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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,910 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Golf brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 312005

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,910 miles


The engine made a sound as if air under pressure was being released, along with a quite noticeable vibration when turning it off on the evening of 30 Aug 2005. Enroute to the dealer to be checked on 31 Aug 2005, when attempting to stop, I pushed the brake pedal to the floor, twice, with no response from the brake system. As a result, I hit the trailer hitch of a stopped SUV. Minimal damage to the SUV; however, considerable damage to the Golf. No repair work done yet; the brake pedal has slight resistance now. The dealer promised to check the obdii for fault codes, but has not done so yet.

- Marina Del Rey, CA, USA

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