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  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    This is my first manual, and I'm not sure if I'm
    doing something wrong, or everything is normal.
    First off, the 1 to 2 shift is almost always jerky.
    It doesn't jerk if I wait almost 2 seconds from
    the 1-2 shift. Also if you don't match the engine
    revs when you downshift, it will jerk too. I only
    notice this jerking when shifting into second gear.
    Any ideas?? Also, I noticed that when I'm in 1st
    or 2nd gear, and I punch the gas, and then drop
    the gas, the car kinda "bucks" and you can hear a
    popping sound coming from the tranny. Normal? I
    don't know. And third, I also notice some bucking
    when I use compression braking around 2,000 RPMs
    and lower. Is this normal or is that the result of
    my chip? Thanks for any help.

    - Anthony
  • Well, here's my update. I had brought my car in for my 5,000 check, they told me that they would have a loaner car for me to take to work and that I could pick it up after I got out of work. I got there and the service guy told me that it would only take 20 minutes and I might as well wait because it would take longer to find the loaner then it would to finish my car. I agreed, not a problem. I went on to talk to the service manager. I talked to him about my little problems here and there and he assured me that these issues would never happen again. Well after that conversation and waiting 45 minutes longer for my "20 minute maintenance" my salesman comes up to me and says that he's so sorry that the loaner car he had promised me wasen't available. Ohhhhhhh.. I said, I wasen't aware of that. But that for letting me know that the service department lied to me. Well enough of that moaning. It gets worse.

    This past weekend I had gone to VA for a trip. On saturday I went to put down my window and I hear a Thump. My window had fallen in between my door and my panel off the track. My luck right? I called my salesman and he informed to go to a local dealer there and if they gave my any problems to call them directly. Well it was 4:00 on Saturday, they were not open and the they were not open on Sunday. So after my uncle had opened my panel and taped my window back up, I had to cut the trip short and headed back to NJ. I called my dealer on Monday and they told me to drop the car off and they would see if they could get to it that day. I went in they and ripped them to sh*t. I was then told by the service manager that what I was supposed to do was call VW Roadside and they were supposed to handle it. And that my salesman told me the wrong information.

    Cooper, Thanks for your info. It assuring to hear that other people have problems with their dealers too.

    There's my lengthy post, thanks for everybodys input. I'll be reading and keep letting everyone know my new adventures with my VW.
  • Hi, this is my first posting on the site. I have been reading your postings for a couple months now trying to gleen any information that would help me in purchasing a 2001 Golf gls. Well I finally took the plunge about 3-4 weeks ago. I ordered a 2001 Golf 1.8t gls. I left an uncompromising salesman one day and went to an adjoining town the next day and ordered the car. The second salesman was a pleasure to work with and am now anxiously awaiting the car.
    Well, after all that is said. I just started back reading the postings tonight because I read in our paper of a suspension problem on the vw golfs produced in Brazil. Does any body know what country my golf will be made in? I also read a posting from someone who said that he canceled his order because of a slow delivery. I was told that mine should be here between oct. 20 to nov. 10. Is this an unrealistic delivery? Thanks for any input that anybody has.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Most of what you are experiencing sounds normal for someone who is a bit inexperienced with manual trannys. If you floor the car and then abruptly cut off the throttle, any manual car will buck badly (it is a result of the engine rocking back and forth in its mounts and that is the noise you are hearing as well). As far as the jerking, it sounds more like you are engaging the clutch too quickly. Matching revs while downshifting is the smoothest way to do it, but it also requires a lot of skill. So the main thing to do is concentrate on engaging the clutch slowly and with care while downshifting and it will go almost as smoothly as matching revs. Second gear is very low so the engine tends to buck more in that gear than the higher ones (second gear downshifts should not be used to slow the car unless in an emergency). Also, when you use compression braking at low rpms, you will encounter more bucking than you would at 3000 rpms, because the engine is at low compression and struggles more to slow the car. The bucking is due to bogging the engine too much.
    Anyway, all of what you are saying sounds completely normal as I have encountered these exact things on every manual car I have driven, including my 84 VW GTI and 2000 Hyundai Accent.
  • mnnmnn Posts: 31
    I wanted to change the gear knob to an aftermarket one, do I just unscrew the "golf ball" off the shift stick and screw the new one on, or do I have to do something else?
    Plus, I wanted to change the speakers on the front door panels but could not figure out how to take the speaker cover off. Do I pry it out with a screwdriver, or do I have to take the whole door apart? Is it a pull and twist, or a straight pull? Appreciate any help. Oh yes, mine is a 00' 1.8T 4-dr.
  • mnnmnn Posts: 31
    tradland: I just called a dealer here in Canada and was told that there is no recall. Where did you hear that from? Did they send you a letter?
  • Vw's engines have a bunch of low end torque. It takes a bit of time to get used to shifting smoothly. I have had a five speed for fourteen years and it took me a month to drive the car smooth and slow. Now if I punch it the car flys and no shifting problems at all. It is a great car.
  • It is much more complicated than just screwing off the knob. It is attached with a clip that can be a pain to take off and re-attach.
  • Hey, I have a friend with a golf and a friend with a jetta and I love both of them (the cars, not the friends :) Anyway, I would really like to get a golf, hopefully like a '93 - '95

    I am looking to spend up to $6000 (im a poor junior in high school) I have heard from many people that they are great cars and I was just wondering what kind of milage is average on a car that old (probobly a '94) and if there are any things that are likely to break on it.
  • Hello, I'm in Vancouver, Canada.
    I am very interested in buying a 2000 Golf GLS, and am searching for the best price I should pay for it.

    My dealer suggests a $22,853 price (Canadian), that is including the luxury package, and all the other additional costs exempting taxes. I want to pay around $20,500 (Canadian).

    To any owners of the same model, what did you pay?, what should I be paying?, and what price should I be negotiating for? and is this offer by the dealer a decent price?

    Thanks much.

    I do find the price beyond entry level, but just don't want to be ripped off, any advice would prove useful......
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    I the dealer put a new instrument cluster in my 01
    GTI GLX, and the first time they put a standard
    GLS instrument cluster in which doesn't have a
    computer. They then replaced it with the proper
    GLX one. Today when my friend opened the trunk,
    the computer said "Bootlid Open" instead of
    "trunklid open". Does this mean I have a canadian
    or european instrument cluster? This instrument
    cluster also has a snowflake that comes up whenever it is cold out, and I don't remember the old one doing that. Any Ideas?? I think it's pretty cool if I have a non-US spec one. Thanks.

    - Anthony
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    If you had a non-US spec one, the KpH (kilometers per hour) would be in the larger numbers and when you went 60, it would say 100. If the MPH is in the larger number, then you have a regular US spec instrument cluster. No explanation for the difference in clusters though. Ask your dealer about it.
  • Could someone please tell me where the dipstick is located for the automatic transmission fluid?
    Also, is that the same place you fill it, too.
  • i don't know what model year your golf is, but i drive a 1997 jetta and there is no dipstick for checking the ATF; it's a sealed system. you'll have to go to a mechanic.
  • I need advice. I am trading in my 99 Outback wagon for something more fun to drive. I have been doing research on the Golfs (thought Jettas at first, but everyone is buying one) and have narrowed it between the GLS 1.8t or the GLS TDI. I have never had a diesel car before and I am a little nervous about straying from gas. Also no dealer wants to give up the 2001 VWs for edmunds TMV. I appreciate any feedback.
  • I forgot to mention I want the tranny to be an auto. I understand a little power loss but how will it make a difference between the 1.8t and the TDI?
  • Thanks Edmunds for reviewing my favorite car. The pictures are beautiful!
  • Edmund's review of the 2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8T is now available. Here's the direct link to the Spin Around Town of the 2000 Volkswagen Golf GLS 1.8T, by Miles Cook. What do you think? ;-)

    Pocahontas, Host
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have been thinking about a Jetta since they came out in 1999. But they are so popular, and I hate driving a car that's the same as every other one I see. So the Golf is going to be my answer. I am waiting for the long-term reliability stats on the Golf 1.8T (which should be good), then I will decide whether or not to buy one. It was a great review though.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I went yesterday to test drive a Golf 1.8T GLS 5-door at my local VW dealership. Two people came and asked me if I was helped, and I told the second one I was. Then they said it would be a bit of a wait before someone could get to me. Considering there were at least 3 people in the dealership not doing a thing and I had waited for 20 mins. or so, I got up and walked out the door. Still mad, because they made me wait for no reason. I will go back to test drive though, but it will be a different dealership.
  • mnnmnn Posts: 31
    floater: I own a 1.8T and am absolutely happy about it. My overall feel of the car is in line with the Edmund's review. The only thing that I think can improve is the suspension, which is a bit soft, and yes, the brakes, it takes a lot of getting used to because it feels rather "springy" when you first touch it, and has to press about 1.5 inches before you could feel the effect. Unlike the Japanese cars that I have driven where the brakes communicate and translate everything to your foot from the start, the 1.8T takes a while. The other thing I find is that the engine speed at the 2nd gear seems a bit fast, and the revs at highway speed could be lower (it is slightly above 3000 revs at 100 km/h compare to about 2800 on the Maxima).

    I have had it for 6 months and the only thing (and I hope the first and last) thing that has gone wrong is when the engine check light came on when it has 1500km on it. I took it in and they found a faulty seal/valve with the emission and that was replaced. The keyless entry can be tempermental at times: the security alarm should come on with a "beep" when you lock the car, but every now and then it would take another minute or so before it would beep and the red blinking light comes on (the car is still locked but there is no blinking light and I am not sure if the alarm is on). Other than that, everything seems fine.

    IF you are debating whether you should get the TDI or the 1.8T, I think you have to ask yourself how senitive you are with the gas prices. The 1.8T only takes premium fuel (91 octane and up), and with gas prices so high these days, you might want something cheaper. The average gas milage on my car is about 10.9 liter per 100km mixed highway/city, sometimes better sometimes worse, and definitely worse when you drive fast! Sometimes I wish I had gotton the TDI since the gas thing is really getting to me (if VW has an electric car, I will buy it).

    As for the price issue, I do admit that it is expensive to buy, but the "funny" part is, you kind of "forgive yourself" after a while because this little machines is really nice, and the attention to detail will surprises you (apart from the position of the cup holders, and maybe the centre arm-rest that gets in the way when you have to shift gear). I think I paid around CD$24000 before tax for mine (fully loaded with alloy wheels/sunroof, heated seat and the monsoon system, and I added the CD). I got CD$1350 incentive discount but that disappear quickly when you add alloys (CD$1370?).
  • liwenliwen Posts: 3
    Aagh!!! I'm buying a new car this Sat and I had my heart set on a VW Golf stick-shift, but after reading all this mixed press on it, I'm having doubts. I owned a stick-shift accord before and it lasted me 200,000 miles in 8 years. I drove many people around. I hadn't intended on buying a stick-shift again (I spend a lot of time in the city), but after test driving the Golf, I fell in love. I just don't want to buy a car and have TONS of problems!!! Aagh!!!
  • mnnmnn Posts: 31
    liwen: I know exactly how you feel now. I too, came from the Honda gang, and to tell you the truth, I find it difficult going back to Honda after VW even though Honda has bullet proof reliability.

    IMHO, if you want a car to do the A to B job, then Honda is the pick, but anything more, you should go for the VW. Good luck.
  • Hello. Workshopper here. What a great site! I have found everyones comments on the VW Jetta to be very helpful. I am in the market for a Jetta GLS 1.8T with the Performance Package. I test drove one as well as a VR6 several days ago. I was so impressed with the 1.8T, I decided to sit down with the sales person, who was very helpful and professional, to talk some numbers. The car I wanted listed at $23,900. I am looking for a lease. I expected to pay around $300.00 to $350.00/Mo for a three year lease. I also was prepared to put some money down (I am upside down by about $3,500 in my current car, don't laugh, a chevy cavalier) I was shocked when the sales person came back with numbers in the 500's for a four year lease. The sales manager eventually became involved, which I expected, and said their best offer was a 5 year lease for $395.00/Mo! I walked. Has enyone else experienced this with VW dealerships? I love the car but I know I can do better than that. Any advise would be great!
  • mnnmnn Posts: 31
    workshopper: As far as I can remember, the VW lease is very high, somewhere between 6.5% to 9.5%, so the figure you were given did make sense. I remembered they tried get me to lease a Golf for 36 months with $4000 down, and the monthly payment is around $460.
  • vwguildvwguild Posts: 1,620
    You can get a general idea about a lease payment
    at VW.COM
    Click on *commerce* you will get a pulldown...
    click on VW Credit then click on credit stuff...
    then hit *calculator*...Just plug in your numbers.
    Remember though...Your local tax is NOT included,
    nor your local DMV registration fees. This is a
    NATIONAL site and not configured to handle these
    specifics. It also assumes that your credit history is without any blemishes...
  • wj27wj27 Posts: 6
    This will be to the point.

    I have a VW Golf GL 2K 2.0L 5sp. w/ ~13,0000 miles.

    I started having problems at 8,000 miles
    1. driver side visor mirror light went out--replaced by dealer . ok now
    2. gear clash in shifting from 1st to 2nd. gear. it occurs 1 every 2-3 weeks. Dealer claims the golf has a shorter "throw" on the shifter. So it is easy for drivers to clash the gears on shifting. I have been driving a manual for 10 years. are they suggesting I can't drive?

    3. This is a good one. Anyone have experience with this problem? If you turn on/off the ignition VERY slowly the head lights will come on as you pass the ACC. mode in the ignition. The parking brake is up during this operation by the way. The dealer says that this occurs on the Golf and Jetta. It is just part of the "design". I say it is part of a "design" FLAW. Anyway, no fix from the dealer. Please let me know if you experience this on the Golf / Jetta.

    4. The vehicle sometimes hesitates in first gear. It is as if it does not get the correct amount of gas/air and then all of a sudden it kicks in. On first trip to the dealer they could not find a problem.

    5. At startup the vehicle revs up (overshoots) to 2K rpm. On a normal startup it should overshoot up to ~ 1200 rpm then settle at ~ 850 rpm. After the second time it happened, the check engine light came on for 2 days. The dealer had a look and stated the coolant temp. sensor went out. This was replaced. They also said this was why I had prob. #4 above. Alas, problem #4 above still occurs, but just not as much. So is it the O2 sensor problem as others have had? (see the main.and repair conf. for more on o2 problem).

    6. When coming out of a right or left turn, as the steering wheel spins back the opposite indicator light will flash just as the indicator switch trips off. Dealer replaced the turning switches. Problem continued. Dealer then replaced some sort of air bag spring thing a ma jiggy (sorry I dont remember what exactly it was). Anyway, this was supposedly what cause the turning indicator switch to go bad. I have not returned to the dealer to have another turning switch installed yet.

    7. the vehicle seems to consume quite a bit of oil. 2K miles after my first oil change the level was below the required level. I assume when they changed it, the proper level was put back into the car. I have been check it since then and it still is going down very gradually. The manual does state that it will consume oil depending on driving condition ( I do DRIVE the vehicle too). But I also DROVE my previous car and the level never changed between oil changes.

    These are the problems i have had. hope this helps some one. i am a bit disappointed in the car. i still really love it though. so i suppose it is a love/dislike relationship. :->. the car is still THANK GOD under warranty so no $$ yet. but i have spent a total of 15hours at the deaier for a car less than a year old. they can't pay me for my time at the dealer either.
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    I think I know what you are talking about. If I take a right turn and then straighten out, I sometimes thought I saw the left turn signal flash really fast. I just figured it was my imagination. Anyways, I don't really notice it too often, but I will keep an eye out for it.

    - Anthony
    01 GTI GLX Silver/Black
  • I too have experienced the bizarre disappearing oil. My dealer has told me that there's nothing wrong w/ the car. It seems to be a very slow consumption of oil, but I've never had a car that did this before. It's not leaking (as far as I can tell), and it doesn't appear to be burning any either. I've ended up keeping an extra quart in the back of the car, and check it every few weeks.

    I've also experienced that hesitation from first gear. That doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it catches me off guard, and kind of ticks me off.

    I've had no real problems with the car, it's fun to drive, and gets pretty good gas mileage. And it LOOKS good too! ;-)

    2000 Golf GLS 5spd.
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