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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Chart based on 50 repairs.

2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Chart based on 17 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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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

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Volkswagen in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

9300 mi

C $94
fuel line vibration 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013 leaking brake fluids 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2007 - Jun 2015
Oct 2007

7632 mi
Replace coolant temperature sensor. 
Mar 2008

13042 mi
Replace transmission part number 09A-300-036-DX. 
Oct 2008

17555 mi
Repaired rear hatch wiring, door won't lock. Readjusted hinges in front and rear doors to stop doors from rubbing and chipping paint. 
Jun 2009

23560 mi
Suspension, Right Front; Needed Replacement Parts. 
Sep 2009

25420 mi

C $20
Car hinge improperly set causes front left door to rub against rear left door upon closing. Finger nail size paint missing showing rust where the top left door tip is rubbing against left rear door. Left rear door also missing paint with rust. 
Mar 2010

28520 mi
Sunroof rattles at highway speeds when open. Gradual onset. Left front headlights went out for about a month then mysteriously came back by itself. Told can not find fault. The car occasionally loses power (possibly limp mode) with no check engine lights or similar in colder winter days. The problem goes away when the engine is restarted the second time immediately after onset of problem. 
Jul 2010

32240 mi

C $45
Car entering limp mode, previously only in winter. Last visit could not duplicate problem. This summer the problem came back and come on whenever full power is requested, also check engine light. Turbocharger vanes seized up, replaced. Moonroof developed leaks through passenger side drain hose. Recall was performed to trim the hose to prevent clogging. Center console clip mechanism broke, replaced. 
Sep 2010

34100 mi

C $1050
Signal Switch ticker malfunction. Continues to tick after returning from left/right turn. Replaced switch. Left front headlight went out again, didn't come back by itself this time around. Apparently front right headlight leak also. Light bulb replaced in left, replaced right headlight assembly. Front right bearing making noise, needed replacement. Replaced front right wheel bearing. Rear windshield washer sprayer hose clogged or nozzle clogged. Replace rear washer hose. 
Nov 2011

44640 mi

C $70
Exhaust bracket broken. Needed to be rewelded to chasis mount points. 
Dec 2013

53320 mi

C $250
Starter replacement with new Bosch unit. Old starter turning very slowly. 
Feb 2014

53720 mi

C $10
Windshield wiper mechanism gradually seizing up. Water was found in the sleeve bearing mechanism. Instead of buying new wiper assembly, the old assembly was taken apart and cleaned then re-lubricated with lithium grease. 
Mar 2014

53940 mi

C $450
Control arm bushings torn. Replacement set purchased by owner at 200 dollars a set of control arms with bushings pre-installed, the local shop performed the actual repair. 
Apr 2014

54240 mi

C $350
Driver side half-shaft connecting to the differential housing tore away and broke a bolt and damaged the differential side coupling. The drive shaft CV boot was also damaged. Replaced entire shaft, CV, differential coupling. 
Jun 2014

55180 mi

C $10
Weather stripping torn both on the door-side and the car body-side at rear driver-side door. Repaired with generous amounts of silicone. 
Feb 2015

57040 mi

C $450
Radiator end tank started leaking. Replaced radiator with new part. 
May 2015

57040 mi

C $400
Fuel pump stopped working. New fuel pump and filter installed. Checked relays. 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2015
Feb 2013

73500 mi

US $136
Output shaft seal started a slow leak. I removed the passenger side CV axle and replaced the bad output shaft seal. I then drained and refilled the manual transmission gear lube. 
Jul 2014

93300 mi

US $8
"Brake" indicator would flash intermittently while driving. Fluid level correct, but condition was notably poor. Flushed lines with new DOT4 fluid corrected the problem. 
Nov 2014

94700 mi

US $300
Replaced engine and trans and dogbone mounts. Originals had significant play. I bought cheap parts- everything felt good for a few months, but now I'm noticing more play when coming on/off throttle. So I'll prob replace again with OEMs. 
Apr 2015

96500 mi

US $175
Poor idle and fuel economy. Replace both oxygen sensors. The original downstream sensor was very corroded and whatnot. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

98000 mi

US $1700
Left and right CV shafts. Temp sensor. Door ajar sensor. 
May 2012

105500 mi

US $145
Condenser fan (drivers side) stopped working and was replaced by myself. 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jun 2015
Aug 2011

50840 mi

C $500
Ignition coil(s) were giving out bad voltage to the spark plugs. The whole coil/wires and plugs as a whole unit were replaced since they came as a kit. The repair shop mentioned it was "early" for this repair to occur. 
Oct 2012

69200 mi

C $400
replacement of rotors and pads on rear only - original since new 
Jun 2013

78120 mi

C $875
replaced coolant sensor, thermostat and water pump - metal not plastic impeller used. Pump broke while doing 120 kph on highway plus onboard dash lights went off as well as the temperature gauge went redline. 
Aug 2013

83060 mi

C $350
replaced speed sensor as the odometer measurement and speedometer reading was incorrect over 80 km/hr when compared to GPS device Update - speed sensor not the issue - reversed the repair - problem found in speedo head - a sensor replaced Aug 26th after three trips to the shop looking for issue. 
Sep 2013

86800 mi
Previous speedo repair did not get corrected. Repair concluded speedo has an electronic defect and no previous repair has fixed it. We chose not to repair the speedo and will use tachometer to monitor speed. 
Mar 2014

99200 mi

C $450
Rear wiper wiring harness failed and wore off the coating on some wires due to the opening/closing of the hatch( 3 locations I was told). Took 6 hours to find and fix the whole length of the wiring. 
Oct 2014

106400 mi
For the second time in two years I had to pull the rear panel and lubricate the rear lock mechanism. Of course many of the plastic tabs hare now broken and it rattles when reinstalled. 
Jun 2015

114700 mi

C $450
replaced front bearings/bushings 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen in British Columbia, Canada
May 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

13640 mi
Power Windows failed 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automated manual 2WD

Volkswagen in North Carolina, United States
May 2006 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

13000 mi
Cruise control was not setting properly. The GTI did have a control module replace a long time ago by another dealer. Dealer #2 reported that the pin on that module that controls cruise functions was bent by Dealer #1. Loaner was provided by dealer/VWo 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

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

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
May 2009 - Oct 2011
Jun 2009

55000 mi

US $60
Replaced engine coolant temperature sensor (on own - not at shop. cost reflects parts only.) 
Nov 2009

60000 mi

US $135
replaced 1 halogen headlight ($35), had block heater installed ($100). 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Italy
Sep 2010 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

53320 mi
The Fuel level indicator has stopped working. 
May 2013

53320 mi
The Compressor failed 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Repair Histories

80 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 11 of these members (13.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 50 repairs to 2006 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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