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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 276 repairs.

2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (38%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 16 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Engine not specified

24000 mi Stuck direct injection fuel injector flooded engine with fuel. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

twincharged 160hp 1.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

18600 mi Replaced a leaking valve on the vacuum system used for Turbocharger control. The leaking valve caused the car to ping under heavy acceleration. 
22196 mi Dismantled complete supercharger-turbocharger complex & reassembled without finding fault. ECU firmware updated & problem improved 
24180 mi Severe loss of power on change over between supercharger and turbocharger 
24980 mi On switch over from the supercharger to the turbocharger the engine would exhibit a severe loss of power. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

40300 mi

$300
Failed coil pack replaced 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

59400 mi

US $12
Mass Airflow sensor throw check engine light needed to be cleaned 
79000 mi

US $600
Waterpump fail 
85000 mi

US $115
plastic intake manifold 
93000 mi

US $600
actually my second waterpump/thermostat replacement within the year. TBS on the part, finally got a revised part. intake manifold, flap actuator 
40000 mi Water pump leaked and replaced under warranty 
18000 mi Water pump leaking coolant. Replaced water pump. 
25000 mi Intake Manifold i nternal flaps broke. Common issue with VW GTI. Intake manifold was replaced free of charge. Vehicle is under warranty. 
73000 mi

US $910
Intake manifold failed causing lack of vacuum. Intake manifold was replaced. 
61000 mi

US $100
failed pressure diverter valve replaced and chain case gasket replaced (oil leak detected) 
34000 mi

US $50
Coil pack failure. This is the second coil pack to go. Dealer said once the first goes, the rest usually follow within 12-18 months. 
37300 mi

US $50
Coil packs 
36700 mi intake manifold needed to be replaced, valves had carbon build up so that was not covered under warr. and elected to have that cleaned. 
4300 mi HPFP failed. Car randomly died. 
48000 mi Symptom was low coolant. Found bad water pump. Replaced under warranty. 
25000 mi Replaced failed (leaking) water pump. 
44000 mi Leaking water pump replaced - recall 
45000 mi High pressure fuel pump failed 
10000 mi Installed "clip" on wastegate actuator rod to eliminate rattle that could be heard between ~ 2k and 3.5k RPM. 
37000 mi Replaced intake manifold under warranty after check engine light came on. Dealer noted "intake valves have excessive carbon on them", but would not clean them unless I agreed to pay for this this. I refused, as I see this as a VW issue. 
28500 mi Radiator developed small pinhole leak, radiator replaced under warranty 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

43000 mi Change water pump due to leaking coolant. Car randomly dies and cannot restart. 
56000 mi Water pump and gaskets replaced 
61000 mi The random dying, trouble restarting was never fixed. They could not duplicate problem. 
28000 mi Faulty fuel pump had to be replaced 
34500 mi Leak Detector broken 
28000 mi Timing chain tensioner bracket broke causing timing issue & misfiring on all cylinders 
46000 mi

US $350
Check Engine light on with code P0299 (Underboost). Problem was Overrun Cutout valve (also called Diverter valve) rubber diaphragm ripped causing boost leak. Shop replaced part with new design part that does not use a rubber diaphragm. 
48000 mi Replaced turbo under warranty as a preventive maintenance item due to wast-gate issue (rattling) 
55000 mi Car had a code for bad thermostat and temp gauge was moving funny. Brought car in and they replaced integrated water pump/thermostat under warranty. 
47500 mi

US $203
4 coil packs replaced. 
58000 mi

US $50
Check engine light came on, indicating a problem with the cooling system. Initial estimate for thermostat repair was $500. System was leaking at water pump, making repairs warranty-eligible. Woohoo! 
77700 mi

US $275
Water pump leak found, replaced water pump. Misfires on cylinders 2 & 3, injectors replaced 
32000 mi Water Pump 
45000 mi Water pump failed for the second time. 
48700 mi Camshaft failure coolant pump leak 
56000 mi The timing belt tensioner was defective causing the timing chain to rattle. The clip and chain where replaced under warranty. 
3000 mi "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

21080 mi 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 mi Hard starts when cold due to intercooler icing/water ingestion from melted ice. Well-documented problem with Mk VI TDIs 
57040 mi

C $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 mi 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 mi 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 mi Exhaust flap failed, check engine light on. Fixed under VW TSB and extended warranty for the part 
40000 mi Bad fuel injector 
39500 mi

US $735
Car would not start when it was hot. Check Engine light and ECP error all illuminated. Problem solved by replacing ECM and exhaust flap. Covered under warranty. 
65000 mi Emissions light illuminated. Exhaust flap failed; replaced under the extended warranty. 
9080 mi 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 mi Intercooler replaced with a cold weather model incorporating a bypass to prevent ice buildup under near-freezing conditions. 
45000 mi Engine had hard start. Inter cooler filled with water. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

56000 mi

US $650
Bad Glow Plug 
57000 mi Dead turbocharger 
25000 mi

US $400
glow plug died, after only 24K miles. Since I was passed the 3 year warranty limit, I had to pay 100% out of pocket. 
55000 mi Exhaust actuator valve stuck open 
35700 mi

US $145
Check engine light came on and exhaust gas temperature sensor #3 gave erratic signal and needed replacing. Not covered under warranty because more than three years since purchase ;may dispute. Update: dealer later refunded $460 labor charge. 
57000 mi

US $316
ECU light diagnosed as throttle valve electrical connectors; ECU came on 3 weeks later and advised throttle valve needed replacing. VW picked up 50%; remainder covered by good will package. 
12000 mi Rear O2 Sensor needed to be replaced 
6820 mi

C $4
Coolant reservoir sensor replacement Coolant reservoir sensor replaced 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 105hp 1.2L I4 6-speed manual FWD

30380 mi

$1000
Timing belts stretched and had to be replaced 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

11500 mi Replaced defective fuel pressure regulator valve. 
10000 mi One part of emission system was replaced after warning light appeared. Didn't hinder car's performance. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

102-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

13200 mi Defective engine mounts had to be replaced after a recall was issued by the manufacturer. Slight noise now gone. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

15000 mi heat shield loose 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

42000 mi

US $128
Ignition cool went out 
57000 mi Rattling noise coming from turbo wastegate under acceleration. TSB for the problem was available. A clip was installed that fixed rattling noise. 
59700 mi Leak developed at the water pump. Replaced water pump, all o-rings on pipes. Recall on item pending, will get reimbursed when issued. 
19000 mi The vibration that comes from the turbo when accelerating thru 2K rpm's needed the clip installed. Done by the dealer at no charge, fixed the vibration noise. I noticed it, read about other cars having it on the web, asked dealer and they knew of the TSB. 
32000 mi The water pump was found to be bad. My temp light indicated the coolant might be low and I should check the maintanance hand book. After looking I noticed all of the coolant was gone from the resaviour so I called the dealer right away. 
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 mi 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.  
41000 mi

US $85
Radiator failed and leaked coolant 
12300 mi Engine leaking coolant, filled it leaks out every month 
31000 mi Engine was leaking coolant badly. 
49000 mi

US $50
Coil pack failed causing engine misfire in one cylinder. Replaced faulty coil pack and normal operation resumed. 
41100 mi

C $600
slight stumble noticed in idle. Flushed fuel system and replaced spark plugs. 
53000 mi CEL came on and code P2015 was pulled. Intake Manifold Runner Flap was stuck in the open position. VWoA extended the warranty to 10yr/120k miles to cover this defect. 
10000 mi Wastegate rattle 
25000 mi Misfire cylinder 4 
45000 mi

US $140
Engine misfire. Coil pack replaced 
66000 mi

US $623
Check engine light. Low high side fuel pressure sensor. 
66000 mi

US $6300
Oil pick up clogged. Engine needed replaced. All regular maintenance followed to a T prior to failure. 
71000 mi

US $595
Oil leak around lower timing chain cover. 
20000 mi 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. 
61000 mi Check engine light came on, scanned and pulled code P2015 - Intake manifold flaps. Dealer replaced intake manifold at no cost under VW's extended warranty (10yrs/120k miles) for this part. Second time it's been replaced. 
16000 mi CEL came on. Took car to dealer. Faulty part related to turbo intercooler was fixed. Loose passenger door was also fixed. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

40000 mi

US $500
Car started surging and losing power while driving. Wouldn't restart. Dealer replaced the in tank fuel pump & seal. 
21000 mi Coolant was low, dealer found the cooling system seals leaked. Replaced seals and water pump. 
48000 mi Seals in engine degraded and coolant suddenly leaked out. Water pump and seals were replaced under warranty. 
53000 mi Intake manifold replaced 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

46300 mi

US $50
Oxygen sensor replaced 
67000 mi High Pressure Fuel System (HPFS) failure. Was covered by VW out of warranty, but normally is approximately $4,000 Replaced water pump due to slow leak. $318.00 
31111 mi 4th Time back to fix CEL. Replaced ECM (computer), Diesel Particulate Filter (2nd time, 1st time was at 14,500 miles approx) and Valve flap as part as a recall or tech bulletin. Est. parts and labor to date is just shy of price of car. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

94240 mi

C $600
replace catalyst sensor 
25000 mi Hose came loose, Dealer hooked hose back up, engine light returned to normal. 

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