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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
153,000 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Golf electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 082003

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 153,000 miles


Electrical defect: When turning ignition on and engine running, I experience a total loss of headlights, A/C fan motor, defroster, drl, fog lamps, rear-window defogger, and heater. (all other electrical systems continue functioning.) sometimes the problem is intermittent where everything functions; most of the time none of these units function electrically. Additional note: The "brake" lamp glows on in the dash when this electrical problem occurs. (emergency brake is not engaged.) cannot drive at night. Volkswagon will not pay for repair.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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