6th Generation (2006—2013) GLI Problems

GLI owners with a 2006—2013 model year have the most problems with the interior (30%), body (20%), and the engine (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Front Doors Creaking & Popping 3 complaints at an average of 1,833 miles in the 2013 Volkswagen GLI.
  2. Mass Airflow Sensor Failure 2 complaints at an average of 48,116 miles in the 2013 Volkswagen GLI.
  3. Premature Clutch Failure 1 complaints at an average of 60,000 miles in the 2012 Volkswagen GLI.

What GLI Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 12 0 0 5.75
2012 3 0 0 1.87
2006 5 0 1 2.25

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