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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Engine Problems and Repair Histories

163 TrueDelta members own a 2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 40 of these members (24.5%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 55 engine repairs to 2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Don't infer 2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

31% of the 2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 1% to the brakes, 2% to the suspension, 35% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 15% to the body and trim, and 10% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 176 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 0    
10000 0 Installed "clip" on wastegate actuator rod to eliminate rattle that could be heard between ~ 2k and 3.5k RPM. 
27000  

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 0    
3000 0 "Low oil pressure. Do not exceed 4000 RPM" was displayed on dashboard. Dealer could not replicate the problem but changed the oil filter. Dealer speculated that the valve in the oil filter was faulty. 
 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 0    
21080 0 Hard start and loss of power due to intercooler icing. Wanted to apply VW TSB for issue, dealer refused, "unable to reproduce" (problem arises under very specific conditions) 
27280 0 Hard starts when cold due to intercooler icing/water ingestion from melted ice. Well-documented problem with Mk VI TDIs 
57040 1900 Car would occasionally lose power at approx. 3000 rpm during vigorous acceleration. High-pressure fuel pump not performing to spec. HPFP replaced. Not covered by powertrain warranty. Complained, VW paying 2/3 of cost 
60420 0 Car occasionally and suddenly loses all power at 3000 rpm during acceleration. Car still in the shop, VW unable to diagnose issue (HPFP changed in June for same issue-repair unsuccessful). VW HQ involved; 3d attempt to solve issue. 
65100 0 Hard start in near freezing conditions, power loss. Dealer found intercooler hose choked with ice. TSB already carried out did not cure problem. Removed air intake duct to draw intake aire from engine compartment instead of outside. 
68200 0 Exhaust flap failed, check engine light on. Fixed under VW TSB and extended warranty for the part 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 0    
9080 0 Diagnose and replace intercooler with redesigned cold weather model. Currently condensed water pools in intake, leading to MIL and limp mode. Parts on order; should arrive in 5-6 weeks. 
16120 0 Intercooler replaced with a cold weather model incorporating a bypass to prevent ice buildup under near-freezing conditions. 
24180  

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 0    
6820 4 Coolant reservoir sensor replacement Coolant reservoir sensor replaced 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 0    
11500 0 Replaced defective fuel pressure regulator valve. 
 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 0    
0 Engine rattle which has no fix as of yet per Volkswagen North Scottsdale (TSB 211001). "Silenced by more than 50%" but is still present. 
7000 0 Engine vibration/rattle when accelerating between 2,000-3,000 RPM. VW released a TSB over the summer of 2011 to attach a small metal clip onto an engine component. The rattle/vibration is nearly gone, just barley audible now.  
34000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 10000    
20000 0 Intake manifold flaps were broken, resulting in illuminated check engine light, replaced entire intake manifold. Wastegate rattle at low revs under load (heavy throttle). Replaced wastegate actuator rod clips per TSB. 
48000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 4000    
16000 0 CEL came on. Took car to dealer. Faulty part related to turbo intercooler was fixed. Loose passenger door was also fixed. 
 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 5000    
10000 0 Wastegate rattle 
25000 0 Misfire cylinder 4 
45000 140 Engine misfire. Coil pack replaced 
49000  

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