The 5th generation of the GTI has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.34. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? This generation is generally a good bet.
Owners of the 2004–2008 GTI model years have sent in 6 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (33%) followed by the transmission (33%) and the exterior (16%).