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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 266 repairs.

2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 31 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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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2012
Feb 2011

2000 mi
Alarm intermittently going off when ignition key removed. Also rear wiper arm not flush with window. Module and arm replaced under warranty. 
May 2011

2700 mi
Car alarm intermittently goes off when ignition key removed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2014
Feb 2011

3000 mi
Low Oil pressure light came on while sitting in traffic. Oil level was low. Light did not come on again. Dealer called VW Tech line and recommended replacing Instrument cluster. Parts ordered Instrument cluster replaced. 
Jun 2011

10000 mi
reverberation Noise from Front Passenger door when stereo is on. Dealer added felt kit to stop noise. Noise, then shortly occurred again  
Dec 2011

17000 mi
Trim on passenger door was rattling when stereo was played. Corrected 
Nov 2013

48000 mi
Symptom was low coolant. Found bad water pump. Replaced under warranty. 

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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
Jan 2011 - Feb 2014
Apr 2011

3000 mi
The windshield wipers were very noisy. Dealer installed a grommet that was missing from time of manufacture.  "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. 
Nov 2012

28500 mi
Popping noise was heard during spirited turns. Dealer replaced the sub frame bolts. 
Apr 2013

34000 mi
Blower fan was noisy. It was replaced. Interior door handle would not snap back to its return position after opening the door. Interior door panel and handle was replaced. Popping sound was heard during spirited turns. Subframe bolts were tightened. The problem is temporarily resolved but VW needs to release a TSB to permanently resolve the issue. One key fob failed to function. Fob was replaced and second fob was reprogrammed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Hawaii, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2014
Mar 2011

5000 mi
Light on radio went out and dealer replaced under warranty.  
Aug 2013

43000 mi
Change water pump due to leaking coolant. Car randomly dies and cannot restart. 
Jun 2014

56000 mi
Water pump and gaskets replaced 
Dec 2014

59000 mi
The random dying, trouble restarting was never fixed. They could not duplicate problem. 

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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 Alberta, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

310 mi
Could not get any warm air from extermal air, recirculation only. The external air intake duct was covered with a plug instead of a grate, installed incorrectly during vehicle assembly. this was replaced with correct part. 
Mar 2011

5952 mi
Had a very strong draft under steering column, at highway speeds and with recirculation going this was extremely cold. A firewall port was not installed during assembly. Heater blower motor making high pitched squeal at -10C and below, it was replaced Replaced front control arm bushings for creaking noise over suspension travel. 
Jun 2011

5952 mi
Transmission has major defect, unable to decide which gear it wants to be in on light throttle in stop-and-go traffic/low speeds. Slams into gear or no gear at all/delayed response. Put up with it for week, then returned to dealer for full-value trade. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2013
Jun 2011

10000 mi
The RT FT door was misaligned causing wind noise and visible. Noticed it about 3 days after delivery. Told dealer I would like it fixed at 1st service (10K) and it was--no problem now. I'd consider it minor, but, a warranty's a warranty. Will report once part arrives. This is a washer-fluid leak from the rear (the 3rd brake light needs to be replaced). Dealer tech verified and ordered. I gather it is a common problem for the car. 
Sep 2011

16000 mi
They changed out the unit, but the new one leaks, too. Said they'd 'find a fix' for it. DSG transmission giving 'false neutrals'--i.e., indicator says it's in 3rd gear but engine just revs when you step on the accelerator. They ordered a new mechatronics unit, which hasn't arrived yet. 
Nov 2011

19000 mi
First they ordered a new mechatronics unit; problem came back quickly. Then, they did the reflash/recall; so far, so good--haven't had the false neutral since. Rear wiper/washer leaked; they replaced unit, still had problem. On visit where they fixed the DSG issue, they fixed this as well. 
Aug 2012

34500 mi
Took it in for its 30K maintenance and reported high-pitched screech at ~60mph+. They heard it and couldn't isolate it; needed it for a day. They took 2 days to fix, but it seems good. Rt Ft door not closing flush. Was repaired before (2011) under warranty. Dealer insist it was caused by my hitting a road hazard, but the door was coming loose before then. NOT FIXED 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

6820 mi

C $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 Ohio, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2013
Feb 2011

2000 mi
Slight buzzing noise in dash bezel. 
Mar 2011

4000 mi
Rear arm rest hard to pull down. TSB detailed replacement hinge in some models. 

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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 Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2011 - May 2014
Mar 2011

2000 mi
Radio display stopped working for a few minutes. 
Jun 2011

3000 mi
Radio replaced as display would not show when hot outside. 
Mar 2012

10000 mi
Creaking noise from rear of doors 
Mar 2013

18000 mi
Aux input not working. Needed new iPod cable. Doors once again squeak. Needed relived. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Arizona, United States
Nov 2010 - Jul 2015
Jan 2011 Engine rattle which has no fix as of yet per Volkswagen North Scottsdale (TSB 211001). "Silenced by more than 50%" but is still present. 
Sep 2011

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.  
Nov 2014

41000 mi

US $85
Radiator failed and leaked coolant 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Repair Histories

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