Review: Volkswagen Bora (1999 – 2006)


Smart-looking Golf IV saloon with sportier suspension and good levels of kit. V5 and 2.8 V6 are quick, diesels economical.

Overly light steering. Various problems with 1.8 20V engines. Windows can come off carriers inside the doors.

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11 August 2012

Typical problems at 10 - 13 years old: rear suspension bushes, drivers electric window motor failure, lambda sensor failure. Read more

3 March 2005

on LUPO,POLO,GOLF,BORA, TOURAN,NEW BEETLE,PASSAT AND SHARAN (WITH 2 PUMP INJECTOR ENGINE) built 1-3-04 to 31-8-04 bolts on tandem fuel pump may break. May 2004: US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read more

26 March 2003

On 69,778 Boras and Golfs the brake servo vacuum supply pipe may crack and leak resulting in loss of power assistance to the brakes requiring more driver effort to stop. Examine vacuum supply pipe and... Read more

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Why is my Volkswagen Bora overheating if the coolant is full?

I own a Volkswagen Bora 1.9 TDI 115PS and when I drive for about 3-4 miles the car overheats and sometimes there is no coolant at all. I asked a few friends and they reckon it's the head gasket but the last couple of times I've done that journey the car fans come on but the coolant is still full.
Usually it's an airlock in the cooling system. Might be caused by the thermostat sticking. Might simply be from using the heater after not using it all summer. But the first thing to do is, from stone cold, take the cap off the expansion tank, switch the heater to maximum heat, start the engine, and run it up to temperature (until the thermostat opens, the fans start and coolant starts to blow out of the tank) then replace the expansion tank pressure cap and, with a bit of luck, you'll have purged the airlock.
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