5th Generation (2006—2009) Golf Problems

Golf owners with a 2006—2009 model year have the most problems with the brakes (25%), electrical (25%), and the transmission (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. ABS Warning Light On 1 complaints at an average of 66,825 miles in the 2008 Volkswagen Golf.
  2. Engine Failure 1 complaints at an average of 9,942 miles in the 2009 Volkswagen Golf.
  3. Duel Mass Fly Wheel Exploded While Driving 1 complaints at an average of 51,574 miles in the 2006 Volkswagen Golf.

What Golf 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 2009 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2009 4 0 187 1.95
2008 1 0 121 1.41
2007 0 0 101 0.0
2006 3 3 117 1.05

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