The thermostat for this car is located in the water pump housing from the lower radiator hose.
The thermostat in a 1996 VW Golf is located by following the lower large hose of the radiator. Before removing the thermostat be sure to drain the cooling system.
at the rear of the vehicle
In the thermostat housing
on my 1986 golf 2,(think its the same engine), its located on top of the gearbox.
should be at the end of the lower radiator hose under the power steering pump
follow your big bottom hose coming from your rad,its in the plastic fitting where the hose is fitted on
Where is the automatic transmission dipstick located on a 1999 VW golf GL
according the repair manual the thermostat is located on the bottom of the waterpump. You can access it underneath the front of the car. follow the radiator hose coming off the bottom of the radiator.
underneath on the front right side of the car, where the large (lower) radiator hose attaches to the engine.