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  • thanks for your info, moparbad. but I have one more question about the new CD/Cassette system. Seems to me the new system is pretty big in terms of size (especially the screen). Do you know if VW puts any special features/functions in it? Is the screen color green this year?
  • Hello! I was hoping for a little feedback from you all- I just bought a 2000 Golf GLS today (5-speed, moonroof, cd changer, power everything, etc.) and was wondering if there's anything I need to know before the deal goes through all the way! The car is beautiful, I really like it, so I'm hoping I will have good luck with it! If anyone has any thoughts I would love to read them! Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving!
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 101
    Nothing really to tell you before the deal goes thru, other than congratulations and welcome to the VW family! These are wonderful cars and they really are a joy to own!
  • Thank you for your response Bluewolf. I will be picking the car up tomorrow and I absolutely cannot wait. Incidentally, do you know when the balance of the factory warranty will run out (the car has 13000 miles on it)?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    In addition to the feedback here, you may also want to glance through this Edmunds' 6 part series on How to Buy A Used Car, by Philip Reed.

    In particular, you may find some helpful information in Part 6: Closing the deal. Good luck and please keep us posted.

    Hatchbacks / Station Wagons / Women's Auto Center Boards
  • nori10nori10 Posts: 24
    I have a GTI and I want a Cd-changer for my monsoon, as moparbad #548 posted the Panasonic CX-DP610. ($170-$250) plus ($20-$50 for adapter) is basically the OEM for VW. My questions is does it need to be re-programmed at the dealer to be able to work? or is this not needed???
    Also I have looked all around for for a cheap price.. and cheapest is $200 for the changer and $75 for the adapter! if anyone knows of a site or store that is cheaper please let me know-!
    Thanks alot :)
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Does the changer need to be reprogrammed? The instructions indicated that the battery needed to be disconnected during the install and that recoding the radio may be required. I did not disconnect the battery and when I started the car everything worked. What the recoding is referring to is entering the radio code which comes with the owners manual when the car is new. If cd changer does not work properly then it is possible that a trip to dealer may be required and they usually charge 1 hour labor for this 5 minute procedure to program radio.
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 101
    Your car is under warranty until either 2 years or 24k miles. VW bumped the warranty up to 4 years for '02 which is really nice, but owners of pre '02s have to hope we got a good VW and not the lemons we sometimes hear about. Best of luck!
  • nori10nori10 Posts: 24
    Thanks so much for the info! I am trying my luck and ordered the changer from, I hope everything goes well :)
  • How well does the engine work? Seems relatively inadquate compared to Ford's ZX3 Zetec engine, so I'm wondering what real world experiences are like. What about mpg? Anyone have any suggestions on the Golf vs. Focus?
  • Has anyone purchased a Golf the Drivers Option program ?

    Also, what mileage are people getting with a 2.0L /Auto drivetrain
  • Is this possible? Leather was not an option & I'd love to have it, the lint my black cloth seats collect is driving me crazy! I called the dealer where I picked up my Golf and they said it would cost me $4,500.00!!!! What? I've heard about and they say their covers are, "side airbags and heated seats and folding rear bench COMPATIBLE" but my VW dealer said that would void the warrantee. What am I supposed to believe? Thank you for your much needed help!
  • Moparbad, you're the best! Thanks! Why would you never want leather again? Do you think installing leather would affect my warrantee? Maybe I'll think of a way to prevent the lint from accumulating...thanks again!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Someone asked about a Monsoon radio in the 2002 model Golf. I have a 2002 Jetta with the Monsoon, so it's probably the same. The screen is blue, and pretty big. Still doesn't light up unless the headlights are on, but that's cool. Shows radio station selection all the time, plus "CD-IN" indicator when CD is in, and "CD-PLAY" when it plays, as well as the "counter" for the song playing, and the track number. It also has speed compensating volume, which you program by holding the "Dolby" button until you hear a beep, then turning the "scan" button until you see the count go up on the radio face. Lock in by hitting the "Dolby" button again. And mine has both cassette and CD players, a 2002 built 9/01. Great radio!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Mainly personal preference. I wish the GLS had the cloth of the GL. As far as warranty I can only think that seat heater and side airbags could possibly be affected.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I wouldn't think I would like leather seats either. The Jetta I picked came with them, and I liked it because it added lumbar support to the seats in the front. I love the smell of it in the car, and the seat heaters warm up very quickly in freezing (30 or so degrees). You turn that sucker on "5", and you almost cook yourself. :) Also, leather is alot easier to clean up with marks (like footprints on the backs of the front seats from little kids in the back). But I am not wishing for the hot summer though. That's the only thing I am not going to like about it probably. :(
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    I've never owned a turbodiesel engine car before. I' looking at the auto TDI turbodiesel Golf GLS (4door) 2002MY. What are some maintenence issues that are require for turbodiesel engines. I seen that the timing belt has been change to 80,000 miles (as opposed to 40,000 for auto $ 60,000 for manual--correct?). That's good as that was one of the things causing me reservations. How about oil changes? Synthetic require for diesel engine? What about the oil for the turbocharger? Just FYI, I put on 25K/year. I like to keep my cars a long time, minimum of 8yrs 200,000 miles. Can the turbodiesel handle this??? I currently own a '94 Toyota Paseo 5spd which has 176,500 miles that has been very reliabe. How is the reliability issue with VW Golf? Will I be disappointed from the reliability issue as compared to my Toyota?? I've heard that VW are more expensive to maintain and repair than typical, is this true? IF so how much more are we talking?? Anyone own(ed) a Toyota who can compare as reference??? Thank you for any input.

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    You can find all the answers to your questions at
  • leomortleomort Posts: 451
    Thank you for the website. I'll definitely take a look at it.

  • I am glad to see that I am not the only one having the problems with :

    1. Oil level running (very )low ONLY after 2000 miles .
    2. Engine light ON, this is the 2nd time :Last time the determination was a bad O2 sensor.

    Now I have noticed that these 2 problems seem to be related closely :The Engine light was ON after I noticed a few weeks before that the oil level was low.
    Also one of the consequence from this Alarming problem is the gas mileage was much worse :from 31 mpg to less than 23mpg.
    I had this car a bit less than 2year,so I expect that VW dealers will show some professionalism in fixing this for FREE like the 1st time and also for GOOD: I saw that some of you have reported that VW is making the recall for the Air Flow Meter .

    Please any one more knowledgeable on automotive issues advise and correct me if I am missing anything.


    One of my colleagues had the same problem with his 99 Golf .
    I had a 91 Civic for 7 years , drove it over 120 K miles : I never had a single minor problem with the Honda Civic!

    This Site has been very helpful.
  • I have a 2001 Golf GLS 1.8T that has what I consider to be serious problems. the drivers door leaks AND the body creaks loudly. When I accelerate from a stop I can hear what sounds to be the body bending. then as I apply the breaks, the same sound. The noise seems to come from around the drivers door. I am wondering if anyone has had thsi problem. THis car has nevver been hit or wrecked in any way. The body should be straight. Thoughts?
  • btp3btp3 Posts: 4
    pocmon -i have a 2 litre golf gl. it has plenty of torque around town, but it can feel a little heavy on the freeway. i get around 30 mpg composite. the automatic tranny is a piece of junk, get the 5 speed. it is not as nice a car to drive as the focus, but only a complete tard would buy a ford. people say their mileage in the focus is much lower than ford claims. they aren't very reliable, either.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I've heard from the Vortex that it's a step down from 2001 in terms of sound quality. Heck I heard Monsoon doesn't make the 2002 Head unit. What are your thoughts?
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    Even in 2001. The 2002 is the double din head unit though - I haven't had the chance to compare the two though.

    - Anthony
  • Pocmonster:
    I have a '95 VW GL 2.0 L w/ 5spd manual. I live in Colorado. When I go home it's 400 miles to the southwest corner of the state, over about 6 mountain passes. I went home last summer and easily climbed these passes at 60mph in 4th gear all the while with the AC on. I averaged 39 miles per gallon. Can you believe it? My car has about 53,000 miles on it. I'm a firm believer in high tech oils and filters. I typically run Castrol Syntec Blend but now have a fully synthetic in the engine.

    I looked at a Ford Focus. I didn't like the visibility out the windshield or the ergonomical features inside. Looks like they are just appealing to stylist enthusiasts on the exterior.

    One thing about the VW Golf is the crazy exhaust. Whoever figured out that one was an absolute buffoon. With two 90 deg turns + 2 catalytic converters to get out the back, it's a setup for rust and expensive replacements like $475.00 cost, and that doesn't include the front most converter.

    Anybody found an exhaust that doesn't rust, doesn't sound like a lawnmower going down the street and adds a little performance for under $900.00? I don't want a Neuspeed unless it's quiet.
  • btp3btp3 Posts: 4
    pocmon & stear-n-weil:

    the '95 golf was several hundred lbs. lighter than the current. it was much faster and the mileage was a little better. the 02 will be safer of course. it's a good buy, just get the lightest model you can and the manual transmission.
  • We've had current platform since 99 I believe. Does anyone know when the next change is arriving ?? 2003 ????
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    2003. Should finally have independent rear suspension if I remember the reports correctly.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Next platform is scheduled to be introduced in 2003 so it should be in production and available in North America in 2004 or 2005.

    Here is one article

    The US typically receives new models 1 to 2 years after they are available in Europe when it comes to VW.

  • vlasovvlasov Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Golf GLS that has the same serious problems. driver door leaks and creaks loudly when moving. Also as cadrien when i accelerate from a stop I can hear what sounds to be the body bending. As I apply the breaks, the same sound. The noise seems to come from around the drivers door. I was asking my dealer if they would test drive it and locate
    the source of that noise. They confirmed with leaking but never with noise. I was asking to
    repeat the test, but got no attention. Anyone got any idea?
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