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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 278 repairs.

2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (42%)

$100 - $499 (53%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 19 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

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2013
Mar 2013

3000 mi
something in the clutch is moving. something is loose. 
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 Wagon

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2014

38800 mi
Fault in right rear ABS sensor circuit; electrical issue: one wire inside harness had open circuit. Replaced ABS harness. 
Dec 2014

45260 mi
Engine light on; Exhaust flap sticking open and closed; replaced flap 
Feb 2015

46500 mi

C $600
Heater fan wouldn't start. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 105hp 1.6L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Finland
Jan 2012 - Dec 2014
Dec 2012

22940 mi

€150
Door handles do not work properly when minus centigrade, you need to pull the handle twice to get the door open. 
Oct 2013

40940 mi

€400
Door handles needed to be pulled twice Gas tank hatch always open 
Oct 2014

63240 mi

€700
Manual gear box, could not get in first gear. replaced the "gear guide"? 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 270hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2012 - Apr 2014
Nov 2012

6180 mi
Leaking seal on rear drive differential "bevel box". Replaced seal and did alignment. 
Aug 2013

13640 mi
Bevel box seal leak. Rear drive connection to transmission leaking oil 

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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 Nova Scotia, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jul 2014
Aug 2013

1240 mi
Noise from driver's door when car is in motion. Found loose bolt on striker. Tightened bolt and adjusted door. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2012 - Jun 2016
Dec 2012

11780 mi
Steering wheel functions (radio computer, nav, horn) stopped working. A clockspring wire had broken. 
Sep 2014

29140 mi

C $1365
Front differential was leaking. Repaired under warranty 
Apr 2016

41520 mi
Subframe bolts needed replacing. Symptom was creaking while driving and turning. Air flow sensor 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

2000 mi
replaced warped right front wheel well liner 
Sep 2013

15000 mi
updated software on RCD-510 entertainment system due to bugs when connecting with Bluetooth. 
Oct 2013

16000 mi

US $35
left rear bumper reflector cracked. Replaced with new part. Dealer claimed rock damage, but an odd location for this. Friend had same problem with his car. 
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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Jun 2012 - May 2014
Jun 2013

10000 mi
Water pump impeller came loose and ate through housing and engine timing belt. Very common for R's with build dates Feb-March 2012. 
Oct 2013

12600 mi
Battery died, dealer replaced it under warranty. Car is 18 months/12.6K miles old. Dealer said this is normal on German-built VW's. The US made ones fair better, battery-wise. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Jan 2012 - Apr 2015
Feb 2013

6500 mi
Front speaker had a bass rattle. It required replacement. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

13000 mi
Loud whine indicating impending WP failure. replaced pump, timing belt. Replaced timing belt cover. 
Mar 2014

21000 mi
Crankcase breather replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2016

34000 mi
Left rear speaker not working. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Sep 2014

16120 mi
In Tank low pressure transfer pump not supplying adequate fuel pressure to the cam driven direct injection fuel pump, resulting in fuel starvation and power loss during times of high engine load and speed. Pump replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2015

18900 mi
All major components of the fuel system replaced. Fuel tank, in tank low pressure fuel transfer pump, it's controller, fuel lines, engine driven direct injection pump, and all injectors. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2012 - May 2014
Mar 2013

6000 mi
Got the error message "Keyless malfunction." Dealer replaced the "brain" that deals with the proximity key that allows keyless locking/unlocking and starting the car. Repair worked for a day. 
Nov 2013

10300 mi
Keyless entry system repaired by fixing wiring in driver's door. 

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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 Texas, United States
Sep 2012 - Jul 2015
Nov 2012

8500 mi
Roof bracket around sun roof was rattling and needed to be replaced. 
Jul 2015

27000 mi

US $100
Underbody shield came off and wire to oxygen sensor was exposed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oklahoma, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2014
Jul 2013

34000 mi
Intake manifold was replaced due to a faulty sensor. 
Mar 2014

43000 mi

US $300
car was misfiring on cold start-up. I changed the plugs, coil packs and eventually the EGR valve. 
Jun 2014

51000 mi

US $55
Tie rod ends were squeaking and needed replacement. this was the second set needed! 
Jul 2014

52500 mi

US $100
Battery died needing replacement 
Sep 2014

54000 mi

US $600
High pressure fuel pump ffailed 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
May 2012 - Mar 2016
Aug 2013

11000 mi
Water pump failed. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

59700 mi

US $2000
clunk on bumps, a bushing that only clunked when partially loaded. 
Mar 2016

65000 mi

US $900
replace shocks and 2 new tires 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jan 2012 - Nov 2013
Jun 2013

20000 mi
Right rear window not functioning. A few days later it fell off the track again. I was able to still use it if I opened/closed it without using the auto function. 
Nov 2013

22000 mi
Loss of power and check engine lit on dashboard. Right rear window regulator replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2013

7000 mi
Service Now warning came on ~3k miles prematurely, dealer reset it 
Aug 2013

7000 mi
Coolant leak from water pump, water pump replaced under warranty 
Jun 2014

13000 mi
The knob to adjust the outside mirrors broke off with normal use and was repaired under warranty 
Aug 2014

13000 mi
EPC warning light came on then turned off after a short time. Dealer viewed stored codes but couldn't diagnose specific issue, no repair needed. 
Dec 2014

14000 mi
Water pump failed for the second time (first at 9k miles). Replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2016

19300 mi
ECU updated per recall - fixed a malfunctioning warning light. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Mar 2012 - May 2014
May 2013

21500 mi
The dashboard developed a bubble and had to be replaced. 
Jan 2014

30000 mi
CEL from bad sensor in intake. Very common issue on 2.0 TSI engine. 
May 2014

32000 mi
Rough idle. Dealership could not duplicate. Last straw decided to get rid of vehicle before warranty ends. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2014 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

54000 mi

US $150
Rear wheel bearing became very noisy (driver's side). Replaced bearing/hub assembly. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

5700 mi
When turning wheels sharp to the right there was a noise coming from suspension. Dealer fixed it under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2015
Oct 2014

37300 mi
Check Engine light and failure to start led to replacement of Intake Manifold. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Colorado, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2016
Nov 2013

15000 mi
Water pump leaks 
Jul 2014

22700 mi
water pump 2nd time 
Sep 2015

32000 mi
Ck engine light on, was a sensor on the radiator, emissions related to replace the sensor whole radiator was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2016
May 2014

31000 mi
Water pump leaking. Replaced under warranty 
Jun 2014

33000 mi
P2015 check engine light. Entire manifold replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Indiana, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2016
Feb 2014

18700 mi
Check engine light went due to condensation in the fuel line. The problem cleared itself but the check engine light still needed to be reset. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2016
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. 
Dec 2015

43000 mi

US $350
Carbon Buildup due to Direct Injection design. 
Jan 2016

43300 mi
Faulty HPFP (fuel pump). Common GTI problem. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Apr 2015

61000 mi
Waterpump replaced 
Mar 2016

85000 mi

US $630
Began getting a CEL for Intake Manifold Flap errors. The Entire manifold was replaced under the TSB extended warranty. Rear Rotors were quite rusty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2016
Aug 2014

50700 mi

US $10
Rear cargo cover/parcel shelf hinge pin broke off. Drilled out old pin, used a nut/bolt and nylon standoff to replace the pin. 
Dec 2014

55000 mi

US $257
Minor coolant leakage on LH lower corner of radiator (a few drops on the garage floor). Coolant level was still full. Replaced radiator and PZEV temperature/anti-tamper sensor. Refilled w/G12++ coolant and distilled water. 
Jun 2015

60000 mi
Windshield is delaminating at several places around the edges. Very unusual for a 3 year old car, typically not seen until 15+ years. Purely a cosmetic problem at this time. 
Mar 2016

68000 mi
Very light misfiring at idle for a long time. Now much worse after a cold start. Eventually set code P0303 misfire cylinder #3. Moved the #3 coil and spark plug to different cylinders to see if the misfire would move. Misfire stayed at #3. 
Jun 2016

70000 mi

US $348
Injected Seafoam Spray in the intake at high idle to clean carbon buildup that was causing misfires at idle and check engine light. Significant smoke after the process, so I repeated it again with a 2nd can. Moderate improvement, not 100%. Dealer found faulty intake manifold runner, code P2008. Covered by a warranty extension for this part. I had sharply lower fuel economy for months (a symptom of this) but the code never came up with my scantool. Intake manifold replaced. Dealer offered a manual carbon cleaning while the intake manifold was already removed. Cost was $328 since manifold removal was paid by VW due to the faulty intake runner. Normal price is $1100 for manual carbon cleaning at this dealer. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2016
Mar 2014

22000 mi
The car was losing coolant without an apparent leak. The dealer determined that the leak was in the water pump and replaced that part. 
Sep 2014

27000 mi
The high pressure fuel pump failed and the engine was not making power 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2012 - May 2016
Feb 2014

19000 mi
Replaced camshaft adjuster unit because the inlet screen had popped out. Extreme cold weather (-25F) may have contributed. 
Jan 2015

29000 mi
Code 2015, intake flapper motor failed. Replaced intake assembly. 
Dec 2015

37000 mi
Replaced intake manifold. Car through a CEL (code 2015) on previous day though no adverse performance had been noticed. Dealer replaced intake at no charge because an extended warranty had been offered on this component by VW. 
May 2016

40000 mi
Intake manifold replaced again. Through CEL, engine hesitated occasionally, and couldn't achieve full throttle. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2016
Feb 2014

23000 mi
Water pump seal connecting water pump to block failed. Replaced water pump and two sealing rings. 
Oct 2014

32500 mi
Water pump again 
Feb 2015

38000 mi
high pressure fuel pump failed 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2012

4340 mi
Bluetooth module died. Dealer replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2016
Jan 2016

68000 mi

US $25
failed coil-pack, replaced by owner. 
Feb 2016

72000 mi
Faulty fuel injector replaced under warranty 

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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 Texas, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

16000 mi
Coolant warning illuminated. Checked Temperatures over OBDII (normal) and drove to dealer to top up coolant. Water pump found leaking. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
May 2015

52000 mi

US $800
Bad sensor need replacement 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
Nov 2014

29000 mi
Leaking Cam Position sensor 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2016
Mar 2015

36000 mi
Foam on drivers side seat back split and allowed metal bar in the seat back to contact the drivers back. Repair covered under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Feb 2014

8000 mi
Alarm system was going off randomly for no apparent reason. Computer software had an error code. Dealer reset code and problem seems to be fixed. 
Mar 2015

14000 mi
Slight creaking noise on dry steering. Dealer replaced strut mount/bearing under warranty. Quick and easy repair. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2015

21000 mi

US $200
A/C stopped producing cold air. System was down to 130 grams. The tech could not find a leak and recharged the system to 550 grams, including a dye to find any possible leak in the future. A rattle came from front passenger side door at speeds below about 40 mph. Tech located rattle on rear driver side door, cleaned window and door seals and applied silicone lubricant to that area. This did NOT fix the reported rattle. 
Sep 2015

25000 mi
A/C was becoming weaker for the second time this y ear. At last visit, dye was injected into refrigerant. A technician, while replacing the coolant pump as part of a Service Action, found the leak and replaced the A/C condenser assembly. 
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 Tennessee, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2015
Mar 2014

26000 mi

US $200
Had to replace the battery on a car that was 23 months old and had 25000 miles on it. 
Dec 2014

35000 mi
Hatch area makes noise. Dealer claimed it is the tools squeaking and they cannot stop it 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

21000 mi
Interior panels popped off, replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - Nov 2014
Dec 2013

67000 mi

US $300
Fan motor on heater was squealing. Fan blower was replaced. 
Mar 2014

75000 mi

US $900
High pressure fuel pump failed causing performance issues. 
Aug 2014

85700 mi

US $500
Check engine light came on. Sensor was replaced. 
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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
May 2012 - Sep 2015
Jul 2015

43000 mi
HPFP (High Pressure Fuel Pump) failure 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2015
Nov 2014

24000 mi
Airbag warning light for driver's side came on, and all steering wheel controls stopped working, were no longer lit. VW replaced a clock spring, which resolved the issue. GTI logo in steering wheel silver trim almost completely worn off. I asked dealer to replace that trim part under warranty. Was told that they can't replace just the trim. They've ordered a completely new steering wheel. 
Feb 2015

26000 mi
Light switch cracked. Dealer replaced at no charge despite this not being covered by warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Oct 2013
Aug 2012 Driver's side tail light wasn't sealed properly, condensation appearing in tail light housing. Severe rattle under low boost from the turbo. Clearly a wastegate rattle. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
May 2012

4000 mi
The bluetooth module was faulty and needed to be replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2016
Oct 2012

12000 mi
Leaky rear windshield washer nozzle was replaced. 
Feb 2015

35000 mi
Water pump failed, leaking almost all coolant. 
Sep 2015

41000 mi
Water pump was replaced as per recall. 
Dec 2015

43000 mi

US $500
Oil leak from upper timing cover. Cover replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2012 - Jan 2016
Jun 2012 Radio would not tune certain FM stations without shutting down. Dealer ordered new radio. 
Jul 2012 Replaced radio 
Apr 2014

30000 mi
Water pump failed. Had to be towed for service. 
Jan 2016

48000 mi
Coilpack failed on valve 2 and was replaced under power train warranty. Ecu recall also performed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

22700 mi
replaced faulty water pump 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Jul 2016
Jan 2016

59700 mi
Intake manifold 
Jul 2016

67000 mi

US $200
Ignition coils and Spark plugs 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
May 2012 - May 2013
Aug 2012

5700 mi
iPod MFI cable was not working correctly 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

87000 mi
Under their extended warentee, VW replaced the manifold sensor (which was either sticking or just reporting it was sticking) and the entire manifold. $0. Also a software update and a recalled air ad wire harness. All &0 
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 Arizona, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2016
Oct 2012

10000 mi
Parking brake release button broke off months ago. Arranged repair during scheduled maintenance. Whole parking brake handle was replaced and is now working perfectly. 
May 2014

30000 mi
High-pressure fuel pump failed and was replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2014

37000 mi
Replaced driver's window controls, as auto-up speed working. 
Feb 2015

40000 mi
Leaking water pump replaced. 
Aug 2015

46000 mi
The wastegate on the turbo failed. The turbo unit was replaced. 
May 2016

56000 mi
Plastic end on coolant hose cracked and failed, draining coolant. Hose was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Nov 2012

4000 mi
Airbag light, switch replaced 
Dec 2013

8000 mi
Vibration when engine under load conditions between 1800-3000 rpm. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

4500 mi
Front Passenger Seat-belt buckle rattles if the road is bumpy. Replaced under warranty. 
Feb 2014

13000 mi
Coolant Pump Leak. Repaired Under Warranty at Dealer. 
Oct 2014

16000 mi

US $230
Faulty battery did not hold a charge. Just outside of the two year warranty, had to replace with fully out of pocket spending. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

19000 mi
coolant pump failed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alabama, United States
Apr 2012 - Feb 2015
Dec 2012

14000 mi
Front strut mounts making grinding noise. Replaced both front strut mounts. Loud buzzing noise from right passenger vent when over course roads. Dealer noticed noise and replaced vent. So far noise is absent. 
Dec 2013

28000 mi
Replaced broken A/C vent. Turbo waste gate was rattling when accelerating. 
Feb 2015

43000 mi

US $991
Electronic Control module failed. High pressure fuel pump failed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Georgia, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2013
May 2012

10000 mi
Rattling noise when accelerating. Fixed when taken in for 10k service there was a TSB for a new waste-gate clip that was applied and stopped the noise. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2015
Jul 2012

10700 mi
Wastegate rattle. 
Nov 2014

30300 mi
Rear taillight full of water 
Feb 2015

33000 mi

US $760
Bad PCV valve. Also required oil change as leaking valve resulted in significant loss of oil. Symptom was oil pressure warning light proceeded by grinding engine noise during a fast turn. 
Sep 2015

37000 mi
Excessive oil consumption. Was burning 1quart of oil per 1,00 0 miles. Dealer ran a oil consumption test and said it was still within range (ie: 1qt per 600 miles is considered in range). VW's solution is to keep adding oil. :( 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

17980 mi
Malfunctioning rear oxygen sensor - in first ten km driven. 
Nov 2013

26360 mi
Two full battery failures led to two jump-starts, about 5 hours lost, and a full battery replacement under warranty (1.25 years after purchase). 
Dec 2014

48980 mi
'The' known intercooler design issue - condensation causes water to fill the intake and 'prevents' starts. Dealer decision to replace per TSB. About 5 hours' billable work or $3,000 if not under warranty. 
Feb 2015

52120 mi

C $375
Rear exhaust gas temp sensor. Entire bloody subframe had to be lowered to change. Fought with dealer over goodwill. In the end, VW Canada paid 75% - yay VW, boo dealer. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Nov 2014
Dec 2013

35960 mi
Inside cover of hatch came loose, screw fell out. Dealer repaired under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jun 2015
May 2014

23540 mi
Front right stabilizer bar end link got loose, causing noises at low speed. Replace under warranty by dealer. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013
Nov 2012

19700 mi
Bad fuel pressure valve on the fuel return line was causing hesitation and stumbling at steady cruising state around 35-50 mph. 
Feb 2013

31000 mi
Bad fuel pressure valve; same problem as previous (failed again). 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

23300 mi
Simple dash and panel rattles. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

10000 mi
Sunroof leak. Water ran down A pillar behind the dash, and onto the floor. Sunroof seat was repaired, car dried out 
Apr 2013

16700 mi
Sunroof leak 
Aug 2015

41000 mi

US $340
Sway bar end links replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Nevada, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

13000 mi
After a rain, used the defogger. Soon after lost the radio. All other media played. Satellite, CD, Phone worked in that console. Then the radio started playing. But only the HD (AM and FM) stations. Then problem went away. Reported to dealer, no tests. 

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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 Tennessee, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

60000 mi

US $100
CEL came on indicating a problem with EGR system. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2014
Apr 2012

5000 mi
DSG equipped car stalled then ran rough after re-starting. 
Jun 2012

9000 mi
Check Engine Light during roadtrip. Brought to dealership after return home, no current problems found. Code was EGR related. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2016
Nov 2013

16500 mi
Ventilation system smelled like crap literally. Needed a new compressor although ac never blew warm and was Ice cold. they did a recall on the cabin filter it had an issue and smelled up the car when the fan was on. Clean the vent system and new filter. 
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 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Jan 2013

3700 mi
Left B-pillar creaked loudly whenever going over bumps or when torsion applied to frame. Solved by "Universal spray at some B-pillar points and lubed weather seals in contact with door and body." Common TDI low speed lurching problem. At low speeds when the engine is cold the car lurches between 1st and 2nd gear. Dealer said they could not reproduce. I was able to reproduce it the next morning. WIll have to leave it overnight w/ them 
Dec 2013

10000 mi
Started car after it had been parked for 1 hour and turned the headlights on. Dash indicated a headlight was out, but inspection revealed all lights working. Restarted car and indicator went away. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Arizona, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2016
Mar 2012

1000 mi
Driver's side front door squeaked. Dealer readjusted the mounting of the door and solved problem. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2015
Sep 2012

2000 mi
Transmission is surging at slow speeds (approx 20MPH) 
Dec 2012

6000 mi
Intermittent jerking/lurching action caused by the transmissions when driving at slow speeds. VW repaired by reflashing the computer with an update. The update has resolved the issue. 
Apr 2013

9300 mi
When outside temp was 60 deg F. or higher, the low coolant light would come on after driving vehicle for 30 minutes, shutting it down for 20 minutes, and starting it up again. 
Dec 2014

29000 mi

US $193
Strong musty smell coming from vent when using A/C Dealership replaced pollen filter and cleaned ventilation system using AIRCO CLEAN 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2014

34000 mi
Car wouldn't start in the morning - water frozen in intercooler. Work to replace turbo intercooler, etc. Service Bulletin to resolve issue with moisture buildup in the intercooler. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2011 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

39060 mi
Check engine light came on. Exhaust flap was seized. Was replaced. 
Mar 2016

51460 mi
Went to start car. Started and then would stop. Info screen said "key not in range". Tried other key...same. Had car towed to dealer. Immobilizer was re-programmed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

29000 mi
The dealer replaced a faulty exhaust gas temperature sensor. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2014

29760 mi
Pulled code P047F - "Exhaust Pressure Control Valve A Stuck Open" Fixed under warranty. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 105hp 1.2L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Queensland, Australia
Feb 2012 - Mar 2015
May 2014

17820 mi
Minor leak in water pump. Fixed under warranty 
Jun 2014

18600 mi
Rattle with fuel line. Common problem, fixed in 5 minutes by mechanic. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2015

12300 mi
Passenger side visor broke off under slight stress. Dealer replied under warranty. 
Apr 2015

13500 mi
Secondary air pressure sensor circuit low. Per Tech Bulletin #2028415/3. Replaced secondary air pressure sensor. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
May 2013 - Feb 2016
Dec 2013

26000 mi
Whirring noise under the hood. Dealer claims it to be normal noise from vacuum motor controlling the idle. I do not remember hearing it from new. 
Feb 2014

29300 mi
Washer tank level switch stopped working. 
Sep 2014

47000 mi

US $350
Replaced front and rear pads and rotors 
Apr 2015

58700 mi

US $270
MAP sensor code. Needed software update. Not covered by warranty 
Feb 2016

71000 mi
Started banging during downshifts when coming to a stop. Had same problem in my 2008 Golf 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

74000 mi

US $120
Rear (original) brake pads replaced at 75K mi with premium pads. Trouble-free car! 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

2480 mi
EVAP problem, engine light came on. Dealer replaced some component at the gas tank. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2013 - Mar 2016
Dec 2013

7440 mi
Heater control would not put out maximum heat when set at high; would have to dial control to 'low' then turn to 'high' before hot air would come out of vents. Vehicle required a software upgrade to work. Passanger side sun visor light would turn on and off when pulling visor down from ceiling. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
May 2012 - Jul 2016
Jun 2012 Shifter cable became disconnected from transmission rendering car undriveable - stuck in Reverse. 
Mar 2013

3000 mi
Something was wrong with the window track or window motor on the rear driver's side window. The deal never fully explained what was wrong. 
Jul 2016

14000 mi

US $273
Trouble code P2432. Took the deal a day to diagnose. VW CC covered 75% of repair. 2ndary air injection system. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2011 - Feb 2015
Aug 2012

12060 mi
the turn signal, and start up chimes changed tone, and the resulting fix is a new instrument cluster, which is on order, and to be installed. no big deal, VW was great about it. 
Feb 2014

36260 mi
knock sensor replaced / manifold pressure sender cleared codes. car would go into "safe" mode, and not surpass 3000 RPM in acceleration in any gear (5-spd manual), it was determined to be the intake manifold sensor. 
Mar 2014

36580 mi
MAP sensor reset (2nd time...first time was when we replaced the knock sensor). dealer reset sensor, will replace it when the sensor is tripped again. MAP sensor replacement - taken to dealer vehicle was hunting in RPM from 0 to 1000 vehicle was holding RPM when revved for a few seconds at 2000, or 3000... warranty repair, not sure if this is the extent of current issues...stay tuned. 
Sep 2014

44640 mi
the ongoing engine light issue seems to have been resolved. its been in the shop 1 - 2 times a month since March. reflash software, replace MAF, replace wiring, etc, all done on last trip 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2012 - Mar 2016
May 2013

11160 mi
Sunroof rattle repaired 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2013

19240 mi
Musty smell from HVAC. Cleaned system and replaced pollen filter. 
Mar 2015

37200 mi
Rattle in headliner near sunroof controls. Found and tightened loose screw. 
Jul 2015

45720 mi
Gauge cluster warnings chimes (key-in, turn signal on, etc.) stopped working. Gauge cluster replaced. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 256hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

54500 mi

US $135
OEM battery failed. Replaced by owner with aftermarket AGM battery. Original battery failed sooner that expected. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Feb 2012 - Feb 2014
Jun 2013

32000 mi

US $300
Gas filler door hinge cracked and broken left under car shield 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2015
Oct 2013

15000 mi
A failed water pump gear caused the timing belt to fail which resulted in a blown motor. VW replaced the engine, no questions asked. No problems since. Apparently this has been a problem for a few cars with an early 2012 build date as mine. 

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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
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

38700 mi
Water pump leak 
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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Colorado, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2014
Apr 2012

2700 mi
Water leaking into left side passenger window. 
Oct 2014

24300 mi
Recirculation valve sticking and throwing code 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2012 I took the car in for a slight vibration when the car reaches about 45 mph and above 
Aug 2012

4000 mi

US $100
Had the car in for an oil change and tire rotation and balance to try to see if the vibration would go away but it didn't. $100 was for oil change and tire rotation and balance which I thought the price was fair since it was the dealer 
Aug 2014

30000 mi
replaced water pump and tie rods 
Apr 2016

53500 mi
Coolant light came on Friday. Took the car Saturday to have it checked, a new water pump was installed. 
May 2016

54000 mi
power door locks no longer work. will not get it fixed 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2016
Sep 2012

4000 mi
Dealer fixed a rattle near the glovebox. Replaced vent assembly and added foam to side panel per a TSB. 
Aug 2013

13000 mi
Low coolant warning (had checked 2 days earlier, no issue). Water pump was source of leak. Replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2014

22000 mi
Lost coolant due to bad seal. Covered under warranty. Dealer replaced 9 seals to be safe and test drove for 5 miles. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
Aug 2012

9000 mi
Wind noise on both driver and passenger door. Driver door was also rattling, making a thudding noise when going over rough roads. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Kentucky, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

18000 mi
Cold engine start - EPC light would flash, check engine light would come on, power loss occasionally. After engine warmed up issue would dissipate. Would occasionally notice same problem after sharp turn. Replaced cam sensor and some related cracked pins. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Indiana, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2014

28000 mi

US $400
Found coolant leak. Defective water pump replaced. 
May 2016

43000 mi

US $600
15 months old around 20k miles car tires were cupped and ruined. My other VW GLI also cupped and destroyed its tires. Car realligned but it has been determined at 43k miles car will need all new struts and another realignment to correct. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2012 - Oct 2014
Sep 2014

29000 mi

US $54
Clunking noise when making sharp turn over bump. 

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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 2016
Feb 2012

2760 mi
Glove Box Squeaks when opening, 
Mar 2015

24800 mi
High pressure fuel pump sensor was replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
Aug 2013

20000 mi
Problem with seat back mechanism 
Jan 2014

29700 mi
Dsg transmission stopped working. Replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2014

38700 mi
Paint is chipping off car everywhere. VW said they will cover only 1 of the many areas. Still working with the dealer, but it looks like they will not stand behind it. Paint started coming off in non-wear areas at about 20K mi. 
May 2015

46000 mi
Paint chipping off all over the place. Rust beneath the paint on the tailgate. Do not buy a white Volkswagon. The paint is horrible. Volkswagen will only repair about 30% of the problem areas. Their paint warranty SUCKS. Don't trust VW. 
Nov 2015

47000 mi
Peeling paint, rust. Many locations on body. Took several trips to body shop to get it fixed and there are new ones being repaired now 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Feb 2015
Oct 2014

35000 mi
Check coolant light came on, water pump was leaking and replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2014

36000 mi
Engine was misfiring badly and went into limp mode, check engine light and epc light came on. Three of four coil packs were replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Apr 2016
Feb 2014

19700 mi
Water Pump Failed Leaking Coolant. Coolant light went on on dash. New water pump installed under warranty. 

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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 Florida, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

6000 mi
I had a rattle in the passenger side door and a wind noise in the drive side door. The dealer applied a rattle kit to the passenger side door and adjusted the driver side door. 
Aug 2013

11300 mi
Dealer replaced driver side door seal. 
Jan 2014

22700 mi
The steering wheel clock spring malfunctioned causing my steering wheel controls and airbag to stop working. The dealer replaced the clock spring in approximately 2 4 hours. It was covered under warranty. 
Jun 2014

31000 mi
Turbo bearings failed 31000 miles. The turbo was replaced under warranty and a loaner car was provided at no cost. 
Dec 2015

61000 mi

US $108
The push button start stopped required multiple presses to start/stop. The button itself needed to be replaced. Simple fix, part cost $108 from the dealer. 
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. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2014
Dec 2012

12000 mi
Power window switch on the driver's side had been malfunctioning since the car was delivered. Dealer installed a new switch cluster under warranty. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
May 2013

4500 mi
Issue was with window switch on driver's side that controls passenger window. Amount of pressure needed to perform the "one-touch" open/close feature wasn't right. 
Jun 2014

15000 mi
Pedal movement before brakes "grab" is too much. Wanted them to bleed brake fluid or do something that would make the brake pedal more precise. Dealer said they bled brakes a bit but it all looked good and pedal movement was normal. 
Jan 2015

19700 mi
Heating coil blinking dash light. Dealer replaced heating coil computer module and car battery under warranty. 
Dec 2015

25000 mi
Driver's window switches one-touch up/down function stopped working, and occasionally wouldn't work at all. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2013
Feb 2013

21700 mi
Low tone of horn stopped working. Chrome-look trim piece on air conditioning vent fell off 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2015
Apr 2014

21700 mi
Front bumper towing eye cover was loose. 
Jun 2014

23000 mi
Rear hatch wiper fluid spray nozzle leaking. TSB on file. Dealer replaced via warranty. 

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2012 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2013

5000 mi
Wheel TPMS is giving a false warning about low tire pressure. 
Oct 2015

13300 mi
The lock/unlock button on the driver door was malfunctioning. Would not unlock the door when pressed. After the repair it functioned for about a month before failing again. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Mar 2012 - Feb 2016
Jan 2014

47000 mi
A CD became stuck in the CD player. Dealership replaced radio under warranty, but the new radio's sound quality is terrible across the board. After about 10 minutes, sound becomes scratchy and unlistenable. 
Nov 2015

83300 mi

US $180
Liftgate suddenly stopped locking/closing. Under medium acceleration, liftgate would open, and the trip computer showed an open door. Took to an independent shop who had to order the part. Fixed next morning. 
Feb 2016

87000 mi
Audio system had awful sound quality, would become unlistenable. Never fixed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Rhode Island, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2016
Jul 2014

54000 mi

US $115
Car didn't start. Dealer checked electrical system and battery. Everything checked OK, but I insisted on a new battery being installed for my own peace of mind. 
Jun 2016

117000 mi
Condenser pierced. Replace condenser. Alternator failed. Replaced Alternator. 

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