (and also, I am sure, due to aggressive lube shop mechanics) I lost an oil pan, thus giving back all the savings I got from cheap oil changes.

    On my later 2004 Golf, I checked the dealer prices, found out they were reasonable (about $89 for a full synthetic 5-40 oil change with a superior VW oil filter and new drain pan plug).

    I got far enough with the 2001 to need a 40,000 mile major service, which includes an oil change, spark plug change, cabin filter change, and air filter change. Plus the usual numerous inspections. This ran me $300, thanks to shopping around and a dealer discount coupon. Some dealers wanted up to $500. These prices are competitive; my Honda dealer wants $500 for a 30,000 mile "tune up" on a car with 100,000 mile spark plugs and fluids. At least on the VW the dealer was doing some real work.

    VW has very demanding specifications and the market for replacement fluids is so small in the States that anything generic you find on a Kragen shelf or at a lube shop is apt to be the wrong stuff (even if it claims VW compatibility), and may cause more harm than good. I wouldn't put anything other than genuine VW fluids into a modern VW.

    I don't want to give the impression that VW's are high maintenance. They are VERY low maintenance, BUT very particular about what they want. :P

    Have fun. Don't be afraid of the RPM. You might hate your first VW, go back to a Honda, but I guarantee you that later on you will miss the VW....
  • 1995 VW Golf 4-door hatch 2.0L manual
    for as long as ive had my car the bank 1 sensor was out. is it neccessary to replace it? and if it is, where is it? i cant spot it out..

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