Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Golf hatchback?
Volkswagen had largely sorted out the most expensive of its DSG automatic gearbox problems before this generation of Golf was launched, but there are still some early cars with which problems have been reported, so make sure the gearbox changes smoothly and there are no signs of temperamental behaviour.
What are the most common problems with a used Volkswagen Golf hatchback?
Lights could fail without warning
An issue with the programming of the on-board supply control unit means the driver might not be warned of a light bulb blowing. It’s also possible for a message to pop up suggesting there’s a fault when there isn’t. Speak to a VW dealer for further information, because new software will need to be installed to fix the problem.
Due to a faulty weld in the gas generator used in the airbag assembly, there’s a potential for parts of the assembly to break off and cause injury to occupants. Affected vehicles will need to have any faulty items replaced, so find out from your VW dealer if your car is affected by this.
Airbag and seatbelt tensioners
Rear hub carrier
On certain Golfs, there was an issue with the rear hub carrier not being manufactured to the correct standard, so in extreme circumstances, the car could lose a rear wheel. A recall was issued to replace the carriers on affected cars, so find out if your car is one of those affected by speaking with your local VW dealer.
A small number of Golfs might have been fitted with seats where the welds on the backrest head restraint mounting could fail in an accident. A Volkswagen dealer should be able to tell you if your car requires a replacement seat to solve the problem.