Mk 5 Secrets
The Golf Mk V is full of useful features. Most are described in the manual. I strongly recommend you read it carefully to get the most out of your Mk V. However, here are some little bits of information I have picked up which are not mentioned in the manual. I have verified most in either my own or other peoples' Mk Vs. Those which are un-verified are clearly indicated.
- When using the windscreen washers and whilst
reversing, the Climatic air conditioning system
automatically switches into recirculate mode to
reduce nasty smells entering the cabin. This feature is mentioned in the manual but here's a little more information about it. The LED
on the recirculate button does NOT illuminate but
if you have the fan set to speed 2 or above you
can hear it speed up. Recirculation continues for
about 15 seconds after you finish using the
- The sun visors can not only be turned through 90
degrees to block out light coming through a side
window but can also be extended.
- If the MFD goes off because it has timed out,
pressing the Trip Reset (0.0) button for a second
or so will bring it back (and will not reset your
- Apparently, the rear indicators are not LEDs but
special bulbs with very fast light-up and
- The unused compartment beneath the
headlights and further in from the front
indicators are where the sidelights are on cars
fitted with Xenons.
- Apparently, if a rear tail-light bulb filament
fails, this is detected by the car and the
stop-light element is energised with a duty cycle
which simulates the reduced wattage of the failed
filament. The bulb-blown warning light will not
light up in such situations however an error code
will be stored in the car's ECU ready for
interrogation by the VW dealer at the next
service. I assume the bulb-blown warning light is
still used for blown indicator bulbs and stop
- Press and hold the Menu button on the RCD300
radio for about 5 seconds whilst listening to the
radio to display the TEST screen.
- Turning the ignition switch to the Starter
position has no effect if the engine is already
- Pressing the brake (sufficient to light the brake
lights) at the same time as the accelerator
causes the ECU to ignore the accelerator input.
However, if you press the accelerator whilst
braking, the accelerator input IS processed. This
apparently enables "Heal-and-Toe" gear
changes. This illustrates the car's Drive-by-Wire
- When the windscreen wipers are turned off, the
blades move about an inch further towards the
bottom of the screen, beneath the bonnet line,
out of view and out of the wind flow. On cars
with Auto Wipers this happens automatically,
approximately 10 seconds after the last
- You can always force a wipe when the auto wipers
are in Auto mode by increasing the sensitivity
- If you turn off the ignition whilst the front
windscreen wipers are mid sweep, they will
continue until parked. Does not apply to the rear
windscreen wiper though.
- Coming-home auto lights can be prevented when
leaving the car at night by pressing the unlock
button on the remote before pressing the lock
- When locking your Mk V, pressing the lock button
on the remote twice causes the doors to be locked
but does not activate the deadlocks or the alarm's interior protection.
This is useful say, if you want to lock someone
inside the car. The key indicator on the interior
central locking button will glow orange to
indicate that the deadlocks are not engaged and
the red LED on the driver's door will not flash
indicating that the alarm's interior protection is not engaged.
- 2005 model MkVs can be
differentiated from 2004 models by the following:
Lockable glove boxes, chrome handbrake button and chrome gear lever collar.
An external temperature display displayed in a modified MFD.
Seat belt audible warning on front seats.
VW headlight bulb cover and silver rather than dark grey headlight interiors.
2005 model 1.9 TDIs also had just TDI on the back rather than the 1.9 TDI of early models.
- You can tell whereabouts a Mk V was manufactured
from the 11th character of the chassis number.
For example, a "W" in WVWZZZ1KZ5W888888
would indicate that the Mk V was manufactured in
Wolfsburg, Germany. Other codes are:
11th Character Country of Manufacture U South Africa W Germany (Wolfsburg) M Mexico (Pueblo)
- The little circular sensor in the middle of the Climatic air-conditioning controls is the interior temperature sensor.
Also, if you listen very carefully you can sometimes hear the servos moving to regulate the cold and warm air mix.
- You can press the lock button on the keyfob even whilst some doors (or the hatch) are still open*. Those doors already closed will be locked immediately and each of the other doors will be locked as soon as they are closed. When the last door is closed, the alarm will be set but also, if your car has surrounding area lighting, these lights will remain on, past the usual delay time, until the last door is shut.
* Note: None of the doors will lock if the driver's door is open!
- Convenience opening and closing of the car's electric windows is where you can open or close all windows by holding down either the unlock or lock button on the remote. Whilst you need to continue to hold the unlock button in order to continue to open the windows, if closing the windows, you only need to hold down the lock button until the windows start to close. They will then continue to close fully by themselves.
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