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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 88 repairs.
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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (20%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 10 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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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 256hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2012 - Aug 2016
May 2016

34100 mi
Front end links. Fixed under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

24000 mi
Check engine light came on with codes p2015/p2010: Intake manifold runner position sensor failure. The motor/sensor module was replaced and codes cleared. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

36580 mi
Fault code p0456 replaces faulty n80 emission valve 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2013 - Aug 2014
Mar 2013

500 mi
After leaving the car outdoors in the snow, the brakes stuck to the rotors. This caused the brakes to rattle excessively under heavy braking. Dealer shaved erosion from the brakes. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Feb 2015 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

46000 mi

US $50
Replaced break wear sensors and reset system. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2016
Mar 2015

20000 mi
Slowly kept losing coolant. Faulty water pump. Replaced along with seals. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2016
May 2016

38300 mi

US $10
One of the headlight bulbs failed immediately after the warranty had ended. 
Aug 2016

43000 mi

US $330
The diverter valve on the turbo failed. I told the dealership what was wrong, but they still charged me for diagnostics and claimed it wasn't covered on powertrain warranty (even though the turbo was listed as covered). Frustrating. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in District of Columbia, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2016
Mar 2015

16000 mi
Driver's side passenger window control switch replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Arizona, United States
Oct 2012 - Sep 2016
Jun 2014

12000 mi
Replace leaking water pump Replace weak battery 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

18000 mi
Coolant leaking, water pump replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in South Dakota, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

21000 mi
Upper radiator hose developed a small leak, hose replaced. 
Mar 2015

30000 mi
Water pump leak, water pump replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2013 - Nov 2016
Aug 2014

21000 mi
My GTI dropped all its coolant on the driveway overnight. It needed a new thermostat housing. Fixed under warranty. 
Jun 2015

31000 mi
Inability to change into higher gears. Could just barely get the car started in first. Had very occasionally had balky shifts into second gear from the beginning of owning it. Clutch replacement. 
May 2016

39000 mi
Rear rotors and pads 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

23700 mi
Metallic "clunk" sound heard from rear over bumps. Dealer inspected and found rear right shock had internal fault. Replaced under warranty. Passenger seat creaks. Dealer inspected and found no obvious fault, but suggested lubing internal seat components requiring disassembly, not covered by warranty. Declined and will do it myself on a weekend. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

25000 mi
Coolant pump leak. It had started leaking slightly. To be fair, it would have been preventive if I had acted as soon as I got the recall notice instead of letting it go for six months. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2013 - Apr 2016
Aug 2015

12700 mi
Brakes wearing unevenly, rotors have developed significant ridges despite low mileage. Dealer quoted $500 to repair and refused to do it under warranty. Skipped the repair and will do on my own later. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2016

40000 mi
Water pump replacement 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maine, United States
Oct 2013 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

6800 mi
Rear sway-bar passenger's side end-link loose/damaged. Replaced under warranty. Sunroof shade rattled when open (pushed to rear) foam added to cease noise (warrantied). 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2016
Oct 2016

37000 mi

US $1900
Clutch starting slipping under heavy throttle in upper gears. Thanks, previous owner. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

13000 mi
Water pump failed, and it was replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2016
Jul 2013

6700 mi
one touch up feature not working on passenger door; replaced 
Apr 2014

19300 mi
Radio system malfunction, software updated to fix it 
Jan 2016

47300 mi
airbag wiring recall issue--airbag light on, steering-wheel mounted controls stopped working 
Aug 2016

57000 mi

US $540
parking brake was dragging even if released rear end links worn out, making clunking noise 
Nov 2016

59000 mi
car crash, repair of damage 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Jan 2016

38000 mi
Water pump was leaking coolant in the engine bay and onto the garage floor. Water pump was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2016
Jan 2013 console backlight adjustment switch had a short and was replaced. 
Feb 2014

10000 mi
Check engine light was on. Technicians test drove and could not find problems, so the light was reset and I was told to "just keep an eye on it." 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Oct 2015
Feb 2015

41000 mi

US $300
Intake manifold, turbo diverted valve, and carbon clean. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Georgia, United States
Aug 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

29000 mi
Plastic chrome finish peeling off of gear selector knob lever creating an uncomfortably rough edge. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

17700 mi
Water pump failure 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

3000 mi
The low coolant light came on; also had a quick drop in operating temperature while driving. Took the car to the dealership, and the water pump was replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2016
Aug 2014

21000 mi
Door rain drainage tube not connected causing water to come into front and back floors. Did not realize until many months of water seepage, needed new carpeting. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Nov 2013 - Dec 2016
Dec 2013 Check engine light on and Inside lights would not turn off. 
Jun 2014

4000 mi
Leaking engine coolant and low coolant indicator. Found to be coming from water pump. Water pump to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Jan 2013

1300 mi
Rattle from turbo waste gate. Clip was attached to stop the rattle. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Apr 2013 - Dec 2016
Mar 2014

12000 mi
The sensor for the windshield washer fluid reservoir was always indicating the reservoir was empty. 
May 2015

25000 mi
Leaking coolant. Replaced water pump under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

39000 mi

US $178
Air wasn't cool 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

40000 mi
Exhaust diverter flap failed, eventually covered out of warranty by VW. Since then flap now covered to 120,000 miles by new extension of factory warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

64000 mi

US $1400
Rotors and pads needed replacing; possible stuck caliper due to prior winter road conditions when we lived in New England. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Jun 2013 - Feb 2016
Nov 2014

42000 mi
Inside lights (dome, mirror, footwell) failed to turn off after exiting car. Key fob locking "beep" went silent. Rear window wipers failed. This lasted for 5 days before all of them worked again. No trip to the dealership. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Oct 2012 - Aug 2016
Mar 2014

21000 mi

US $2800
Clutch burnt - had to replace the entire thing. Manual transmission. 
Jul 2016

49500 mi
Lose bolt on transmission made it impossible to get into 6th gear. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

31000 mi
Occasional light ticking sound when unwinding steering wheel, like a rotary phone. Possibly some kind of clock spring. Driver's airbag replaced under warranty. Sound gone. 
Nov 2014

34300 mi
Did not start in cold 32F/28F/and then thaw cycle. Then after several retries, started but quit. Finally started. Web research indicated common issue and 'cold weather fix kit'. Dealer could not reproduce the issue and would not install fix. 
Jan 2015

37300 mi
Previous complaint on hard/rough start around freezing (but not sub-freezing) temperatures. This time VW dealer installed intercooler kit to avoid ice build-up. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2016
Mar 2014

4000 mi
recurring persistent vibration / rattle from headliner area vicinity of overhead light console. 
Nov 2014

12000 mi
Plastic piece that allows you to aim the rear air vent broke 
Jul 2015

19300 mi
Vibration in rear when executing hard braking maneuvers. Rear rotor was the problem - replaced all with ECS TUNING GEOMET Rotors to avoid future corrosion issues. Car sits for extended periods which allows rust to form on brake parts. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maine, United States
Mar 2013 - Sep 2015
Apr 2015

41000 mi

US $700
Standard 50K Service; plus Dash rattle in instrument cluster 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Jun 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

39000 mi

US $98
Failed exhaust flap, part of VW TSB. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
Apr 2013

1240 mi
Car brought to dealer with continuing handling issue - drifting & inconsistency on highway. Dealer could not reproduce - no fix 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

38000 mi
Catastrophic failure of high pressure diesel fuel pump. Repair required extensive replacement and cleaning of other systems on car 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2016
Apr 2013

8500 mi
check engine light: engine control software required update 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2013

5000 mi
Fan motor burned out 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

63000 mi
High Pressure Fuel Pump shattered causing pieces to get into the fuel filter and fuel lines. Fuel system was replaced, even though vehicle was 2k outside of warranty. There have been reports to NHTSB. Maybe contaminated fuel caused it. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2013 - Aug 2015
May 2014

12400 mi
Engine reported intermittent communication loss with transmission. CEL came on and off 1-2 days at a time. VW checked cables, wires then changed the entire shifter assembly. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 140hp 1.4L I4 7-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Great Britain
Feb 2013 - Sep 2016
Apr 2014

4300 mi
Rear passenger overhead interior light will not switch off at all except when car locked and left at end of journey. Switch reset under warranty. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

41000 mi
Tech found oil while replacing spark plugs. Replaced valve cover and gasket under CPO warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Kansas, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Feb 2015

29300 mi
Replaced seat recline switch under warranty. Glove box latch and passenger window switch. These are three separate issues. 
May 2015

35000 mi
Turn signal integrated into the mirror did not function. Was replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2016
Oct 2013

5300 mi
Rear washer fluid nozzle would occasionally dribble fluid when accelerating. Problem intermittent and difficult to reproduce. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2014 - Dec 2016
Aug 2015

27880 mi
I heard "knocking" sounds coming from the front and rear suspension. The dealership diagnosed the problem as broken stabilizer links. The dealer replaced both front and rear links. Repair was covered by warranty. 
Nov 2016

44600 mi

C $100
While having my car in for scheduled service, the technician reported that my right-front stabilizer link was getting loose. The link was replaced under warranty. An alignment was also performed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Nov 2013

9920 mi
Headlight is fogging up. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 256hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Nov 2013 - Jan 2015
Feb 2014

13700 mi
Intake flap motor failed causing CEL 
Dec 2014

27000 mi

US $2500
Replaced clutch bc it was starting to slip 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
May 2016

38000 mi

US $50
Clunking from suspension over slow bumps. Dealer found front strut mounts to be the source of sound and replaced them. Fixed source of sound. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
May 2014 - Jul 2015
Feb 2015

20000 mi
Water pump leak caught on 20k service. Waited a week for water pump to arrive. Replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2014 - Sep 2016
Feb 2014

18000 mi
Intake manifold needed to be replaced due to malfunctioning intake runner flap. Caused check engine light, misfires, and stalls. 
Jun 2016

75000 mi

US $300
Replace intake manifold and clean valve, valve stems, and intake port. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2013 - Feb 2014
Dec 2013

24000 mi
Blown water pump. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2012 - May 2016
May 2015

26000 mi
Leaking water pump. Water pump replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Louisiana, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

17300 mi
19,000 miles. Could not shift into gears. Clutch was dragging. pressure plate retaining ring failure. Entire clutch assy replaced. Was performe under warranty at no cost to me. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in North Dakota, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2015
Feb 2014

20000 mi
Water pump leaking. Water pump replaced. 
Sep 2015

30000 mi
Water pump broke again. Fixed under recall. 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2013 - Jan 2016
Feb 2015

20500 mi
Experienced repeated difficult start, rough idle, and stall symptomatic of failing ignition coil(s) or fuel pump. Dealer unable to replicate, no CEL or misfire codes. Presumed to be bad gas (doubtful). 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Utah, United States
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

46000 mi

US $110
Wiper fluid sensor 

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2013 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Jun 2013 - Nov 2016
Aug 2013

2000 mi
storage compartment cover defective, replaced under warranty 
Feb 2015

12000 mi
passenger seat belt wouldn't retract, had to replace parts. 

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