Thursday, 22 September 2016

Best MPG VW Golf TDI - Gas Mileage Fuel Economy for PD130 Diesel

VW's might currently be known for their emissions cheating rather than fuel economy but back in 2001 when the PD 130 version of the VW Golf was launched the fuel economy MPG was a great selling point.

I'd previously blogged about the excellent fuel economy from the MK4 TDI Golf range, in particular the PD130 which to me is the pick of the range. Judging by the used sale prices others agree as it really holds value very well.

On a long motorway journey back from the Isle of Wight I managed the incredible consumption of 67.6MPG over a 120 mile trip. The average for the whole tank brim to brim was 58mpg so it shows how cheap the car is to run for long journeys - I guess the reason why so many PD TDI cars have such high mileage on them.

Friday, 16 September 2016

VW Golf MK4 Stiff Gear Change

If you are finding the gear change on your MK4 VW Golf is stiff, particularly selecting reverse and first gears then this video might help. It's a common problem and easily fixed by lubricating the gear selection mechanism under the bonnet.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Changing VW Golf Broken Rear Brake Light

The rear brake light bulb had broken on my VW Golf Mk4. This video shows how you can replace the brake light bulb and fit a new one.

Monday, 9 May 2016

VW Golf TDI PD130 Diesel - Best MPG Achieved

The Golf TDI PD130 is a brilliant car and today I've achieved the best MPG since I've owned the car. The long term average for MPG over the last 4 months and over 2000 miles is 52mpg but on a long drive today I managed to get over 62MPG from the car. It appears that the slightly warmer temperatures are helping the fuel economy as the same journey generally has achieved a maximum of around 55MPG over the last few months.

So if you are thinking of changing to a new car "to save money" then think again! An old car doesn't necessarily mean you're paying more for fuel and a new car is guaranteed to lose masses more in depreciation!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Fixing VW Golf/Bora ASR ESP Light Comes on After 10 mins

If the ASR/ESP light comes on in your VW Golf or Bora after about 10 mins then this will show you how to fix it

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Fixing VW Golf/Seat Leon MK4 ASR Light Intermittent - Comes On After 10 minutes driving

A common problem on the VW Golf Mk4 is the ASR light coming on after around 10 minutes driving. This happens because the ASR system is looking for a load signal from the alternator and when it isn't detected it times out which happens after around 10 minutes. If you turn the engine off and back on again the light will go out again and come on after another 10 minutes but how do you fix the ASR/ESP light so it doesn't come on long term?

The fix is a straightforward repair to the cable that runs from the alternator across the gearbox to rejoin the ends that have broken. It's easily visible but you may need to replace the plug as the wires can be quite embedded inside it.
VW Golf/Seat Leon MK4 ASR Light Intermittent - Comes On After 10 minutes driving
VW Golf/Seat Leon MK4 ASR Light Intermittent - Comes On After 10 minutes driving

Monday, 4 April 2016

Part Number for VW Golf ASR Plug 1J0 976 824

The wires to the plug on the VW Golf ASR connector can break and cause the ASR light to come on after driving 10 mins. The part number to get from VW to replace it is 
1J0 976 824
1J0 976 824
1J0 976 824

VW plug part 1J0 976 824
VW plug part 1J0 976 824