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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Lemon Odds and Nada Odds for the Year Ending September 30, 2016

An asterisk (*) marks results based on small sample sizes.

Year Make/Model Nada Odds per 100 Cars Lemon Odds per 100 Cars    
44 vehicles, 10.8 months per vehicle, 8400 miles driven

A year ago the 2015 Golf 1.8T had a similarly high repair frequency, while the GTI has generally been better.
2016
Volkswagen GTI and Golf R
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  44 vehicles, 10.8 months per vehicle, 8400 miles driven

A year ago the 2015 Golf 1.8T had a similarly high repair frequency, while the GTI has generally been better.
72 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 19800 miles driven

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T initially had a higher repair frequency than the GTI, and the TDI still does. Unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.
2015
Volkswagen GTI and Golf R
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  72 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 19800 miles driven

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T initially had a higher repair frequency than the GTI, and the TDI still does. Unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.
35 vehicles, 11.7 months per vehicle, 39600 miles driven2014 Volkswagen Golf diesel
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  35 vehicles, 11.7 months per vehicle, 39600 miles driven
31 vehicles, 11.2 months per vehicle, 47900 miles driven2013 Volkswagen Golf diesel Join or sign in to view   see reported repairs
  31 vehicles, 11.2 months per vehicle, 47900 miles driven
39 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 38100 miles driven2013 Volkswagen GTI
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  39 vehicles, 11.5 months per vehicle, 38100 miles driven
41 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 62600 miles driven2012 Volkswagen Golf diesel
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  41 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 62600 miles driven
45 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 51100 miles driven2012 Volkswagen GTI
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  45 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 51100 miles driven
45 vehicles, 11.2 months per vehicle, 78100 miles driven2011 Volkswagen Golf diesel
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  45 vehicles, 11.2 months per vehicle, 78100 miles driven
30 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 64400 miles driven2011 Volkswagen GTI Join or sign in to view   see reported repairs
  30 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 64400 miles driven
50 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 98500 miles driven

Redesigned.
2010
Volkswagen Golf diesel
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  50 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 98500 miles driven

Redesigned.
34 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 67400 miles driven

Redesigned.
2010
Volkswagen GTI Join or sign in to view   see reported repairs
  34 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 67400 miles driven

Redesigned.
28 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 80300 miles driven2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Join or sign in to view   see reported repairs
  28 vehicles, 11.3 months per vehicle, 80300 miles driven

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Lemon Odds and Nada Odds

Other sources of Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI reliability information provide only averages, which can conceal as much as they reveal. So we also report the percentage of Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs with no repairs at all in the past year and the percentage of Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs that are lemons (required three or more repair trips in the past year). These figures might surprise you.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to closely track Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI lemon odds as the cars age. Others can be over a year behind. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI has been recently.

To see how frequently Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

What Our Members Are Saying about the Brand Reputation of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Brand Reputation: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I always see Volkswagens as great, reliable cars. The GTI is special because of its utility and performance. see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2008 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
german built, soild car see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2008 2dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
Like the 2004 R32, the 2008 R32 had a limited production run of 5000, most of which are now sold. The R32 is really a well balanced "mini grand touring" car; without the stigma of being a "rice racer" like the Evo or STi. A great car for road and track! see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2005 2dr Hatch 200-horsepower 2.8L V6
6-speed manual FWD
VW builds a quality car, besides their electrical issues, which I have not had in either of my last two GTIs. see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2004 4dr Hatch turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
VW, to me, means smart and sophisticated; while, at the same time, being practical and understated. Owning one shows you know automobiles without having to shout about it. VWs are not appliances. see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Brand Reputation: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 2dr Hatch turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Low reliability see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
VW does not have that great a reputation in the U.S. This is a shame because the Golf really seems to be a well-made vehicle. Time will tell whether it holds up, but there are many horror stories of poor service, poor dealers, and the factory not standing behind their warranties. I'm hoping that VW has improved their ways, but this remains a major sticking point. see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
VW dealerships have one of the worst reps. for fair service prices. The dealer I saw was great on the test drive front, but I feared the service desk a few years down the line. see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Too many people, VW are still seen as nice cars that break often see full Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI review