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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

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

Other (8%)

Chart based on 293 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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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in
Dec 2000 - Apr 2016
Aug 2010

11000 mi
I was having an airbag warning light as well. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014
Jan 2014

24000 mi
Stuck direct injection fuel injector flooded engine with fuel. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2013 - Feb 2014
Dec 2013

26000 mi
The drivers seat back heating element failed. A new seat cover and element was ordered. drivers seat back heating element failed. Seat cover with element was ordered, installed and repair as successful. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

39000 mi

US $1200
Replaced two oxygen sensors and a high pressure fuel line. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

twincharged 160hp 1.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in South Africa
Mar 2012 - Oct 2013
Sep 2012

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. 
Feb 2013

22196 mi
Dismantled complete supercharger-turbocharger complex & reassembled without finding fault. ECU firmware updated & problem improved 
Mar 2013

24180 mi
Severe loss of power on change over between supercharger and turbocharger 
Apr 2013

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Zealand
Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Aug 2014
Oct 2013

73000 mi

US $910
Intake manifold failed causing lack of vacuum. Intake manifold was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2012

3000 mi
HPFP failed. Car randomly died. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Jul 2011 - May 2016
Oct 2011

2000 mi
Rear window washer nozzle dribbles water onto rear window under hard acceleration. 
Jun 2012

10000 mi
Rear window washer dribbling 
Nov 2013

25000 mi
Replaced failed (leaking) water pump. 
Jul 2014

33300 mi
Fixed headliner rattle 
Aug 2015

44000 mi
Leaking water pump replaced - recall 
Sep 2015

45000 mi
High pressure fuel pump failed 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2013
Sep 2012

31000 mi
insulation pad under hood had come loose. It was replaced with one that fit better. (part had been ordered previously) 
Dec 2012

35000 mi
switch falsely indicating an open hood affecting windshield wiper operation. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alabama, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2016
Dec 2012

25000 mi
Intake Manifold i nternal flaps broke. Common issue with VW GTI. Intake manifold was replaced free of charge. Vehicle is under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2014
Jul 2013

32700 mi
Cruise control stops working sometimes, dealer replacing cruise control stalk. 
Oct 2013

37000 mi
Sunroof wouldn't close all the way. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2016
Jul 2013

21700 mi
Nav system went blank and started flashing. Replaced with new Nav/Audio system. Fixed after two attempts. 
Mar 2014

27000 mi
Bluetooth module failed and was replaced. 
May 2014

29000 mi
Water leaked into rear passenger tail light. 
Dec 2014

38000 mi

US $205
Car was found completely dead. Jump started car, brought to Dealer. Dead battery - replaced with OEM battery. 
May 2015

39000 mi
Water leaked into rear passenger tail light. Fixed this issue once and it has reoccurred. new tail light will be installed at Manufacturer's expense. 
Jun 2016

49000 mi

US $250
Radiator cracked 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2013
Oct 2011

19300 mi
Rattle coming from front passenger door. Tech found connector loose and re-attached plastic retaining clip 
May 2012

28000 mi
Radiator developed small pinhole leak, radiator replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maine, United States
Oct 2010 - Apr 2013
Dec 2012

40000 mi
Water pump leaked and replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2014
Oct 2013

18000 mi
Water pump leaking coolant. Replaced water pump. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

6000 mi
iPod issue when sold, was going to bring it up at first service. Dealer said it was a hardware issue with the cable. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2015
Jun 2012

6000 mi
Car infotainment unit malfunctioned. Key fob remote range very poor 
Aug 2012

7500 mi
Key fob wireless range very poor. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Apr 2014 - Jul 2016
Dec 2015

61000 mi

US $100
failed pressure diverter valve replaced and chain case gasket replaced (oil leak detected) 
Jul 2016

67000 mi

US $130
check engine light on due to low turbo boost pressure; turbocharger needs to br replaced 
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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

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. 
May 2015

37300 mi

US $50
Coil packs 
May 2016

44700 mi

US $4000
Cam tension tightener skipped a gear, required tearing down engine to replace a small part. Labor was $2000. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Apr 2011 - Apr 2016
Jul 2012

9700 mi
A/C line between compressor and condenser was leaking 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2016
Apr 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2015
Apr 2013

50000 mi

US $12
Mass Airflow sensor throw check engine light needed to be cleaned 
Jun 2014

79000 mi

US $600
Waterpump fail 
Sep 2014

85000 mi

US $115
plastic intake manifold 
Jan 2015

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 
Apr 2015

97000 mi

US $200
2 piece throwout bearing failed, known issue and there is a single piece revised part available. dealer would not pay. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

10000 mi
Installed check valve in rear window washer system to prevent hot weather from causing washer fluid to leak onto rear window / hatch / bumper. Installed "clip" on wastegate actuator rod to eliminate rattle that could be heard between ~ 2k and 3.5k RPM. Adjusted "striker" on driver's side read door, as door did not close in an acceptable manner prior to adjustment. 
Apr 2015

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. 
Jun 2016

52000 mi

US $1900
soda blast cleaning of intake valve carbon buildup. fixed misfire at cold startup. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Hawaii, United States
Feb 2014 - Sep 2015
Aug 2014

22000 mi

US $50
A/C was not blowing cold. System was at about 1/2 spec. Recharged under warranty with $50 deductible 
Aug 2015

27700 mi
Metallic Rubbing noise when engaging clutch 

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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 Connecticut, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2016
Sep 2012

21000 mi
Leaking rear window washer nozzle. Motor was reinstalled and lines checked for blockages. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2016
Dec 2013

28000 mi
When I picked the car up from a warranty maintenance service, there was an indicator light that a light was out, but no one there could find it. I returned the car a week later so they could work on it and they finally replaced a light 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2012 - Dec 2014
Oct 2012

3100 mi

C $2000
Radio would intermittently cut out; replaced radio multiple times; ended up taking dash apart and fixing loose wiring 
Oct 2014

19820 mi
Light for gear shift was out; couldn't see what gear I was in during the night 
Dec 2014

20460 mi
ABS control module had to be replaced. ABS light would go off 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

46000 mi
Camshaft failure coolant pump leak Sensor housing cracked, causing coolant to leak. Replaced and system recharged 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2015 - Jul 2015
May 2015

77700 mi

US $275
Water pump leak found, replaced water pump. Misfires on cylinders 2 & 3, injectors replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2015
Jul 2014

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. 
Sep 2014

48000 mi
Replaced turbo under warranty as a preventive maintenance item due to wast-gate issue (rattling) 
Dec 2014

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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2014

23300 mi

US $114
OEM Varta battery was killed off by harsh northeast winter. Replaced with AutoCraft GOLD from AAP. 
Sep 2014

28000 mi
Timing chain tensioner bracket broke causing timing issue & misfiring on all cylinders 
Jan 2016

38500 mi
Replaced intake manifold. Was setting off CEL. No driveability issues. VW extended warranty to 10 years/120,000 miles on this part. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Arizona, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2016
Sep 2013

32000 mi
Water Pump 
Nov 2014

45000 mi
Water pump failed for the second time. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2016
Jul 2013

29300 mi
Leaking rear window sprayer. 
Sep 2013

30000 mi
Rear window sprayer was leaking 
Jan 2014

32700 mi
Replaced trim piece on driver rear door 
Sep 2015

56000 mi
The timing belt tensioner was defective causing the timing chain to rattle. The clip and chain where replaced under warranty. Window switch no working properly. Rear Window washer sprayer leaking. Solved problem for about a week. Sprayer has started to leak again after use. 
Jun 2016

66000 mi
The problem of the leaky rear window washer was never remedied and VW had no fix for the problem. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2015
Sep 2012

9000 mi
driver's door was rattling. inside the door they found a loose or missing screw. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Jul 2013 - Mar 2014
Feb 2013

28000 mi
Faulty fuel pump had to be replaced 
Aug 2013

34500 mi
Leak Detector broken left front main headlight fuse blown 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2016
Sep 2015

53000 mi
Intake manifold replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2016
Nov 2011

11500 mi
Drivers door creaked when opening, hinge replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2012

18000 mi
Cracked bezel around light switch, to be repaired at next service 
Aug 2012

24500 mi
Headlight switch replacement from cracked bezel. 
Jan 2014

47500 mi

US $203
4 coil packs replaced. 
Mar 2015

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! 
Apr 2016

70000 mi

US $200
Intake manifold replaced under warranty and valves cleaned at the same time. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Oct 2012
Jul 2011

1800 mi
The engine intermittently sputtered and check engine light would appear, the disappear upon restart of engine. Many faults appears during code read including low voltage indicator. Battery cable found loose. Reset of codes. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2015 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016

103000 mi

US $640
Injector on cylinder 2 failed. Replaced all 4 as a precaution since these injectors are not known to be reliable. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - Jun 2015
Feb 2012

10200 mi
One backlight LED on gauge cluster was intermittently failing. Car was diagnosed by dealership in Dec 2011, part was installed Feb 2012. 
Dec 2012

22320 mi
Sunroof had been making windnoise since new. Until now dealership refused to even look at the issue. Escalated to management, adjustment was made. Minor improvement was attained. Car still has the noisiest sunroof I have ever had. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Kansas, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2012
May 2011

3000 mi
Replaced the sunglass holder which began to fall open. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2016
Apr 2016

81300 mi
Rear brake rotors and pads were replaced due to wear. Front pads and rotors were OK. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

26000 mi

US $250
Undertray ripped off during snow storm. Replaced pieces out of warranty. 
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 manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2016
May 2013

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. 
Sep 2013

44000 mi

US $50
Window glass became disconnected from the mechanism that pushes it up and down the frame 
Nov 2013

47000 mi
Battery was too weak to start the car. Failure was in battery, not the charging system. 
Aug 2015

65000 mi
Emissions light illuminated. Exhaust flap failed; replaced under the extended warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

44000 mi
Engine had hard start. Inter cooler filled with water. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2016
Aug 2014

41300 mi

US $150
Battery died at 40,000 miles. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2016
Jan 2012

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. 
Dec 2012

16120 mi
Intercooler replaced with a cold weather model incorporating a bypass to prevent ice buildup under near-freezing conditions. 
Feb 2013

17320 mi
Factory block heater socket retention system failed. Socket pulled out of fog light housing and hung there by the cord. Fog light housing replaced. Two trips because they ordered the wrong part the first time. 
Apr 2014

25400 mi
Hinge on centre armrest between the two front seats stuck in the upright position in very cold weather. I forced it down and something went snap. Dealer is treating it as a warranty repair, no cost, but he had to order parts so 2 trips. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
Aug 2014

40000 mi
Bad fuel injector 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2011 - Aug 2015
Dec 2011

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) 
Feb 2012

27280 mi
Hard starts when cold due to intercooler icing/water ingestion from melted ice. Well-documented problem with Mk VI TDIs 
Jun 2013

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 Seized left rear brake caliper. 
Aug 2013

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. 
Dec 2013

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. 
Feb 2014

68200 mi
Exhaust flap failed, check engine light on. Fixed under VW TSB and extended warranty for the part 
Jun 2014

71920 mi

C $1285
Rattling brake pads; dealer performed brake service (cleaning, greasing sliders, etc.). Did not correct problem. ABS sensor connecter broken 
Mar 2015

80600 mi

C $390
Noisy wheel bearing. Left rear wheel bearing found worn and was replaced. 
Aug 2015

84320 mi

C $300
Left front coil spring broke. Right front coil spring broke 3 weeks after left front coil spring did the same thing. Not repaired, car traded in. 

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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 California, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2016
Sep 2012

35000 mi
Bluetooth module stopped working and the Battery died a week later. Dealership ordered a new BT module and installed a loaner battery. Bluetooth started working on its own after a week. 
Nov 2012

37700 mi

US $120
Dealer replaced Bluetooth module under warranty. Re-tested the original battery, but it wouldn't hold charge. Paid for a new battery as it was out of warranty (2y/24k). 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

56000 mi

US $650
Bad Glow Plug 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Nov 2010 - May 2015
Jul 2014

49500 mi

US $100
Information Menu control button on steering wheel stopped operating correctly. Problem was physical (mechanical) with the button, not electronic. Defective button and module replaced under extended warranty. $100 deductible 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2014

44000 mi
AC taking very long time to cool. Dealer replaced compressor. Dealer worked with Vw to cover the cost. 
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 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Colorado, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2014
Oct 2011

15000 mi
DSG Mechatronics Unit Died 
Sep 2012

32000 mi
Leaking rear window washer 
Feb 2014

57000 mi
Dead turbocharger 
May 2014

57000 mi
Leaking rear window washer never fixed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - Jan 2015
Jan 2014

50000 mi

US $100
Steering wheel paddles fail to work intermittently 
May 2014

55000 mi
Exhaust actuator valve stuck open 
Jan 2015

63000 mi
I never had the the paddles fixed. The problem was so infrequent (every 4 weeks or so) and the cost so high ($750) that it just wasn't worth it. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2016
Aug 2012

24500 mi
Battery replaced to suspected "dead cell". When brought to dealership it failed their load test. Was replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2013

33000 mi
Rear swaybar endlinks were "clunking" when driving over bumps. I opted to replace them, dealer wouldn't cover the parts since they weren't technically damaged. 
May 2013

34000 mi
Leaking seal on one of the AC lines. Line was replaced and AC was recharged. Couldn't do a true test of the AC because the ambient outside temperatures were only in the high 60s. They also installed a new pollen filter and disinfected the ventilation  
Jun 2013

34000 mi
A/C Condenser was replaced due to factory defect. Replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2013

37000 mi
DSG clutchpacks needed to be replaced. Dealer attempted to charge me for the repair (nearly $2500) parts + labor for replacement telling me that it was a wearable item. After complaining directly to VWOA it was covered under B2B warranty. 
May 2015

55000 mi

US $1500
AFS system in drivers side light failed. Required replacement of HID light housing (complete) + AFS controller 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2016
Feb 2014

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. 
Dec 2015

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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2013
Jul 2011

6000 mi
one touch up window fuction not working, window would go half way up then all the way down. Hold button to bring window back to closed position audio function not working properly after disconnecting bluetooth phone call. New problem developed shortly there after head unit interface not working with connected iPod/iPhone 
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 California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2012

12000 mi
Reverse light replaced. 
May 2013

13700 mi

US $50
Tail light went out. I have now had to change two different bulbs in 2 years. Not a big deal, but on my other car haven't changed any in 7. Annoying time wise, about 45 minutes. 
Jan 2015

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. 
Jan 2016

29700 mi

US $582
Sensor needed to be replaced. Pretty expensive, for my taste. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alabama, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

40000 mi
Driver's side seat cover cloth fraying. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2015
Mar 2013

12000 mi
Rear O2 Sensor needed to be replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2016
Jul 2015

58700 mi
Compressor was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

70000 mi

US $110
No AC. Compressor is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired. 
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 Maryland, United States
Jun 2011 - Aug 2013
Mar 2012

20000 mi
1) driver seat cover was replaced 2) shift lever cover plate was replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alabama, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2014
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Car dead. Installed new battery. 
Jul 2013

15700 mi
Air condition check due to chlorine smell 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 105hp 1.2L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Czech Republic
Jan 2014 - Apr 2016
Dec 2015

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2015
Feb 2013

25040 mi
Sunroof would not work - needed to be reset. 
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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2015
Apr 2013

10000 mi
One part of emission system was replaced after warning light appeared. Didn't hinder car's performance. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2016
Feb 2015

36000 mi

US $960
Front passenger power window motor 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2012
May 2012

11500 mi
Replaced defective fuel pressure regulator valve. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Apr 2016
Jun 2011

8000 mi
Bad tire pressure sensor. Replaced 
Jul 2015

76000 mi

US $289
Intermittent ac malfuction 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2014 - Jan 2016
Jul 2015

31580 mi

C $250
I had to change a beering 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

102-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Chile
Oct 2011 - Jun 2016
Oct 2012

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Great Britain
Jun 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2014

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alaska, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

20000 mi
Intake manifold flaps were broken, resulting in illuminated check engine light, replaced entire intake manifold. Blower motor bearings were bad, resulting in sqeaking noises when cold. Replaced blower motor. Passenger side door creaking at low speeds, i.e. taking off from light, driving over speed bumps. Replaced passenger side B pillar trim and clips. Wastegate rattle at low revs under load (heavy throttle). Replaced wastegate actuator rod clips per TSB. 
May 2013

34000 mi
HVAC airflow direction control not responding to input. Replaced entire "heater box" and servo motors, which were on back order. Required removal and reinstall of entire dashboard. 
May 2015

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. 
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 
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 Michigan, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2016
May 2015

57000 mi
Rattling noise coming from turbo wastegate under acceleration. TSB for the problem was available. A clip was installed that fixed rattling noise. 
Oct 2015

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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

42000 mi

US $128
Ignition cool went out Driver window switch is broken 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alabama, United States
Nov 2014 - Aug 2015
Dec 2014

71000 mi

US $595
Oil leak around lower timing chain cover. Rear brakes worn and needing replacement 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2016
Sep 2011

10000 mi
Wastegate rattle 
Jul 2012

25000 mi
Misfire cylinder 4 
Jun 2013

37000 mi
AC was not cold. Condenser replaced. Window made a noise when going up/down Window regulator replaced 
Jan 2014

45000 mi

US $140
Engine misfire. Coil pack replaced 
Feb 2015

66000 mi

US $623
Check engine light. Low high side fuel pressure sensor. 
Mar 2015

66000 mi

US $6300
Oil pick up clogged. Engine needed replaced. All regular maintenance followed to a T prior to failure. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2015
Oct 2013

22700 mi
Passenger side window was making a grinding/ screetching sound when being rolled up from the being rolled down. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2012 - Nov 2013
Feb 2013

12300 mi
Engine leaking coolant, filled it leaks out every month 
May 2013

16700 mi
Erroneous alerts reported to check tire pressure etc 
Nov 2013

23000 mi
Engine was leaking coolant badly. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Feb 2011 - Oct 2013
Jul 2012

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. 
Oct 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

26000 mi
HVAC Fan would only blow on high(setting 4), dealer replaced "fuse" 
Sep 2013

30000 mi
A/C would not blow cold air, needed recharge even though it is a closed system. 
Jun 2014

40000 mi
A/C was no longer blowing cold air, leak found in gasket on compressor. 
Dec 2014

49000 mi

US $50
Coil pack failed causing engine misfire in one cylinder. Replaced faulty coil pack and normal operation resumed. 
May 2016

69300 mi

US $2100
Replaced clutch and flywheel after the clutch lining wore out. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2012
Mar 2012

16000 mi
CEL came on. Took car to dealer. Faulty part related to turbo intercooler was fixed. Loose passenger door was also fixed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2013
Nov 2012

35700 mi
Window regulator in passenger side was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2013
Oct 2013

46000 mi

US $250
Pressure plate has been broken since approx. 10k miles. Replaced along wit clutch assembly by VW after long battle with warranty people Doors misaligned Driver side pass. window switch fail 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

87000 mi
Recall issue. Intake problem. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2016
Nov 2013

41100 mi

C $600
slight stumble noticed in idle. Flushed fuel system and replaced spark plugs. 
Feb 2016

57900 mi

C $150
Had slight misfire at high idle, replaced spark plugs and coils. Improved situation but not a complete solution. Only a problem in cold weather, so song it less with the warm weather. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2013
Sep 2011

3000 mi
TPMS error. Check pressure warning would not go away, even after adding more air. Reset by dealership. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2014
Apr 2012

20000 mi
Window switch on drivers side stopped working when trying to roll down passenger window. 
May 2014

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. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2016
Mar 2013

34000 mi
Car was shaking when braking. Insides of rear rotors were glazed, inside brake pads completely worn out. Replaced rear rotors and pads with OEM parts 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2015
Mar 2013

21000 mi
Coolant was low, dealer found the cooling system seals leaked. Replaced seals and water pump. 
Sep 2014

48000 mi
Seals in engine degraded and coolant suddenly leaked out. Water pump and seals were replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2015

53000 mi
Intake manifold replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Iowa, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Jul 2015

40000 mi

US $500
Car started surging and losing power while driving. Wouldn't restart. Dealer replaced the in tank fuel pump & seal. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Feb 2012

5000 mi
Replace metallic trim on shifter due to surface peeling 
Dec 2012

14000 mi
Rear pillar trim came loose and was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
Dec 2012

18000 mi
WATER PUMP WAS LEAKING. DEALER REPLACED ENTIRE ASSY. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Sep 2012 - Jan 2013
Oct 2012

8300 mi
wind noise coming from right B-pillar small water leak coming from left A-pillar front passenger's safety belt buckle rattle 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Jul 2013

43700 mi

US $100
Diagnostic light called for error. Fixed by dealer 
Oct 2013

46300 mi

US $50
Oxygen sensor replaced 
Aug 2014

56500 mi

US $50
Replace right rear bearing 
Feb 2015

60000 mi
left rear wheel bearing 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2015
Jan 2015

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 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2016
Jan 2012

21700 mi
2. Radio replacement (data was not updating) 3. TPMS repair (light would not go out after reset, software needed to be updated). 
Apr 2012

26000 mi
TPMS sensor would not shut off. Something needed to be replaced. Something happened to the front passenger seat-back. It is damaged and needs to be replaced. 
May 2013

52000 mi
The TPMS sensor would not go off. 

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2011 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Iowa, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2016
Jul 2012

6000 mi
The rear washer nozzle was leaking onto the rear window when not in use. 
May 2015

37000 mi

US $50
Front marker light on the driver's side started to come off the bumper. Body shop applied glue to the bracket that holds the light properly in place. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2011 - Apr 2016
Mar 2014

94240 mi

C $600
replace catalyst sensor 
Feb 2016

130200 mi

C $1500
Replace both front axles due to wear. Fixing vibration cause by axles. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Colorado, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

25000 mi
Hose came loose, Dealer hooked hose back up, engine light returned to normal. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

12700 mi

US $130
heat/AC blower relay. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Oct 2015
Apr 2015

55000 mi

US $300
Rear rotors cracked. 
May 2015

56000 mi

US $220
Leaking rear shock absorber. 

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2010.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Great Britain
Oct 2010 - Dec 2012
Mar 2012

24000 mi
Car was not charging and battery light was on, called recovery who repaired the fault, it was down to a poor connection in the fusebox during manufacture. 
Apr 2012

24700 mi

£750
AC had failed due to a damaged ACC condenser as it was hit by a stone. 

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