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  • alfoxalfox Posts: 716
    I hope they are able to pin it down quickly. The Golf should be a blast to drive, not a problem. Good luck.
  • my daughter bought a 1996 vw golf and tells me she can't find the glove compartment? Is she pulling my leg? Is there one and how does it open?
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I don't think there is a glove compartment.
  • rickroverrickrover Posts: 602
    You need one at 60k miles
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Nope, I don't believe there is a glovebox. If it's not in its normal location, then it doesn't have one. :)
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    Just bought my daughter a 2002 Golf GLS 2.0, automatic. Should I buy an extended warranty. Dealer is offering a 7 yr/85K with a $100 ded., platinum plan from VW for around $1500. Covers pretty much everything in the factory 4/50K. If you sell the car, you can cancel for a pro rated refund. Around $200 per unused year. I don't know much about the reliability of the newer Golfs but I know I put a lot of $$ into her '92 Cabriolet over the last 4 years. Thanks.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    For the peace of mind, it doesn't sound like a bad price. Also, it's refundable if she trades/sells the car.
  • rickroverrickrover Posts: 602
    If you think she'll keep the car past 4 years it may be a good idea - I think you can buy the extended warranty anytime before the original warranty expires. If that's the case I'd wait until closer to the end of the original warranty period. I rarely keep a car past 4 years so I never get the extended warranty.
  • I am planning on buying a 2003 VW Golf w/ TDI 1.9L Engine, 4DR, manual (the most basic w/ the TDI). I live in N. Little Rock Arkansas, I was wondering if anyone could tell me how low they got their price on this car. I know the MSRP is around 17,500 or so. However, I'm sure you bargained and got it down some. Please reply..Thank You
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    The invoice price would be about $1000 less than MSRP, it's not much room for negotiating
  • sd8sd8 Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Gold TDI with about 116, km. We have a interesting relationship. Overall I love my car, but I hate all the little stupid things that have gone wrong. Early this year, I had to replace my trunk lock and all the wiring, almost $450. I had the intake manifold plugged $750. Little wiring problems, problems with the fuses, the lightbulbs don't last very long. I have this rattle when my drivers window is down and sometimes my passenger window doesn't even work. Many of the plastic parts in the car aren't very hardy and seem to break quite ofted. I am really annoyed that they don't have a better stereo unit. Get rid of the cassette player and have just a CD player and make a smaller more compact unit. Other than that I do about 1000 km a week and that usually is a full tank of fuel. I do get a little nervous as my car gets older and I have to start to think about maintaining it.$$$ But overall I think I would purchase a VW again. Especially since they came out with a better warranty in Canada, used to be 2 years 40,000K, now it is 4 years 80,000K
    Keep on Driving!!
  • vbnmvbnm Posts: 21
    sorry if this has been covered before, but is the 1.8t engine available in a 4-door golf? btw i'm in montreal, qc.
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    Decided to go with a warranty marketed by AAA. Price for a 7 yr/100K bumper to bumper warranty for my daughter's 2002 Golf GLS was $1400, about $500 cheaper than the comparable VW Masterguard Warranty. Deductible is reduced from $100 to $50 if it taken to a AAA approved repair shop. Dealer where I bought it is AAA approved. It is transferrable to new owner or a pro-rata refund can be requested.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You can work them down on the price of the warranty at VW. They are pure profit.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The last year of production for the 1.8T 4-door Golf was 2001. The only way to get the 1.8T is in the GTI in the Golf lineup.
  • Bahnbrenner?I'm thinking getting a performance chip for a Golf?I found them on the internet.(duh!)Anyone have any advice,other than them?
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    Stick to APR or GIAC.
  • Invoice for the GL 4dr tdi from VWoA is $16,545,a good starting point. If your a Costco member and there's a dealer in your area that will honor there pricing structure and he has the car in stock you should be able to get it for about $400 over invoice. Next best AAA authorized dealer, we're getting ours for $17,018. Also got a price from one of those no haggle dealerships for $17,195. The big problem was finding a dealer with one in stock. If you have to order one expect to wait 3 months and pay closer to retail.
  • Anyone on this board have, or heard of, a problem with an ocassional grinding noise from the transmission? Lasts for 10 seconds then goes away for a week. Happened twice in last month - strangely, within days of the last scheduled maint. by VW dealer.

    Will be taking it to Dealer but wanted to be armed with knowledge first.

  • Hi,
    I have never owned a diesel car before and don't know much about it. From what I see TDI performance is better than GLS2.0. What I don't know is if diesel is available everywhere in USA like gasoline and also if it is more maintenance than the gas version.
    I started looking at this class of cars by looking at the Mazda P5 but bad reviews made me conclude either a VW Golf/GTI or a Honda Civic Si would be better. Please email me your thoughts.

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    You may also want to check out our Honda Civic Si vs. VW GTI discussion. Good luck with your decision.



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  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Quoted $500 from Walnut Creek, California (near SFO) dealer, plus $80 for brake fluid flush since I am at the 2 year mark.

    Good price, bad price, recommendations?

    Local indie shop also quoted $500, but only after a terrific struggle with its online estimating guide.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I would recommend the TDI engine over the 2.0 in the Golf simply for reliability reasons. The 2.0 has some oil consumption issues, not the TDI. Diesel engines run forever. The only thing that will cost you more is the timing belt change every 80K miles, but the gas engine requires this at 105K (I think) anyway, so it's about even there. Also, the TDI uses synthetic oil, which is more expensive than the 2.0's regular oil (they have the same 10K "estimated" change interval, if I remember correctly). I would personally get the TDI over the 2.0 engine. It's not faster though, not according to VW's website stats anyway.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    I have a stick shift, 2001 Golf, and it is close to 4,000 rpm on the tach at freeway speeds. Even at slow freeway speeds I feel I must be in fourth gear and want to upshift.

    The manual calls for 5-40 oil, which doesn't exist in this country. The dealer (and the manual) say 5-30 is ok as an alternative. The turbo requires full synthetic, "dino" oil is apparently ok for the non-turbo.

    I started out with 5k oil changes using Mobil 1 full synthetic, 5-30. I have now switched to 3,300 mile intervals to get a further margin of safety, and to match the factory 10k intervals for maintenance purposes. (I change the air filter every 10k.)

    Question: what are appropriate oil change intervals? Since my car "eats" a quart of oil every 1,500 miles, over the course of 5,000 miles it actually gets at least two, if not three, fresh "refresher" quarts with the additives etc. So maybe the oil change interval is ok, based on oil consumption?

    BTW, most makers use cheaper catalytic converters, and don't want oil consumption, in fact Ford specs their oil for low volatility to keep as many fumes as possible out of the converter. VW apparently dances to a different tune - oil consumption is necessary to keep rings and valves lubed, its ok, the catalytic converter should be able to deal with it.

  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    on all 2001 models (since you have the scheduled maint covered by VW), they flush the brake fluid FOR FREE between the 18-24th month of ownership. DO NOT pay for it, unless you are over 24 months, although VW may pick up the tab for you if you aren't too far past two years.

    Also, I'm assuming since you have a 2001 Golf, you have a 2.0L. Basically you just change oil, spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter (maybe), pollen filter, and a few other checks. Not worth $500 at all.

    - Anthony
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    I just stick to 5k on my beetle (2.0) and 5k on my 1.8T, I did 5k also on my previous 01 VR6.

    3300 is overkill, and I just didn't want to go 10k even though that's what the bentley recommends.

    Stick with Mobil1 5w30 and change it and the filter ever 5k miles and you'll be fine.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    micweb: To the contrary, 5w40 is available...but harder to find. Havoline Synthetic is available in 5w40, the dealership Syntec is available in 5w40, go to Wal-Mart Shell Rotella T synthetic is available in 5w40 (under $13 a gallon), Mobil Delvac 1 is 5w40 (much harder to find)....I follow the 10k oil change on my TDI

    Oil comsumption...the 2.0L does have an established history for oil consumption. Some got thicker piston rings install at VW's expense.

    asimha: Got my first TDI this year...still glad I made the transition. Diesel is readily available where I am, since I commute on a trucking route
  • I have a 95 golf III celeb on 92k miles. I noticed oil in my air filter on the last oil change. The dealer replaced the breather valve, he said it had a hole in it at the same time did a 90k maint check and put in a new air filter. After I picked up the car I looked at the filter and it was getting oil in it again. The dealer said this was normal for an older engine is this true?
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    I don't see any way that oil could get in your airbox???

    Yeah Check out vortex and click on technical and then go into the 2.0L forum - someone there will beable to help you.

    - Anthony
  • I opened the door of a cloth Golf wagon (I call any four door hatchback a wagon) and the strongest new car smell I had ever smelled blew out of the car. I got in and I couldn't stand the smell so I left. Are all cloth VWs this way? I got inside leather New Beetles, Jettas, and Passats and they were fine. But whew! You can't begin to imagine what a strong smell that Golf had.
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