VW Golf Mk5 Common Problems

VW Golf Mk5 Common Problems

VW Golf Mk5 Common Problems

Although many believe that the VW Golf is a bulletproof marvel of German engineering, it too has its shortcomings. The fact is, the Volkswagen Golf is well made, is very spacious, incredible efficient, and if buying new of second hand it is competitively priced.

VW Golf Mk5 Common Problems

About The VW Golf Mk5

The VW Golf Mk5 went on sale from during 2004 in estate or hatch options. It had a fresh new face lift and the engine options included four petrols and two diesels models. You could have either have the under powered 1.4 litre petrol or the more sprightly 1.6-litre petrol. If you wanted a little more punch with either the 2.0-litre GTI or the flagship 3.2 litre R32. If  it was a diesel you were in the market for, you could have either a 1.9 or 2.0 litre. All models had the option of  VW’s DSG automatic gearbox.

VW Golf Mk5 Common Problems

Here is a short list of common faults that our subscribers have mentioned.

  1. Heating Problem – Many of Golfs released between Nov 06 & early 07 had a defective heating element. This caused the elements earth to get to hot and in many cases caused fires, in other words if you have a Golf from these years get this checked a.s.a.p.
  2. Clutch Issues – Some VW Golf owners reported that Golfs built between Aug 08 and Sept 09 had problems with the clutch. In some  cases the clutch can open randomly, causing a loss of power while driving. Volkswagen addressed this later that year.
  3. Fuel Leakage Problem – A number of reports said the 2.0 litre diesel Golfs built between Jan 2005 and Dec 06  had problems with fuel leaks. This was caused by faulty brake pipes, the materials used in these high pressure hoses lead to fuel escaping. Likewise some other diesels also had this issue.
  4. Timing Belt Problem – Owners of 1.4 years 2004 to 2009  reported numerous problems with there timing belt, mainly snapping or wearing to soon, however this issue was soon resoleved.
  5. Fuel Pump Issue – All diesel cars of years 2004, 2005 and 2006. There was several reports of fuel pump issues problems. For example the pump is held by bolts that have a tendency to rust and break and this causes fuel to leak.

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