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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (11%)

Chart based on 62 repairs.
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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (44%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 27 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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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
Aug 2012

234560 mi

C $350
Rear brakes and rotors and emergency brake cables 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2013
Jul 2013

85000 mi

US $300
Rubber gasket at axle was torn, needed replacement. 
Nov 2013

87000 mi
air intake valve started to fail 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2013
Jun 2010

73000 mi

US $1800
Turbo waste gate malfunctioned, needed to be replaced. Front struts were worn out. Front brakes were worn, rotors warped. Front CA bushings worn out. 
Aug 2010

76000 mi

US $600
EGR hose blew out, needed to be replaced. 
Jan 2011

81000 mi

US $700
Replaced EGR 
Apr 2012

98700 mi

US $500
Front driver and passenger side wheel bearings and hubs were growling loudly. Mechanic replaced both sets (with OEM parts) and problem went away. Also new tires installed. 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in British Columbia, Canada
- Jun 2006
Feb 2005

21700 mi
Glow Plug Relay replaced 
Jun 2006

27900 mi
Injection System replace: below average fuel economy 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2012 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

101440 mi

C $600
Main fan broke 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2016
May 2010

70000 mi

US $110
Brake wear warning light was displayed on dash, prompting me to purchase and replace front rotors and pads. 
Mar 2011

80000 mi

US $704
Water pump failure while driving. Replaced thermostat & coolant temp sensor myself to no avail, then took it to repair shop. Shop replaced water pump and timing belt. 
Feb 2013

101000 mi
Failed catalytic converter. 
Dec 2013

110000 mi

US $30
Replaced faulty driver's door lock actuator assembly. 
Dec 2014

125000 mi

US $100
Replaced rusty oil pan. 
Feb 2015

128300 mi

US $100
Worn front brake pads and rotors. Replaced front brake pads and rotors. 
Feb 2016

138700 mi

US $400
Replaced failing original exhaust system with cat-back aftermarket system. 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2009 - Dec 2016
Nov 2009

37200 mi

C $300
Secondary air pump replacement Broken coil spring 
Sep 2013

62000 mi

C $50
Replaced both worn-out hatchback struts. $50 for parts, 10 minutes to replace. 
Jun 2014

66340 mi

C $268
Replace faulty oxygen sensor Replace broken antenna cable Replaced faulty turn signal relay 
Oct 2015

75220 mi
Replace diverter valve Replaced ball joint and bushings Replaced broken coil spring 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

240-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

91000 mi

US $550
Dash cluster malfunction. Unable to repair, thus needed to be replaced. Car functions fine either way, just an annoyance. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Oct 2007 - Aug 2011
Apr 2007

67849 mi

US $3751
Replaced rear differential and Haldex unit 
Jan 2009

106000 mi

US $50
Headlight out. 
Aug 2010

138000 mi

US $278
antenna mount replaced 
Feb 2011

146000 mi

US $355
temperature sensor replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

80000 mi
Hood support strut failed, hatch struts worn; all replaced. Hood latch handle detached from mechanism; secured with wire loop. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Georgia, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2015
Jan 2012

57300 mi

US $560
Car began overheating and flashing STOP warning, towed vehicle to shop where parts were ordered/installed. I paid total cost for parts/labor. Replaced plastic coolant pipe with Gruven metal part as preventative maintenance. 
Jul 2012

59300 mi

US $650
Temp gauge not reading accurately, AC compressor & control unit & fans not working. No cold air. 
Feb 2013

61700 mi
AC compressor had failed. Replaced with the new factory unit. 
Jan 2014

71000 mi

US $800
Car first began to idle poorly, displayed MIL/CEL, squeaked loudly during cold startup, then it failed to startup. As a result I replaced the alternator, plugs & coil packs. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2016
Jan 2010

37000 mi
Driver window detached from regulator clips. 
May 2010

40000 mi

US $360
A/C expansion valve replacement. 
Feb 2012

67000 mi
Repaired the driver door lock microswitch. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Feb 2008 - Sep 2016
Mar 2010

70000 mi

US $60
Replaced thermostat and topped off coolant. 45 minute job done in driveway. 
Apr 2010

73000 mi

US $135
Water pump began squeaking when hot due to a loose plastic plug behind the pump's pulley. Pump worked fine, just noisy. Replaced at home by me. Fairly simple job. 
Jun 2012

104000 mi
Car was slow starting. Found corrosion on battery terminals. Cleaned connections. Problem gone. 
Dec 2013

118000 mi

US $20
Replaced driver's side low beam bulb. 
Mar 2014

120000 mi

US $15
Side marker lens melted at the bulb socket. 
Jan 2015

132500 mi

US $75
Driver's side outer tie rod end was worn out. I purchased the part and a local mechanic replaced it in about 20 minutes. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2009
May 2008

34000 mi
Cooling fans were dead, A/C needed recharge 
Oct 2008

47000 mi

US $350
Strut top bushing and bearings need to be replaced. Very loose steering and popping sound. Tire wear and odd braking also was symptom. Also changed Oil, oil filter, Haldex fluid and filter. Excessive rattle and squeak in center console area, Around HVAC and radio.  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Missouri, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
May 2011

90000 mi

US $771
The car failed to start intermittently starting in February. Had 5 trips with 4 tows to 3 different repair services, finally identified when the problem persisted. It turned out to be the fuel pump, which in turn, burned out the fuel pump relay.  
Dec 2014

126000 mi

US $400
Sway bar links worn, 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Jun 2008 - May 2011
Mar 2009

44000 mi

US $1
I cleared a blocked sunroof drain tube that was causing a water leak into the interior, then vacuumed and deodorized the carpet. 
Mar 2010

51000 mi

US $300
Airbag Fault light came on and problem fixed by replacing a wiring harness under driver seat. Replaced the fuse block located on top of battery due to melted terminal surrounding fuse. 
Dec 2010

55000 mi
driver's side window glass became detached from window regulator, removed door panel and place glass back into window regulator. No new parts required, nothing was actually broken, just detached.  
Apr 2011

57000 mi

US $125
Front wheel bearing failure. Resolved problem by replacing wheel bearing and wheel hub. 

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