Sunday, 23 October 2016

VW Golf Mk4 Boot Lock Problems

I've been having problems with the boot lock on my MK4 Golf and found this really handy guide to working on the boot. I've now got the parts ordered so my next job is to fit them!

The part number is for the boot latch, part no: 1J6 827 505 CB 41

Sunday, 16 October 2016

VW Golf Dash Display Coolant Temperature Fault - Thermostat or Sender?

When I bought my MK4 VW Golf TDI the temperature display on the dashboard was faulty and the needle wasn't moving at all. This is a sign that the temperature sender plug is broken so one of the first jobs I did was to replace it.

This then got the coolant display working again but the needle never got above the 70 mark on the dashboard display so it seemed there was another fault. On further investigation it was apparent that the thermostat was probably faulty too but originally masked by the temperature sender being broken.

Once the thermostat was replaced the temperature display started working again properly and as soon as the coolant was up to temperature the dash display rose to 90 mark and stayed there.

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