5th Generation (2004—2008) GTI Problems

This generations ranks 10th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (33%), transmission (33%), and the exterior (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Slams Into Gear 1 complaints at an average of 89,000 miles in the 2006 Volkswagen GTI.
  2. Shifting Roughly 1 complaints at an average of 37,282 miles in the 2008 Volkswagen GTI.
  3. Excessive Oil Consumption 1 complaints at an average of 68,700 miles in the 2008 Volkswagen GTI.

What GTI 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 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 5 1 157 1.31
2007 0 1 144 0.0
2006 1 2 142 0.39
2005 0 1 56 0.0
2004 0 1 43 0.0

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