What's Wrong with the Volkswagen Golf?

Golf owners have made 158 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (25%), followed by the interior (14%) and the transmission (13%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Golf.

Comparing Golf Generations

Watch out for the 6th generation's (2010–2013) 8.85 PainRank™, which is the worst of 5 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
7th Gen Golf 2014–2017
36 4.91
6th Gen Golf 2010–2013
39 8.85
5th Gen Golf 2006–2009
8 1.1
4th Gen Golf 1999–2005
52 3.4
3rd Gen Golf 1992–1998
21 0.63

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    The Worst Golf Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2017 (7), 2016 (7), 2012 (6), 1999 (6), 1995 (6), 2000 (5), 2014 (5), 2009 (4), 1996 (4), 2003 (3), 1997 (3), 1994 (3), 1998 (3), 2006 (3), 2004 (2), 1992 (1), 1993 (1), 2008 (1), and 2007 (0).