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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Problems and Repair Histories

83 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 33 of these members (39.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 117 repairs to 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

38% of the 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 3% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 28% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 117 repairs.

2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 49% between $100 and $499, 23% between $500 and $999, 15% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 87 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 65000    
66000 1247 Water pump failure. 
 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 96000    
98000 0 Brake light panel on back of rear window is out and needs to be replaced but its 270 dollars so I opted out of fixing. Transmission fluid need to be changed very dirty and had pieces of metal shavings. Not good for future of teh car and transmission. 
 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 41540    
42780 500 coolant temp sensor failed, common on VR6 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Manitoba, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 73160    
76880 0 Timing belt tensioner replaced due to faulty tensioner installed at timing belt change 20,000km ago. Parts and Labor covered by VW. 
84940 400 worn front rear lower control arm bushings, worn struts. 
 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Clutch switch, covered under warranty. 
455 alternator pulley 
22 emergency flasher relay 
188 serpentine belt tensioner 
965 alternator and pulley, parts and labor 
211000 413 starter replacement 
1102 clutch and flywheel replacement, parts and labor 
236000 600 water pump failed 
297000 253 Ventilation blower fan failed. It was removed and replaced for a reasonable charge 
314000 60 exhaust pipe clamp needed replacement 
347000 250 replaced the starter 
349500 226 Multi switch (Hi-Lo beam switch, cruise) 
362000 632 L&R tierods, L tierod boot, R ball joint, PS rack boot (SCI, MPLS) 
372000 1254 Replaced auxiliary fan and AC compressor Replaced wheel bearing. Also performed maintenance on wear items. 
377000 2125 Differential failed and blew hole in side of transmission. Installed rebuilt transmission and clutch disk. At same time, replaced front axles.0 
413000 170 replaced oil cooler seals, heater core hose, and replaced hood release lever and coolant reservoir 
422000 74 right-side axle replaced under warranty 
437000 300 spliced wire to AC compressor, replaced lower radiator hose, inspected timing belt, PS pump, and serpentine tensioner. 
455000 1250 Replaced steering rack, sway bar bushings, tie rod ends 
469000 221 Fan control module plus labor 
477000  

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 78740    
81620 320 Replaced left and right control arm bushings. 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 157000    
159000 0 Seat belt wire broken, soldered in a new wire. Triggered air bag light. 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 1-Repaired condensation in side marker blinker. 2-Repaired loose door trim under passenger door 3-Ignition Coils replaced (under recall) 
0 1- Poor AM reception in radio, replaced wiring to antenna. 
2 1- Climate control dash lighbulb burnt out, replaced bulb labour was free. 
0 1- Brake Lights stopped working. Brake light switch replaced. 
0 1- Waterpump replaced. 
0 1- Driver side wheel bearing replaced 
0 1-Sunvisor clip snapped and replaced. 
52600 210 Passenger Front Wheel Bearing Replaced. 
67860 0 The car does not sense that the driver's door is open. Will not repair since I don't even notice it. 
75620 45 Radio reception not working. Replaced antenna at top of car. Radio now works. 
379 When coming to a stop, car began shuddering. Check engine light appeared. Symptoms would go away while driving and appear stopped at idle. Dealer replaced vacuum pump and associated hoses. 
91100 1000 Banging into gear (auto transmission), check engine light appeared, transmission speed sensor defective. 
96880 100 Check engine light appeared while driving on freeway. Thermostat replaced.  
106640 250 Car would randomly die after about ~15 minutes of driving. After the stall, within a minute later it would start back up. No codes. Read up online and changed the crank position sensor. Success 
113460 340 Leaking oil on garage floor. Valve cover gasket replaced While examining engine , Pcv valve and associated tubes were separated. Replaced Pcv valve and hoses as well.  
116860 0 Replaced rear hatch with new one.  Rust on bottom of rear hatch. First confirmation that it will be covered under warranty by phone call and parts were ordered. Called again after new rear hatch panel arrived and painted.  
126480 400 Fans do not turn on, only when A/C is on and only when it already is overheating. 
129580 75 Coolant low light came on. Coolant was empty. Brought to mechanic slight crack in the plastic coolant reservoir. Replaced reservoir and filled with coolant. 
131120 180 Passenger front wheel bearing bad. Airplane noise coming from the front of car when driving and turning. 
138880 350 Vibration when accelerating. Was some control arm part in the front suspension. 
145700  

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 86000    
116000 495 Starter stopped working. 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 95000    
96000 470 Front CV joint replaced 
99000 0 Water leak when sold. VW, after years of forum chats, issued TSB for clogging sunroof drains. Not clogged on mine or many others. Forums suspect cabin air filter and duct system gets clogged. Requires taking dash out! Or windshield seal. 

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