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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Problems and Repair Histories

197 TrueDelta members own a 2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 81 of these members (41.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 131 repairs to 2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Don't infer 2012 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 2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

30% of the 2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 1% to the brakes, 2% to the suspension, 34% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 20% to the body and trim, and 7% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 131 repairs.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2011 3000    
3000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 0    
2000 0 Sirius Satellite cutting in and out Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances 
3000 0 Rear windshield washer nozzle clogged. When used first time, line burst leaking into trunk Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances 
4000 0 Keyless entry not functioning at proper distances 
4000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 0    
6000 0 Front Turn Signal would not turn off. 
16000 0 Water Pump failure caused a slow but constant loss of fluid. Water pump replaced under warranty. Common GTI problem. 
18000 0 Rear Hatch would not close 
26000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 0    
3000 0 Rear hatch wouldn't open Rear hatch broke again 
292000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2012 0    
0 Car's trip computer did not have all functionality installed correctly at factory; dealer had to perform a software install/upgrade to fix issue 
11000 0 wiper/multi function stalk on right side of steering column fell apart while I was using it on a rainy day. 
37000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2011 1000    
1000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 0    
2300 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2011 0    
3000 0 EPC light on, reset computer 
5000 0 EPC light, many parts replaced. ECM, CCC connectors and housing. Light came back on eight days later. 
7000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 0    
2760 0 Glove Box Squeaks when opening, 
17980  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2012 0    
1000 0 Rear window windshield wiper arm broke off the car while driving. Replaced under warranty. 
 

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