Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,167 miles

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Volkswagen Golf accessories - interior problems

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2003 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 232005

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,500 miles


Drivers seat heater shorted out, burning a hoe in seat and drivers trousers.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side seat heater caught on fire burning consumer's leg. Manufacturer was notified.

- Sellersville, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 172004

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
While driving at 5 mph consumer smelled smoke. Driver's seat overheated. Consumer parked the vehicle and exited before the seat burst into flames. The fire was extinguished, and no injuries were sustained. Consumer almost had an accident while trying to steer the vehicle to safety.

- Canada, 00, USA

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