2003 VW Golf
01M (4 speed automatic)
Complaint: Won’t go into fourth gear and has a lack of power at highway speeds when in cruise control after driving for 15 to 20 minutes. The speedometer seems funny at times, too.
The used VW that was just bought and had a surge during cruise control.
As a child, I used to love t
To the technician who wrenches on 30 or 40 cars a week, that car is just another machine in need of a field fix. But to the person whose fanny keeps the driver’s seat warm, that ride is their best friend.
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