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2001 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032002

(reported on)


  • miles


Vehicle fuse card contains 44 picture symbols with no words, a few symbols being obvious (horn, signals), most symbols being indecipherable (5 identical engine blocks with a lightening bolt; 11 identical symbols which may be seatbelts, books or toilet paper; and brake shoes with a turbine inside). The owner's manual encourages you to carry extra fuses, use the handy fuse removal tool installed in the fuse box cover, and refers you to the fuse card for identification of circuits. When my cruise control failed, I was unable to determine if a fuse might be involved. Had a blown fuse affected the engine or lights or other safety system, I would have been unable to correct the problem. Volkswagen's customer service line informed me that no additional information was available (in any language) that would interpret the fuse card symbols. My dealer was familiar with the problem, but could provide no additional information. I believe this represents a significant, easily correctable defect, which could prevent the owner from restoring operation of critical vehicle systems in the event of a failure. I would be happy to provide a copy of the fuse card upon your request.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #1

Dec 152000


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Air bag sensor light stayed on. Vehicle been into dealer on two occasions, and problem still reoccurring. The fog light burn out while the vehicle was new. Also, the interior lights were defective. Check engine light comes on repeatdly and fuse panel replaced. Fuel pump relay replaced.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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