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1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 1998 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 1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

48% of the 1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs were to the engine, 17% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, and 13% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems.

Chart based on 23 repairs.

1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Of the 1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 67% cost between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, and 11% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 9 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.

1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 364000    
366000 70 Replaced rear wheel bearings.  Replaced CV joint boot. 
403700 100 Replaced master cylinder. 
425000 45 Replaced ball joints. 
425000 0 Replaced glow plugs. 
431000  

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1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2011 175000    
176000 387 The water pump broke and had to be replaced. 
Volkswagen in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 153000    
155000 50 Anti-theft on the frizz. Alarm would go off even if the key was used. EXPENSIVE repair from dealer, so I bypassed the alarm, which cannot be done according to the dealer, but an internet search helped me solve the problem without spending $500 dollars. 
172000 167 CV shaft seal leaking. Parts ordered and replaced. Good to go 
181000 100 Replaced heater core, the dash had to come competely out. 
186000  
Volkswagen in Ghana
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 126480    
127720 0 Engine fails when vehicle comes to a stop. Noise in the tensioner pulley 
130200 0 Overhaul of engine 
136400  
Volkswagen in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 147000    
149000 220 Blower motor was making noise when the outside temp is below freezing. Remove and replace blower motor. 
 
Volkswagen in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 154380    
155000 700 brake work new starter motor 
 

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1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 125240    
131440 0 Tranny was not working except the R and the 3th speed. 
Volkswagen in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 140000    
141000 290 Radiator had rusted out and was replaced. 
147000 500 Oil leak dripping onto exhaust manifold, creating smoke 
150000 1350 Replaced shocks and struts. Could still drive the car, but it would not have passed state inspection. AC had no coolant remaining. 
 
Volkswagen in Rhode Island, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 195000    
196000 375 Middle and rear exhaust replaced. 
209500 140 Replaced rear muffler (under warranty) and exhaust extension. 
 

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1998 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 137000    
139000 95 Replaced ignition coils. They'd short out in wet weather and generate a check engine light. Took maybe 15 minutes to replace. Known problem on VR6 engines. 
145000 30 plastic shift linkage broke. New part was replaced at a cost of $30 and owner installed. 
 

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