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Golf 54 plate mk v radio turning on

Hi my golf radio keeps turning on when locked and nobody inside, I have to turn it off manually. Anybody any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Jul 18, 2008

    Got the same problem. It just started this week. Taking it to the VW garage on Monday to see if they can sort it.

  • jumbojohn Sep 25, 2008

    I have the same problem - 2004 Golf TDI 1.9 DSG. With the car locked, no-one inside, the radio switches itself on. Doesn't seem to happen when the car's unlocked.

  • Ksutty Sep 29, 2008

    Hi, Its a possibility however since my original post I have noted that when driving with the radio turned on it will try to read a cd, fail (as there is no cd in the drive) then return to the radio. This makes me suspect that the sensor within the cd player which detects that a cd has been inserted is faulty.

    I have found a temp work around, by inserting a cd in my player and leaving it in the problem is resolved. Not a permanant fix however much cheaper than a VW fee for a repaired/new radio.

  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    I have also noted the same problem with my 54 Golf. I have been removing the fuse to avoid the battery going flat or worse still setting the car alight. I have it booked in for Friday to investigate, if I get any joy Ill let you know

  • Ksutty Oct 06, 2008

    Not the response I was hoping for from a dealer like VW, got to say it has however been working quite well for me. Shame VW dont seem to want to sort the problem just replace the unit.

  • Mr Croissant Nov 28, 2008

    I have the same problem. November 2008 Looks like a serial fault with VW Golf's

  • amoctober Apr 19, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with a 04 VW caddy tdi van. The radio just keep turning on randomly even when its locked and there is no one near or inside it!! I will try cd solution but as stated not

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Volkwagen UK's official response, October 6th 2008: keep a music CD in the slot. Which has to be better than paying nearly £600 to replace the radio.

Let's hope it works!

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I was just working on my friends VW. Realized that when the key is inserted, power is applied to the stereo. You have the following:

Faulty switch within the main ignition switch (means you would have to replace your entire switch) or an intermittent connection within the radio's harness from its end points (connections).

These are high potentials.

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