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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Chart based on 229 repairs.

2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Chart based on 15 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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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

3000 mi

US $44
With 200 miles on the vehicle, the water pump began making a loud whistling noise. It was determined to be faulty. Two front wheel center caps fell off during normal driving. Upon inspection of center caps, it was found that the clips that hold it into the wheel had snapped. Dealer claimed that they were not covered because they were a trim item. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 256hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2012
Apr 2012

2000 mi
Sirius Satellite cutting in and out Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances 
May 2012

3000 mi
Rear windshield washer nozzle clogged. When used first time, line burst leaking into trunk Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances 
Jun 2012

4000 mi
Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances 
Sep 2012

4000 mi
Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances. Intermittent, but sometimes had to get within 2-3 feet. After five failed attempts, I asked that the car be replaced. VW did so with no hassle. VW took great care of me. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
Mar 2012

6000 mi
Front Turn Signal would not turn off. 
Mar 2013

16000 mi
Water Pump failure caused a slow but constant loss of fluid. Water pump replaced under warranty. Common GTI problem. 
Jun 2013

18000 mi
Rear Hatch would not close 
May 2014

28000 mi
Water pump leaking coolant. 2nd failure. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2014
Mar 2012

3000 mi
Rear hatch wouldn't open Rear hatch broke again 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Nov 2014
Feb 2012 Car's trip computer did not have all functionality installed correctly at factory; dealer had to perform a software install/upgrade to fix issue 
Oct 2012

11000 mi
wiper/multi function stalk on right side of steering column fell apart while I was using it on a rainy day. 
Sep 2014

46000 mi

US $712
High pressure fuel pump should signs of failing (MIL light on, car hard to start and hesitating). Normal pressure to be 40psi; test reading had it at 7psi, 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2012
Oct 2011

1000 mi
Poor Gas Mileage. City: 12-18 mpg. Hwy: 28-30. Combined: 23.9 mpg for the first 1100 miles. Was told that it would improve after break in period of up to 5000 miles but no guarantee that it would ever hit the EPA estimates of 24 mpg city One headrest in back seat could be removed but two others could not be removed. Had to make a second trip since they needed a couple hours to remove panel to fix problem. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Oct 2011 - Jul 2013
Feb 2012

2300 mi
Sunglass compartment overhead kept popping open. Replaced under warranty 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Jul 2011 - Apr 2012
Oct 2011

3000 mi
EPC light on, reset computer 
Jan 2012

5000 mi
EPC light, many parts replaced. ECM, CCC connectors and housing. Light came back on eight days later. 
Mar 2012

7000 mi
EPC light. Final fix was the replacement on the steering column wire harness. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Manitoba, Canada
Oct 2011 - Jun 2015
Feb 2012

2760 mi
Glove Box Squeaks when opening, 
Mar 2015

24800 mi
High pressure fuel pump sensor was replaced 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2012
Mar 2012

1000 mi
Rear window windshield wiper arm broke off the car while driving. Replaced under warranty. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Repair Histories

239 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 108 of these members (45.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 229 repairs to 2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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