What's Wrong with the GTI?

There are 67 complaints over 18 GTI model years. These can be broken down into 3 generations.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
Gen 6 (2009—2014) 6.02 52 8 13 218
Gen 5 (2004—2008) 0.29 5 6 1 284
Gen 4 (1997—2003) 0.77 10 10 19 136

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.