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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 467 repairs.

2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 64 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Engine not specified

65000 mi

US $130
Vacuum hose leak - no power brakes and unstable idle. 
24000 mi Burning oil 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

83700 mi

R 30
Transmission Mounting Failed. 
10000 mi O2 sensor failure - covered under warranty 
57000 mi Oil being pushed out past the oil cap seal. Replaced PCV system. 
34000 mi Engine light on. Replace valve. 
66500 mi

US $500
O2 sensor bad; not happy as the other sensor was replaced just a year ago. 
87000 mi

US $560
Mass air flow sensor failed, and wiring connector needed repair 
96000 mi

US $1450
#4 ignition coil shorted and melted wiring leaking valve cover gasket 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

18000 mi Engine light (replaced PCV valve), dash rattle addressed 
20000 mi Engine light (tumble flap motor malfunctioned once, reset light), dash rattle addressed again. Door that was not aligned properly because the dealer did not put the panel back into place correctly after tinting windows was fixed (not car's fault there). 
21000 mi Engine light because of tumble flap motor malfunction again. Replaced tumble flap motor. Dealer actually replaced the clip they broke when tinting windows on door but they broke door microswitch in the process - not car's fault. (Found out later). 
25000 mi Engine light for something (think PCV replaced again). Dash rattle again --- actually fixed it for a while. Replaced door microswitch because they broke it while fixing something else they broke on the car. Last time at this dealer. 
35000 mi Engine light due to LPFP sensor, replaced LPFP sensor. All repairs to date have been under warranty. 
32220 mi Fuel line sensor replaced. It was causing a check engine light and was included in a recall. 
38280 mi Engine cooling fan failed. 
104300 mi

US $180
Car was misfiring, throwing CEL's. Mechanic ran fuel injector cleaner through it. 
105700 mi Misfires again. 
111000 mi

US $430
Replaced cracked airbox; oil change. 
112000 mi

US $280
Replacd spark plugs and fuel filter; car had been running lean. 
55700 mi Car was hesitating under heavy load (driving fast up the Rocky Mountains), but would recover under normal driving conditions or if the car was turned off for a couple of minutes. Dealer replaced a faulty fuel sensor. No problems since. 
58000 mi Oil rings replaced due to abnormal oil consumption. 
38000 mi Replaced Turbo bypass valve (AKA Diverter Valve). The original DV was prone to failure, replacement was 'D' revision piston style. 
44000 mi Intake manifold flapper valve failed and was replaced (possibly along with a ECU reflash) 
45000 mi Engine made terrible awful noise, misfired @ 2k rpms and above, would not rev above 4k. Noise stopped prior to arrival at dealership, but misfires persisted. Magically corrected itself somehow? I call bulls---. Dealer denies responsibility 
45700 mi Check engine light returned 45 minutes after leaving dealer, returned to dealer the next day. 1 mile out from dealer light turns off. Dealer says no codes present. Test drove and still none. Sounds fishy. 
47000 mi

US $80
Came in for excessive oil consumption and check engine light. Part replaced for check engine light (which later returned) and part ordered (not yet installed). Had oil replaced and weighed and began oil consumption test 
48000 mi Came in for completion of oil consumption test. Results were apparently hard to interpret, seemed likes piston rings may be the culprit. Checked the rings, found damage too extensive to repair. Replaced entire engine. 
49000 mi CEL came on, turbo bypass valve (or diverter valve) was found found to have torn) and it was replaced. 
55000 mi

US $51
Oil filter housing cracked, was replaced. Not a part covered by warranty. Car threw check code for underboost, recirculation valve replaced 
56000 mi Turbocharger needed replacing, parts ordered. Turbocharger replaced. 
75000 mi

US $20
Oil cap was broken by engine cover during normal operation of the vehicle. Replaced with new oil cap 
54000 mi

US $1500
2 ignition coils failed, all 4 were replaced, and had DSG transmission service 
94240 mi

C $1100
Replaced timing belt and water pump 
101060 mi

C $600
Radiator needed to be replaced. Small crack leaking fluid 
74700 mi

US $550
Sensor bad in coolant reservoir. Reservoir/sensor assembly replaced. 
21000 mi Check engine light came on for air intake. Required known ECU flash. 
34000 mi Fuel tank vapor valve stuck - continuous clicking trying to open. 
98000 mi

US $650
Turbo leaking oil 
105000 mi Ignition issue repaired as extension of manufacturer's warranty 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

32000 mi Fuel pump went out after being in body shop for two months, causing car to stall. Fuel might have gone bad? VW replaced for free under warranty. 
8000 mi Replaced engine control module power relay 
22000 mi Dead ECU. 
104000 mi

US $320
EPC light, replaced crank sensor. 
122000 mi

US $200
Fixed a muffler leak 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

161700 mi

US $350
Check engine light was periodically on. It was discovered that the front O2 sensor wiring was shorting out. O2 sensor was replaced. 
216000 mi

US $30
The trouble light indicated that the fuel cap was loose. It turned out that the fuel tank pressure was not holding because the valve controlling the gas tank fume canister was stuck in the open position. Replaced EVAP canister purge valve. 
130000 mi

US $347
Replaced failing radiator cooling fan, passenger side 
158000 mi

US $530
Replaced belts and worn idler pulley assemblies (plastic rollers wear unevenly, causing slippage. They are also sold only as an assembly with the pulleys, driving up repair costs) 
107880 mi

C $1400
Plugged fuel tank vent. Didn't repair right away. Flattened fuel tank and broke pump. 
113620 mi

C $500
Needed an ignition coil and plugs. Plugs I believe is maintenance but the coil for cylinder 2 had failed. 
92380 mi

C $360
Exhaust flex coupling was leaking, and was replaced. 
93000 mi Corroded wire on the rear O2 sensor. Spliced in a new length of wire. 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

102-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

197160 mi

C $3000
TIMING BELT BLOWN , HEADS DAMAGED. 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automated manual 2WD

16000 mi Vehicle stalled without warning in traffic. Low fuel sensor malfunction caused engine to shut down. 
18000 mi Car stalling from "overheating solenoid." 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

15500 mi Check engine light came on at 24 500 km, went off by itself at around 25 100 km, after a ~200 km trip. 
16740 mi Check Engine light again at 27000 km. This time it's a misfire on Cylinder 2. Reset computer by disconnecting battery for 15 minutes to clear CEL. 
20460 mi Manufacturer TSB for intake flap motor replacement that was causing the frequent Check Engine lights. 
69440 mi

C $650
Relay 167 failed, causing the ECU to stop seeing 4 critical sensors. This caused the ECU to shut down the turbocharger and put the engine in limp mode. 
71920 mi Extremely rough idle and check engine light when cold-starting engine. Dealership replaced injector for Cylinder 3 and R&R intake manifold. 
97700 mi

C $90
Retaining sleeve rusted out and broke, separating the exhaust system in the middle. 
102940 mi

C $600
Thermostat failed, causing low coolant temps and CEL 
108500 mi

C $780
Intermittent communication faults between accelerator and throttle body on cold starts (not while driving). Misfires, goes into limp mode, DTC code appears. Returns to normal when code cleared. Dealer replaced wiring based on TSB for different engine. Replaced accelerator module myself, problem reoccurred two days later. 
110980 mi Vehicle went into limp mode, same issue as previously reported, ongoing problem. Reset ECU and car started correctly again. Root cause still not found. 
112220 mi

C $300
Replaced engine cover with integrated air filter as current one was coming apart, not sealing up tightly along front edge (wear & tear). No driveability symptoms yet. 
114700 mi

C $250
Engine running rough with lit CEL and code indicating misfires for cylinder # 3. Replaced all spark plugs and coil packs as a fix + preventative measure. 
120280 mi

C $800
Car developed oil leak at valve cover gasket. Replaced + did regular maintenance oil change at the same time. Mechanic noticed exhaust flex pipe was near the point of failure and recommended a replacement. 
124000 mi

C $512
Intermittent EPC light when driving. This had multiple fix attempts without resolution since 06/2014, but was now so frequent that another attempt was needed. Fix was to re-do a previous Throttle Body electrical wiring repair by dealer. 
129580 mi

C $100
Engine is leaking oil from intake duct. Mechanic checked and was not able to pinpoint source of leak, but suspects turbo blow-by. 
14000 mi CEL due to flapper motor. Replaced under warranty. 
29000 mi Bad coil pack. Bad timing belt due to a defective piece of engine cover rubbing the belt. Took shop over a week of trial and error to solve problem. In the end I ended up having an entire timing belt job done at 18000 miles. 
78000 mi

US $291
Replaced intake manifold control motor Replaced cracked vacuum pump hose. Scheduled oil change. 
67000 mi CEL on diagnostic tool points to EVAP issue 
84700 mi

US $1100
Timing belt service ... Also thermostat failed after timing belt / water pump change EVAP system - check engine light on .. EVAP system leak N80 valve was replaces 
87000 mi Crankshaft position sensor failed. 
38440 mi Faulty mass air flow. 
28000 mi Intake manifold flap motor fixed under warranty. 
29000 mi PCV Valve replacement and check engine light reset. 
44000 mi

US $500
Engine misfire while under load. Ignition coils and plugs replaced. Problem turned out to be the fuel pressure regulator. 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

57000 mi

US $875
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT,COLD START MISFIRE,DEALER SAID THE CAR WAS FIXED,CAR SAT FOR 4 HOURS,RESTARTED, ENGINE LIGHT CAME BACK ON,BACK TO DEALER FOR REPAIR,THEY SAID THAT THEY NEED TO KEEP CAR.WAS TOLD THAT THEY REPLACED 2 INJECTORS 
75000 mi

US $1100
Leaking cylinder 
87000 mi

US $600
Bad oil leak - there was a crack somewhere and a few things needed to be replaced. 
98300 mi

US $1700
Replaced timing belt, cleaned carbon buildup from various spots 
106000 mi

US $50
Stuck thermostat Misfire, coil pack died shutting off second cylinder after accelerating from a stop light. 
9000 mi Sudden loss of turbo boost pressure driving. Determined to be a faulty diverter valve. 
50000 mi

US $30
Replaced coolant temperature sensor. 
61380 mi

$300
Mass oxygen sensor replaced @76,000 kilometers 
42160 mi Fuel cap warning light came on, leading up to a MIL. Minor EVAP leap detected, vacuum hose replaced as per TSB. 
50840 mi Timing belt tensioner squeaking / chirping noises on cold starts. 
71480 mi

C $200
Changed diverter valve to latest revision. 
35000 mi Valve cover gasket 
37000 mi Cold start issues. Intermittent fuel cut-out. Dealer replaced the air-intake sensor. Helped with the cold start issue. Still have an issue with the fuel cut-out. 
75300 mi

US $250
Cam follower failed. 
75700 mi

US $1500
Intake cam fuel pump lobe heavily worn. 
155000 mi

US $430
Blown coil pack 
60000 mi Bad catalytic converter. 
22000 mi Intake Flap Motor failed. CEL set. Part ordered. Parts replaced, code cleared. 
24000 mi CEL came on again. Took to dealer, found that the new Intake Flap Motor had failed. Ordered another. Scheduled appointment to return for installation. Replaced intake flap motor. Code cleared. 
5000 mi Sluggish performance and transmission roughness. 
43000 mi Radiator Fan Assembly replaced since 1 of 2 radiator fans had failed, causing remaining working radiator fan to operate at above "normal" speed to make up for cooling loss. 
59000 mi Typo on previous entry: the mileage was 59,000, not 54,000. 

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

15000 mi KNOCKING AT IDLE. FORWARD O2 SENSOR REPLACED. 
93000 mi

US $25
Bad coil pack causing a misfire. $25 and 30 minutes to fix. 
74000 mi

US $80
Oil Filter Housing leaking. Replaced with new OEM part.  

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2007 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

70700 mi

US $40
wire was frayed on spark plug 
76000 mi Erased trouble code before inspection failed inspection needed to drive it before going to inspect. Just driving around waiting for system to be ready 
50840 mi

C $200
EPC light flashed amber then solid (car running rough). Service suggested tow to dealer not drive. Codes cleared (misfire code), car ran fine next trip. Sparks and coils reported OK (sparks changed recently). See if it happens again. 
59520 mi replaced 2 emissions valves 
56000 mi

US $40
Car ran rough on startup in morning, obvious misfire, code indicated cyl 1 misfired. Replaced faulty ignition coil, problem fixed. 
56000 mi

US $23
A second ignition coil failed (2 failures of original coils within a month), not covered by existing VW recall on coils, VW not willing to reimburse. 
129000 mi Fuel pump failed 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

51000 mi

US $483
Replaced and sealed oil pan gasket. 
70000 mi

US $705
Vacuum pump replacement. 
72700 mi Secondary Air Injection pump is having difficulties setting readiness; this is a requirement in PA for emissions testing and have logged 1000 miles trying to let the ECU set the readiness. It has not as of today. 
78000 mi Catalytic converter went bad, fixed under EPA warranty. 
79000 mi Catalytic converter did NOT fail. Combi/EGR valve was removed, cleaned and put back on vehicle. All CELs have been cleared. 
82000 mi

US $120
Replaced the combi valve for the SAI/EGR system. 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

30000 mi ECP and MIL lights on. Reflash of ECU solved the problem. Also had the 30K miles service performed. 
30000 mi I smell coolant smell inside the car, suspected the heater core. Dealer performed pressure test of cooling system ("...pressurized cooling system for an hour...") but found no leaks. 
8000 mi Intermittent hard start when the engine is cold. The engine will just crank maybe 10 times and won't start. If you turn the car off and try again, it will start right up Dealer could not replicate. Updated ECU. 
86000 mi

US $250
The MIL (check engine) light came on and the dealer diagnosed it as a small leak in the evaporative emission system. The dealer replaced a hose. CEL came back on 2 days later. Dealer is trying to figure out next steps. 
86300 mi

US $95
It was found that the wastegate had a small leak which was causing a check engine light. The wastegate was replaced. 
116000 mi

US $650
1. Vehicle was bucking in cold weather right after a start. Check engine light was on. It was determined the fuel pump and cam follower needed to be replaced. 2. Misfire was detected after repair and the fuel injector was replaced. 
56000 mi

US $120
Intake manifold motor failure 
90000 mi

US $400
Engine idle surging. PCV valve replaced.  
147000 mi

US $1300
Engine misfires due to carbon buildup on intake valves. Intake and valves cleaned, fuel injectors replaced. Cam follower for high pressure fuel pump worn. Cam follower and high pressure fuel pump replaced. 
149000 mi

US $900
Faulty diverter valve 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

500 mi Replaced warped timing belt cover (rubbing on pulley)under warranty. No further problems with this item. 
36000 mi Previous "software update" rapair turned up failed air control in intake runner and triggered Check Engine light. Dealer had part on hand and made repair. Successful. 
50000 mi

US $40
Dealer changed oil and filter to begin oil consumption test and said that VWs are known for using more oil than usual. 
53000 mi Dealer completed 3000 mile oil consumption test. Recorded use rate of one quart per 2000 miles. Stated that one quart per 1200 miles is acceptable. Oil used was Castrol SynTek 5W-40. 
63000 mi

US $128
Engine stumbled at speed and EPC light came on. Went out after restart. Dealer found code P1603 (Control Module Defective Sporadic). VW TSB and Tech Line advised "clear code, wait and see". No problems in two weeks. Drives fine. 
69000 mi Engine ran rough on cold start, CEL flashed. Smoothed out and CEL went off. Dealer reported code P303 - random misfire no. 3 cylinder with related service bulletin. All OK now. 
89000 mi

US $425
Replaced faulty turbo relief valve (CEL code low turbo pressure) and loss of power. 
108500 mi

US $400
MIL light on. Code p0456 - evap. purge solenoid not holding vacuum. Replaced part. All OK. 
126000 mi Failed emissions "Snap" test (smoke in exhaust). Dealer found misfire code, replaced spark plugs and ran injection cleaner. 
30700 mi PCV valve failure, replaced under warranty. Car runs but idles badly, check engine light on. 
52000 mi

US $500
Electronic throttle failure - multiple warning lights simultaneously. Throttle body and wiring replaced by dealer. Common fault, but out of warranty. Asked VW for goodwill - claim denied so I had to pay full cost of repair. 
47500 mi Brought it into the dealership because my check engine light came on intermittently over a two day period. A sensor on the turbo was going haywire... fixed on the spot, free under warranty. 
94000 mi The only other unrepaired problem was a Check Engine light which I scanned and it turned out to be a cylinder misfire, probably an old sparkplug or something, so I didn't bother with it.  
73000 mi

US $111
turbo diverter valve broken with a torn diaphragm, replaced with a new/redesigned valve. took me less than an hour 
38000 mi CEL caused by intake flapper motor sensor - out of range. 

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