6th Gen (2006 – 2013) Volkswagen GLI Problems

The 6th generation of the GLI has a cumulative PainRank™ of 3.29. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 2006–2013 GLI model years have sent in 20 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the interior (30%) followed by the body (20%) and the engine (15%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2013 12
5.75
2012 3
1.87
2006 5
2.25

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