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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Golf exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012006

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 104,000 miles


Check engine light flashed while car urged/stalled/surged/stalled. Check engine light remained on. Brought vehicle to mechanic, coded category non performance. Cat replaced with O2 sensors at $900. Light/ surged/stalled and returned to mechanic immediately. He replaced genuine Volkswagen plugs, wires, and ignition coil. No cracks were found, but replaced anyway at $300. Light continued to illuminate, T and remained lit within 40 miles of reset, codes category, bank 1. ran rough and smelled of raw gas once light went on. Recall did not cover this model although the failure was identical. Only 2.0 aeg motors covered not 2.0 azg to 120000. Quirky operation will result in an accident. Self limiting use of vehicle until problem diagnosed and repaired- O2 sensors at $187 each X 2 in exhaust were next.

- Glen Head, NY, USA

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