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Volkswagen country coding differences

The instrument cluster coding in the golfs changes the way different functions operate or behave. I’m looking to build a comprehensive list of the coding here.

European Coding (1)

  • 24 hour clock
  • Odometer in KM is 2002+ models
  • Seat belt indicator operates whenever seatbelt is not worn for front seats – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008
  • Seat belt chime operates whenever seatbealt is not worn and the car is going over 15kph – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008

USA Coding (2)

  • 12 hour clock
  • Odometer in Miles
  • Seat belt indicator operates whenever seatbelt is not worn for front seats – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008
  • Seat belt chime operates whenever seatbealt is not worn and the car is going over 15kph – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008
  • Door open chime operates when key is in ignition
  • No single side parking light feature
  • FM RDS is not displayed on the MFD
  • MFD2 NAV has warning screen and frequency divisions on the radio are set for the USA
  • DRL function with euro headlight switch in the parking light position has DRL’s operate (other country coding results in the DRL’s turning off in this position)

Canada Coding (3)

  • 12 hour clock
  • Odometer in Miles in 2002+ models (in KM in MY08)
  • Seat belt indicator operates whenever seatbelt is not worn for front seats – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008

UK Coding (4)

  • 24 hour clock
  • Odometer in Miles
  • Seat belt indicator operates whenever seatbelt is not worn for front seats – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008

Japan Coding (5)

  • Clock?
  • Odometer in KM
  • Seat belt indicator operates whenever seatbelt is not worn for front seats – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008

Saudi Arabia Coding(6)

  • Clock? 
  • Odometer in KM
  • No selt belt indicator
Australia Coding (7)
  • 24 hour clock
  • Odometer in KM is 2002+ models
  • Seat belt indicator operates only when car is first turned on, removing seatbelt does not give warning or chime – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008
  • Seat belt chime operates from ignition on until seatbelt is fitted or 8 chimes. Remove seat belt later does not active chime – Golf GTI MY08 built April 2008

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