4th Gen (1997 – 2003) Volkswagen GTI Problems

The 4th generation of the GTI has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.77. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? This generation is generally a good bet.

Owners of the 1997–2003 GTI model years have sent in 10 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (30%) followed by the interior (10%) and the clutch (10%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2003 5
2.82
2002 1
0.33
2001 0
0.0
2000 0
0.0
1999 1
0.37
1998 0
0.0
1997 3
1.84

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