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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
798 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Volkswagen Golf engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 262004

Golf 8-cyl

  • 798 miles


The epc light illuminated then the engine cut completely off. Vehicle's epc light illuminated on 3 separate occasions at 798, 1,029 and 1,110 miles respectively. On the first two repairs, they found problems with the throttle. (throttle valve control system malfunction, idle air control system RPM was higher than expected, and the throttle valve drive-G186 experienced an electrical fault in the circuit-per self diagnosis log) the engine would suddenly die out, idled roughly, whistling sounds were heard, the epc light would come at intermittent times, the vehicle would become unable to be driven over 15mph, and at times, when the epc light would come on the engine would die simultaneously.

- El Monte, CA, USA

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