We just bought a 1995 Golf III 2.0L. The speedometer and tachometer do not work. They seem to vibrate at zero but not move beyond that. The odometer, dial lights, etc., all seem to work fine. Since I last wrote - I have seen the speed/tacho work once. Then back to zero next time I started.
I've seen a few posts on this subject but no definitive answer on whether its likely to be the speedometer gear or an electrical connection behind the instrument cluster. I've now checked both. I pulled the speedo gear out and checked it - it appears almost new. I pulled the instrument cluster out and reseated connections - again no problems found.
My history with Golfs: In the UK a 1975 Golf 1100L, a 1978 Golf 1300LS, a 1985 Golf 1.8L (company car), now my son has his first, a 1995 Golf III 2.0L.
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i had the same problem only in my case the battery and oil lights went flickering on 2... My problem was that there's a small block behind the slot of your key to ignition and because my keychain was too heavy it gave false messages. the car was fine but showed me it wasn't. Scared the hell out of me but for now i only have problems with the handbrake light... Keeps flickering/steady when i'm into high acceleration... anyone know what that might be?? Maybe it's just a loose contact but i still wanna be sure.
I took my wife's 1996 Golf GL into the dealership because the instrument cluster was acting up, and the gauges would work, and then not work. They had it for 15 days, and say they repaired the cluster, but it is still not working correctly, the speedometer is not working now.
If I bang on the top of the dash, the needles start working again. Help...I'm getting very tired of this Golf, and now I don't want to ever buy another VW product.