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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Problems and Repair Histories

1795 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 748 of these members (41.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1876 repairs to Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 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 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

36% of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 7% to the suspension, 27% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 13% to the body and trim, and 7% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1876 repairs.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 48% between $100 and $499, 23% between $500 and $999, 15% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 448 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Volkswagen Jetta / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen GTI in New Mexico, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 2000    
3000 0 Rattle in dash 
 

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2007 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen GTI in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 0    
3000 0 Rear hatch interior trim piece misaligned with tie-down hook. Hole position not allowing hook to fully fit opening. New trim piece ordered and installed for correct fitment. Rear left door had rattle below storage bin. Dealer insulated and/or tightened door components. 
25000 0 The cruise control switch failed to activate. It was determined that there was an electrical problem with the switch. New cruise control switch was installed for successful repair. 
46000 0 Electric lumbar support for drivers seat had malfunctioned and would not move up or down and caused clicking noises. New lumbar support was installed for successful repair. Center vent in dash rattled. Replaced with new vent for successful repair. 
87000  

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2006.5 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen GTI in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 0    
6000 0 "NO SAT RADIO" displayed intermittently. Dealer said they couldn't duplicate. Has since been fixed under TSB which will be reported for next month. 
8000 0 "No Sat Radio" displayed when turning on. First trip to dealer told VW wasn't aware of the issue. A TSB was issued 2 weeks later. 
 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Golf in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 9300    
9300 94 fuel line vibration 
 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Golf in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 0    
13640 0 Power Windows failed 
 

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 1-Repaired condensation in side marker blinker. 2-Repaired loose door trim under passenger door 3-Ignition Coils replaced (under recall) 
0 1- Poor AM reception in radio, replaced wiring to antenna. 
2 1- Climate control dash lighbulb burnt out, replaced bulb labour was free. 
0 1- Brake Lights stopped working. Brake light switch replaced. 
0 1- Waterpump replaced. 
0 1- Driver side wheel bearing replaced 
0 1-Sunvisor clip snapped and replaced. 
52600 210 Passenger Front Wheel Bearing Replaced. 
67860 0 The car does not sense that the driver's door is open. Will not repair since I don't even notice it. 
75620 45 Radio reception not working. Replaced antenna at top of car. Radio now works. 
379 When coming to a stop, car began shuddering. Check engine light appeared. Symptoms would go away while driving and appear stopped at idle. Dealer replaced vacuum pump and associated hoses. 
91100 1000 Banging into gear (auto transmission), check engine light appeared, transmission speed sensor defective. 
96880 100 Check engine light appeared while driving on freeway. Thermostat replaced.  
106640 250 Car would randomly die after about ~15 minutes of driving. After the stall, within a minute later it would start back up. No codes. Read up online and changed the crank position sensor. Success 
113460 340 Leaking oil on garage floor. Valve cover gasket replaced While examining engine , Pcv valve and associated tubes were separated. Replaced Pcv valve and hoses as well.  
116860 0 Replaced rear hatch with new one.  Rust on bottom of rear hatch. First confirmation that it will be covered under warranty by phone call and parts were ordered. Called again after new rear hatch panel arrived and painted.  
126480 400 Fans do not turn on, only when A/C is on and only when it already is overheating. 
129580 75 Coolant low light came on. Coolant was empty. Brought to mechanic slight crack in the plastic coolant reservoir. Replaced reservoir and filled with coolant. 
131120 180 Passenger front wheel bearing bad. Airplane noise coming from the front of car when driving and turning. 
138880 350 Vibration when accelerating. Was some control arm part in the front suspension. 
145700  

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 64000    
64000 1650 Car was in the shop:1) to replace shocks and install a lift kit; 2) timing belt replacement; 3) leaking diesel fuel injection pump. Pump was on national back order with VW (!), so I had it rebuilt and reinstalled. Cost of shop visit includes the suspensi 
69000 240 I had two OEM ignition keys replaced. This involved laser cutting and programming to match the car's immobilizer. The original keys had failed at their attachment rings so they couldn't be attached to a keychain. Subsequently, they were lost. VW keys are 
77000 300 Needed intake manifold and EGR cleaning from accumulated sludge. 
78000 0 engine goes into limp mode with no other indications of trouble, no CEL. Error codes were ambiguous. Mechanic, a TDI specicialist, says he's never seen anything like it before. Problem is less frequent now, but occasional. 
85000 265 Brake light switch failed, lighting CEL light- Replacement solved that. Also we did maintenance items, incl. oil change & rear brake pad change. 
110000 40 Air Bag light went on, went off, then on again. I plan to see my regular mechanic about it later. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta / Rabbit / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen GTI in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 66000    
68000 0 CD Player failed (again) - had to be sent to Germany for repair (again). License plate lights. Driver side door lock. 
69000 0 CD player replaced Driver's side door lock fixed License plate light they couldn't figure out. 
83000 1000 Air bag light on (this has been a problem for 7 years now) Light covers had yellowed and required replacement. Car fills up with water when it rains. The problem is due to faulty water draining lines from the sunroof and would be too expensive to fix even though the problem existed when the car was brand new. 
 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 68000    
69000 200 Check engine light resulted in O2 sensor replacement. Light came back on. Both times the same code was retrieved. Vacuum lines replaced second time. Capital Eurocars in Tallahassee, FL is incompetant. 
75000 300 Coolant flange at rear of cylinder head leaking. Part was replaced curing leak. 
89000 1100 Replaced worn front suspension components. 
 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 177000    
183000 140 Vehicle was on the original brake pads and rotors. At 182,000 miles I decided to replace them. The rotors were past serviceable limits but the pads were serviceable. 
206000 25 Serpentine belt idler pulley broke. Pulley uses a metal bearing with a plastic roller. Roller broke and separated from bearing causing serpentine belt to come off. Idler was replaced with no other problems encountered. 
 

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