definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,866 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Golf electrical problems

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2004 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 232012

Golf 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Golf. The contact was traveling 50 mph when unknown warning lights illuminated and the vehicle decelerated independently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who confirmed that the wiring for the fuse box needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 70,000. Updated 8/31/12 updated 09/11/2012

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302005

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles
The consumer states that on June 30, 2005, his vehicle burned to the ground, VW 2004 turbo diesel Golf. The consumer was driving on the freeway, the consumer started smelling smoke. A few minutes later the vehicle was filled with smoke and the consumer could not see. The consumer stopped the car in the middle of the road and jumped out of the car. After the consumer ran away from the vehicle, he turned around to see the vehicle engulfed in flames from the back seats. There was also a case of oil behind the back seat, which the consumer states that may have spread the fire. There were no problems with the car prior to this incident. The consumer had only owed the vehicle a few months. All of the owners paperwork from the car was in the vehicle when it burned. The consumer has spoken to the dealer briefly, but they did not know anything about the problem, or had not heard of that happening before. The car is a complete and total loss now. The car was completely engulfed within a minute or two after the owner escaped.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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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