Common 1997-2003 Volkswagen GTI Problems

Some of the worst issues 4th generation GTI owners have to deal with.

  1. VW Windows Fall into Door

    The clamps that hold the windows in place for many VW's are made of a very cheap plastic. Sometimes when moisture gets in the door and then freezes, it expands and pushes the windows off the clamps, causing the windows to literally fall int…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks the Most

Years to Avoid

4th Generation (1997–2003) GTI Key Numbers

  1. 7 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 10 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to

  3. 16th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 46 eligible generations.