I, am going to look at a 1999 volkswagon bug, it has 130k miles, automatic, in good condition and the seller is asking for $4400.00 or best offer. Is that a fair price? Please help me, I have to meet him at the garage. Oh by the way the car has only had one owner.
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dim lights while driving would be alternator. Check voltage at battery with engine running. Should be at least 14 volts. If you got a new alternator, it would probably be 15 volts or more. That is one way of solving the problem, but alternators aren't cheap.
You can go to the dealer and they can help you with the radio code and get the radio working again, but if they want crazy money for the code. Log on to radio-code.com. They can get you the radio code for a small fee and you get to keep the code for future radio lockouts. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to know your radio is working again.
The thermostat on your volkswagon helps the engine keep operating at a predetermined temperature for best fuel economy and engine performance. However, the thermostat mechanism wears down after months of use and subsequently fails. If stuck in the closed position, the thermostat will not allow coolant to circulate, causing the engine to heat up dangerously; if stuck in the open position, the engine will never reach proper operating temperature, causing fuel consumption and poor engine performance. In either case, the thermostat must be replaced. Its fairly cheap
A red light indicator may signify a hotter temperature, but may not necessarily indicate an overheating condition. A couple things can lead to this condition - low fluid level (check the fluid resevoir), the wrong coolant being used previously, a weak or failing water pump, a plugged or partially plugged coolant radiator, a bad fan, or a bad thermostat. I'd personally check the coolant first, usually needs to be replaced at about 100,000 miles or so, then check to see if you have any leaks if the fluid level is depressed. Then allow the car to operate from a cold start in the drive while observing the performance under the hood and compare it to the dummy light.
VWs are generally sound cars. One thing don't let anyone other than the dealer touch your car. Today problems come from untrained repair techs. There are a lot of cars on the market today. Not all techs can keep up with all of them. Just have your car serviced as the manual tells you to. It will last you a long time. One item you will need serviced is the timing belt. Please have this done by the dealer only.