6th Generation (2009—2014) GTI Problems

This generations ranks 35th out of 45 Volkswagen generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (34%), brakes (10%), and the clutch (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Clutch Went Out 4 complaints at an average of 33,952 miles in the 2012 Volkswagen GTI.
  2. Clutch Slipping 3 complaints at an average of 32,122 miles in the 2011 Volkswagen GTI.
  3. Engine Blew 1 complaints at an average of 25,238 miles in the 2013 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 2012 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2014 1 1 240 0.85
2013 10 2 230 10.47
2012 26 2 225 14.1
2011 10 2 193 8.07
2010 4 1 179 0.93
2009 18 2 175 13.0

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