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Instruction Manual

You have chosen the European bestseller, the Golf
... and the environment
Built for the future
You I ave chosen a car Whlcli is ladlcal in
ev ry respeCt. Even concerning the environ­
ment Your new Golf has been developed to
damage the environment as little as poss­
IL le Nor only today, but tomorrow and In he
'utu r .
Clean solutions from clean ideas
We beheve that more can be done for the
envtronment today If we forgo some th ings.
So In manufacturing your new Golf, we
have. wherever possible, fo rgone environ­
mentally harmful materials, for e :amp le
CFCs In plastic parts, cadmium and asbes­
tos .

For [he paintwork. we are f OI going chemica l
solvents to an ever rncreaslng degree, and
sing more and more al er-based paints
Clean performance
Naturally, all engines fitted
low pollutants.


the Golf are

They are particularly qUiet and low In uel
consumption That is of course dependent
on your driving style . Tips and advice on the
subject can be found in thiS manual Exactly
Ihere can be found in the alpha betrcallndex
under the heading" EnVIronm ent" .

... and more safety
Reduced emissions
Vaporrzation - from plastics in the vehicle in­
teriol or from the fuel tank -Will hardly occlIr
In you r new Golf .

For example, we have llserl new materlals­
for the Instrument panel, and the walls of
the fue l tank have been trea ted to red uce
emiSS ions a" much as pOSSible
A s ign of the times
Your new Golf has been constructed In such
a way that It can be disposed of environmen­
The plastiC parts have a speCial marking to
Simplify Identlfeatlon and reprocessing of
materials at a later date.
Some of these plastiC parts are made entire­
ly from recycled ma terial.
These rea lly are signs of tile times.

Safe all round
Your nevy Golf has exemplary safety.

It offers an extraordinary high deg ree of ac­
i e and passi e safet
Active - from the running gear to the ergo­
nomics of the interior. Passive - from the
fron enlj structure nd the passenge r cell ,
the steenng, the steerlllg wheel, the seats,
through 10 he seat belt sYStem With bel
tra e\ an oressure limiters for driver ilnd
fro· seat passenger.
.411 15 S he result of our safety philosophy.
For us sa ety means protection .


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· .. and the service
~II in all passive safety, strictly tested in
"1ore than 30 different crash tests.

9y our own standards, standards wh ich are
even higher t han those laid dow n by law a~d
....,h ich in many pOi nts go fu rther th an tne
strict US standa rds.

Safe and comfortable
'::ven the seats in your new Golf ensure ef­
'ective protection for the occupants.

They have a robust base, a firm seat .ramp
and are designed so that you do not sl ip out
from under the seat belt (submarining) in the
event of a collision .
It contracts
The new Golf is equipped w ith a safety
stee ring column , whose increased defor­
mat ion distance considerably reduces the
:!anger of it penetrating the interior and thus
Increases passive safety
The new Volkswagen Airbag System is the
Jpti mal supplement to the fastened seat
[Jelt. nggered by an electronic sensor, It
orotects th e breast and head form possible
pact WIt parts of the vehicle interior.

One of the largest and most efficient service
organ isations in the world IS wait ing to look
after you r Golf: in Europe alone there IS a
network of more than 9000 Volkswagen
dealers, who work effiCiently and acco rding
to works guidelines.

• The Volkswagen Service telephone
If you have any questions, suggestions or
criticisms, please call our service advisor
free-of-charge on 130/3102 or In eastern
Germany on 0371/5600426 This service IS
at present only available in Germany.

The Volkswagen dealers will also ensure
that everything is OK on your Golf. BeSides

• 1-year warranty on workshop repairs.
• 1-year warranty on all Genuine parts and
on Volks w agen accessories approved by us.
• The quick, low-priced Express Service
for smaller jobs.
• A reasonably priced replacement car for
the period that yours is being serviced or re­
paired - ask your dealer.
• The Volkswagen Accessory Service.
Tested , factory-approved accessories and
professiona l installation - please read the
notes on page 115.

• 1-year un limited mileage warranty

against defects in manufacture

a whole package of further guarantees and

services is offered in most countries, like for


• 3-year warranty against defects in paint­

work .

• 6-year warranty against rusting through

on the bodywork -the w arranty is valid with­

out annual protection treatment but does

not cover rusting that results from external


• The mobil ity guarantee.

If you should IJ'lve a breakdown at any time,

Volkswagen dealers w ill help you at short

notice. Either by a qUic k repair, a hire car or

even an overnight stay at a hotel for you and

your passengers

• The reliable Volks w agen emergency ser­

vice .

Help around-the-clock -;- only a phone call is

required The numbers are In the list of ad­

dresses in tI-,e veh icle wallet.

Volkswagen dealers will gladly supply de­
tails on the above-mentioned services and
possible deviations in individual countries.
See also the notes in the Service Schedule.
We wish you safe, reliable and en joyable

In the vehicle wallet you will find, in addition
to this Instruction manual, a Service
Schedule and a Service address list.
Also depending on vehicle model and equip­
ment there can be various Supplements
(e.g. for car radio, Taxicabs and Hire cars)
If one of these publications appears to be
missing or you have the impression that the
information on some equipment or model
version is not complete, please contact your
Volkswagen dealer. He will be pleased to
help you.

The Instruction Manual
should be read carefully as soon as possible
so that you get to know your vehicle quickly.
Besides regular care and maintenance, cor­
rect operation serves to maintain the value
of the vehicle and is, in many cases, also
one of the stipulations for upholding war­
ranty claims.
For safety reasons please note also
the information on Accessories,
modifications and the renewal of
parts on page 111.


The Service Schedule

Notes on the layout of this Manual:


It desc ribes the largest possible range of
equipm ent envisaged at the time of go ing to
press Some 0 th e equipment may be avall­
able later on or not at all or will not be offered
in certain Export markets.
Items of equipm ent marked with a * are
only standard on certain model vers ions or
are only availab le as optional extras on cer­
tain models.


identification data for your car
the Service intervals


the Service operations

- important details about Warranty
Service work which has been carried out is
also confirmed in the Service Schedule.
This can be important when a claim is made
under warranty.
Your should always present the Service
Schedule when taking the vehicle to a
Volkswagen dealer.

The Service address list
- important addresses and telephone
numbers in Europe and overseas.

important information on the Volks­
wagen dealer emergency services

All blocks of text which have this
colour backing and the title
"Attention" refer to potential
accident or injury risks.


Texts following this symbol and
~ printed in italics are im p ortant
notes on environmental protection.

One final request:
Whe n you sell your car please give th e com­
plete Vehicle Wallet to the new own er be­
caus e the vehicle literature belongs to the
vehicl e


The first 1500 km - and afterwards ....
Driving economically and ecologically ..
Brakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tra iler tow ing . .. ..... . .... ... ......
Driving a four-w heel drive vehicle






Dashboard and Controls
..... 4

. .... 6, 7

. eys, Cen tral locking .
.... 8

::"tl-theft warn ing system
Joors .......................... .... 9

oot lid .... . .......... . . .
. . 10

::Iectric windows
.. . .. 10
• ~Ir ro rs .
. ..... . ... 12
Filling the tan k, Fuel.
81, 82

Seal belts
Care of vehicle ........ ..
. . 85

"" rbag System
. . 18
Bonnet .
. ... 90

Safety for children
.. ... 21

Engine compartment .. ...... .... .... 91

ead restraints . . . .
. .. 24
Engine oil ..... .......... ........... 92

=ront seats
. . . 25
Automatic transmiss ion fluid (ATF)* ... 96

Rear seat .
. . 27
Power-assisted steering
.. 96

Luggage compartment ... . ... . ...... 28
Cooling system
. . . . . . . . . . .. . 97

...... 29
Brake fluid
M esh partition (Estate)
...... 99

Luggage compartment cover /

Battery . .
. . .. 100

Folding/sliding cover
... 30
Spark plugs. V-belts . . . . . . . . .

Pedals, Hand bra ke
.. 31
Washer system ...
. .. 103

Manual gearbox
.... ... .... 31
Windscreen w iper blades
. . . 104

Au tomatic gearbox . .
. . . .......... 32
Dust and po llen fi lter *
. 104

Height-adjustable steering wheel ..... 35
Wh ee ls
. 105

Ignition lock. . . .
. .. 35
Driving abroad ..... . .............. 110

Starting/stopping engine
36, 38
Accessories, mod ifications and

.. .... 39
renewal ot parts
.............. III

Warning lamps
....... 46
Mobile telephones and tw o-way rad ios 111


Turn signal and dip leve r ............. 53

Cruise control system
........... 54
Fi rst-aid kit, Warn ing triangle ........ 112

Wi ndscreen w ipe r and w asher system 55
Storage of vehicle tools, spare w heel

Heating and ventilation ..
. ...... 56
and ball coupling trailer bracket ...... 113

Air cond itioner
......' 59
Vehicle tools , Spare w heel

Sliding/ti ltin g roof. . . . . . . . . . .
. ... 65

Sun visors / Interior lights

Cigarette lighter, Ash tray
..... 68

. ... 69

Shelves and boxes . . . . . . . . . .
Roo f rack / Roof railings
... 70

Changing w heels
Fuses . ........ .. .. . .
Changing bulbs.
Install ing radio . . .
Emergency starting
Tow starting / to wing .
Lift ing vehicle

. 116

. ... . .... 119

. .... .. . 121

. .. 127

.. .. 128

. .. 129

......... 131

Body ..... ....
. .......... 132

... 133

Environmental compatibility

Engine data .
.. , .... .... .
Performan ce ..
... ... ... . ..
Fuel consumption
Tyre pressures
.. .. ... .. . . .. ...
Trailer weights
...... .. ...
Capacities "
Vehicle identification data











Alph abetical index

... 148



General view




1 Switch for electric front windows

2 Door lock release lever
3 Remote controlled outside mirro r
4 Warning lamps
5 Air vents



Light switch
Instrument lighting regulator
Headlig ht range control
Lever for heig ht ad justable steeri ng w heel
Combi instrument:
Warning lamps
Emergency light system switch

' 2 Ignition lock
' 3 Knurled wheel for seat heating
'4 Air vents

' 5 Radio 1)
·6 Controls and switches for heating and
ventilation/air conditi oner

17 Glove box or passenger side Airbag

Bonnet release handle

'9 Fuse box behind shelf

69,1 8


20 Cold starting aid/id ling speed boost
(D iesel engines)


Turn signal and headlight dip lever
Cruise control system


22 Horn (on ly functions with ign ition switch ed on)
or driver's ai rbag

Xl- Handbrake lever




23 Windscreen w iper/washer lever
w ith switch for multi func tion indicator

24 Push buttons for air conditi oner
25 Ash tray
26 Gear lever (manua l gearbox)
Sel ector lever (automa tic gea rbox)
Cassette or CD storage box
Cigarette lighter/electric socket
Heated rear windo w switch
Switch for rear electric w indows

• So me of the items listed are on ly fitted on certain models or are
opti onal extras .
• On right-hand drive vehic les the arrangement of the swi tches
and the location of some ite ms ca n vary. However the symbols on
th e switc hes are the same as for left-ha nd drive vehic les.
n Vehicles w ith a facto ry fitt ed rad io have a radio instruction leaflet sup­
plied Whe n retrofitting a rad io pay attention to the instructi ons on
page 127 in th e" Do-it-yours elf " section.


The vehicle is supplied w ith two keys .
These keys fit all locks on the vehic le.
When leaving the vehicle unat­
tended - even if only for a few
moments - always take the keys
with you.

Key tag
The key number is on the plastic tag . With
th e aid of the number, a replacement key
can be ordered from a Volksw agen dealer.
It must then be stated if it is the main key or
the second key
The key tag should be kept separ·
ately as keys can only be replaced
using this number.
If you se ll the vehicle , you should also give
the buyer this key tag .



Key with light*
In one of the two keys there may be a
built-in light. To sw itch the light on, press
the cent re of the key (arrow 1)
To change battery or bulb
• Insert a coin in the slot at the side of the
key (arrow 2) and lever the upper pa rt off.
• Change battery or bulb .
Spare batteri es and bulbs ca n be obtained
from Volkswagen dealers.

&... The flat battery should be dis­
~ posed of appropriately.


C entral locking system*
The driver's door cannot be locked by pres­
When one of the front doors is locked or un­
sing the locking knob dow n as long as the
locked w ith the key, all the other doors, the
tank flap and - depending on the position of
door is open . This is to prevent you from
locking yourself out.
he t ailgate lock cylinder - the tailgate as
w el l, are locked or unlocked by the central
locking system
• If you lock the car using the ignition key
The centra l locking system is equipped with
and with the driver's door open, get into the
a safe mechanism: Once the vehicle has
car and shut the door, all doors are locked.
been locked from the outside, the door lock­
They cannot be opened from the inside or
In g knobs on the inside are also blocked
from the outs ide. As soon as the ignition is
aft er approx. 12 seconds. This makes
switched on , the doors are unlocked .
brea king in difficu lt.
• If the central locking shou ld fail , all locks
W hen unlocking, all the locking knobs
apart from the tank flap can be operated
move upw ards .

If the key is held at the open pos ition on ve­

hicles with electric win dows, all windows
Releasing tank flap manually, see Page 82.
wi ll open.

W hen locking all door locking knobs must
move downwards. If this does not happen,
open the door concerned again and lock by
pressing the locking knob down .
On ve hicles equipped w ith electric w in­
ows/electric sliding roof, w indows/electric
sliding roof w hich have been left open can
be automatica lly closed w hen the doors are
locked . To do this one on ly needs to hold the
ey in the lock ing position, until all w indows
and the sliding roof are completely closed .
Th e doors can also be locked by pushing
down the locking knobs. However, the
s fe system IS not activated when th is is
done . When the driver's door is locked all
the other doors are locked as well.

• When the vehicle is locked
from outside, no-one should re­
main in the vehicle - especially
not children - because the doors
can no longer be opened from the
inside. This applies particularly
where the vehicle has electric
windows, because then the win­
dows cannot be opened either ­
see page 10.
• If the locking knob in the
driver's door is pushed down, all
the other doors are automatically
locked as well.
• Locking the doors can prevent
them from bursting open in an
extraordinary accident situation.
Locked doors also prevent per­
sons entering the vehicle forcibly
e.g. at traffic lights. However, in
an emergency, they make it more
difficult for outside help to open
the doors.


Anti-theft warning
The alarm system is switched on automati­
ca lly when the driver's or front passenger 's
door is locked. Simply hold the key briefly in
th e locking pos ition until a warni ng light
near the driver's door locking knob fl as hes
to show that the system IS operative. The
system becomes active about 30 seconds
If the warning lamp does not flash, check
the doors an d tailgate and close if necess­

• When the key slot is horizontal (a) the
tailgate is locked or unlocked automatically
by the central locking system . The tallgate
can also be locked or unlocked separately
with the key.
• When key slot is vertical (b) the tailgate
wi ll be locked all the time after closing . It
can then only be unlocked w ith the key.
To unlock ta ilgate, insert key and turn It fully
to the right (c) Hold in this position and
press button in .


The alarm will be tri ggered if, with the ve­
hicle locked, one of

the doors,

the bonnet,

the tailgate/boot lid

ope ned or

• the ignition is switched on.

When the alarm is triggered the horn

sounds and a flashi ng signal is activated for

about 30 seconds (in Switzerland a continu­

ous note for about 30 seconds), and the en­

gine cannot be sta rted .

The windows and sun roof* are not separ­

ately mon itored .

• Th e wami ng lamp goes out after approx .
24 hours . ThiS preven ts the battery becom­
ing discharged when the vehicle is not used
for a long period
• The tailgate/boot lid can be opened sep­
arately wi th the key even w he n the system
is active . This wi ll not trigger the alarm .
Whe n the lid is closed the luggage co mpart­
ment wili again be included In the alarm cir­
cu it.
• Th e alarm signal w ill be triggered a sec­
ond time if one of th e protected part s of the
car is interfered w ith again aher th e alarm
signal has stopped (for instance if the tail­
gate/boot lid is opened after one of the
doors has been opened)


From outside the front doors can be
ocked or unlocked wi th t he key.
hen unlocking, the locking knobs move
I the key is held in the opening po sit ion in
.119 driver's door (with central locking front
passenger door also), on vehicles w ith elec­
-'le wi ndows all w indows w ill be opened .
:Jh en locking, the locking knobs move
dow n.
- on vehicl es with central locking or electric
Nlndows the key is held in the locking posi­
- on in the driver's door (with cen tral locking
'ront passe nger door also), w indows and
:ne electric sl iding roof which have been left
open w ill be closed.
The fron t passenger's door and th e rea r
doors ca n be locked from outside without
Jsin g the key Just press locking kno b down
and clos e door.
-he driver's door cannot be locked when
:Jpen by pre ssing the locking knob dow n
and closing door. Th is prevents you from
eaving the key in the ca r and forgetting it.

From inside all t he doors can be locked by
pressing down the locking knobs.
As long as the knobs are pressed down the
doors ca nnot be opened from inside or out­
si de.
Locking the doors can prevent
them from bursting open in an
extraordinary accident situation.
Locked doors also prevent per­
sons from entering the car forci­
bly e.g. at traffic lights. However,
in an emergency they make it
more d ifficult for outside help to
open the doors.

Child-proof catch
The rear doors also have chi ld-proof
ca tches . Whe n the small lever at the bot­
to m of the lock is moved down the chi ld­
proof ca tch is engaged. The inner lock re­
lea se is inoperative and the door ca n on ly be
open ed from outside. The locking knob
must be in the up position .



Boot lid

Electric windows*

To open the tailgate when key slot is hori­
zontal, press the lock cylinder and lift tail­
To close, pull tailgate down, the best way
to do this is to grip in the recess in the inner
tailgate trim, swing it down and slam it to
gently. The tailgate is locked when the key
slot is vertical (with central locking horizon­
• After closing the tailgate al­
ways pull up on it to make sure
that it is properly closed - other­
wise it could open suddenly
when vehicle is moving, even
though the key has been turned
in lock.
• The tailgate must always be
fully closed when vehicle is mov­
ing, otherwise exhaust gas will
be drawn into the vehicle in­


The switches are arranged as follows:
• In driver's door handle: Two switches for
the two front windows.
• One switch in door pull of front passen­
ger's door and rear doors.

• In the centre console above the ciga­

rette lighte r:

Tw o sw itches for the re ar w indows and a

safety switch (A), which puts the switches

In the rear doors out of action.

The w indows function with t he ignition

switched on.

If the ign ition is switched off and t he driver's

door clos ed, the wi ndows ca n still be oper­

ated for about ten min utes.

For safety reasons, the single-touch clo s­
ing ~ of the driver's door w indow only f unc­
ti ons w he n th e ignition is on.


wind ows can be opened automatically
touch ing the lower part of the appropri­
ate sw itch.
< the appropriate switch is tapped once
aga in, the window will stop immediately


.... windows can be closed by pressing the
_oper part of the appropriate switch. On ve­
cles with single-touch closing* of the
qver's door window, to close the window
-: IS sufficient to touch the switch while the
gnltion is on. If the switch is touched again,
e window will stop immediately
- he windows can also be closed or opened
cent rally To do this, the key in the driver's
door loc k (or in t he front passenger door
lock as well if a centralized locking system
's f itted) must be held in the locking/unlock­
ng position

• Be careful when closing the
Careless or uncontrolled closing
of the windows can cause in­
- if necessary put the rear win­
dows out of action with the
safety switch (A).
- when leaving the vehicle, al­
ways take the ignition key with
you. However the window mo­
tors are only put out of action if
the driver's door is opened.
If the vehicle has been locked
from the outside, nobody should
remain in the vehicle as the win­
dows cannot be opened, even in
an emergency. This is the case es­
pecially for vehicles with central
locking, as the doors cannot be
opened from the inside either ­
see page 7.



Note for vehicles with convex or as­
pherical outside mirrors •
Convex (cu rved ou twa rds) mirrors enlarge
th e fi eld of view but they make objects look
smaller. These mirrors make it difficult to
est imate how far away a following veh icle

Adjusting mirrors
The rear view mirrors should always be ad­
justed properly before moving off so that
good vision to the rear is obtained.
Anti-dazzle inside mirror
The lever on the lower edge of the mirror
shou ld be pointing to the rear when the
basic setting is made.
To set the anti-dazzle position, push lever
forwards .
Exterior mirrors controlled mechan­
ically from inside are adjusted wi th the
knob in the door trim panel.

IS .

Aspherical outer mirrors have a mirror
surface vlfi th different curvature. This wide­
angle mi rror increases the area of vis ion
e en more so than conventional convex
mirrors . Their usefulness is also limi ted
" hen Judgi ng the distance to vehicles ap­
proaching from behind.
Electrically adjustable mirrors· are
set by moving the knob in the driver's door
trim .
By pressing the two lower buttons L or R
switches to the left or right mirror.
If the electrical co ntro l of the mirror fails at
any time the mirrors can be adjusted man­
ually by pressing on the edge of the mirror

Mirror heating *
The electrically operated outside mirrors are
heated as long as the heated rear Wi ndow
is switched. on.



Seat belts
Why have seat belts?
It has been proven that seat belts
give good protection in accidents. In
most countries therefore the wear­
ing of seat belts is required by law.
• The belts should be put on be­

fore every journey - even in town

traffic. This also applies to the

rear seats.

Pregnant women too should al­

ways wear a seat belt.

• The routing of the belt is of

major importance to the protec­

tive effect of the belt. How the

belt should be worn is described

on the next pages.

How childr en can be carried safely in the ve­
hicle is explained on page 21 .

In case of a frontal collision accident, occu­
pants w ho are not belted up are thrown for­
w ards and collide w ith parts of the vehicle
in terior, e.g steering wheel, instrument
panel or w indscree n.
The w idespread opin ion that you can pro­
tect yo ur body w ith your hands in the event
of a light accident is not corr ect. Even at low
speeds of co ll ision, forces w hich cannot be
deflected act o n the body.

It is also important that occupants sitting on
the rea r seat are belted in, as they can also
be th rown throu gh the vehicle in t he event
of an accident. Somebody sitting on the rear
seat and not using a seat belt is endangering
not only himself, but also the occupants of
the front seats.




General notes

Three-point inertia reel belts

• The belt must not be twisted .
• Two persons (including children)
must never be secured with one belt.
• Th e be lts give maximum protection only
in the correct seat position - see page 25.
• The belt shou ld not be worn over hard or
breakable articles (glasses, bal l pens etc .)
because this can cause injury to the body.
• Loose, bulky clothing (e.g. overcoats
over Jackets) affects the fit and funct ion of
the belts .
• The lock tongue may only be inserted
into the lock part belonging to the appropri­
ate seat otherwise, the protective effect is
• The belts must be kep t clea n otherwise
the redactors may not work prope rly (see
also" Care of ca r" section)

The inerti a reel belt gives compl ete free­
dom of movement when pul[ed slowly.
Sudden braking however will cause the belt
to loc k.
The mec hanism w il [ also lock the belt w hen
accelerati ng, driving down steep gradients
or corn ering.
The backrests of the front seats
must not be inclined too far t o t he
rear or the belts are no longer f ull y
effecti ve.


• The slot for the belt tongue must not be
blocked with paper or anything simila r,
otherwise the tongue cannot engage
• Seat belts which have become damaged
or have been stressed in an accident and
stretched must be renewed - preferably by
a Volkswagen dealer. The anchorages
should also be checked .
• In some export countries seat belts
could be used on w hich the functio ns differ
from those described on the next pages.


L -___________________________________________________


Putting 3-point belt on
Pull the tongue slowly and smoothly ac ross
the chest and hips and push it into the lock
part fitted on the se at unti l the tongue en ­
gages audib le (pull to check)
The shoulder part of belt must run
roughly across the centre of the
shoulder as shown in the left-hand
illustration - on no account against
the neck - and be firmly in contact
with the body.
T h e lap part of belt must always fit
tig htly across the pelvis. If necess­
ary, pull the belt tight.

With the aid of the belt height adjust­
ment the routing of the shou lder belt for
the fron t seats/outer rear seats * can be set
to fit the body prope rly.
• To adJUSt. push button with relay fitting
up or dow n so that the shoulder part of be lt
ru ns rough ly across the cen tre of t he shoul­
der as shown in the left-h and illustration ­
on no account against the neck.
• Aft er ad justin g, jerk belt to check that
the rel ay fitting is properly engaged .
The seat height adjustme nt' can also be
used to adju st belt routing on front seats.

Pregnant women too should always

wear a seat belt.

Particularly in the case of pregnant

women, the lap part of the belt

should be as low across the pelvis as

possible so that no pressure is ex­

erted on the abdomen.

Taking 3-point belt off

To release the belt, press th e orange-co­
loured button in the lock . The to ngue w ill
th en spring out.
Pass the tongue toward s the door by hand
so that the retractor can roll the belt up
prope rl y. A plastic knob in t he belt hold s the
tongue in a convenient po sition .



Lap belt
The centre place on the rear seat is fitte d

with a lap be lt.

Th e belt lock is used in the same way as on

the three-point inertia reel belts.

For safety reas ons a lap belt not being used

shou ld be connected to the lock pa rt.


The lap belt must always fit tightly
across the pelvis, if necessary, pull
the belt tight.
To lengthen belt hold the to ng ue at right
angles to belt and pull be lt through to the re­
quired leng th - see illustration.
The belt is easier to ad just if tongue and cap
are pressed together.

To sho rten belt it is on ly necessary to pu ll
the free end of belt.

The surplus be lt length is taken up by mov­

Ing the plastic slid e.


Belt holder*
To prevent rattling noi ses or damage to
hold s th e be lt in a handy position on 2 door
belts, on 4 door vehicles the belt tongue
should be inserted into th e slot in the side
veh icles.

Before relea sing the backrest t he belt must
panel trim (centre ill ustra tion) or on 2 door
oe unhooked. After folding back the
vehicles placed behind the retaine rs next to
backre st the belt should be hooked onto the
the backrest (right illustration)
holder again so that it is always in a handy

position .


The belt holder (also backre st relea se lever)


Airbag-System *
Vehicles with Airbag System for the
driver and passenger can be recognized by
an inscription "AI RBAG" on the steering
wheel padded plate and on the right end of
the dash panel.
Supplementary to the three point
seat belts the Airbag System offers
additional protection for the driver's and
passenger's head and chest In a serious
frontal collision.
Apart from its normal protective function
the seat belt also has the task of keeping the
driver or passenger in such a position so
that the Airbag can offer maximum protec­
tion in the case of a frontal collision.
The Airbag system will not be trig­
gered for:

Side collisions
Rear collisions
Rol ling-over
Minor frontal collisions

Therefore the seat belts should al­
ways be used not on ly for reaso ns of
statutory regulations, but also for
safety reasons!


Essentially the system consists of

The system has a fault, if

• The electronic control and monitoring


• Both airbags (air sack with gas gener­

ator) with gas generator for the:

- Driver (in steering wheel),

- Passenger (in right of dash panel)

• A warning lamp in the dash panel - see

page 49.

• When swi tching on the ignition the
warn ing lam p does not light.
• After switching on the ignition the w arn­
ing lam p does not extinguish after about 3
• The warning lamp comes on or fli ckers
du ring the Journey.

The functional readiness of the Airbag
System is electronically monitored.

Each time the ignition is switched on the

warning lamp lights for about 3 seconds

(self diagnosis).


When a fault is present the sys­

tem should be checked by a

Volkswagen dealer immediately.

Otherwise there is the danger

that the Airbag will not be acti­

vated in the case of an accident.



• On vehicles whi ch do not have an airbag,
a driver'S ai rbag can be retrofitted on al l Golf
models manufactured from 1991. Volks­
w agen dea lers have the necessary informa­
tion .
• If the vehicle or individual parts of the Air­
bag System is scrap ped one must always
observe the relevant va lid safety regula­
tions. Volkswagen dealers are familiar w ith
these regulations.


81H- 143


The Airbag System is so designed that it wil l
be triggered during a serious frontal colli­
The range in which the system will be trig­
gered is shown in the left-hand illustration .
If the system is triggered, the air sacks fill
w ith propellant gas and unfolds in front of
t he driver and passenger.
W hen plunging into the f ully inflated air sack
(see right-hand illustration) the forwards
m ovement of the fron t seat occupants will
be cushioned and the risk of inju ry to head
and upper body reduced.

Special open ings in the air sack allow a con­
trolled exit of gas w hen unde r load from the
occupants, and therefore after an accident
the air sac k will have emptied to the point
that forw ard vision is again possible
The Airbag inflates in a split second to be
able to offer add itional protection during an
acc ident.

It is therefore important to main­
tain a certain distance from the
steering or instrument panel so
that the front seat occupants
have the best possible effective
protection if the system is trig­
gered. The front seats should
also always be correctly adjusted
according to the height of the
occupant (see 25).


A child seat in which the child
sits with its back to the direction
of travel may only be used if the
passenger-side Airbag has been
Serious injuries
could otherwise occur to the
Ask your Volkswagen dealer
about the conversion.
As soon as the child seat is no longer
needed, the passenger-side Airbag
should again be made operational.


• The steering wheel padded
plate and the padded surface of
the airbag module on the passen­
ger side of dash panel must not
be bonded or covered or re­
worked in any other way. It must
only be cleaned with a dry cloth
or a cloth damped with water.
• No modifications of any kind
may be undertaken on the parts
of the Airbag System.
• All work on the Airbag System
as well as removing and instal­
ling system parts due to other re­
pair work e.g. removing steering
wheel) should only be carried out
by Volkswagen dealers.

• The protective function of the
Airbag System is only sufficient
for one accident. If the Airbag is
activated, the system must be ex­
• No other persons, animals or
articles should be carried be­
tween the front-seat occupants
and the effective range of the
• If you sell the vehicle, please
pass on this Instruction Manual
to the new owner.


Safety for children
Children under 12 years of age
should normally travel on the rear
seat 1 ). Depending upon their age,
height and weight, they must be pro­
tected with either a child restraint
system or the seat belt provided. For
reasons of safety, the child restraint
system should be fitted in the
middle of the bench seat or behind
the passenger seat.
Children under 1.50 m (5') tall
must not use normal seat belts
without the child restraint sys­
tem. This could cause injury to
the stomach and neck.

Only officially approved ch ild restraint sys­

te ms w hich are suitabl e for the child shou ld

be used.

The ECE-R 21 standard 44 app lies to child re­

straint systems. This categorizes restraint

systems Into four classes:

Cla ss 0: 0-10 kg

(approx to 9 months)

Class 1 9-18 kg

(ap prox . 8 months to 4 years)

Class 2: 15-25 kg

(approx. 3 to 7 yea rs)

Class 3: 22- 36 kg

(approx 6 to 12 years)

Child re straint systems tested according to

ECE-R standard 44 are clearly marked w ith

the ECE-R test mark 44 (capital E in a Circle,

with test number below) .

Class 0
For babies up to approx . 9 months/10 kg
Most suitable are those w hich ca n be ad­
Justed to the lYing position (see Illustration)

Ob serve any statutory reg ulation s to the con­


Econom ic Co

mi ssion of Europe reg ulation

A child seat in which the child
sits with its back to the direction
of travel may only be used if the
passenger-side Airbag has been
could otherwise occur to the
Ask your Volkswagen dealer
about the conversion.
As soon as the child seat is no longer
needed, the passenger-side Airbag
should be put back into operation by
your Volkswagen dealer.



A child seat in which the child
sits with its back to the direction
of travel may only be used if the
passenger-side Airbag has been
could otherwise occur to the
Ask your Volkswagen dealer
abut the conversion.

Class 1
For babies and small chi ld re n up to approx.
4 years/18 kg . Best suited are chil d seats
wi th safety board or chi ld seats in which th e
child faces backwards.


A s soon as the child seat is no longer
needed, the passenger-side Airbag
should be put back into operation by
you r Vol kswagen dealer.

Class 2
Fo children up to approx. 7 years/25 kg.
Best sUited are child seat s combined with
3-point safety belt s.
Atte ntion
The shoulder belt must lay across
the middle of the shoulder - on no
a ccount on the neck - and the
upper body. The lap belt must sit
a cross the pelvis - not across the
stomach .


Class 3
=or children from approx . 7 years - les s t ha n
i .50 m/5' tall. Most suited are seat cushions
combined w ith the 3-po int seat belts.
The shoulder belt must lay across
the middle of the shoulder-on no
account on the neck - and the
upper body. The lap belt must sit
across the pelvis - not across the
Children m ore than 1.50 m/5 ' tall can use
"lle seat belts fitted w ithout seat cushions.


On no account should children ,

even small babies, travel sitting

on somebody's lap.

When using the belt th e section "Seat
belts" should also be noted.

Atte ntion
• Particular care is required if
child restraint systems are used,
wh ich are bolted on together
with the belts fitted in t he ve­
hicle. The bolts must be screwed
into the hole for the complete
nominal length and tightened to
• The seat belts must be
checked for correct routing. Fur­
thermore, the belt must not be
able to be damaged by sharply
edged fittings.
• Only one child m ay be belted in
using a child restraint system.
• For the in stallation and use,
attenti on m ust be paid t o t he lega l
regulations and the instructions of
the restrai nt system manufacturer.

• We recommend that child restraint sys­
tems from the genuine accessory range of
the Vo lkswagen dea lers are used. Here, re­
straint systems for all age groups are of­
fered under the na me "Bobsy"l l. These
system s fulfil all the req uirem ents men­
ti oned and over and above this, have been
developed and tested by us fo r use ill Volks­
wagen vehicles.

Not in all export markets



Head restraints*


The head restraints are height adjustable
and sh ould be set to suit the size of the per­
son in the seat. Correctly adjusted head re­
straints togeth er with the seat belts offer ef­
fective protection. The front head restraints
can also be adjusted for rake.

Adjusting height
• Grip sides of head restra int with both
hands and pu ll up or push dow n.
• The best protection is obtained when
the upper edge of res traint is roughly at eye
Th e front head restra ints can be pulled ou t
an additional 20 mm using slightly more ef­



Removing and installing
Front head restraints
Using a screwdriver push spring clips side­
ways out of the guide rings in the backrest.
Pull out head restraint.
To refit first push the spring clips into guide
rings so that the straight leg of the clip is at
the front. Then push the head restraint rods
into the guides until they are heard to en­

Recaro sports seat head restraints
Pull padding apart, press the two springs
(arrow) on the guides simultaneously fo r­
w ards and have a second person pul l head
restraint out.
When installing first insert head restra int
and then adjust height.

Front seats
The correc t adjustment of the seats is im­
portant for
- reaching the controls safely and quickly

rela xed low-fatigue body positi on


maximum protection from the
seat belts and the Airbag System_
• For this reason, the front seats
should not be pushed too close to
the steering wheel or the instru­
ment panel.
• Feet should remain in the foot­
well when the vehicle is moving
- never resting on the instrument
panel or seats_

Re ar head restraints
=>ress button on guide ring and pul l head re­
s-raint out upwards.
- 0 re fi t, insert head restra int rods as far as
ossible into guides. W hen doi ng this it is
~ot necessary to pre ss the button .
N ote
On vehicles without rear head restra ints it
5 possible to retrofi t them w ithout excesse expenditure - Vol kswagen dealers have
-'"'e necessary information.


B1H-0 12


1 - To move seat backwards and
Li ft lever and move seat. Then release lever
and move seat fu rther so that the catch en­
The driver's seat sh ou ld be adjusted so that
the peda ls can be full y depressed with the
legs slig htl y angled.
For safety reasons the driver's
seat must only be moved back­
wards or forwards when vehicle
is stationary_



Adjusting angle of the seat

2 - Adjusting backrest angle

4 -

Take weight off backrest and turn knob.
The backrest of the driver's seat shou ld be
adju sted so that the top of the steering
wheel ca n be reached with the arms ang led

If the angle of the seat cus hion is to be
changed, pull lever up and bring seat
cushion to the desired angle by placing
mo re or less we ight on the backrest.

Do not lower the backrest too far
when on the move because the
seat belts are then no longer fully

Take weight off seat cushion and pull up
lever. The whole seat cushion moves up­
wards . To adjust the seat cushion down­
w ards, push seat downwards with body

3 - Releasing backrest
(2 door vehicl es only)
Lift the lever (also bel t holder) and move the
backrest forward. Before releasing the
backrest pull be lt out of the belt ho lder (see
page 17).
For safety reasons, ensure that
the backrest lock is engaged
when the vehicle is moving!


5 - Adjusting seat height*

• For safety reasons the height
of the driver's seat must only be
adjusted when vehicle is station­
• Be careful when adjusting the
seat height! Careless and uncon­
trolled adjustment can cause in­

6 - Adjusting lumbar support
By turn ing the hand-wheel the seat padding
in the lumbar area of the spine can be made
to arch forward slightly. This gives effective
support to the natural curvature of the spine
so that t he sitting positi on is less fat iguing,
particularly on long trips



Rear seat


ncrease the size of the luggage area the
ar seat can be folded forw ard; on vehi cles
-h split rear seat the two parts can be
oved separately.
~r-e rear head restraints " should be re­
~oved before folding the backrests down­
see page 24.
- 0 prevent damage, the front seats must be
sltioned beforehand so that the rear seat
_~s not contact the front seats w hen the
-r-2 rea r seat is fo lded forward.

Folding seat forward
On the saloon lift seat cushion slightly
the loop and pul l forwar d onto stop
:::- ow 1) Then fold cus hion forward (arrow
_ - see left illustration.

• On the Estate lift seat cushion by the
loop (arrow 3) and fold forward - see centre
• On both saloon and estate, pu ll release
knob (on the one piece back rest both knobs
simultaneous ly) in the rear seat back rest in
directi on of arrow (4) - see centre il lustra­
tion - and fold back rest forward - see flght­
hand ill ustration.

Folding seat back
Sa loon and estate
• First fold back rear seat backrest.
• Fold back seat cushion.
On t he saloo n, push seat cushion to rear
unti l it engages When doing this hold up the
centre seat belt, ot herwise the belt w il l be
wedged between the backres and seat
cushion and then cannot be used.
The rear seat backrest m ust be
properly engaged so that arti cles
in the luggage area can not slide
forward if the brakes a re applied



Luggage compartment
In the interests of good handling ensure that
the load (persons and luggage) is distributed
even ly. Heavy items should always be car­
ried as near to the rear ax le as possible or
better still, between the ax les. The per­
missible axle and gross weights
must on no account be exceeded ­
see page 143.

• It should be noted that when
transporting heavy items the
handling will change due to the
displacement of the centre of
gravity. Driving style and speed
must be altered to suit.
• The load must be stowed so
that no items of luggage can fly
forward if brakes are applied


One should ensure that
- the heater element wire s in the rear win­
dow are not damaged by articles rubbing
against them and
- the ventilation slots in the luggage com­
partment side trim * are not covered .

Never drive with the tailgate not
properly closed as exhaust gas
can then be drawn into the ve­
hicle interior.
On the estate, four eyelets are provided in
the luggage compartment for securing
items of luggage . These are accessib le
through sma ll flaps in the covering of the
luggage compartment f loor.
The two front eyelets are also used to se­
cure the mesh partition - see next page.


esh partition* (Estate)
To take the partition off first loosen the
straps . To do this it is only necessary to
press the button marked "PRESS" in the
belt tensioner and pull the released strap
until the hook can be detached at the bot­
Open the flaps and then pull the upper cross
bar backward slightly, first at one end, then
at the other, and remove from the recesses .
The upper recesses can be closed with the
flaps w hen not in use.
e mesh partition prevents light articles of
'99age and dogs from being thrown for­
ard w hen bra kes are applied suddenly or
~ an accident.

Then place the other side of the bar in the
roof reinforcement and push forw ard
slightly Subsequently fold flaps (A and 8)
down again - see left-hand illustration.

I nstalling
- "e part ition can be installed either behind

Attaching at the bottom

rear seat s or behind the front seats. For
"'a::h position there are two upper and two
~ ver securing points:

Attaching at the top

t he flaps in the opposing roof trims up,

Depending on fittings, hook the tw o straps
on the lower cross bar into the tw o front
eyelets in the luggage compartment floor
(see previous page) or onto the bars on the
vehicle floor in front of the rear seat - see
right-hand illustration . Ten sion straps by pul­
ling the ends .

5ert the upper cross bar on one side into

• e recess in the roof and press forward
5' ght ly.



Luggage compartment cover / Folding/sliding cover*

Artic les of clothing can be placed on the lug­
gage compartment cover.

Do not place heavy hard articles
on the luggage compartment
cover or folding/sliding cover ­
they could endanger the vehicle
occupants or damage the fold­
ing/sliding cover if the brakes are
applied suddenly_
Furthermore, the heater element wires in

the heated rear window could be damaged

by articles rubbing against them.

The folding/s liding cover can be pushed to­

gether to the front or rear.

Whe n the tailgate of the sa loon is opened ,

the luggage compartment cove r is also

lifted .

If large items of luggage are to be carried,

the cover can be removed:



• Unhook retaining cords fro m the tail­
• Pull cover to rear out of the retainers ­
see arrows in left-hand illustration.
When removed, the luggage compartment
cover can be stored behind the rear seat
- Unlatch rear seat backrest and fold for­
wards slightly.
- Place the cover vertically betwee n the
back rest and the wheel housing, with
the upper side to the front and the retain­
ing straps at the bottom. Secu re back­

• Press the two front locking fl aps in the
side con sole s forward s (arrow 1 in right­
hand ill ustration).
• Pull fo lding/sliding cover backward and
out of the consoles (arrow 2) In so doing,
dislodge th e front/rear cross bar of the
cover with a qUick jerk.
• When in stal ling the fo ld ing/s liding cove r,
push the front cross bar of the cover for­
ward and the rear cross ba r backward until
they engage securely.

• When installing, slide the cover forward
into the side retainers and hook the retain­
ing cords onto tail gate.





Hand brake

Manual gearbox

To apply the handbrake pull lever up firmly.
On hills the 1st gear, or with automatic gear­
box the parking lock, sho uld also be en­
gaged. The handbrake shou ld always be ap­
plied so fir mly that it is not possible to drive
inadve rtentl y w ith the handbrake on .
W hen handbrake is applied with the ignition
on, the brake warning lam p* comes on.
To release handbrake, pull lever up slightly,
press locking knob in and push lever right
dow n.

• Only engage reverse gear when veh icle
is stationary With the engin e is running, de­
press clutch fully and wait a few seconds
before moving gear lever. Thi S prevents
grating noises .
When reverse gear is engaged with ignition
on , the reversing lights come on.

- _ movement of the peda ls must never be
~S ncted.
::- th Is reason, do not put articles in the
' 00 well which cou ld roll or slide under­
-3ath the pedals.
-< roun d the pedal area there should not be
,,'l foot mats or othe r additional floor cover­
llaterials :
• In the case of defects on the brake sys­
'em, a greater pedal travel may be necess­

a ,


' 11

t should always be possib le to depress
-"'e clutch and accelerator pedals fully.
Al l pedals must be able to return , unhinJered, to their rest positions.
=or these reasons, the only foot mats which
'Y'\ay be used are those wh ich leave the
edal area compl ete ly free and which are
prevented from sli pping .

When driving you shou ld not rest your hand
on the gear lever. The pressure of your hand
is transmitted to the selector forks In the
gearbox and can cause premature wear on
the forks .


Automatic gearbox*
Driving programmes
The gearbox control unit is equipped with
two driving programmes:
• Sport programme
• Economy programme
The programme is selected automati­
cally depending on operation of the accel­
erator pedal.
The sport programme is selected if the
accelerator pedal is operated rapidly. In this
case the accelerator pedal need not be de­
pressed to the point of kick-down (see Page
33) . In the sport programm e, full use is
made of the engine's power reserve s
through delayed change to higher gear
The economy programme is selected
when th e accelerator, pedal is operated
slowly or norma lly. Fuel consumption is re­
duced by changing early into higher gear
and later into lower.

Selector lever lock
In positions "P" and " N" with the ignition
swi tch on the selector lever is locked . To
move the selector lever out of these posi­
tions the brake pedal must be depressed
and the selector lever button pushed in .
This prevents a gear being engaged inadver­
tently and the vehicle unintentionally mov­
ing off .
A delay circuit prevents the selector lever
from locking when it is moved quickly past
the" N" position (fo r Instan ce from" R" to

" D" ) This enables for example the vehicle
to be " rocked" out of a "bogged down "
position The shift lock only locks the selec­
tor lever if it is left in the " N" position for
more than about 1 second without the
brake pedal being depressed.
At speeds above 5 km/h the selector lever
is automatically switched-off in position

Selector lever positions
P - Parking lock
The driving whee ls are locked mechanically
The parking lock may only be engaged
when the vehicle is stationary. Before mov­
ing the lever in or out of the" P" position the
lock button in the selector lever handle
must be pressed. Before moving the selec­
tor lever out of the" P" pOSition, the brake
pedal must also be depressed w hen the
ignition is switched on .

R - Reverse g ear
The reverse gear shou ld only be en gaged
wh en the vehicle is stationary and wit h the
engine idling. Before engaging the pos ition
"R " fro m the positions "P" or " N" the

brake pedal must be depressed and the lock

button in the selector lever handle must

also be pre ssed .

The reversing lights come on then the se­

lecto r lever is in the "R" position with the

ignition switched on .

N - Neutral (idling position)

To move the lever out of neutral when sta­

tionary or at speeds below 5 km/h and with

ignition switched on depress th e brake

pedal and press the lock button in the selec­

tor lever handle .

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _C

D - Normal driving position

- e four forward gears are shifted up and

~ow n

automatically depending upon engine

:lad and road speed.

Jnder certain driving condit ions it is advan­

--"geous to engage one of the following de­

s "ribed selector lever positions.

3 - Position for hilly regions

1st, 2nd and 3rd gears are shifted up

a'1d down automatically depending upon

~ n gi ne load, road speed and selected pro­

gramme (E or S) The 4th gear IS not en­

;}aged. This increases the engine braking ef­

-eel w hen the accelerator pedal is released.

- his selector positi on is recom mended in

5. uations whe re the gearbox alternates fre­
qu ently between 3rd and 4th gears in the
D" position .


2 - Position for steep hills
- his selector lever position is sUitable for
ng climbs and descents.

The 1st and 2nd gears are shifted up and

dow n automatically depending on engine

load and road speed . The 3rd and 4th gears

are not engaged in order to avoid unnecess­

ary gear changes. This further increases the

engine braking effect on deceleration .

1 - Position for very steep hills

This selector leve r position is recom­

mended for very steep climbs and de­


To engage this gear, the lock button in the

selector leve r handle must be pressed in.

The vehicle only moves in 1st gear. The 2nd,

3rd and 4th gears are not engaged. Maxi­

mum possible engine braking effect is now


The cruise control * cannot be used in posi­

tion "1".

When changing down manually the selector
lever can be moved into the lower gear posi­
tion, but the automatic w ill not change
down until it is no longer possible to over­
rev the engine.

Kick-down device
The kick-down device gives maximum ac­
celeration. When the accelerator pedal is
pressed righ t down past the fu ll throttle
position, depending on road speed and en­
gine speed, the box changes down into a
lower gear. The shift up into the next higher
gear then takes place as soon as the maxi­
mum specified engine speed is reached.

Notes on driving
The engine can only be started when selec­
tor lever is at "N" or "P". See also " Starting
engine" on page 36 .
Selecting a driving range
When the vehicle is stationary and
the engine is running always de­
press the foot brake when selecting
a gear.
When the vehicle is stationary do
not depress the accelerator when
selecting a gear.
If the lever is moved accidentally
into "Nu when driving, release ac­
celerator and let the engine speed
drop to idling before selecting a for­
ward gear again.



• Attention
• When the engine is running it
is necessary to hold the vehicle
with the foot brake in all gears.
Because with an automatic gear­
box the transfer of power is not
fully interrupted even at idling
speed - and the vehicle tends to
"creep" .
If a driving range is selected
while the vehicle is stationary,
the throttle must on no account
be opened (e.g. by hand from in­
side the engine compartment).
The vehicle can then start mov­
ing, possibly even when the hand
brake is applied.
Before working on a running en­
gine, ensure that selector lever is
in position "p" and thatthe hand­
brake is applied.
Moving off
Select driving range (R, 0, 3, 2, 1) Wait
until the gearbox has shifted and the
power flow is made to the driving
wheels (light selection jerk perceptible).
Then one can accelerate.

To stop vehicle temporarily such as at traffic
lights, it is only necessary to apply the
brakes. It is not necessary to move selector
lever to "N". The engine should however
on ly be running at idling speed.
On level ground all you need do is engage
the parking lock. On a gradient the hand­
brake should be applied firmly first and then
the parking lock engaged. This will ensure
that the locking mechanism is not too heav­
ily loaded and makes the lock easier to dis­
Tow starting
On veh icles w ith automatic gearbox the en­
gine cannot be started by towing or pushing
the veh icle . See page130 .
When the battery is flat. the engine can be
started from the battery of another vehicle
by using jumper cables See" Emergency
start ing ", page 128.
If the vehicle has to be towed at any time,
you must read the instructions in the sec­
tion "Towing/tow starting on page 129.

Emergency programme
If functional defects occur in the electron ic
system the gearbox can, amongst other
things, carry on operating in two emergency


• The gearbox continues to change up and

down automatically as before but hard shift

jerks are however noticeable. The vehicle

should be taken to a Volkswagen dealer.

• The gearbox no longer changes up and

down automatically.

The gearbox can then be shifted manua lly

but in the selector leve r positions "0", " 3"

and "2" only the 3rd gear is avai lable .

In selector lever positions " 1" and " R", the
1st and reverse gears are available as nor­
mal .
However, the converter must. due to the
absence of 2nd gear work harder, and under
certain circumstances this causes the con­
verter to overheat. In a case such as this the
vehicle shou ld be taken, as soon as poss­
ible, to a Volkswagen dealer.


Height adjustable
steering wheel*

Ignition lock
For all vehicles:
Position 1:
To lock the steering wheel withdraw
key and turn wheel unti l you hear the lock­
ing pin engage
Do not withdraw key from lock
until vehicle is stationary! The
steering lock could be uninten­
tionally engaged.

- ne steering w heel height can be adjusted
as required . To do thi s pu ll the lever on the
:::1 of t he stee rin g column dow n and move
-~e w heel to the desired position

Petrol engines
1 - Ignition off - Steering can be
2 - Ignition on

For safety reasons, the lever
must then be pressed fully up
again, so that the steering wheel
position cannot move while ve­
hicle is moving.

3 - Starting eng ine

Diesel engines
1 -

Fuel supply cut off! engine
stopped, steering can be locked

2 - Glow and drive position
No other current co nsumers should be
sw itched on together w ith the glow plugs ­
this aVO ids draining the battery unn ecessa r­

Position 2:
If the key is difficult to turn in the lock or can­
not be turned to this position at all, the steer­
ing wheel must be rocked to and fro slightly
to release the lock in g pin .
Position 3:
In this pos ition the head lights and other
heavy current consume rs are switched off.
Before the starter ca n be operated aga in the
key must be turned back to position 1. The
non-repeat mechanism in the ignition lock
prevents the starter fro m being operated
w hen engine is ru nning, as this could dam­
age the starter.

3 - Starting engine


-=-T-=------_ __
Starting the engine
General hints
When starting the engine in con­
fined spaces there is a danger of

• Before starting, move gear lever to neu·
tral (with automatic gearbox: Selector lever
in "P" or"N" position) and apply handbrake
fi rmly
• On vehicles with a manual gearbox de­
press the clutch pedal when operating
starter so that starter only has to turn en­
gine .
• As soon as engine starts, release the
ignition key so that starter can disengage .
• After starting a co ld engine It may sound
noisy for a moment or two because the 011
pressure has to build up in the hyd raulic
tappets first. This is no rmal and no cause fo r
alarm .
~ Do not warm engine up by run­
~ ning it with vehicle stationary.
Drive off straight away.

• On vehicles with a catalytic con­
verter the engine must not be
started by towing the vehicle in ex·
cess of 50 m. Otherwise unburnt
fuel can pass into the converter and
lead to damage.
• Before trying to start engine by
towing, the battery from another ve·
hicle should be used for starting if
possible - see page 128.

Petrol engines
These engines are equipped with a petrol in­
jection system that automatical ly supplies
the correct fuel/a ir mixture at all ambient
When engine is cold or at operating
temperature do not accelerate before or
during the starting procedure.
If the engin e does not start at once, stop
using t he starter after 10 secs. wa it about
ha lf a minute and then try again.
If the engine sti ll does not start, the electric
fuel pump fuse may have blown - see page
When the engine is very hot it may be
necessary to accelerate slightly after the
engine has sta rted .

Do not ove rrev or use full throttle until the
engine has reached the normal operati ng
temperature .




Diesel engines

47 and 55 kW engines

G low plug system
Ith the 47 and 66 kW Diesel engines.
~fte r sw itching to the driving position (igni­
on on ), the required glow plug wa rm-up
• m e is Indicated by a lamp which is con ­
:rolled by the coolant temperature - see
page 47 .
On he 55 kW Diesel engine the glow
plug system is automatically act iva ted after
~'os i n g the driver's door. If the engine is not
subsequently sta rte d, the glow pl ug system
.111 not be activa ted by each further opening
an closing of the drive r's door.

Starting a cold engine

Cold starting aid/idling speed
boost (47 and 55 kW engines only)
- 0 facilitate starting f rom cold, there is a
cold starting device (co ld sta rting aid) in the
nJection pump.
he cold starting device is actuated when
"'1e knob on he left of the steerin q colu mn
s pulled out fully.
fl addition, the idling speed can be in­
~re ased w ith the kno b to re duce any vehicle
• brati on whi ch may occur.

• At ambient tem pe ratures dow n to
-155C, pull the cold start knob out fully
before opera ting the starter .
At lower tem pe rature s, the knob shou ld not
be pulled out until engine is firing reg­
ularly - the engine wi ll then start more
• Turn the key in the ignition lock to posi­
tion 2 (see page 35) - the glow plug wa rning
lamp comes on. It goes out when the igni­
tion te mperature is reached (see page 47)
While the glow plugs are working do
not switch on any other heavy cur­
rent consumers because this would
place an unnecessary load on the

If the eng ine does not start , switch the glow
plugs on again and try starting it again as de­
scribed . If th e engine still does not start the
fu se for the glow plugs may have blown ­
page 120 .
• Push th e cold start aid knob in fu lly as
soon as the en gin e has reached its no rma l
operating temperature.
If ve hicle vibration then oc curs w hen idli ng ,
the knob can be pul led out aga in until th e en­
gine runs free of vi bration at the low est
possib le idling speed
Starting a warm engine
The glow plug lamp does not come on - the
en gine can be started straight away. Do not
pu ll the co ld start aid knob and do not press
the accelerator pedal.

• When the w arning lam p goes out, start
the engine im mediately
Do not depress the acce lerator while sta rt­
in g
If the en gine only fire s irregul arly, cont inue
to ope rate the starter a few seconds longer
(30 seconds at ma ximum) until the eng ine
runs under its own powe r.



Stopping engine
66 kW engine
Starting a cold engine
Ambient temperature above +5 0C:

The engine can be started without pre­

glow Do not depress throttle during the

starting procedure.

Ambient temperature below +5 0C:

• Turn the key in the ignition lock to posi­
tion 2 (see page 35) - the glow plug warning
lamp comes on It goes out when the igni­
tion temperature is reached (see page 47).
While the glow plugs are working do
not switch on any other heavy cur­
rent consumers because this would
place an unnecessary load on the
• When the warning lamp goes out, start
the engine immediately
If the engine does not start, repeat preglow
and try starting it again as described. If the
engine still does not start the fuse for the
glow plugs may have blown - see page 120.
Starting a warm engine
The glow plug lamp does not come on - the
engine can be started straight away


When engine has been running fast
for a long time, let it idle for about
2 minutes so that it can cool down
slightly before being switched off.
After the engine has been
stopped the fan can continue
running for a while (up to about
10 minutes) with the ignition
switched off. It can also start to
run again suddenly after a short
time if
- the coolant temperature in­
creases due to heat build-up

when engine is hot and the en­
gine compartment is heated
additionally by strong sun­
light .
Special care must therefore be
taken when working in the en­
gine compartment.

On vehicles with a catalytic con­
verter, the ignition must not be
switched off as long as the vehicle
is rolling with a gear engaged, other­
wise, unburnt fuel can pass into the
catalytic converter and cause dam­




Carefu lly read the notes on page 71.

r;e arrangement of the instruments de­
on the model concerned and the en­
'le fitted .


-~n ds



with service interval indicator.
Analog clock
or rev counter*
with digital clock. .
or multi-function indicator*
Coolant temperature
Fuel gauge .
. ....


Mileage recorder
If the word "total" appears in the mileage

display, the total mileage covered is indi­


Briefly pressing the button below the

speedomete r (left arrow) will switch over to

trip recorder and the w ord "trip" will appear.

The fi?ure behind the comma indicates 100

m or ha mile.

If this button by the "trip" display is pressed

for longer than one second, the trip recorder

will be zeroed.



1 -

Service interval display

The display appears after switching on the
ignition (engine not started) for a few sec­
onds in place of the mileage recorder in
speedometer. If no service is necessary IN
00 will be displayed.
If a service is due, the following appears in
the display for a few seconds even after
starting the engine
0 E: L - Engine oil change
Inspection service
Inspection service with addi­
tional work
After a service has been carried out, each
service must be called up individually and
the display zeroed . If for instance the in­
spection service IN 02 with oil change is car­
ried out, the OEL, IN 01 and IN 02 must be
zeroed . The zeroing will be carried out by
the Volkswagen dealer as follows :


• :n 0 : • :n 02 -


• The zeroing of the service interval dis­
play should only be carried out in "total"
mileage recorder mode. If the service inter­
val display is zeroed in the "trip" recorder
mode the trip recorder can be erased .
• With the ignition switched off, press and
hold the button below the speedometer
(left arrow)
• Switch off ignition and release button.
The word OEL can be seen in the display By
briefly pressing the button for adjusting the
analog clock (right arrow) or the minute but­
ton of the digital clock will zero the service.
• By again pressing the button below the
speedometer the other services will be dis­
played and can be cancelled individually
• Switch on ignition.


• Do not zero the display between the ser­
vice intervals - otherwise an incorrect read­
ing will be shown.
• If the battery is disconnected the details
in the service display are retained.
• If a defective speedometer is replaced,
the service interval display must be repro­
grammed This should be carried out by a
Volkswagen dealer. Should the display not
be reprogrammed , then the service work
must be carried out in accordance with the
Service Schedule and not according to the
service display. The service display only be­
comes valid again after an inspect ion IN 02
is carried out and the service display is


2 - Analog clock

With the minute butto n the clock can be set
exactly to the second:
• Press button until time shown by clock
is one mi nute before time to be set.
• Press button at the moment w he n the
seconds indicator of an accurate clock
shows a fu ll minute or when the time signa l
is heard on the radio.

- -e the time there is a button be low the
_- (right arrow):

- pressed briefly, the time is advanced

one minute.

pressed continuous ly the minute hand

ss faster and the hours are set as well.

;h the button the clock can be set exactly
-he second :
• Press button until time is one mi nute be­
.,re ti me to be set.
ress button at the moment when the
_=f'" onds indicator of an accurate clock
-~ ow s a full minute or wh en the time signal
s eard on the radio.

2-Rev counter *
- e rev counter need le mu st not move into
e red zone of the sca le on any account.
~ Changing up in good time helps
~,) to save fuel and keeps the noise
_hange down to the next lower gear before
engine starts labouring or no longer runs
l oothly.
ri ng the running-in period , high engine
' 9VS should be avoided.

2-Digital clock *
To set the time there are tw o buttons on
right below the re v counter. The hours are
set with the upper button (h) and the min­
utes with the lowe r one (min) :
• If pressed briefly, preferably w ith a ball
pen, the time changes one hour or one min­
• If pressed continuously the hours or
m inutes change continuous ly.



The memories

2 - Multi function indicator *
In addition to the time display, the multi­
function indicator (MFI) gives a whole range
of additional information:

Driving time
Distance driven
Average speed
Average fuel consumption
Engine oil temperature
Ambient temperature

The function currently switched on - with
the exception of the time - is indicated by a
triangle on the top or bottom edge which
points to the appropriate symbol for
example the average fuel consumption is
shown in the illustration.


By repeatedly pressing button B in the
windscreen wiper lever with the ignition
switched on, the additional information is
displayed, starting with the time.
If the button B is pressed for longer than 1
sec., the function being displayed at that
time will change over automatically to the
time display.

The system is equipped with two automatic


A single journey memory collects the

following data from the time the ignition is

switched on to when it is switched off. Driv­

ing time, distance covered and fuel used.

From this data the average driving speed

and the average consumption is worked


If the journey is resumed within two hours

of switching off the ignition, the new figures

are automatically included in the calcula­

tion. If the journey is interrupted for more

than two hours, the stored information is

automatically erased.

A total journey memory stores the data

from any number of individual Journeys up

to a total of 100 hours driving time, a dis­

tance of 10000 km (6214 miles) and 1000

litres (220 gallons) of fuel consumed. This

data is only used to work out the consump­

tion and speed averages for all the individual


If one of the given figures is exceeded, the

memory is erased and calculation starts

from the beginning again. Contrary to the

single Journey memory, this memory is not

erased after a journey pause of more than

two hours.


call up the da ta th e memories are se­
acted by means of the switch A in the w iper
ever :
. - Single jou rney memory
2 - Total journey memory
l1 e foll owi ng data can be obtained from the
mem ories :


Driving time
Distance driven
Average speed
Averag e fuel cons umption
he amount of fuel used IS not indicated.

Erasing the memories
Wi th the ignition switched on, both mem­
ori es can be erased separately in eac h
switch position by pressing sw itch A
passed the appropriate detente pos ition to
o positio n for longer than one second.
If the ba ttery is disconnected for any rea­
son , the stored information is automatically
erased .

The displays
No symbol - Time
The time is show n even when the ignition
is switched off.
The time can be set w ith the buttons (h and
min) on right below the rev counter - see
"Dig ital Clock" page 41

G - Driving time
In switch position 1 the driving time
w hi ch has elapsed since ignition was
switc hed on or the memory cancelled is
indica ted - see previous page also "Single
journey me mory"
In switch position 2 the total driving
time for al l In diVi dual journeys is ind icated­
see previous page also " Total jo urn ey mem­
The maximum time in both sw itch positions
is 99 hours 59 minutes. When this figure is
exceeded th e indicatio n starts at zero again.

km/h - Average speed
After switching on the ignition or erasing
the memory being used, the ave rage speed
is indicated after a distance of about 100 m .
Up to th is point a dash appea rs instead of a
In switch position 1 the average speed
for the current single journey is ind ica ted.
In switch position 2 the average speed
indicated is tha t ac hieved during all single
journeys - see previous page "tota l jou rney
Itr./100 km - Average fuel
It is the average fuel consumption which is
indicated and not the momentary consump­
t ion at the time of reading. In principle the
remarks made under "avera ge speed" also
apply here.
The amount of fuel used is not indicated.

km - Distance covered
The remarks made un der "Driving t ime"
also aop ly in principle to "Distance cov­
ered" 'The ma xim um distance indi cated is
9999 km or 62 14 mi les .



~ DC _ Engine oil temperature
Oil temperatures (within a ran ge of + 50°C
to 160° C) are shown. When no oil tempera­
ture indication is shown, the eng ine is still
not warm, and it should not the refore be
worked hard . The engine speed should be
reduced if the oil temperature rises to
+ 145°C.




- Ambient temperature)2)
The measuring range is from - 40°C to
+ 50°C. Whe n the vehic le is stationary or
only moving very slowly, the in dicated tem­
perature could be slight ly higher than the
actual ambient temperature due to heat
radiation from the engine.
After switching off the ignition the last indi­
cated temperature is stored in memory for
about 45 minutes . If the ignition is switched
on after 45 minutes or the vehicle is moved
at about 30 km/h with in the 45 minute
period, a new up-to-date temperature w ill
be displayed.

2) On vehic les with Climatronic 1he ambient
temperature is shown in the Climatronlc dis­



If the ambient temperature read­

ing is used as an ice warning, re­

member that ice can form on the

road at temperatures above O°C.


3 - Coolant temperature

_ ~_

- I<e gauge starts to work when ignition is

"" tched on, but it takes a fe w seconds be­
-are the needle reaches its final position .
'hen ignition is switched on the warning
am p (c) lights up for a few seconds as a
-unctional check.
3 - Cold
~ol d high engine speeds and do not work
engine too hard yet.


b- Normal

When the ~ehicle is dri~en norma lly the

needle shou ld settle down in the central


When engine is working hard and the ambi­

ent temperature is high, the needle may

move a long way to the right.

This is not serious as long as the
w arning lamp (c) does not flash .
c - Warning lamp
If the lamp flashes when driving, check first
what the coolant temperature is.
If the needle is in the normal zone, top the
coolan t up at th e next opportu nity.
If the needle is over to the rig ht, the coolant
tempera ture is too high. Stop. switch en­
gine off and try to determine cause of
trouble - see page 46 .
• Additional lights in front of the
radiator grille interfere with t he
flow of cooling air. A t high ambient
temperatu res and full tt:a r ottl~ there
is a d anger that the engme Will then

4 - Fuel gauge
This gauge works when ign ition is.switched
on but it takes a few seconds for the needle
to reach its fina l position.
The ta
holds about
- 55 ItL (12 ga llons) on the Go lf saloon
- 60 Itr. (13 gallons) on the Golf estate
- 65 Itr. (14 gallons) on the Golf syncro
W hen the needle rea ches the start of the re­
serve zon e (arrow) there is about 7 litres (1 .5
gallons) of fuel left in the tank .



Warning lamps
• Be careful when opening the
coolant expansion tank! When
the engine is hot the cooling sys­
tem is under pressure - Danger of
scalding! Let engine cool down
therefore before unscrewing the
• Do not touch the fan. The fan
can switch on suddenly - even
when ignition is switched off.
For furthe r details see pages 98 and 98 .
he layout of the warning lamps depends on
the model and the engine fitted. The sym­
bols shown here are also on the actual
warn ing lamp s.
1 - Coolant temperature/
. . 46
coolant level
. .. . . 47
2 - Engine oil pressure
. 47
3 - Alternator
... 47
4 - Glow plugs
.. 48
5 - Brake system
6 - Brake pad wear indicator
7 - Turn signals
. 48
8 - Main beam

1 - Coolant temperaturel


Coolant level')
The wa rni ng lamp lights up for a few sec­
onds as a functional ch eck when ign ition IS
switched on .
If th e lamp does not go out afterwards or
flashes when driving, either the coolant
tem perature is too high or the coo lant
level 1l too low:
Stop, switch engine off and check
level . Add coolant if necessary .

Only 011 vehicles wi h a tomatic coolant
level lllonitor (see page 97 l.

If the coolant level is in orde r the trouble
may be due to failure of the radiato r fan.
Check radiator fan fuse and renew is
necessary - see page 119.
If the warning lamp does not go out al­
though coolant level and fan fuse are in
order, do not drive on - call in expert as­
sistance .
If the trouble is only caused by the fan and
assuming coolant level is in order and tem­
perature warning lamp is out - one can drive
on to the nearest Volkswagen dealer. In
order to make good use of the air stream for
cooling , do not let engine idle or drive very


2 - Engine oil pressure


e wa rning lamp flashes when ignition is
:ched on. the lamp must go out w hen
,=~g ne has started.
, ' Ile warning lamp does not go out or
ashes when driving - a buzzer also sounds
-' e!,gine spe,eds above 2000 rpm - stop,
sw itch engine off, check oil level and if
ecessary, add oil - see page 94 .
- -he lamp comes on although the oil level
5 n order, do not drive on. Do not even
"'., t he engine at idling speed - call in expert
~s ls tance .


- during the Journey the engine is operated
a: a speed less than idling speed, it ca n
~ appen that the oil warning lamp lights up.
"crease engine speed by accelerating or
:'langing down .
Th e oil pressure warning lamp is not
an oil level indicator. The oil level
shou.'d therefore be checked at reg,
ular Intervals, preferably every time
the fuel tank is filled.

3 - Alternator
The warning lamp comes on w hen the igni­

tion IS sWitched on and must go out when

the engine is sta rted .

The alternator is driven by a long-life ribbed


If the warning lamp lights during the

Journey, stop, switch off engine and

check ribbed belt.

If t~e ribbed belt is loose or broken, do not

drive on - the coolant pump is no longer

being driven. The ribbed belt must be

checked/renewed by the next Vo lkswagen


If the ribbed belt is not loose or broken, one

can normally drive on to the next Vo lks­

wag en dea ler. However as the battery is

then discharging co ntinuously, all electrical

consumers which are not absolutely essen­

tial should be switched off.

4 - Glow plugs
(Diesel engines only)

When the engine is cold the w arning lamp

comes on when key IS turned to Drive posi­

tion (ignition on)

If the wa rning lamp does not come on, there
IS a defectln the glow plug system - call in
expert assistance.
Whe n the lamp goes out, start the engine
Immediately - see page 37.
As the 55 kWDiesel engine glow period be­
gins automatically after closing the drivers'
door, It can happen that after switching to
the driving position (Ignition on) with a cold
engine, that the glow plug wa rning lamp
does not light up. The engine can be started
straight away
When the engine is warm the glow plug
lamp does not come on - the engine ca n be
started straight away
If while driving a fault occurs in the engine
management system of the 66 kW Diesel
engine, this is indicated by a flashing warn­
Ing lamp The engine must be checked by a
Volkswagen dealer as soon as possible.


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