Volkswagen Golf Engine Problems

When it comes to oil changes in my VW Golf can you tell me the right type and give me a steer on the procedure?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Aug 2021

There’s no real trick on how to change oil on a VW Golf, but the procedure is critical, as getting it wrong can ruin the engine. The best advice is to obtain a workshop manual for the exact model Golf, and use that as a step-by-step guide to what is a great DIY home maintenance task.

Fundamentally, though, the first thing to do is determine how often to change oil, otherwise known as the correct oil change interval. For most of us, this will be based on the distance travelled since the last oil change service. Late model Golfs have a 12-month or 15,000km (whichever comes first) service interval.

From there, it’s a case of using the correct size spanner or socket (not an adjustable wrench) to undo the drain plug at the bottom of the engine and drain out the old oil. Replacement of the oil filter is next, followed by refilling the engine with the correct VW Golf oil type. Since much of this work happens from below the car, a torch or auxiliary light is a handy thing to have, as are drain pans and clean rags to mop up spills. Don’t forget that disposing of the old oil and filter environmentally is part of the deal.

The correct Volkswagen Golf engine oil will depend on whether your car is a petrol or diesel and whether it’s turbocharged or not. The exact specifications of the oil you need should be listed in your car’s owner’s manual. Broadly speaking, most Golfs, whether petrol or diesel, from the last few years require a fully synthetic 5W30 oil to operate properly. Depending on model, the Golf has an oil capacity of between four and five litres, so a five-litre pack will give you a little left over for top ups.

If you’re not confident with tackling this job, then a trip to a local mechanic or service centre is your best option. But if you’re prepared to have a go, then this is a great home maintenance project for the first timer. Having a mechanically-minded friend guide you through the process the first time is another good idea.

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Volkswagen Golf 2011: Engine failure

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Feb 2019

I wouldn’t recommend replacing the 1.4 with a GTi motor; there are too many other changes you’d have to make to keep it legal, gearbox, suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres.

Stick with the 1.4 or sell the car and buy a GTi.

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Volkswagen Golf engine light

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jul 2018

We haven’t had any previous reports of the problem that has affected your car. On the surface, it appears that VW has done the right thing by you in offering to repair your car at half the original quoted price.

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Will Volkswagen '09 Golf under warranty?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Mar 2018

Your car is now nine years old, which makes it difficult to claim on VW, but it has only done 70,000 km, so that’s in your favour. If a VW dealer had been servicing it I would attempt to convince VW to cover at least part of the cost of the replacement. Otherwise I think you will find it hard to get VW to cough up.

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Volkswagen Golf 2013: Selling tips

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Mar 2018

It’s probably best to get out of the car rather than continue to try and rectify the problems. You could try and negotiate a better deal as a trade-in, but if you did that you would be left driving another VW and that’s probably not what you want. You could seek advice on your legal options from the Queensland consumer affairs department. But the best option might be to trade the car in on something from a rival brand.

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What's a good green car to buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Mar 2018

Your best option would be the 1.4-litre turbo manual in the Mk 6. It’s more fuel-efficient than the base 1.6-litre engine in the Mark 5, and being the newer model there are less likely to be any issues with getting spares for it.

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Volkswagen Golf 2010: Timing chain hassles

Answered by CarsGuide 31 Mar 2017

Sorry to hear about your problem, but thanks for telling us about it. Broken timing chains are a concern with VW engines, and it's hard to know if the changes highlighted in the dealer bulletin provided the answer.

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Best small to medium diesel cars?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Mar 2017

It's probably easier to eliminate those that don't stack up, those being the VW Golf, Holden Cruze and Ford Focus.

All have transmission questions over them.

The best options would be the Mazda 3 and the Hyundai i30.

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How many 2010 Golf engines have been replaced?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Feb 2017

It's not possible to say exactly how many engines VW has replaced, that's information the company doesn't divulge to the media. But we can say that there have been a number of engines replaced. I doubt that having that information would enhance your case anyway, the engine has lost compression at a very low odometer and you claim to have had the car serviced by a VW dealer. I would think it's a relatively straightforward case.

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Will a twin-turbo Mustang come to Australia?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Dec 2016

It seems to me that they're quite different cars; the Golf R is an under-the-radar raider, the Mustang an in-your-face statement. If you want an exhilarating drive on those weekends away go for the Golf, if you want a more leisurely fun drive with a high look-at-me factor go for the Mustang. For my money I would choose the Mustang. There is talk of a twin-turbo Mustang coming as a GT500 Shelby in 2018, possibly with a 5.2-litre V8. Not sure if it would make to Australia.

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