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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,919 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Golf seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092007

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,200 miles


-the contact stated that the 2001 Volkswagen Golf had problems with the airbag sensor. Once she turned on the ignition and put on the seat belt the dashboard air bag sensor light stayed on. The contact contacted the dealership, and was informed that the vehicle was out of warranty, and that he was responsible for the repairs of the seat belt. The contact stated that the seat belt was what indicated if the airbag sensor became activated or not. The contact felt that the manufacturer should make better parts for their vehicles. The contact called the manufacturer of the vehicle, and was given case# 70098165. The failure mileage was 84,200 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 04/11/07.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 132005

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,800 miles
2001 VW Golf tdi. My airbag warning light came on and continues to remain on. I have heard of someone else having the same problem with the same model car.

- Barrackville, WV, USA

problem #2

Jan 262004

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,811 miles
The consumer stated the air bag light kept coming on. Caller has been to dealer three times, and soon after they repaired it, it illuminated again. The manufacturer reimbursed the consumer for fixing the problem.

- Mariposa, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 122003

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,864 miles
Vehicle was less than 3 years old (but beyond warranty mileage) when air bag light came on. Dealer diagnostics indicated rt side air bag sensor, and air bag control unit need to be replaced at a cost of $770. Without replacement, dealer says entire airbag system is inoperative.

- Francestown, NH, USA

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