Volkswagen Golf MK4 Owner's Manual

Volkswagen Golf MK4 Owner's Manual
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Volkswagen Golf MK4 is a five-door compact hatchback of the fourth generation and the successor of the previous model of the third generation. The car was launched in 1997 and was recognized as the most sold in Europe in 2001, second only to the Peugeot 206.
The manufacturer improved the interior design and equipped the car with improved systems. Already in 2003, to replace the 4th generation, Volkswagen introduced the 5th generation model.

Exterior Design

The developers realized their main goal in the car – to create a model that will take an intermediate position between a budget vehicle and a premium class car.

The classic exterior design became a feature of the model. Clear and restrained lines without additional trendy elements. The model completely followed the main characteristics of its predecessors. The central optic is presented in an oval shape. Under the protective inserts, not only the lenses of the main light, but also the turning lights and dimensions are placed.

Charged versions received a somewhat simpler appearance. now the design lacks their characteristic aggression.


The model is presented in 4 configurations: GTI, Trendline, Highline and Comfortline.
The developers presented an all-wheel drive model, under the hood of which was a V-shaped 6-cylinder 204-horsepower unit with a working volume of 2.8 liters. The motor is equipped with a 4 Motion all-wheel drive gearbox.

VW Golf MK4 is represented by 3- and 5-door models, which received 4-cylinder gasoline or diesel power units. Engine power ranges from 68 to 180 horsepower. It was the GTI that received 1.8 and 2-liter naturally aspirated or turbocharged engines with a capacity of 150 to 180 hp.

The interior of the car is quite spacious and comfortable for everyone. The driver can easily adjust the position of the seat and the steering rack. The instrument panel and switches are illuminated with colored backlight. Thanks to the folding of the rear row seats, it is possible to significantly increase the volume of the luggage compartment.

The scale of the car is somewhat smaller compared to competing models. The manufacturer optimized the shape of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats, and behind them provided niches for the feet of the rear row passengers. Thus, the car is comfortable for tall people.
The specified characteristics made the model quite popular in its segment.

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Volkswagen Golf MK4 Overview

The Volkswagen Golf MK4 is the fourth generation of the popular VW Golf series. Launched in the late 1990s, it maintained the Golf’s reputation for practicality, reliability, and a comfortable ride while introducing improvements in design and technology.


  • Dimensions (Min-Max):
    • Length: Approximately 4149 mm
    • Width: Approximately 1735 mm
    • Height: Approximately 1440 mm
  • Curb Weight: Approximately 1,185 kg
  • Wheel Size: 15 inches
  • Model Variations: Base, GL, GLS, GTI, R32
  • Engine Options:
    • Various engine options, including gasoline and diesel variants
  • Engine Power:
    • Varies by model, ranging from approximately 55 kW (74 horsepower) to 177 kW (237 horsepower)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: Approximately 55 liters


  • Standard Features:
    • Air conditioning
    • Power windows and mirrors
    • CD player with AM/FM radio
    • Front-wheel drive
  • Optional Features:
    • Sunroof
    • Leather upholstery
    • Alloy wheels
    • Upgraded audio system


  • GTI model for enhanced performance and sporty styling
  • R32 model with a powerful VR6 engine and all-wheel drive
  • Aftermarket upgrades for customization


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  • Tire Replacement: Typically every 40,000 – 60,000 kilometers
  • Battery Replacement: Usually every 4-6 years
  • Oil and Filter Change: Recommended every 10,000 – 15,000 kilometers
  • Common Check Engine Light Causes:
    • Malfunctioning sensors
    • Fuel system problems
    • Ignition system issues
    • Exhaust system problems
    • Catalytic converter issues

Common Breakdown Causes

  • Electrical system issues
  • Suspension and steering problems
  • Transmission issues
  • Brake system problems
  • Cooling system and radiator problems