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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 138 repairs.
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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (52%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 73 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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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

175000 mi
Skipping badly. Check engine light blinking. Had timing belt replaced before. Could be cat converter or coil pack. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Aug 2012

178980 mi

C $2000
Replaced turbocharges. Hydrodynamic bearing failure 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Great Britain
Sep 2012 - Nov 2015
Dec 2014

60000 mi

£1
blown brake light fuse, causes the glowplug warning light to flash and failure of brake lights 
Feb 2015

61300 mi

£200
front spring cracked, replaced both front suspension springs 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Mar 2012
Jun 2011

186000 mi

C $250
alternator died, needed to be replaced with refurbished one rear hatchback locking latch failed 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2016
Jul 2010

333000 mi

US $65
window regulator clips 
Oct 2010

339000 mi

US $800
Replaced turbo. 
Jun 2011

357000 mi

US $70
replaced large radiator fan 
Aug 2011

357000 mi

US $320
replaced alternator 
Oct 2011

362000 mi

US $100
rear shocks 
May 2012

377000 mi

US $30
Lower Control Arm bushings replaced 
Jun 2012

378000 mi

US $70
replaced glow plug harness 
May 2013

400000 mi

US $120
replaced exhaust flex pipe 
Aug 2013

406000 mi

US $70
replaced right rear pads due to sticking caliper 
Feb 2014

416000 mi

US $25
The ratchet mechanism for the parking brake handle was slipping. Replaced with used unit. 
Apr 2014

425000 mi

US $350
Diesel fuel leaked from injection pump into the alternator destroying the slip rings and brushes. Leak sealed and alternator replaced. 
May 2014

425500 mi

US $50
Replaced worn outer tie rod ends 
Jun 2014

426000 mi

US $110
replaced mass air sensor 
May 2015

442000 mi

US $50
Left front wheel bearing needed replaced due to wear. Replaced both front rotors due to warpage. Mas Air Flow Sensor was not sending a signal. MAF was replaced by remanufactured part supplied by parts store under warranty at no cost. 
Aug 2015

454000 mi

US $16
replaced left rear pads 
Jan 2016

461000 mi

US $52
replaced heater/ac blower 
Feb 2016

462000 mi

US $20
replaced left front brake hose. 
Aug 2016

472000 mi

US $116
Rear rotors,hoses and calipers 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2013
Jun 2010

108000 mi

US $35
Coolant temperature sensor Glow plug harness 
Mar 2011

116000 mi

US $450
Replaced entire exhaust after OEM pipe hangar broke and aggravated rusted area behind the catalytic converter, causing pipe to shear. 
Mar 2013

137000 mi

US $400
Rotors 
May 2013

138300 mi

US $600
Timing belt 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2015
Dec 2007

98000 mi

US $340
Exhaust Repair, brake light repair 
Feb 2008

101000 mi

US $300
Failed glow plug, replaced all 4 proactively. 
Mar 2009

119000 mi
Broken drivers side window regulator mechanism, fixed under 'stealth' recall. 
Jan 2010

129000 mi

US $60
Headlight out and securing bolts were too decayed to remove myself; shop replaced bulb and bolts. 
May 2011

141700 mi

US $300
Turbo malfunction, cleaned and lubed, vacuum control lines replaced 
Oct 2011

147300 mi

US $1250
Exhaust replaced 
Mar 2012

150000 mi

US $1000
Brake Calipers corroded and replaced; brake lines replaced, emergency brake cable replaces 
Dec 2012

156000 mi

US $450
Intake manifold clogged with carbon deposits 
Mar 2013

157000 mi

US $1500
Turbo replaced prior to failure, due to repeated CEL and out-of-spec turbo shaft play 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2003 - Jun 2010
Oct 2003

12000 mi
Alternator replaced. 
Sep 2004

18500 mi
Driver and passenger window clips replaced. 
Dec 2006

48000 mi

US $120
Replace thermostat 
Oct 2007

52000 mi

US $210
Replace turn-signal stalk. 
Jun 2009

65000 mi

US $250
Oxygen sensor replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2013
Nov 2010

90000 mi

US $143
Rear turn signal went off, cruise Control stopped working. VW/Audi shop did electrical testing and determined place where wires had a short. They isolated the problem and changed worn fuse as well. 
Nov 2011

110000 mi

US $31699
Check engine went on due to problems with fuel pump. Owner st least patrtially at fault as lately was driving with less than half a gallon only in the tank. 
Aug 2012

120300 mi

US $160
Rear hatch latch and lock become unoperable. Shop had to remove and replace the latch 
Dec 2012

124000 mi

US $75
High mount break light failure due to short in the electric system 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Rhode Island, United States
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
Nov 2014

58300 mi
Right-front ABS speed sensor failed. 
Jan 2016

70000 mi

US $713
Left rear brake caliper frozen. Caliper, rotors, and pads replaced. Parking brake cable broken. Cable replaced with other brake components. 
Oct 2016

81700 mi

US $430
Front wheel bearing and hub required replacement 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2007 - Oct 2009
Mar 2007

76000 mi

US $250
spark plug cables rusted. Needed to be changed. 
Aug 2007

80000 mi

US $400
Driver door locked jammed. Door closed but indicator stayed on (electronic problem) 
Jun 2008

92000 mi

US $1400
Engine overheated; necessitated replacement of cooling fan, water pump, timing belt, temperature sensor 
Mar 2009

112000 mi

US $700
Brake pads and rotors worn, needed replacement.  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2016
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $1500
A/C compressor was bad  also had to repair the ignition system  and had a leak in the sunroof drain system. 
May 2013

89000 mi
Car misfired on start. Cause was traced to a loose wire on plug 3. 
Sep 2014

94000 mi

US $100
The crank shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. Car was cutting off after a short period. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

81000 mi
Blower motor replaced. Loud groaning, and vibration from a/c. Compressor and other a/c parts replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

106000 mi

US $1900
The car was overheating because the water pump failed. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Aug 2008 - Sep 2015
May 2014

117300 mi
Broken door latch 
Nov 2014

122500 mi

US $188
Needed to replace the glow plug harness and two glow plugs 
Sep 2015

125000 mi

US $365
Replaced both fr brake calipers as the e-brake was sticking 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Colorado, United States
Jan 2007 - Nov 2008
Feb 2007

64000 mi

US $1650
Car was in the shop:1) to replace shocks and install a lift kit; 2) timing belt replacement; 3) leaking diesel fuel injection pump. Pump was on national back order with VW (!), so I had it rebuilt and reinstalled. Cost of shop visit includes the suspensi 
Apr 2007

69000 mi

US $240
I had two OEM ignition keys replaced. This involved laser cutting and programming to match the car's immobilizer. The original keys had failed at their attachment rings so they couldn't be attached to a keychain. Subsequently, they were lost. VW keys are 
Jul 2007

77000 mi

US $300
Needed intake manifold and EGR cleaning from accumulated sludge. 
Aug 2007

78000 mi
engine goes into limp mode with no other indications of trouble, no CEL. Error codes were ambiguous. Mechanic, a TDI specicialist, says he's never seen anything like it before. Problem is less frequent now, but occasional. 
Nov 2007

85000 mi

US $265
Brake light switch failed, lighting CEL light- Replacement solved that. Also we did maintenance items, incl. oil change & rear brake pad change. 
Nov 2008

110000 mi

US $40
Air Bag light went on, went off, then on again. I plan to see my regular mechanic about it later. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Jul 2009
Apr 2009

69440 mi

C $10
Turbo started to make sucking noise. Finally got around to bringing it into the shop (needed an oil change anyway). The pipe was still connected, but the clamp was missing. Shop replaced clamp. Cost $80 for LOF and new clamp. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2016
Feb 2013

75500 mi

US $2500
Ten-year-old Garrett T-28 BB Turbo went south. APR III system. If original owner it's covered. Unfortunately I'm not. Can't fully rebuild BB Turbo. $1,650 cost of Turbo- the rest labor to take out and install. Not related to any other issues. 
Oct 2013

79700 mi

US $900
Shifter cable wire broke  also replaced APR turbo down pipe gasket & right wheel hub bearing 
Nov 2014

85300 mi

US $500
worn tie rod. replaced Tie Rods and upgraded front stabilizer bar with Neuspeed heavy duty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Indiana, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2016
Oct 2013

45300 mi

US $55
Washer fluid leak 
Feb 2015

54000 mi

US $5
Secondary air injection pump rivets failed, pump falling apart and whistling. Repaired pump by drilling out rivets and replacing with bolts. Estimate of $912 for replacement of part by dealer. 
Jun 2015

56000 mi

US $45
Engine was not reaching operating temperature. Found thermostat was sticking open. Replaced thermostat. 
Jan 2016

59700 mi

US $190
Leaking vacuum line for intake. Replaced. Valve cover gasket and cam chain tensioner seal leaking oil. Replaced. 
Mar 2016

61000 mi

US $250
Coolant leak from flange on side of head 
Nov 2016

64700 mi

US $350
Rebuild faulty ABS control module 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2011 - Dec 2016
Aug 2011

64440 mi

C $250
Replaced a tie-rod end 
Dec 2012

74400 mi

C $900
The airbag light was lit due to a fauly relay in the seatbelt assembly. After 10 years, both headlights went within 1 week of each other. Impressive! The door lock mechanism was repair as car would lock door even when the door was open (worn wire) 
Aug 2013

77500 mi

C $15
one of the plastic undercarriage pieces was hanging down. Just had it trimmed off. 
Jan 2014

76260 mi

C $580
Clunking sound in the front end due to worn out sway bar. The airbag light was on due to a faulty connection in the seat belt hardware. Expensive, but now both are done. Apparently the contact inside just wears out with use. 
May 2015

82640 mi
Rust claim. Replaced all the side panels. 
Nov 2015

85120 mi

C $125
Some squeaking was present. Cable maintenance required. Problem fixed Wheel bearing droning. Front wheel well insert was replaced 
Apr 2016

86380 mi

C $50
Airbag light on. Traced to seatbelt buckle. Not yet repaired. 
Dec 2016

89900 mi

C $3000
Four wheel rotor and pad replacement. First time for car. Cv boots cracked. Exhaust down pipe broke at flex point Airbag light on. The sensor in the seatbelt had broken off. This was repaired a few years earlier by replacing the seatbelt harness. Shop soldered the piece on for free. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2011
Aug 2011

135700 mi
Engine replacement 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2014 - Feb 2017
Apr 2014

134000 mi

US $550
Fuel pump replaced. 
Jun 2014

136000 mi
Door open sensor failed. Did not get repaired. 
Sep 2014

140000 mi
Check engine light came on. Shop determined the catalytic converter is going. Estimated repair cost of $1500. Check engine light went back off. Chose not to repair. Will be car shopping this winter. 
Nov 2014

141300 mi

US $430
Drivers side door latch replaced. 
Jan 2015

142000 mi

US $240
Replace tie rod. 
Apr 2015

143300 mi

US $575
Both front axles replaced. Replace leaky valve cover gasket. 
Dec 2015

152000 mi

US $42
Replaced driver side headlight. 
Jun 2016

157000 mi

US $340
Replaced clamps. 
Dec 2016

162000 mi

US $17
Replace headlight 
Jan 2017

163000 mi

US $377
Replace thermostat 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2013

102000 mi

US $125
Broken parking brake cable 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2013
May 2011

120000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt broke. I had to replace the cylinder head and timing belt, including the water pump. I assumed the previous owner replaced the timing belt. Timing belt supposed to be changed at 100k miles. 
Aug 2012

123000 mi

US $170
Broken ignition locking cylinder. Metal "key like" piece connecting ignition cylinder to ignition switch broke. Common problem when researched on VWvortex.com. 
Nov 2012

120000 mi

US $100
Failed ignition coils. I have had to replace ignition coils about once every 2 years. Symptoms are a loss of power when accelerating and a rough idle. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Sep 2010 - Apr 2011
Dec 2010

97000 mi

US $160
Check engine light came on for faulty coolant sensor. 
Feb 2011

98300 mi

US $921
Check Engine light came on again. Hoses needed to be replaced. Check engine light came on yet again. This time taken to dealership and more hoses were replaced and parts relevant to the coolant system. 
Apr 2011

99000 mi

US $476
Door open indicator kept popping up while driving and would go away when opening door. Door latch needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Nov 2008 - May 2009
Dec 2008

145000 mi

US $375
Thermostat jammed causing overheating. Leaking rad hose also replaced at this time. 
May 2009

151000 mi

US $145
Within 10 days: CEL came on, car started to overheat, A/C went out and clutch started to slip. I was quoted between $4500-6000 in total repair costs. The only thing spent money on was replacing the cooling system fan switch. Sold to mechanic. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
May 2011

101000 mi

US $58
coolant malfunction reset 
Sep 2011

104000 mi
light came on indicated problem with brakes - mechanic said brakes were down to the "nubby" (not his words.) 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
Feb 2010

62000 mi

US $2000
The overall cost of my issue was around $1000 in parts and the dealer charged me a little over $1000. This is one of the main reasons I might switch car companies, just because of the cost of repairs..... 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Indiana, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2008
Dec 2007

64000 mi

US $125
Bad cooling sensor, intermittent check engine light. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

63000 mi

US $1100
Had a bent caliper also. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Georgia, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2010
Oct 2009

58000 mi

US $150
Car overheated while driving and engine light came on. Went to shop and they replaced the thermostat. Works fine now. 
May 2010

61500 mi

US $545
Engine sensor was broken and had to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

89000 mi

US $600
Starter motor died and needed to be replaced. 

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