No cruise control on 2004 Golf TDi GL?

A couple of weeks ago, while shopping for a 2004 Golf TDi, I was told by Northland VW in Calgary that, cruise control is no longer available
either standard or as an option, on the GL model.
This contradicts the information on the 2004 Golf print brochure and the corresponding page on the VW Canada web site, where cruise control is shown as standard on both TDi models.
OTOH, the features comparison function of the same website agrees with the dealership.
Two weeks ago, I e-mailed VW Canada customer service to clear up this contradiction, and am still waiting for a reply! Yesterday I e-mailed VW customer service in Germany for clarification, and am waiting for their reply.
Meanwhile, I've put a deposit down on a 2004 TDI GLS on the assumption that this is the only way to get cruise control on a Golf TDi. I really didn't want a GLS, because the prospect of malfunctioning power windows at subzero temperatures doesn't thrill me (not to mention the hefty repair bills post-warranty). However, the Sales Manager at Northland (or someone posing as such) assured me he had recently delivered a 2004 Golf TDi GL personally to a friend, and it turned out to have no cruise control. He also said that so far as he can remember VW diesels have always come with cruise as a standard feature.
So, has VW Canada come up with another ruse to squeeze the economies out of buying a diesel, or have I been "had" by the dealership?
Achim
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On Sat, 06 Mar 2004 19:47:20 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@3web.nettax (Achim Nolcken Lohse) wrote:

Not true. My 78 Rabbit Diesel did not have cruise. Neither did my 84 Jetta TD. I don't think my 92 Jetta TD did either, but on that one I'm not 100% sure.
Maybe he meant "in recent years". Or maybe he's just a kid who doesn't remember the good old days... ;-)
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VW in Germany probably can't help you. Golfs come from Brazil and VWoA dictates what equipment they want available with each model. VW-AG probably will not know how VWs are equipped for the Canadian market, especially if it doesn't even come from a German plant.

with cruise as a standard feature.
He's not remembering far enough :-)
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That may be, but at least they've responded to all my e-mails in the past, and maybe they can provide me with an alternative e-mail address for Canadian customer service, since the only one I have doesn't deign to respond anymore. I've never found the toll-free customer service numbers anything but a total waste of time. So I'm left with no other cage to rattle except the German offices.

I'm starting to wonder whether the phone receptionist pulled a fast one on me when I asked to speak to the sales manager....

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The Germans (and their employees in Auburn Hills, Michigan) cannot believe that Americans have the following 3 requirements when they buy cars:
- Automatic tranny (not seen much in other places)
- Cruise Control
- cup holders, which can accomodate everything from a shot glass to a 55-gallon drum, in enough quantities to handle every glass used during a cruise to Mexico.
If you'll notice, most German cars are pretty late in getting these amenities, if they've got them at all.
Tim Wohlford '89 Golf

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On Sat, 6 Mar 2004 19:20:31 -0500, "Tim Wohlford"

I've always preferred manuals, and so does my wife, but there are people out there who've never driven a standard. And I guess if you're the kind of city driver who runs with one foot on the gas, and the other on the brake, an automatic makes a lot of sense.

Well, from my brief experience on the Autobahn, I guess your life expectancy would plummet if you use cruise control.
The Golf is our first car with cruise control, and now neither my wife nor I would be without it. After driving a Geo Tracker three hours at a stretch through the Rockies, I'd often be limping with pain in my right hip from keeping my foot poised on the pedal. An unexpected benefit of cruise control is that I'm much less tempted to speed. I just set it to the limit plus 10kph, and only rarely step on the gas any more. And I find I actually make better time, and stay more alert this way.

Well, they still don't have a receptacle for my 7-Eleven Sport Gulp.
But I'm more concerned with figuring out how to use the front door arm rest while keeping my arm and shoulder out of the path of the side airbags as per the Owner's Manual's warning.
No-one at Volkswagen seems to have an answer to this apparent contradiction.
It seems to me both front arm rests should have prominent warnings on them:
Warning, use this arm rest only while stationary!
But I guess it's better marketing to hide the warning on pages 25 and 26 of the Safety First brochure.
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