What's Wrong with the Volkswagen GTI?

GTI owners have made 84 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (30%), followed by the clutch (9%) and the transmission (9%).

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 GTI.

Comparing GTI Generations

Watch out for the 6th generation's (2009–2014) 7.69 PainRank™, which is the worst of 3 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
6th Gen GTI 2009–2014
68 7.69
5th Gen GTI 2004–2008
6 0.34
4th Gen GTI 1997–2003
10 0.77

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    The Worst GTI 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 1997 (3), 1999 (1), 2006 (1), 2002 (1), 2014 (1), 2007 (0), 2004 (0), 2001 (0), 2000 (0), 1998 (0), and 2005 (0).