[Vwdiesel] SCORE! new (used) 2001 TDi Golf (w/ a few issues)

Matt matt_lisa at sprynet.com
Tue Feb 3 23:41:54 PST 2009

Nice score!

The glow plug problem is cleaning, like James and Loren have  
described.  My CEL goes off every 6 months or year, and I just clean  
it and reset the light.  You can have the codes pulled at most local  
auto parts stores these days for free.

The light in the climate controls is easy to change.  There's a  
writeup on VWVortex about it.  buy a bulb at the dealer (usually a  
buck or so), pull the fan switch straight out (use pliers and a towel  
to avoid scratches) and change out the bulb.  There are several ways  
to get it out, and they are described on the VWVortex forums.

Good luck with the car!

On Feb 3, 2009, at 10:06 PM, Rolf Pechukas wrote:

> OK, they're going for $6-8k on eBay
> I just snagged this for $2500
> 135k miles, and mostly great throughout
> original owner, sweet kid moving to Cali in a couple days - motivated
> seller
> no rust, runs like a top, tranny snic snic, brakes good, good rubber,
> all lights work, dash fine, interior fine w/ couple exceptions,
> exterior flawless w/ one exception, suspension feels good
> certainly passed the driving test
> handful of issues I'll prolly be looking for help with:
> - engine light is on, and a history of GP problems
> my guess is the old wet relay = burned out plugs story - guy said come
> to think of it there was a water issue when leaves would collect in
> the windshield - but could also be something different
> he's had it in to shop a few times over the GP issue over the years
> (nervous abt this computerized car - everything seems so inaccessible)
> - driver's door inside panel dismantled, apparently the crank handle
> didn't work,. kid tried to fix it and got flummoxed by Torx  head  
> screws
> shouldn't be too tough
> - pass side dent in bumper
> I'll need to pull or beat it out and bondo/repaint
> tiny little side light cracked
> - maybe pass side CV
> - maybe slight clunk in pass side susp
> - interior dome light and heater console lights don't work
> - trunk needs a key to open
> other than that, good to go
> I guess my main concern is that Ck Engine light, and the GP issues
> is this a known prob w 2001 Golfs?
> I know electricals in general suck in VWs
> thoughts? thanks all
> (psyched to not be spending $8k on a ride)
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