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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Volkswagen Golf brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 272002


  • miles


Consumer states that while traveling at 40 mph, the vehicle in front suddenly stopped and consumers vehicle hit the other vehicle in the rear because brakes felled to stop properly. Consumer feels this problem is related to the recall 02 V 031 000 for the ABS system. Consumers vehicle id# was not included.

- Ridgeport, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001


  • miles
1st incident in 6/2001. ABS lights on. Sent to dealership for servicing. Indicated there was no internal malfunctioning. Checked the system and cleared the fault. Bled the ABS system. During 1st service, also communicated grinding noise when turning steering wheel. Dealership found bad spiral spring. Car sent back to dealership for 2nd time on 6/15/01. ABS lights on again. Dealership indicated no communication in data bus circuit sporadic. Fault in engine. Immobilizer and gateway no communication with ABS. Checked data link resister value in engine ECU with break out box. Ordered instrument cluster & replaced cluster. Cleared faults. 3rd incident on 6/20/01. ABS and brake lights went on and off. Dealership found poor ground at ground connection # 65. Incident # 4. car back to dealership on 10/2/01. Brake light flashes upon startup. Red order placed. ABS control unit ordered from germany. Without car for 2-weeks. Installed new ABS control unit. Bled brakes, code ECM, cleared faults, got & coded immobilier; set readiness code. 5th incident. Car back to dealership on 4/6 after ABS & brake lights stayed on for 15 minutes during emissions inspection. Shut engine and restarted car. ABS light on for a few minutes.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 102001


  • miles
The engine died 3 times and it was fixed. Then the cruise wasn't working and it was fixed. Also periodically the ABS light comes on and brake light blinks while driving, dealer told me there was nothing wrong found. On 12/31/2001 after starting car engine light was blinking, towed to dealership, they told me that there is nothing wrong, I asked them to recheck it maybe the dashboard is defective(short circuit).

- Millis, MA, USA

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