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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Repair Histories

83 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 35 of these members (42.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 146 repairs to 2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 1.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

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

Chart based on 146 repairs.

2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Chart based on 101 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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2003 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
66000 mi US $1247 Water pump failure. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
98000 mi   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
May 2009 - Mar 2010
42780 mi C $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
Aug 2008 - Mar 2011
76880 mi   Timing belt tensioner replaced due to faulty tensioner installed at timing belt change 20,000km ago. Parts and Labor covered by VW. 
84940 C $400 worn front rear lower control arm bushings, worn struts. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Oct 2004 - Sep 2014
49600 mi   Clutch switch, covered under warranty. 
78500 US $455 alternator pulley 
124000   emergency flasher relay 
167300   serpentine belt tensioner 
179900   alternator and pulley, parts and labor 
209000   starter replacement 
212000   clutch and flywheel replacement, parts and labor 
236000   water pump failed 
297000   Ventilation blower fan failed. It was removed and replaced for a reasonable charge 
314000   exhaust pipe clamp needed replacement 
347000   replaced the starter 
349500   Multi switch (Hi-Lo beam switch, cruise) 
362000   L&R tierods, L tierod boot, R ball joint, PS rack boot (SCI, MPLS) 
372000   Replaced auxiliary fan and AC compressor Replaced wheel bearing. Also performed maintenance on wear items. 
377000   Differential failed and blew hole in side of transmission. Installed rebuilt transmission and clutch disk. At same time, replaced front axles.0 
413000   replaced oil cooler seals, heater core hose, and replaced hood release lever and coolant reservoir 
422000   right-side axle replaced under warranty 
437000   spliced wire to AC compressor, replaced lower radiator hose, inspected timing belt, PS pump, and serpentine tensioner. 
455000   Replaced steering rack, sway bar bushings, tie rod ends 
469000   Fan control module plus labor 
492000   Replaced original turbo control valve 
502000   Replaced rear pads and rotors and rear caliper 

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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
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
81620 mi C $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
Aug 2009 - Jul 2010
159000 mi   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
Oct 2003 - Sep 2014
3819 mi   1-Repaired condensation in side marker blinker. 2-Repaired loose door trim under passenger door 3-Ignition Coils replaced (under recall) 
14904   1- Poor AM reception in radio, replaced wiring to antenna. 
20116 C $2 1- Climate control dash lighbulb burnt out, replaced bulb labour was free. 
22469   1- Brake Lights stopped working. Brake light switch replaced. 
26581   1- Waterpump replaced. 
31546   1- Driver side wheel bearing replaced 
48229   1-Sunvisor clip snapped and replaced. 
53165   Passenger Front Wheel Bearing Replaced. 
69502   The car does not sense that the driver's door is open. Will not repair since I don't even notice it. 
76260   Radio reception not working. Replaced antenna at top of car. Radio now works. 
77004   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. 
91140   Banging into gear (auto transmission), check engine light appeared, transmission speed sensor defective. 
96100   Check engine light appeared while driving on freeway. Thermostat replaced.  
110360   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 
114700   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.  
116560   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   Fans do not turn on, only when A/C is on and only when it already is overheating. 
129580   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   Passenger front wheel bearing bad. Airplane noise coming from the front of car when driving and turning. 
138880   Vibration when accelerating. Was some control arm part in the front suspension. 

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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
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
116000 mi US $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
Oct 2009 - Apr 2010
96000 mi US $470 Front CV joint replaced 
99000   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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