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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,467 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Golf exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 102001


  • 73,000 miles


Experience two exhaust system failures on two different 01 tdi VW Golfs. Experienced separation the of the exhaust pipe/down pipe assy at the weld of the cat exit. One car with 179800 miles and the other with 73000 miles. As a result a strong exhaust smell was noticed in the cabin during city driving. Both cars experienced the problem within the same week.

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 092004

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,800 miles
While driving the brake light switch failed. As a result, vehicle was left with no indication of stopping, and the cruise control was deactivated. Consumer was concerned that he would be rear ended due to the failure. The vehicle epc light illuminated. The dealer determined from the trouble codes that the brake light switch failed along with the fuel pump relay, oxygen sensor, ect and purge valve.

- Weehawken, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
My VW Golf 2001 with 2.0L gasoline engine has a O2 sensor problem. But dear could not found any recall on my car. Since there is a massive recall on O2 sensors and my car fit in the category, and it broken down right after the warrenty expires, it should be included in this recall. Also the massive air flow sensor fails after the warrenty, which it is not fixed until it has been in the dealer for 3 times!

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #1

Jul 252003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,067 miles
Consumer stated that while engine running and without warning the oxygen sensor would leak carbon monoxide through out the inside and outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to service dealer after inspection and had a faulty O2 sensor replaced.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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