11 Most common issues or problems (& cheap fix) on Volkswagen Golf 5 Mk5 & Jetta (2004-2008) with over 100,000 miles (or 160.000 kilometers)

In this short video you are going to see the most common issues or problems and their solutions on Volkswagen Golf 5 Mk5 & Jetta (2004-2008) that overpassed 100,000 miles or 160,000 kilometers. It is good to know these details when you have to buy an uses Volkswagen Golf Mk5 or Jetta (2004-2008) because you will know how the car was maintained by the owner.

And let’s start with the interior:

1. Sagging Roof Liner
Extreme heat melts the glue and makes the fabric come loose on Volkswagen Golf Mk5 or Jetta. Or some models has a o problem with water leaking wich allow for water
to make its way into the roof lining foam, causing deterioration of the glue. Or if the Roof Liner has been cleaned or washed.

The solution: you can buy another second-hand roof liner from certified car dismantlers centers, or you can glue or repair the old one.

2. Worn leather on gear shift knob
So, over 100.000 miles (or 160.000 kilometers) the gear shift knob looks like this.

The solution: to buy an OE gear shift knob or you can purchase an aftermarket one wich is more cheaper.
Below in the video description you will find the link where you can buy it aftermarket.

For US customers:
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For UK & Europe customers:
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From AliExpress:
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3. Radio peeling buttons
The solution: you can buy another used radio (with the activation pin code) or you can buy stickers that can be put over the old buttons.
You can find them below at the link in the video description!

From AliExpress:
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4. Window doors control peeling buttons
Most of the VW Golf Mk5, Jetta and other models has this probleme with driver’s door buttons. They wear out quite quickly and need to be replaced.

The solution: the window control buttons can be bought separately or the entire control panel on the driver’s handle.

For US customers:
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For UK & Europe customers:
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From AliExpress:
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5. Headlight switch worn or broken
The solution: you can buy an used headlight switch from a certified car dismantlers centers or you can buy a new aftermarket one.

For US customers:
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For UK & Europe customers:
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From AliExpress:
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6. Broken Dash Air Vent Outlet Tabs
I bet that every Volkswagen Golf Mk5 or Jetta had a problem with these Dash Air Vent Outlet Tabs.

The solution: is to replaced only the air vent tabs (you can see the video tutorial on how to do that below in the video description) or you can replace the grille witha a new one. If you don’t know how to change them, below you can find a link with the video tutorial that will show you how to do this.

For US customers:
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For UK & Europe customers:
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From AliExpress:
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7. Worn steering wheel
This could be a pain in the ass for the driver to drive like this.

You have two solutions: one is to buy another original second-hand steering wheel from a certified car dismantlers center or to put a new custom steering wheel genuine leather on the old steering wheel.

For US customers:
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For UK & Europe customers:
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From AliExpress:
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8. LCD screen from instrument cluster with dead pixels or faded display
The LCD display from the instrument cluster is not in the best condition. It becomes unclear when the car stays in the sun for a long time. On cloudy or rainy days, the display somehow looks much better, right? But either way, it still needs to be changed.

The solution: you can buy a second-hand instrument cluster from a certified car dismantlers center in a better condition (check it first!), or you can buy separately the LCD screen to assemble yourself at home.

For US customers:
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From AliExpress:
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9. Trunk handle doesn’t work properly
If you can see, the handle doesn’t return back in the normal position when you close the trunk.

The solution: you can buy an used trunk handle from a certified car dismantlers center or you can buy a new aftermarket one.

For US customers:
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For UK & Europe customers:
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From AliExpress:
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10. Foggy headlights
This is a problem with most cars that have headlights with plastic glass.

The solution: you can clean or polish the fogged headlights with a paste wax or even using a WD-40 degreaser. If you are not satisfied with how the headlights look after polishing, there is still the possibility to change their glasses with new ones.

For US customers:
WD-40 Original Formula, Multi-Use Product: https://amzn.to/3Jl9TE3

Smoke Lens Headlights Replacement For 05-10 Golf GTI Jetta Rabbit: https://amzn.to/40eaxtS

For UK & Europe customers:
WD-40 Specialist Degreaser Spray 500ml: https://amzn.to/3JHFK3l

Headlamp Cover Headlight Lens Fit For VW GOLF 5 MK5 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Car Lights Eadlight Lampshade Head Lamp Cover REPLACEMENT GLASS HEADLIGHT LENS: https://amzn.to/3Lt8PRe

From AliExpress:
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11. Rust on front doors and sills
A major problem is the rust on the bodywork, more precisely on the sills and front doors where the ice and dirt collect. Why does this happen at the front doors? Well because when the car is frozen and the door is opened, that small door part that it’s in the corner bends and the paint jumps out of the door.

The solution is to replace the door using one with same paint number from a certified car dismantlers center or it can be repaired at a body shop. The sills can be repaired if it is not very rusty, otherwise you will have to buy another sill from another Volkswagen Golf Mk5 in a much better condition and welded in place of the old one.

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