Category Archives: Mark 5

Volkswagen MY06 changes Golf, GTI and R32 (Worldwide)

  • Chrome plate surrounding gear lever*
  • Upgraded wiper arms*
  • Change to button labelling on climatronic with the addition of ‘Dual’ button*
  • Buttons on RCD 300, RCD 500 and MFD2 replaced with chrome buttons*
  • Changes to door trim*
  • RCD 300, RCD 300 Plus, RCD 500 gain roof mounted aerial in conjunction with aerial in rear window*
  • RCD 300 and RCD 300 Plus models have mid range speaker discontinued*
  • Open ended spanner discontinued from tool kit*
  • Assistance in Europe manuals discontinued*
  • Changes to controls on multifunction steering wheel*
  • New leather steering wheel for GTI and R32 models*
  • All steering wheels now 3 spoke*
  • Steering wheel mounted gear control on DSG GTI and R32 models*
  • Front fog lights changes from projector to reflector housing on GTI and R32 models*

Volkswagen MY07 changes Golf, GTI and R32 (Worldwide)

  • Automatic operation of hazard lights under emergency braking*
  • Active front headrests replaced with whiplash reducing variants*
  • Rear headrests height reduced to increase visibility*
  • Icon on door lock button on drivers door changed*
  • Plastics in doors changed from soft touch to hard plastic*
  • Leather armrest is replaced with faux leather (leatherette)*
  • Buttons on RCD 300, RCD 500 and MFD2 replaced with silver buttons*
  • Front interior light has middle bulb removed and lacquered housing is replaced*


Oil Change Tools for the Volkswagen BPG, BPY, BWT and other FSI engines

Volkswagen have a Spezialwerkzeug (Special Tool) for draining oil from the oil filter housing for the following models with FSI engines.

The Volkswagen oil filter housing drain tool is part number T40057 and suits 2006-2008 VW/Audi models with the 2.0L Turbo (engine codes; BPG, BPY, BWT), the 2005.5 – 2011 2.5L inline 5 cyl VW engine and the 2012 onwards VW Golf R.

Engine Codes

CDLC, CDLF, CDLG and CRZA (Golf R 2012 onwards)

Genuine Tools

Assenmacher VW & Audi Oil Filter Drain Tool T40057

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Amazon US ship this wordwide here.

Also the Matra T40057

Aftermarket Tools

Motivx Tools VW & Audi Oil Filter Drain Tool MX2340

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Amazon US ship this worldwide here.


MobileFaction VW & Audi Oil Filter Drain Tool

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Made in the USA from cast resin.

MobileFaction ship this worldwide here.

Schwaben VW & Audi Oil Filter Drain Tool 000930SCH01A

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ECS Tuning ship this worldwide here.

Volkswagen Golf Mark V & VI GTI, R32 and Bluemotion Wheel Alignment Specifications

Suits PR numbers: 2UA, 2UC, G02, G05, G07, 2UC, 2UB, G08, G11, G09, G04/2UC

These specifications apply to all engines.

The ride heights shown in the table refer to
dimension -a-.
Standard running gearSports running gear except 18"Sports running gear with 18" wheelsHeavy-duty running gearSports running gear GTISports running gear GTI US versionSports running gear R32BlueMotion
PR numbers2UA2UCG02, G05, G07, 2UC2UBG08G11G09G04/2UC
Front axle
Total toe (without load)10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'10' +/- 10'
Camber (in straight-ahead
-30' +/- 30'-41' +/- 30'-41' +/- 30'-14' +/- 30'-44' +/- 30'-30' +/- 30'-43' +/- 30'-41' +/- 30'
Maximum permissible
difference between sides
max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'
Toe-out on turns 1) at 20° left
and right lock
1°38' +/- 20'1°40' +/- 20'1°40' +/- 20'1°38' +/- 20'1°22' +/- 20'1°38' +/- 20'1°20' +/- 20'1°40' +/- 20'
Caster7° 34' +/- 30'7° 47' +/- 30'7° 47' +/- 30'7° 17' +/- 30'7° 47' +/- 30'7° 34' +/- 30'7° 47' +/- 30'7° 47' +/- 30'
Maximum permissible
difference between sides
max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'
Ride height382 +/- 10 mm367 +/- 10 mm367 +/- 10 mm402 +/- 10 mm360 +/- 10 mm382 +/- 10 mm362 +/- 10 mm367 +/- 10 mm
Rear Axle
Camber-1° 20' +/- 30'-1° 20' +/- 30'-1° 45' +/- 30'-1° 20' +/- 30'-1° 45' +/- 30'-1° 20' +/- 30'-1° 45' +/- 30'-1° 20' +/- 30'
Maximum permissible
difference between sides
max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'max. 30'
Total toe (At specified camber)+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'+10' +/- 12,5'
Maximum permissible deviation from direction of travelmax. 20'max. 20'max. 20'max. 20'max. 20'max. 20'max. 20'max. 20'
Ride height380 +/- 10 mm365 +/- 10 mm365 +/- 10 mm400 +/- 10 mm365 +/- 10 mm380 +/- 10 mm360 +/- 10 mm365 +/- 10 mm

1) Toe-out on turns can be displayed as a negative value on the wheel alignment computer, depending on the manufacturer.

Mark VI specifications differ with +/- 7mm for ride height




Replacement batteries for the Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat and others

Replacement batteries for the Volksagen Golf, Jetta, Passat and others.

The PR Code can be found on a white sticker near the spare wheel.

PR Code: J1P – various models including Golf Mk V 1.4TSI 103kW (140PS)

OEM Varta 12V 44Ah 220A DIN 360A EN/SAE (360CCA)
1K0915105 (1K0 915 105)
(dimensions mm: 200W x 170L x 190H)

PR Code: J2S

OEM Varta 12V 51Ah 280A DIN
000915105DC (000 915 105 DC)
(dimensions mm: 200W x 170L x 190H)

PR Code: J1L
(superceded by J0N)

OEM Varta 12V 60Ah 280A Din ???A EN/SAE (???CCA)
000915105AC (000 915 105 AC)
(dimensions mm: 278W x 175L x 190H)

PR Code: J0N – various models including Golf Mk V GT 2.0 TDI 125kW (170PS)

OEM Varta 12V 61Ah 330A Din 540A EN/SAE (540CCA)
000915105DE (000 915 105 DE)
(dimensions mm: 200W x 170L x 190H)

PR Code: J0L – various models including Golf Mk IV, Golf Mk V GTI 147kW (200PS) & 169kW(230PS), B8 A4, C6 A6
(superceded by J1D)

OEM Varta 12V 70Ah 340A Din 570A EN/SAE (570CCA)
1J0915105AE (1J0 915 105 AE)
(dimensions mm: 278W x 175L x 190H)

PR Code: J1D – various models including Golf Mk V GTI 147kW (200PS) and some Mk VI models

OEM Varta 12V 72Ah 380A Din 680A EN/SAE (680CCA)
000915105DG (000 915 105 DG) – AUD $250
(dimensions mm: 278W x 175L x 190H)

PR Code: J2D– various Mk VI models

OEM Varta 12V 68Ah 380A Din ???A EN/SAE (???CCA)
000915105CC (000 915 105 CC)
(dimensions mm: 278W x 175L x 190H)

PR Code: J0R

OEM Varta 12V 80Ah 380A Din 640A EN/SAE (640CCA)
000915105AH (000 915 105 AH) – AUD $310
(dimensions mm: 315W x 175L x 190H)

PR Code: J1N – various models including Golf Mk V R32, Golf Mk VI R20

OEM Varta 12V 75Ah 420A Din 600A EN/SAE (600CCA)
000915105AH (000 915 105 AH) – AUD $310
(dimensions mm: 278W x 175L x 190H)


Varta Retail Battery Replacements

Varta have two levels of batteries for the Golf that suit. Note that the TDI has a bigger battery requirement.

GTI (Golf V)

563 400 061 3162 SILVER dynamic 63 610 (242mm x 175mm x 190mm)
577 400 078 3162 SILVER dynamic 77 780 (278mm x 175mm x 190mm)
560 408 054 3132 BLUE dynamic 60 540 (242mm x 175mm x 190mm)
574 012 068 3132 BLUE dynamic 74 680 (278mm x 175mm x 190mm)

(Lenth x Width x Height)

TDI (Golf V)

577 400 078 3162 SILVER dynamic 77 780 (278mm x 175mm x 190mm)
585 200 080 3162 SILVER dynamic 85 800 (315mm x 175mm x 175mm)
574 012 068 3132 BLUE dynamic 74 680 (278mm x 175mm x 190mm)
580 406 074 3132 BLUE dynamic 80 740 (315mm x 175mm x 175mm)

SILVER dynamic

This powerhouse of a battery is the premium option in the VARTA dynamic TRIO line-up. The SILVER dynamic delivers reliable energy supply even on vehicles with above average electrical consumers. With their superior cold start performance even in the most extreme conditions, and their huge reserve capacity, these batteries set standards which exceed the requirements of the international vehicle manufacturers themselves.

OE specification for high-performance, premium vehicles
Ideal for cars with lots of electrical equipment, whether factory or retro-fitted
The market’s premium battery option
Particularly suitable for diesels
Longer lifespan due to new PowerFrame technology

BLUE dynamic

The BLUE dynamic brand is already the most respected battery in the after market. Hardly surprising really, since it is built to meet or exceed the exacting specifications of the car manufacturers and offers superior starting, excellent safety features and unbeatable reliability.

For all classes of vehicles, original equipment specifications for today’s cars
Especially suitable for new and nearly new cars with standard level of electrical equipment
Most popular and trusted brand in the market place
Longer lifespan due to new PowerFrame technology

Volkswagen Golf Mark V Headlights – Halogen and Xenon

The Golf Mark V came with a number of different headlights from the factory, generally a chrome H7 reflector unit for the base models, a black H7 reflector model for GT/GT Sport/GTI and a Bi-Xenon fitted to some GTI and R32 models either optional or standard which was also available on some other models (depending on the country and spec).


GOLF Mark V Headlight Grey Reflector (10/03 ->05/04)

Part numbers:

Pricing (each): UK £90.00


GOLF Mark V Headlight Chrome Reflector (05/04 ->)

Part numbers:

Pricing (each): UK £90.00


GOLF Mark V Headlight Black Reflector GTI (05/04 ->)

Part numbers:

Pricing (each): UK £110.00


GOLF Mk5 2003> Headlight Xenon D2S Bi-Xenon (05/04 ->)

(does not include D2S bulb, ballast control unit or igniter)

Part numbers:

Pricing (each): UK £210.00

GOLF Mk5 2003> Headlight Design (Xenon look) H7 + H7 (05/04 ->)

Part numbers:

Pricing (each): UK £210.00


Installing an aftermarket Rear View Camera (RVC) into a Golf Mark V and VI rear bumper

The camera chose for the RVC install is a butterfly style camera, the Kufatec interface for the RNS510 required an NTSC camera.

Camera specs

Butterfly style mount
Size: 20mm diameter and 25mm deep
Viewing area: 150°
1/4″ color CCD camera

Camera purchased from Dealextreme for USD$110.35 delivered

Step 1 – cut opening for camera in rear bumper

The butterfly camera was chosen as I wanted to minimise drilling into the rear bumper and wanted a camera that was out of sight hence the area immediately above the number plate. The install of the camera was slightly complicated by the presence of a rectangular potted box so a larger hole has to be cut into the rear bumper, as the number plate is always fitted to the car I decided to cut the opening behind there and route the cable up behind the plate.

If the camera doesn’t have this box fitted the hole only needs to be slightly larger then the connector on the end of the cable. A dremel makes cutting the opening reasonably quickly with masking tape to mark out the cutlines and protect the surrounding paint.

Step 2 – Remove trim


Volkswagen Golf Automatic Hatch Opening Updated

The original Automatic Hatch Opening became less reliable over time as the springs compressed, this updated guide uses new struts from Skoda and bumpers from the Scirocco.

Parts required

  • 2 x 6Y0 827 550 C (6Y0827550C) – Skoda Fabia gas struts
  • 2 x 1K8 827 761 C (1K8827761C) – Scirocco bumpers
  • 2 x 1J6 827 439 A ( 1J6827439A) – Strut ball pins
In Europe allow around €65 depending on the source, in the US the kit can be purchased from ECS Tuning. Australian pricing is around $300 through the dealerships so purchasing from Europe or the US is the way to go however freight can be expensive.

Tools required

  • VCDS or Volkswagen Dealer to perform the changes required
  • 13mm spanner (an adjustable spanner can be used instead)
  • 24mm spanner (an adjustable spanner can be used instead)
  • Small flathead screwdriver (#1 size)
  • 3mm allen key
  • optional – Something to hold the hatch up (a broom, your head or similar)
  • optional – plastic safe grease

The parts required

The hatch needs to be supported for this part of the install so if you don’t have someone around to assist and you have a broom handy this can be placed in the handle area of the hatch and will hold the hatch up whilst you remove and replace the struts and ball pins as once a strut is removed it will fall on your head. If you don’t have a broom just make sure you have all the tools you require at hand and you can sit the hatch on your head whilst you work.

Removing the gas strut

Working on the hatch side insert the #1 flathead screwdriver into area shown (there is a small recess) and carefully lever the clip towards the end until it sits in place as shown in the second photo.

Pull the gas strut away from the pin to remove (a plastic trim removal tool can assist if it’s hard to remove).
The same process is repeated on the body side of the strut mounting.
Pull the gas strut away from the pin to remove (a plastic trim removal tool can assist if it’s hard to remove).

Replacing the ball pin

Using the 13mm spanner remove the ball pin from the hatch, this may be difficult to remove due to the paint holding it in place, using a sharp knife you could score the paint around the washer carefully to make it easier to remove and less prone to chipping or tearing at the paint on the hatch. I placed electrical tape on the spanner to make it a tighter fit and also stop the paint on the original ball pin from being damaged.
Unscrew the ball pin by hand once loose and clean up any raised loose pieces of paint around where the washer was sitting.
Install the new ball pin, you can see the new ball pin has a smaller washer but you can’t remove the washer from the other ball pin to use. To make it look like the old one you could spray paint the pin and the base.
The original ball pin and the one on the body had grease on them and I added a plastic safe grease to both after cleaning them.

Installing the new gas strut

Installation of the new gas strut is a reverse of the removal process. I found it easier to slide the clip back to allow the strut to clip on easier.

Removing the bumper

Using a 24mm spanner or adjustable spanner remove the bumper by rotating  ~90 degrees and pulling it out.

Installing the bumper

The new bumpers are shown below, the lower one is adjusted to be fully extended and the upper one is fully retracted which is how it will be used on the Golf.

Insert the 3mm allen key into the end (make sure the bumper is locked first by pressing down on it and turning – the pictures above are of the bumper popped out and able to move up and down whereas the picture below shows the bumper locked into place) and turn counter-clockwise until it stops.

Push down on the bumper until it’s fully retracted and turn the allen key clockwise until it stops to lock it into position.

The bumper should now look like this, install into the opening, turn ~90 degrees to lock it into place and press downwards on the bumper and turn to unlock it so it is as shown in the second photo. The bumper can now be compressed and will assist in the initial opening of the rear hatch.

Coding changes

In VCDs/Vagcom change Byte 2 Bit 3 in the Central Convenience Controller 46.

Measurements (before and after)

Before: 65cm or 25.5″

After:   61.5cm or 24.25″

Comparison of parts

Bumper comparison

First photo is the bumper extended and the second locked in place to show it’s closed position (standard top / scirocco bottom).

As above, shows the standard bumper and the scirocco both extended and locked in position.

Ball Pin Comparision

(new one on the left, old one on the right)

The washer on the new one is 17mm whereas the old one is 20mm.

The height of the new one is 19mm whereas the old one is 30mm.

The size of the ball is identical when the paint thickness is taken into account.

Strut Comparison

The length of the shafts is pretty much identical at this end.

The thickness of the struts is different with the old one being 22.15mm and the new one being 19.20mm.

At this end the length of the struts is clearly different with the new one being 9.50mm shorter.


Change battery in folding key with remote control for Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat, Rabbit and GTI

Replacing the battery in the folding remote for Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat, Rabbit, GTI and others using the same remote.
  • Battery required is a CR2032 lithium battery (3V with 225 mAh capacity)
(Assembly overview – battery for folding key with remote control)

1 –  Key with variable code transponder

2 –  Transmitter unit – upper part

3 –  LED

  • When remote control is operated, this LED must flash briefly.
  • If LED does not flash during remote control operation, the battery is dead and must be renewed.

4 –  Battery

5 –  Transmitter unit – lower part

Removing battery

Step 1

  • Insert a screwdriver in slot between transmitter unit -1- and key -2-.
  • Twist screwdriver in -direction of arrow- to separate transmitter unit from key.
Step 2
  • Press transmitter unit -1- apart using profile section of key -2-.
Step 3
  • Unclip battery -1- from retainers -2- with a screwdriver in direction of -arrow-.


Note:   Before installing battery, always press any key once to reset the transmitter unit to recognise the new battery.
Step 1
  • Lay battery -1- with positive terminal downwards in sender unit -2- (positive terminal is marked on housing).
  • Engage battery in transmitter unit by pressing down lightly.
Step 2
  • Fit cover to transmitter unit (do not damage seal).
  • Then clip transmitter unit to key.