1997 Volkswagen Golf Complaints

ODINumber 513364
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(848206800000-0500)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(852181200000-0500)/
Component Seats
Driver's seat is uncomfortable, this creates a lot of fatigue, even on short trips. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 525395
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(880434000000-0500)/
Component Electrical system:horn
Horn can't be located when the wheel is turned.
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 552715
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(961473600000-0400)/
Component Latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch
Drivers side door lock broke. Nlm
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 558316
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(976078800000-0500)/
Component Tires
The goodyear eagle ga tires (195/60r14) experienced 2 failures, the right rear sidewall had a defective crack and the right rear tire experienced a blowout, the consumer is requesting an adjustment from one of tires that was paid for at a pro-rated cost. *slc
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 700211
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(909115200000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(909723600000-0500)/
Component Air bags
Passenger side air bag no longer functional. Dash warning light went on 10/23/98. No accidents, power failure, etc. Air bag system no longer working. $700 quote from dealer. Not covered under warranty.
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 702199
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(911797200000-0500)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(916203600000-0500)/
Component Electrical system:alternator/generator/regulator | power train:driveline:driveshaft | visibility:defroster/defogger/hvac system
No summary
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 702039
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(915771600000-0500)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(915771600000-0500)/
Component Power train:clutch assembly
Dealer complicated issue. Repair technician stated to service representative that clutch cable caused premature clutch failure. The manufacturer should be held responsible for all repairs to parts that fall into the field of normal maintainence. The repair cost should be prorated to the expected lifetime of the part. Unfortunately, the dealer claims that volkswagen claims no responsibility for my clutch failure.
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 709507
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(933220800000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(933566400000-0400)/
Component Engine and engine cooling:engine:gasoline
I was driving my car home in the rain and apparently my car's engine hydrolocked by sucking in water through the airbox. I was told that this was due to outside the normal circumstances and that my warranty would not cover it.
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 723836
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(958968000000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(960609600000-0400)/
Component Engine and engine cooling:exhaust system:emission control
I was told by vw that the o2 sensors use to be covered by the emmissions controls warranty. I believe these parts were of poor quality and that volkswagen should reimburse me. My mechanic noted that o2 sensor failure is not uncommon on '97 & '98 golfs. If so, please consider investigating for a recall. Consumers should not have to pay for a manufacturer's poor quality. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 725972
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(956030400000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(964497600000-0400)/
Component Engine and engine cooling:exhaust system:manifold/header/muffler/tail pipe
Exhaust down pipe sheid outside loose bottom & top need to be "recrimed" (vw 7/24/00) vw dealership told me it's a manafacturers defect but my warranty is void "2 years 24,000 miles" the oxygen sensor/gaskets/flex pipe are all effected to do this problem leading to manifold problems ? The automobile is 3 years old with all original parts. New car with exhaust problems? This part was of poor quality on the manafacturers end i feel this is a defect that should be looked into by vw. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 733016
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire Yes
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(956116800000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(970286400000-0400)/
Component Electrical system:ignition
The ignition broke in april 2000 & was replaced by dealer. On 9/1/2000, white, odorless smoke came from left side of steering column. On 9/18/2000, brown smelly smoke came from same area. Car towed to dealer. Dealer kept for 3 days, couldn't find problem, said car was safe. On 9/24/2000, brown smelly smoke came from steering column on 3 occasions. Car towed to dealer. Dealer kept car five days, couldn't find problem. The car is now at another repair place. I am terrified to drive this car. I think the problem is directly caused by the ignition replacement. Very unhappy with dealer and vw usa.
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 752896
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1001736000000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1002081600000-0400)/
Component Power train:automatic transmission
No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 757246
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash Yes
Fire No
NumberOfInjured 1
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1011243600000-0500)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1011762000000-0500)/
Component Air bags:frontal
Airbags in the car deployed causing me to hit a curb more than once dessimating my passenger side and knocking me through a loop, my insurance company is investigating , but im not sure what the can find out ,i know audi(part of vw) was having problems with airbags deploying because of static charge in low humidity conditions ... Thank you . Jason a culligan. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 820587
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(884667600000-0500)/
Component Wheels:lugs/nuts/bolts
Wheel lug:bolts that are causing the wheel to separate from vehicle due to improper lug: nuts that are attached to wheel and vehicle. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 865947
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(964497600000-0400)/
Component Engine and engine cooling:exhaust system:manifold/header/muffler/tail pipe
When driving and accelerating there is a loud noise coming from the exhaust pipe. Dealer says pipe needs to be rewelded or replaced. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 8003683
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(1012971600000-0500)/
Component Air bags:frontal
Front airbags deploy without prior warning. Dealership is aware of problem.*ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10053474
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateComplaintFiled /date(1073365200000-0500)/
Component Latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch
Automatic door lock intermittently malfunctioned in cold temperatures. Door knob popped up, but the door failed to open automatically or manually. As a result, consumer was trapped in or locked out of the vehicle. The cause of the failure had not been determined. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10067685
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1082606400000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1082606400000-0400)/
VIN 3vwfa81h8vm
Component Power train:automatic transmission
Automatic transmission, when the engine is "cold" the transmission does not shift in to gear properly. It usually gets stuck between gears, if you step on the gas at the time between gears the car will buck violently as it shifts. Even though it has happend many times i will list the date it happened last. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10079699
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1087963200000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1087963200000-0400)/
VIN 3vwfa81h3vm
Component Structure:body:door:hinge and attachments
While inspecting the vehicle consumer noticed four doors' molding separated from vehicle. Consumer glued molding on twice, but problem recurred. Dealership and manufacturer were contacted.*ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10113852
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1110344400000-0500)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1110344400000-0500)/
Component Power train:automatic transmission
Transmission failed while shifting. Driver pulled over, and noticed that transmission light flashed on and off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced due to the housing shaft. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10113868
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1075006800000-0500)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1110430800000-0500)/
Component Power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:floor shift
Transmission will not shift when needed into higher gears, and sometimes falls out of the proper gear and into a lower gear when it's not supposed to, causing engine to rev way too high while on the freeway. Car does not run properly as a result, and i can't really drive it until it's fixed. I tried to have volkswagon fix the known problem, but they refused. *ak
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10134702
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1120190400000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1125374400000-0400)/
VIN 3vwfa81h0vm
Component Equipment:appliance:air conditioner
Air conditioning is leaking condensation into the car, fogging up front window and compromising visibility. Floorboard is soaked with water, clouding windows. *nm
ProductType Vehicle

ODINumber 10279908
Manufacturer Volkswagen group of america, inc.
Crash No
Fire No
NumberOfInjured
NumberOfDeaths
DateofIncident /date(1249790400000-0400)/
DateComplaintFiled /date(1249876800000-0400)/
VIN 3vwfa81h1vm
Component Visibility
I was driving at night bringing a friend home and as i was approaching an off ramp, i felt something burning on my legs. I looked down to try to see what it was and when i looked up, my windshield was completely covered in fog. thankfully there was a shoulder on the exit, so i pulled over and shut the car off and did some investigating. There was a small stream of coolant coming down from behind my dash, and onto the floor. If there had been traffic i don't know what i would have done but, i had to call another friend and come get us at 12:30am on the side of the highway. i did some investigating online and searched for recalls, and i found that the mark 2 jettas and golfs had a heater core recall. I did some further investigating and found out that the mark 2 heatercores and the mark 3 heatercores have the same part number - so why is there not a recall for the mark 3's? There are many people online and on a forum called vwvortex.com where there is at least 40+ reported issues in that small community alone. (http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1593587&page=9). *tr
ProductType Vehicle

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