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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,077 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 #15

Jun 072015

Golf

  • 319,820 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger side curtain air bag and passenger seat side air bags deployed after running over a curb, ~1' high.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #14

Aug 262014

Golf 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
Air bag warning light is on continuously indicating a malfunction.

- Lena, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 042005

Golf

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Golf. While driving approximately 60 mph on normal road conditions, the engine experienced low power, rough idling, and hesitation. The check engine and air bag warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The indicators remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the failures were related to the coil pack. The vehicle was repaired. On two separate occasions after the repair, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for identical failures with no resolutions. The vehicle currently is inoperable and has not been repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 150,000.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #12

Dec 072007

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Golf. The side curtain air bags, including the passenger seat air bags, deployed for no apparent reason. The contact was driving 60-65 mph at the time of failure. The road conditions were normal and there was no sudden impact or crash. The failure mileage was 119,100 and current mileage was 119,350. Updated 03-05-08

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 012006

Golf

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,400 miles
My 2001 VW Golf repeatedly has warning lights popping up in error. This week my airbag warning light came on and stayed on, even though this car has never been in an accident and the airbags have never needed to be deployed. Researching this issue shows that this is a common problem and annoyance among VW users. The only remedy offered by two dealerships I went to is to replace the airbags at a cost of more than $750/$900 per (there are 4 of them). The replacement airbags only have a 6,000 mile warranty, which means I could conceivably have to pay $3000 every 5-6 months to have new airbags installed, even though there's nothing wrong with them and the real problem is that the warning light keeps going off in error. Help!

- Crozet, VA, USA

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problem #10

Apr 182005

Golf

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I bought a used 2001 VW Golf in April. The airbag light remains on when vehicle is in motion. I brought the car to a VW dealer and paid $85 for them to tell me that the airbag had high resistance and might not deploy in case of an accident. They said the harnass of the driver's side airbag need to be replaced and it would cost me $700. This is not a wearable part of the car, and is a desgin fault that may endager the life of the driver. I am wondering why I should pay for this. Shouldn't it be the responbsibility of VW to ensure that non-wearable parts remain working for quite a long time" especially if it is safety related"

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 072005

(reported on)

Golf

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Continuous problems with the air bag system on the 2001 Volkswagen Golf.** answer required***. the vehicle has been serviced 5 times yet the air bag light remains on.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #8

Jun 072005

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Golf. While driving down the road passenger's side air bag deployed for no reason. There was no accident. The speed was about 45 mph. Contact did not lose control of the vehicle. The air bag light was not on prior to the deployment, but it was on now. There was someone sitting in the passenger seat and was wearing the seat belt. Currently, the seat belt will not retract. It was still the same way as if someone were sitting in the seat. One passenger sustained injuries, had burn marks on her arms. The insurance company has this incident on file. The police department stated that since contact drove vehicle away from the scene of the accident, it would be considered a do it yourself part, and she had not gotten a chance to do so yet.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #7

May 232004

Golf

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
1. no event applicable (I.e. no accidents, crashes or impacts) 2. airbag light comes on 3. VW charged $90 to tell me that it would take $715 to replace the part; my vehicle is only a 2001. VW stated it suffered mechanical breakdown; the part is not a wearable part!!!

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 152003

Golf

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
This is a copy of my letter to Volkswagen, pls help me. Hello VW, to may it may concern. Recently I purchased at Volkswagen Golf 2001 used model. It has about a year warranrtty left with 25,000km on it. Practixcally brand new. I was in a major car accident rear ending someone harshly, and my airbag S did not go off, my girlfriend was injured from this incident. We were about 50km per hour when the accident happened. But failed to protect her face fropm hitting the dashbard. Pls explain this incedent, to me.

- Vancouver, UN, USA

problem #5

Sep 182003

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,833 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 VW Golf 2.0L with 59K miles airbag light came on for no apparent reason at startup and would not go off. Called VW of America and was given a case number. Took vehicle to dealer and they reported that the passenger front air bag harness needed to be replaced. Waiting for VW of America response to dealership for repairs to take place.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 272001

Golf

  • miles
Air bag light keeps coming on. It has been doing this since the first day that we have had the car. We keep taking it back to the dealership to get it fix but it is still not fixed. They give us back the car and with in one to two weeks the light keeps coming back on.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 142001

(reported on)

Golf

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light stays illuminated on dash panel after vehicle is started and is moving. Dealr has been contacted.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082001

(reported on)

Golf

  • miles
Airbag sensor light stays illuminated while vehicle is in motion. Dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Aventura, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 172000

Golf Diesel

  • miles
Airbag warning light indicated problem, dealer has had car for 4 weeks trying to repair or obtain parts. Currently backordered, several cars awaiting same parts, according to dealer.

- Rome, GA, USA

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