2004 Volkswagen Golf Overview


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GL 1.9 TDI sedan
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GL 2.0
Avg. Price: $5,661
GL 2.0 sedan
Avg. Price: $5,846
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Avg. Price: $6,330
GLS 2.0
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 — The review for this car can be summarized in one short question. Got 50mpg? Car is comfortable and roomy. Handles great in rain or shine. Looks great! I just hoping the price of diesel fuel stays... Read More

2004 Volkswagen Golf Overview

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2004 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagens have long been known for their diesel engines, and for 2004, the Golf got a more powerful TDI (turbo direct injection) diesel that still achieved around 50 miles per gallon on the freeway. The Golf's 1.9-liter diesel saw its horsepower upped from 90 to 100, giving it a bit of an extra kick off the line and a bit more help when passing at highway speeds.

The 100-hp diesel could be dropped into both the four-door Golf GL model and the higher-end four-door GLS version. The standard engine in the GL (also available in as a two-door model) and the GLS was a 115-hp, 2.0-liter gas engine. A five-speed manual transmission was standard across the line. A four-speed automatic transmission was optional with the gas-engine Golfs, while a five-speed automatic was optional with the TDI diesels.

Standard features for the base GL package included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, front and side airbags for the driver and passenger, anti-lock brakes, a tilt/telescoping steering column, an anti-theft alarm system, a keyless entry system, cruise control, and a stereo system with a CD player. The GLS added a power sunroof, among other features. Stability control is optional across the line.

For the 2004 model year, Volkswagen also offered a limited-edition Golf R32, which came with a 240-hp, 3.2-liter V6 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, a dual exhaust system, and a sport-tuned suspension.

The Golf's acceleration, handling, braking, and safety features were cited as positive points by drivers, although some noted that frustrating quality-control issues persisted with the car. The electrical system and automatic transmission were singled out by some drivers as particularly troubling.


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Coolant Warning Light But Coolant Levels At Max & Car "running" Hot

Can someone help.... I have a 2004 VW Golf MKV. I bought it a year ago and it had done 55913. I replaced the timing belt and water pump not long after I bought it (on recommendation from a vehicle i...

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Jeremiah Probodanu

T Piece

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Does Someone Use The Autocom Cdp Pro Compact Diagnostic

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220 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)
Deborah Mason

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2004 Golf Tdi Diesel Engine Issues

I have a 2004 Golf TDI, 5 Speed with 150,000 highway miles on it. I just spent $3,000 to have the timing belt and turbo charger replaced. The engine has now begun making a knocking noise and the VW d...

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