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Am close to purchase of 2011 Golf 2.5 6A 4dr with sunroof and bluetooth. This would replace 2004 Acura TSX which has served well. Vehicle is used for daily commute of 80 miles of twisty mountain roads. Test drives of Golf suggest that (with standard tires/wheels) it is much smoother and quieter than the TSX, and that the handling, while not as sharp, is very acceptable. We have driven and considered ... Read More
Hi, I have the same problem. Tried out a 2004 VW GOlf FSI Comfortline automatic (in Australia), approx 70,000ks; after a few ks, it was as if I was driving a manual, and putting the clutch in as well as accelerator down; high revs and no power; happens intermittently, and more often when under acceleration from lights etc. Very clunky in shifting down. Is this problem fixable? What would lead to ... Read More
Debating the merits of Prius and Golf TDI can be enjoyable. However their are diesel haters that lurk on this site. They attack posters off site that they do not agree with. Probably teenagers that somehow sneak past the folks here at Edmund's. Just to clarify a couple things. The 2nd generation Prius that included MY 2004 to 2009 did not arrive here till October 2003. So those models have been ... Read More
If you dig back into the archives you will find that the diesel haters came out of the woodwork about the time the Prius started to become popular in 2004. Several threads have been shut down because the rhetoric got hateful. I have no problem with someone else owning a hybrid. I have recommended the Prius on several occasions. I do have my own opinions and preferences. I just feel diesel ... Read More
Anyone have an opinion on which is the better buy? I have a budget of 10k... I owned the 1997 VW_Golf and drove it until the wheels fell off. I drove that poor car to death. I love the feel of a VW but think the interior of the Mini is sooo cool, gadget wize. ;)
Sure has improved (ride, handling, quiet, power) since my last VW Golf, a 2004 4 door 5 speed. Cabin materials and quality are even a little better, but they have always been superb. Engine rpm seem to be 1,000 rpm lower than on the old 2.0. The 2.5 is super smooth, especially compared to the early production run which I test drove when it came out. If I didn't know better, ... Read More
VW chief set for new era in North America Diana T. Kurylko Automotive News | April 27, 2009 - 12:01 am EST Volkswagen is preparing to choose suppliers for the mid-sized sedan it will produce at a factory under construction in Chattanooga, Tenn., said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Inc. Most of the suppliers will be American, Jacoby said. The car, which was designed for the United States, ... Read More
Hello, I was driving my 2004 Volkswagen Golf today and I heard a scraping sound, It seems the plastic protector under the engine is coming off. I'm calling the dealer tomorrow and hoping this is covered under my 50,000 mile warranty. Does anyone know what this piece is called, if it is not covered under the warranty, I'll want to get a few estimates.
Hi there - Mine has had the same misfire since i owned it (Bought from new 2004), been in the garage for weeks at a time, mine had the stalling at first, always worse in the rain or when damp, had several software reloads on the ECU to the latest version, only things that make it better is using the premium diesel or adding millers fuel additive, also runs best on ... Read More
So I guess what you're really saying is that you want a car with more features than your Honda has now. You want to upgrade to a more technologically advanced vehicle with absolutely awful dealer service and reliability. Why not look at the other Japanese cars if you're happy with the reliability? If you need space and ease of entry try the Scion XB. My father in law has had 2 ... Read More
Transmission came from Japan and all the rest are being assembled and made in Wolfsburg. 1 to 99 ratio. Why do I know this? friend of mine is actually a car salesman of VW. He helped me processed my application for Golf in 2004 and now I decided to trade it in for the rabbit. Everytime I go visit the dealership I always examine the rabbit right even before the launhching ... Read More
According to the best information I could scrounge up: 1. 2 door is 14,990 plus destination so your number is about right. Comes with pw, pdl, remote, pm, aircon, cd. Pretty well equipped. Also should come with VW's great "tip up" front seats for easier access to the rear. If you want an idea of the front seat room, rear seat room, or trunk space, check out the 2006 GTI - ... Read More
currently own 2004 vw golf with 57,000 miles. no problems excellant vehicle. question i have is what to expect with the new low sulfur diesel fuel thats expected to come out. i heard problems relating to seals etc going out.
You said, in part: My primary desires in a new car are fuel efficiency, and reliability. I've been through the constant repairs, and headaches. I need at least a couple pain free years. Is a VW Golf going to work for me? I doubt it. I owned a 2001 and 2004 Golf and they are upscale for a small car - that is their allure, not bulletproof reliability. I had a ... Read More
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 ... Read More
I just recently purchased a used 2004 Golf GLS 4 speed Auto with 8,000 miles at a Chrysler dealer in MA. The car is still covered by the VW warranty and I emailed vw customer care to have the warranty transferred over to my name which they did. I was driving today on the highway going at about 65 mph when suddenly I felt the car "throttle" violently and the cars ... Read More
I am an owner of VW Golf 2004 with 40 000 + miles and today the open door light came on. Like you I check sereval times the doors to no avail. All were closed. I was wondering if you were able to fix the problem ? If you did, please let me know. Greatly appreciated. Mathieu.
I have decided to wait for the new generation MK V Golf TDI. The MK V Golf has been out in Europe since 2004 so hopefully all the first year glitches are gone unlike the situation with the MK V Jetta which was introduced here before it appeared in Europe. Hoping the TDI's fuel efficiency won't be as compromised as the new longer, wider, heavier, 16/17" tire clad Jetta's is. As ... Read More
I am the owner of a 2004 Golf TDI. I would like to get the opinion of your members. I love the car but something caused a pin hole in the A/C condenser the other day while driving on US 281, in San Antonio. My thinking is if something very small can cause this problem during normal driving, then there is a design issue. I was told I would have to ... Read More
I think that all VW products are rather high considering that they were made in mexico and brazil. But do not worry the quality is still quite high, actually a lot higher than an american car and a little better than japanese makes. As far as the cost of the 2005 being less than 2004 it is probably because VW will release their new golf soon and are trying to move ... 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
"Car and Driver commented that for 2005, the R32 is dead. Apparently for whatever reason (change in Golf chassis? ) this model ends after 2004. They also suggested there will be nothing new at VW until first quarter of next year." Actually, I was looking at Motor Trend online and noticed that there's a Gen-V Golf R32 coming out. Go here: http://motortrend.com/features/news/112_0412_vwsneekpeek/index1.html It'll probably be priced in the mid-$30k range. Twin-turbo ... Read More
(jkg511) Just as a side-note, have you been making sure that the oil that is in your PD engine meets the VW 505.01 specificaiton? Even many VW dealerships have been putting the wrong oil in those PD engines. Here is a photo of the ONLY allowable oils to be used in the 2004 TDI PD engine. http://sustainablepower.net/TDI/OA/IMG_5191.JPG
my 2004 vw golf 10,000 miles has never gotten over 41 mpg. acceleration isn't a problem. i'm kind of wondering what i'm doing wrong. last summer had roof rack on so that might have brought it down. this winter i'm still getting about 41 mpg. even on the highway i still get low 40s mpg. the guy who sold me the car said shift up as soon as you can to ... Read More
We have a 2004 Passat V6 GLX bought new in July. Last weekend the engine/emission light went on for no reason and then went off again. I think the gas cap may not have been screwed on tight and this triggered the emmissions control warning light. We tried this and the light stayed on for a day and then went out again. We also have a 2003 TDI Golf with 43,000 ... Read More
This website(http://www.dieselgeek.com/golf_iv_main.htm) sells various timing belt packages for the TDI's. Impex Auto sells VW parts (http://www.impexfap.com/). Active Auto Parts (http://www.autopartsauthority.com/replacement/VW~2004~JET-D-003~- parts.html) was another online site for ordering VW parts.
Car and Driver commented that for 2005, the R32 is dead. Apparently for whatever reason (change in Golf chassis? ) this model ends after 2004. They also suggested there will be nothing new at VW until first quarter of next year.
In an insance display of self-inflicted masochism, I bought another Golf yesterday. My prior ride was a 2001 Golf 2 door GL (made in Germany) with a 5 speed, silver on black. The current ride is a 2004 Golf GLS with 5 speed, silver on gray. The car has definitelly improved since 2001. The engine drone that used to annoy me between 60 and 75 mph is gone. The car is ... Read More
I have a 2004 tdi golf and was trying to find an auto repair manual for the do it yourself person but i cant seem to find anything. told by dealer that everything is on cd rom and is quite expensive(600 dollars for set)would like to do some of my own maintenance. I am new to vw diesels. is the new pd engine that different from the old style besides the ... Read More
"VW is so arrogant to think that their cars are "premium" and still have all these quality issues." Let's hope VW can figure out how to make reliable cars, at least the ones imported from Germany. CR gave the Passat 2.8 the highest reliability rating of all German cars. That's a start. "Also, to think that people will sit and wait 6 years for a new design today is ridiculous." 6 ... Read More
Excuse me, Mr. Host, You have not updated the R32 site for ... the whole year. Dealers said the car would be in the showroom in a couple of months. I hope edmunds could provide more info about this car. Thanks.
Here's a direct link to 2004 Volkswagen Golf R32 information from Edmunds' Future Vehicles section. Check it out and let us know what you think! Thanks for your comments! ;-) Revka Host Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
Top Rated by Consumer Reports: Small sedans: Honda Civic EX, Volkswagen Golf TDI, Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI 40 plus MPG and a recommended rating by CR. What is not to like!
adg44 - Yes, you're correct about the title edit. Just trying to inspire some thoughts here. So do you or Vocus have any experiences or information about the VW Golf you'd like to share? Do you know of any upcoming changes for 2004? ;-) Revka Host of Hatchbacks & Wagons
The facts for the Prius as stated above are for the 2003. I guess you guys did not read Edmunds front page today! The 2004 Prius is 55/55 mpg with auto while near zero emissions! Amazing!! I too have a Chevy 4x4 and I completely disagree. The truck amazes me, even pulling 5000 lbs. Throttle response is beyond there. Now I test drive a TDI, hit the gas...nothing happens....when the car ... Read More
Having researched the Golf and read all the posts about its reliability, I have decided to not purchase at this time. I will save my $$ and see what 2004 will bring (looking forward to the new 1 series from BMW). Hopefully VW will work on reliability in the meantime. (The Corolla LE that I test drove yesterday was a disappointment. The A/C could not keep up with the 100+ heat ... Read More
Well, in Canada the projected sales for 2003-2004 are 50000 units. Canada is in North America, isn't it? Those numbers would translate into 500k units in the USA, IF people would buy Echos in the same numbers as in Canada. And as I said, comparing both cars is like comparing apples and oranges. I've owned three different VW Golf's and 1 Passat and I know the Echo is in a different ... Read More
Hello all. I had been considering the purchase of a Golf TDI for the 30k+ miles that I put on each year. This forum has been very informative. I am in CA, and I recently hear on the TDI club website that the TDI would no longer be available in CA in 2004 due to emissions requirements. I emailed my local dealer, and got this response: "My name is Jason and ... Read More
Is invoice a good price for a 2003 Golf GLS 4-door 5-seed TDI with 300 miles on it? Wouls you wait for a 2004 Apparently they have had it at this dealer since March and the 300 miles are test drive miles. Do test drive miles matter on a diesel? Could it affect breakin? Waht should one watch or be concerned about for a diesel? What are typical VW service costsand ... Read More
"This will be one of the hottest hatchbacks of all time, so it's only appropriate that it will come from the manufacturer who invented the term in the first place." Read the full story in Edmunds' Future Vehicles section. Also, come discuss the Golf R32 with rickrover and others in our new VW Golf R32 discussion. Thanks for your participation. Revka Hatchbacks & Wagons Host
I like VWs, always have, but I think a Golf (no matter the iteration) will be a tough sale in the US Market beyond VW enthusiasts. At $28-32k, they will be competing with many nice cars that can do what the VW does in many ways, with subtle differences: Nissan 350Z Infiniti G35 Coupe and Sedan Mazda RX8 Subaru WRX (STi?) Mitsu Evo 2004 Mustangs - the new All-American Sport Car ... Read More
Your not going to see a new Golf or Jetta until 2005 model year. Not in US/Canada anyway.
I am VERY surprised that Volkswagen would bring over the current Golf R32 to the USA market. This is because this coming September Volkswagen will unveil the next-generation Golf/Bora/Jetta model; it would probably be cheaper for VW to wait one model year and then qualify for the US market a Golf R32 based on the new Golf model--maybe making it available in September 2004 as a 2005 model--and offer both normal ... Read More
Autoweek reports that VW will import 10,000 to 15,000 R32's to the U.S. - more if the demand is there. Here is an article from Autoweek about the U.S. release of the R32: Volkswagen chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder confirmed to AutoWeek the performance-oriented R32 Golf is indeed coming to the U.S. market. We last reported a decision on whether to sell the car stateside was dependent on whether it could meet U.S. ... Read More
Here's some more information from Edmunds' Future Vehicles: Volkswagen Golf R32 Sport Hatchback. Let us know what you think. Thanks for your comments! ;-) Revka Hatchbacks & Wagons Host
I've been following the progress of VW bringing the R32 version of the Golf to the U.S. By all accounts it appears to be a done deal. The "R" to VW is what the "S" is to Audi or "M" is to BMW. We should start seeing R versions of other VW models. Enough of all that - The R32 is a 241 HP all wheel drive Golf hatchback with many ... Read More
Current model Golf was introduced in North America in 1999 as a 1999 1/2 model. The new Golf MkV is expected to show up in 2004 as a 2005 model. If you are waiting to buy the next platform I would not wait. The problems of a first year model are a tradition at VW and the 1999 1/2 and even the 2000 models are not nearly as good as the ... Read More
I am considering a VW TDI as my next car. But am waiting to see if BMW might launch a 1-series with a diesel engine for 2004. I think I would have to consider the Jetta Wagon or the Golf, as I insist on getting the German-built VWs. I currently drive a BMW 318ti, with a supposed 138hp, but I think it needs a tune because it is not even spunky. ... Read More
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 http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=4528&sid=178&n=156 The US typically receives new models 1 to 2 years after they are available in Europe when it comes to VW.
Of course the golf V hasen't been released in Europe yet, the last time i checked my calender it said 2001. The golf V isn't scheduled to be launched until 2003 with a US launch either 6 to 8 months later--not right at the beginning of 2003. The latest the Golf V would come to the US would be 2004, when the Jetta/Bore model will be redesigned for Europe. Yes I ... Read More
From what the July 2001 edition of Automobile magazine(volume 16, #4) is saying, there is going to be a significant redesign of the Golf/GTI 2003 models(still a ways away though). VW's reason most likely for pulling the 1.8T from the 4 door was probably because in the 2003 models the 2.0L's horsepower is going to be increased to 136. The magazine is also stating that a 230HP V6 is going to ... Read More