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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
159,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #2

May 222015


  • 230,000 miles


I had the hatch open on my Golf and started to smell an electrical fire. I seen smoke coming from the cargo light and when I opened the taillight access panel there was a small fire that I immediatley put out. Thankfully I caught it in time and didn't close the hatch and walk away. It could have been much worse. I have pictures I can send upon request.

- Pine Hill, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 202011


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Golf. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed that the air conditioner, windshield wipers and headlights became inoperable, as well as the turn signals. The contact performed repairs to the vehicle himself and replaced the ignition switch. The contact detected the ignition connector housing had overheated which caused the plastic to melt. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 09/27/11 updated 2/23/12

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

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