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Hey everyone, my sister and her friend are touring NZ in a vw golf 1998 automatic the owner is my sisters friend Courtney, they have always had trouble with the car eg abs light never turns off, the brakes occasionally kinda graunchs. but the most recent problem is the car isnt selecting a gear at all, my sister has been driving it as its a manual as in 1st , 2nd, ... Read More
Generally speaking, the more miles you drive each year, the better suited you are for a TDI. If you drive under 10k miles annually, then you use so little fuel that it really doesn't matter what you drive -- and it rarely makes sense to buy a new car anyway. OTOH, if you're driving 25k or 35k or 50k miles each year, then there is no better car than a VW ... Read More
RE: "We are thinking of buying a 1998 VW GL Golf for our kids. How do these cars hold up in an accident? Repairs." A LOT depends on how the previous owner maintained the Golf. VWs generally require careful attention to regular maintenance and strict adherence to VW standards. That said, the Golf is a sturdy car and will run for many more miles. And, its safety record is quite good. ... Read More
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We are thinking of buying a 1998 VW GL Golf for our kids. How do these cars hold up in an accident? Repairs...this car has 127,000 1 owner miles. Any help would be welcome. Thanks!
Has anyone else had problems with the side bolster of the driver's seat collapsing? Any suggestions on how to fix it? My seat is flattened out on the left side due to the seat collapsing. Thanks!
Hi, i have a 1998 VW Golf TDi and to date the only problem i had seems to have been common-engine still ticking over with igition off/dead battery issue (sol:igition relay fault). However just driving today and mid-journey-stereo died as well as power sourced to bluetooth in-car kit. I know its a fault with one of the fuses but not sure which one feeds. I would very much like some help, ... Read More
Water Leak/Funky Smell.... finally sorted --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most likely why previous owner sold this car,and unknown to me for sometime,but I finally found and did the fix! 1998 VW Golf 4 door. Rear passenger side floor always wet,either from rain,melting snow or a car wash. Stagnant water then begins to smell horribly! All the research lead to checking for "blocked drain holes",whether in the "rubber door gasket/gutter system" to "sunroof drain holes ... Read More
I have a 1998 vw golf gl and had the mass air sensor replaced about 2 years ago. 1) Now that the check engine light is back on one of its frequent visits, it is being suggested that the mass air sensor may need replacing again because it could be bad again. how is this even possible? do you need to rebuild the car every 2 years, is this a faulty ... Read More
Premium fuel and VW 502.00 specification motor oils (all synthetic) is a good start. Make sure the car has had the following Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) items addressed: Window regulator malfunction causing power windows to fall in the door (nuisance issue) Replacement of defective ignition coil packs (this is a showstopper) to a model newer than the J-series coil packs If you can get the engine flushed and start using VW ... Read More
Hello, My name is Marc. I am 27 years old. I have a 1998 Saturn SL right now. The lease expires in September, and I have wanted a hatchback/Wagon. I have driven Golfs, Imprezas, Protege5, and Saturn LS. Nothing comes close to the Focus for handling, comfort, and price. I am only concerned about build quality, but hopefully they have been building them for 2 years now, so thye have gotten ... Read More
Did you get a Golf from the first year of production of Mark 4 (1999)? If so you should know better. First year of a model is always one to avoid. Look at 1998 Beetle for example, I sure would not buy one. Try contacting customer care again, and I wish you better luck this time. VWoA and the dealers certainly are not as good as the cars in my opinion. ... Read More
I know this topic has been flogged nearly to death, but thought I'd take my swipe. I've had Hondas for years ('76 Civic, '84 Civic, '83 Prelude, '93 Integra -- all from new) so my recent step to VW is a leap of faith. I've had my share of problems, but certainly the Integra was virtually flawless. 90,000 miles and only changed the oil replaced the exhaust (thank you road salt)when ... Read More
ISELLHONDAS- I've owned three Volkswagens and have never experienced any type of interior problems. Like my current Golf, my 94 Golf didn't have a switch to activate the rear defrost it had a button located next to the radio and it never just fell apart on me. My Scriocco had a switch but it never fell apart. I wouldn't call those typical problems of VW's. I know a handful of people ... Read More
After reading a number of comments, I feel I must tell my story. I drive 30K miles a year for work. I bought my first new car, a 1998 VW Golf GL, in black. I loved it. I pined for one for years before I bought it. I read Consumer Reports, Edmond's, etc. I wanted a VW!! Nine months later I traded it in for a '99 Honda Civic DX. Yes, ... Read More