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What's Wrong with the Volkswagen GTI?

The Volkswagen GTI has a total of 78 complaints. The majority of the complaints involve the engine (30%) followed by the clutch (10%) and the transmission (10%).

We'd recommend avoiding the 6th generation (2009–2014) which has the worst overall PainRank™ of 7.43

How GTI Generations Rank

Gen Model Years Complaints PainRank (?)
6th Gen GTI 2009–2014 62 7.43
5th Gen GTI 2004–2008 6 0.34
4th Gen GTI 1997–2003 10 0.77

Worst Overall GTI Complaints

Let's take a look at the most common GTI complaints submitted to over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Most Complained About GTI Years

A quick look at which years have the highest complaint volumes. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on