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Volkswagen Golf / GTI vs. Dodge Caliber Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R 22
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  94 GTI and Golf Rs, 5.3 months of data per GTI and Golf R, average 3600 miles
2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 51
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Golf 1.8Ts, 5.2 months of data per Golf 1.8T, average 5600 miles

 

2015 Volkswagen GTI and Golf R 15
14.2857142857% 14.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  88 GTI and Golf Rs, 10.0 months of data per GTI and Golf R, average 13000 miles

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T and TDI have a higher repair frequency than the GTI, unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.
2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 26
40.4761904762% 40.4761904762% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  31 Golf 1.8Ts, 9.1 months of data per Golf 1.8T, average 9100 miles

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T and TDI have a higher repair frequency than the GTI, unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.
2015 Volkswagen Golf diesel 48
92.8571428571% 92.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Golf diesels, 10.2 months of data per Golf diesel, average 13900 miles

Redesigned. Golf 1.8T and TDI have a higher repair frequency than the GTI, unclear why. All might have a somewhat common problem with failing AC compressors.

 

2014 Volkswagen Golf diesel 12
6% 6% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Golf diesels, 9.6 months of data per Golf diesel, average 30200 miles
2014 Volkswagen GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 GTIs, 7.5 months of data per GTI, average 20400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2013 Volkswagen Golf diesel 11
0.246305418719% 0.246305418719% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Golf diesels, 9.4 months of data per Golf diesel, average 42500 miles
2013 Volkswagen GTI 24
25.8620689655% 25.8620689655% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 GTIs, 9.1 months of data per GTI, average 31600 miles
2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Golf 2.5s, 9.8 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 37600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2012 Volkswagen Golf diesel 28
30.1843317972% 30.1843317972% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  60 Golf diesels, 9.2 months of data per Golf diesel, average 55500 miles
2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.5 29
32.0276497696% 32.0276497696% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Golf 2.5s, 9.4 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 41100 miles
2012 Volkswagen GTI 49
68.8940092166% 68.8940092166% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  69 GTIs, 8.9 months of data per GTI, average 44400 miles

 

2011 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Golf 2.5s, 8.8 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 56200 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Volkswagen Golf diesel 39
40.4761904762% 40.4761904762% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  65 Golf diesels, 9.8 months of data per Golf diesel, average 70900 miles
2011 Volkswagen GTI 40
42.0634920635% 42.0634920635% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 GTIs, 9.5 months of data per GTI, average 54300 miles

 

2010 Volkswagen Golf 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Golf 2.5s, 10.0 months of data per Golf 2.5, average 61300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2010 Volkswagen GTI 38
34.2490842491% 34.2490842491% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 GTIs, 10.1 months of data per GTI, average 62900 miles

Redesigned.
2010 Volkswagen Golf diesel 69
79.6703296703% 79.6703296703% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 Golf diesels, 10.6 months of data per Golf diesel, average 88900 miles

Redesigned.

 

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 55
40.1960784314% 40.1960784314% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  44 Rabbits, 9.4 months of data per Rabbit, average 76000 miles
2009 Volkswagen GTI 90
79.4117647059% 79.4117647059% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 GTIs, 10.7 months of data per GTI, average 72800 miles

 

2008 Volkswagen R32   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 R32s, 10.4 months of data per R32, average 69000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Volkswagen GTI 71
56.5934065934% 56.5934065934% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 GTIs, 8.4 months of data per GTI, average 80800 miles

Average odometer much lower for the R32.
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 79
65.3846153846% 65.3846153846% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Rabbit 2.5s, 9.0 months of data per Rabbit 2.5, average 90200 miles

Average odometer much lower for the R32.

 

2007 Dodge Caliber   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Calibers, 8.6 months of data per Caliber, average 108800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Rabbit 2.5s, 10.4 months of data per Rabbit 2.5, average 113700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Volkswagen GTI 102
77.3607748184% 77.3607748184% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 GTIs, 9.5 months of data per GTI, average 98000 miles

Redesigned. Includes the 2006.5 Rabbit and GTI.

 

2004 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Golf / GTIs, 9.0 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 117100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Golf / GTIs, 8.2 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 141800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Volkswagen Golf diesel 154
89.9638336347% 89.9638336347% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Golf diesels, 10.1 months of data per Golf diesel, average 231800 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.

 

2002 Volkswagen Golf diesel   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Golf diesels, 9.2 months of data per Golf diesel, average 216200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Golf / GTIs, 8.1 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 111800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Volkswagen Golf / GTI   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Golf / GTIs, 8.2 months of data per Golf / GTI, average 152900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI

2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearComment
2015 I'm coming up short on reasons not to buy the new Golf. Sure, Volkswagens don't have the best reputations for reliability, but the horror stories generally involve those from the early 2000s, manufactured over a decade ago. In our stats more recent VWs tend to hold up reasonably well for the first four to six years, and the 2012s and 2013s have been quite reliable, at least so far. Will the all-new 2015s further improve on the 2012-2014 cars, or will there be some first-year glitches? We'll likely have our first fairly precise reliability stats for the new Golf and GTI in February 2015. For now, they're a bit of a gamble. Update: Our earliest data suggests that the new GTI has had a glitch-free launch. But it's early, so stay tuned for quarterly updates from February 2015 onwards. full 2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
2015 Range is the most obvious reason not to buy a Volkswagen e-Golf, or any EV with the possible exception of the Tesla. If you drive more than 100 miles in a day more than a few times a year, the e-Golf isn't a viable option. Most of the other reasons not to buy an e-Golf (including all of the non-obvious ones) are far less compelling than the reasons to buy one. Some people will figure that, since VW has had trouble with relatively simple electrical components in the past, a VW EV might not be a good idea. The latest Golf has been pretty good in our car reliability survey so far, but the cars are still very young. At this point the e-Golf's long-term reliability is unknown--as is the Soul EV's. full 2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
2016 You might have heard horror stories from Volkswagen owners. Most such stories involved cars from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Volkswagens have become considerably more reliable since then, with the cars from the late 2000s onward about average or even a bit better for the first four to six years of ownership (after which they do tend to take a turn for the worse). This said, Golfs with the 1.8T engine have been a little troublesome during the first year of ownership. Looking at the repairs behind the stats, most don't involve the engine, so it's not clear why they affect cars with the 2.0T engine less often. The glitches seem to pop up early in the cars' ownership, then taper off, as the 2015s have looked much better than earlier in recent updates. The 2016s, in the red zone as I write this, could similarly improve. (If you're reading this after November 2016, check the latest stats.) At the moment I don't see much cause for concern with the Golf. But Mazdas in general and the CX-5 in particular have had less variable records, so for those who are especially risk-averse they're more comfortable bets. full 2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI

2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
The car is not old, but so far, so good. Oil changes are required only every 10K miles at first, and the first three are taken care of - not a high-price incentive, certainly, but a nice touch. I haven't had a single cause for alarm so far, and the car operates as it did on the day I bought it. VW has an iffy reputation in the US right now, but it's also said that quality control is best in Wolfsburg, where this car is assembled, and for what its worth, Consumer Reports ranked the MK6 Golf well above average for projected reliability. full 2012 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
2015 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 2dr Hatch turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Suspect durability of new tech TSI full 2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
There is a major potential problem with the Golf TDI in the form of the high pressure fuel pump. The concern is that the Bosch unit does not like American low sulfur diesel fuel because of its relatively lower lubricity compared to Euro diesel fuels available where the car was designed. When the pump fails, it can send metal shavings throughout the fuel system, and require major replacements to the tune of $8-10,000. This is a sword of Damocles hanging over the head of any TDI owner. Three or more design revisions have been implemented, but the problem still shows up. Are you willing to take a chance they finally got it right in your car? full 2013 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review
2012 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
My GTI had a water pump failure inside of 20k miles. Other than that, all was good. full 2012 Volkswagen Golf / GTI review