German automaker, Volkswagen, has been manufacturing their popular Golf model for thirty years now. Over that time, there have been seven generations and several different variations, including a 3-door and a 5-door hatchback station wagon as well as convertible models. While VW has a reputation for producing quality vehicles, sometimes problems occur and different systems of the vehicle will require replacement parts. In fact, this version has a recall on air conditioning replacement parts.
For those who live in hotter climates, any problems with an air conditioner that does not function properly is a cause for concern. Sometimes the air conditioning can act erratically or inconsistently or even stop working entirely.
If you are having problems with the air conditioner on a fifth generation Golf GTI, you would be wise to take it in to be checked out an independent VW repair specialist. They will be able to run some diagnostic tests on the A/C system to make a determination on whether they can perform repairs to the unit or they will need to replace the system entirely. If they do have to replace some of the AC parts, they will know if those parts are acceptable or if they are part of the recall.
Golf owners would also do well to keep in mind that Volkswagen offers carefree maintenance plans that can provide additional coverage and protection on your vehicle. These plans can save you money once your original warranty has expired. Check with your local VW service center for more information and see if your problems are covered by a warranty or maintenance plan.
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