Volkswagen GTI Problems

Consider These

PainRank (?) Year Model Watch For
0.33 2002 GTI transmission
0.39 2006 GTI transmission
0.86 2014 GTI body / paint

Avoid These

PainRank (?) Year Model Beware Of
10.31 2012 GTI engine
9.62 2013 GTI cooling system
7.39 2009 GTI engine

Generation 6

Gen Score

8.24 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. clutch slipping in the 2011 at 32122 miles
  2. clutch went out in the 2012 at 25903 miles
  3. engine blew in the 2013 at 25238 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 5

Gen Score

0.93 PainRank™

Good Luck Avoiding

  1. slams into gear in the 2006 at 89000 miles
  2. shifting roughly in the 2008 at 37282 miles
  3. excessive oil consumption in the 2008 at 68700 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 4

Gen Score

2.03 PainRank™

Beware Of These Common Issues

  1. transmission failure in the 1997 at 159500 miles
  2. timing chain failed in the 2003 at 132000 miles
  3. clutch failure in the 2003 at 109000 miles

Areas the Breakdown

NHTSA Information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency designed to "keep people safe on the roadways." Here's a look at the number of times NHTSA has recalled and investigated the GTI.

Recent GTI News

Volkswagen Recalls Cars that can Lose Control

Volkswagen has a BS problem. Wait … I mean an ABS problem.

Volkswagen engineers found a fault inside the anti-lock brake system control module that can cause the module to fail whenever the electronic stability control or ABS system activates. A driver will notice warning lights for the brakes, the anti-lock braking system and the electronic stability control system.

The issue can lead to a sudden loss of control in the 2009-2010 Jetta, 2009 Jetta SportWagens, Eos, GTI, Rabbit, and the 2010 Volkswagen Golf A6.

Gas Leaks Prompt Recall

Manufacturers can sometimes drag their feet when it comes to issuing recalls. But whenever there’s reports of fuel leaking out of cars they start to move like someone lit a fire under their butt. That’s because, well … there might actually be real fires soon.

Last week Volkswagen – parent company of Audi – recalled 26,000 cars for fuel injectors that leak. Just a couple days later they expanded that recall to include an additional 45,000 cars.

Owners had been complaining about the smell of gas inside the cabin. VW traced the issue to a bad soldering job where the sealing cap meets the fuel rail and blames the problem on their supplier. Looks like someone’s getting grounded.

For more information about the problem and the range of manufacturing dates this affects, visit CarComplaints.com. VW owners with specific questions can contact customer service at 800-822-8987 and give them recall number 24BL. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and reference recall 24AP.