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VW, or Volkswagen, is a German automaker with worldwide presence, producing vehicles such as the Golf/Rabbit, Jetta, Passat and Eos.

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Could a car left sitting for 6 years ever run again?

First time posting, let me know if I'm doing everything right! We've got a '92 Volkswagon Cabriolet, with 175K+ miles on it, that's been sitting in the garage since 2010. Wheels are all flat, and I ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

Before you comment, read below to see what I've done and why most answers are not helping me. Also, my native language is not English, so I apologise for not using the proper words. I have an old ...
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2000 Jetta runs rough, shudders on cold start only on wet days.

This is an issue I've had off and on for, embarrassingly, at least a year: On misty or wet mornings, everything starts out fine but, a few minutes into the drive (like clockwork. I even know the ...
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2000 VW Golf heater won't blow hot air

My 2000 2.0L Golf GLS won't blow hot air at operating temperature, the air is only lukewarm at best. This started a few months ago inexplicably. The car isn't overheating or underheating, it reaches ...
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Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?

The owner's manual to my VW Golf Mk7 states With the engine at operating temperature, park the vehicle on a level surface to ensure that the engine oil reading is correct. Why is it important for ...
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How do manufacturers detune engines?

This related question is concerned with why manufacturers de-rate engines. But how can they get an engine to produce less torque/power? As an example: the VW W12 Phateon (2010-2011) produced 450 hp ...
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2000 VW Polo struggles to/won't start when engine warm

My 2000 1.4 petrol polo struggles to start when warm and sometimes will not start, until the engine has cooled down a bit, when the engine is on the hot side of warm. Embarrassingly, I have lived ...
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Volkswagen A/C Intermittent

I want to repair my Volkswagen Passat '07 A/C. I've taken it to two shops (dealer and independent) and they both say the entire a/c system needs to be replaced. The strange thing is, that sometimes it ...
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Coolant Flange - What is it really called?

My antifeeeze keeps leaking out and I was told that I had a hole in my coolant flange, so when I was calling to see how much it would be to get fixed no one knew what I was talking about. I am a woman ...
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Why are spare wheels smaller than normal wheels?

I want to purchase a VW Ameo Highline. It comes with stock tyres (185/60 R15), and alloy rims. The spare wheel, however, is a standard steel rim (non-alloy) with 175/70 R14 tyres. The dealer explained ...
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Fuse box above battery melting

I have a 2001 VW Beetle which has a nasty habit of melting the above battery high voltage fuse box. I've replaced it three times already and replaced the alternator as well, but I'm at a complete loss ...
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Anyone know what car this is?

What car do you think this is? My guess is new 2017 VW Tiguan. Taken 8 April 2016 in Brisbane , Australia.
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Is there a difference in cars manufactured for hot or cold climates?

I have one very interesting question. I would like to purchase new Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.6 2015-2016. I found new car in official dealer store. But there is one problem - These cars were constructed ...
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Modern cars and diesel warm-up time

First of all let me say that I already read this question and its answer, so it's clear to me why diesel-powered cars need a warm-up time. My question is: do modern cars need it too? I have VW Golf ...
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Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

On my 2003 ('04 Model spec) Right Hand Drive Volkswagen Bora (Jetta) Mk4 PD130 TDI SE (Comfortline) I have wetness both on and under my floor mats and in the carpet. The damp seems to be concentrated ...
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1968 Beetle Front Shocks (Koni)

What are the correct size Koni front shocks for a 1968 Beetle at stock height? I purchased the (red) Koni D 80-1787 which Koni's site recommended as a stock shock replacement. My mechanic says ...
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Reverse is now 1st gear on manual transmission

Reverse no longer works...when I shift into Reverse it goes into 1st gear. All other gears work fine. 2002 Jetta TDI 1.9 what could the problem be?
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Clutch “catch” point has changed, along with distance needed to engage

I was headed home the other night, accelerating up to highway speeds, when suddenly I felt the clutch pedal completely change under me. It previously started to catch at about the 1/4 way release ...
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Coolant expansion tank issue

My coolant tank is filled up to the correct level before driving off but I've taken a half an hour drive and it is very low and warning light comes on. Once stopped it cools down and the level rises. ...
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VW Bora V6 2005 - Sump Replacement Question

My sump cover has a huge hole and I'm going to replace it. Can I take the cover off from underneath the car or does the motor have to be lifted to recover the sump cover?
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City Jetta Passenger Windows Unresponsive

I have a 2008 VW City Jetta. About a month ago, I had a remote car starter installed - big mistake. Upon installation, all passenger automatic windows were no longer responsive from either the driver ...
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'98 Passat Locked when FOB batteries changed, how do you unlock it?

My friend owns a '98 VW Passat 2.0 Turbo. He changed the batteries in the key FOB and now the vehicle is locked by the security system. Using the key will not unlock any of the doors or trunk. What ...
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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What would be the best and cheapest way to fix these dents and scratches?

I have a 2012 VW Jetta. The other day I was pulling into my garage and hit the side of the car. There are several dents and paint scratches. What would be the cheapest and easiest way to get this ...
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Troubleshooting Low Turbo Boost

I'm starting to suspect that the smoke and low power (I'm pretty sure it is not "limp mode" just a lack of enthusiasm) I'm seeing in our 2002 Jetta TDI (ALH engine with Garret VNT-15 turbocharger) may ...
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Higher than normal fuel consumption - What could be the cause?

My 1997 VW Golf 3 is over-consuming fuel, I use 10 liters for 45km, My mechanic ask me to change the automatic gear-box because it is not selecting gear above gear 3 I change the automatic gear-box ...
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My car's diesel exhaust smells really bad

First of all let me say I apparently have no exhaust leak. For a long time I've been asking myself how was it possible that the exhaust of my car smells so bad. It does it when in the morning, I ...
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Hit a curb today, taking a chunk out of the tire and some damage to the rim. Is it still safe to drive? [closed]

Pictures: As you can see, it took a good chunk out of the tire, next to the rim. Unfortunately there's also quite a lot of scratch damage on the edges there. Is this still safe to drive, or should I ...
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“Always Replace” (torque-to-yield) Bolts

I'm working on a VW Jetta and have pulled one of the suspension ball joints to replace a drive shaft. The three bolts holding the ball joint to the lower control arm are marked in the Bentley service ...
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VW Passat B5 Rear Door Central Locking Issue - Door Lock Actuator Replacement

My 2004 VW Passat has an issue where the nearside rear door will not always open when the corresponding button is pressed on the car key. When the other doors are unlocked, the faulty door makes an ...
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Music stops playing when pressing the clutch down

In my car the music of my car radio stops playing almost every time when I press the clutch. It does not always stop, but probably in 80% of the cases. It never stops when I do not press the clutch. ...
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How can I fix a key broken off in a door lock?

This morning I tried to open the passenger-side door (of my 2001 VW Eurovan) but it appears to be stuck. The door is unlocked. I can pull the handle, but apparently not far enough to operate the ...
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2006 VW Jetta TDI EGR cleanup

I am going to cleanup the EGR pipe in my VW Jetta TDI. Are there any special considerations on how to remove the carbon which might be blocking the flow?
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Engagement delay when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse

My 2001 VW Eurovan (T4) has automatic transmission and about 160k miles on the clock. When I use the transmission selector to move from N to D or from N to R, there is a noticeable delay until I feel ...
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How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?

The manual for my 2003 VW TDI says to change the oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles. My dealer says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Are they just trying to make twice as much money off my oil ...
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How to Fix Check Engine Light (OBDII code: P0172)

I just saw the check engine light come on on my 2004 VW Passat B5.5 and did a bit of research. Some people said that it would be a faulty oxygen sensor. I was about to order one, but then I read this (...
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Coolant Level Sensor Connector Replacement

I'm looking for a replacement male connector to fit this coolant level sensor from a 1989 VW Jetta. Finding replacement sensors is straightforward, but what does one do when repairing a missing ...
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Do I have an ECU problem?

My 2001 Cabrio only idles. I had a mass/air error code, however I changed this and had no luck. I swapped one from a running VW, the other VW ran normally, but mine didn't. I had the shop read ...
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Why are VW recalling their cars to remove a defeat device?

As I understand it, Volkswagen had software to artificially enhance their efficiency ratings on a test rig. Since it would only be active under test, what is the point of recalling millions of cars to ...
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What effect will removing my EGR have?

My 2003 Jetta TDI check engine light recently came on, and a scan by Advance Auto revealed code P0401 -- EGR insufficient flow. I took the vehicle to the local TDI guru, who gave me the option of ...
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Car is sluggish, jerking, and idles rough

I have a VW Polo Classic, 1.6L. Just recently it started to be slightly jerky when in idle and whilst driving. There is also a loss of power, a strong fuel smell, and sounding slightly like a VW ...
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VW Mk4 Golf/GTI airbag indicator warning light

My 2002 VW GTI MkIV recently had the airbag warning indicator light turn on. The VW dealership wanted to charge around $600 to fix it. They told me the seatbelt latch was at fault because it had an ...
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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Thermostat behavior and failure modes

If Zaid's excellent How can I test my thermostat? is "Thermostats 101" then this might be the beginning of "Thermostats 201"… My VW Jetta TDI (diesel) has been running cold (about one or two marks on ...
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How can I diagnose gradual electric power loss in a VW Golf Mk5?

I'm experiencing loss of electrical power to my Mk5 Golf. It seems to happen mostly when the car hasn't been run for two or three days. We changed the battery a few months ago. More recently, there ...
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Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ ABS warning shown on my car dashboard

My Volkswagen Jetta shows Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ABS warning message on the dashboard. The problem first appeared a few weeks ago. At first it only appeared randomly, but for these few days ...
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What exactly is an outer CV joint and how can I replace one?

I recently got my 2004 VW Passat B5 a new MOT, but they said that an advisory item that would get worse over time were worn outer CV joints. The car creeks when turning on full left lock, though I ...
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VW Passat Estate B5 - Parking brake suddenly slack but cable not broken

The handbrake on my VW Passat Estate B5 has suddenly become slack. With the handbrake on, the faulty side wheel is free to turn by hand. Foot brake works as normal Lifting the center console, I can ...
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2004 VW Passat B5.5 - Is one of my heated wing mirrors actually broken?

I have been having an issue recently which may or may not be related to this other problem that I have been having regarding the heating element in the left wing mirror on my car. I have that with ...
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VW Golf mk4 stereo no longer has power

I recently swapped my Kenwood stereo for a new one, also Kenwood. As the adapter was the same it was relatively easy to swap them over. Everything was fine for a day. However, the unit always asks ...