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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 174 repairs.

2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 38 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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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2008 - Aug 2012
Oct 2008

4000 mi
Water pump was failing, creating an intermittent grinding sound at idle. I demonstrated the noise on a test drive and the dealer identified and repaired the problem. 
Dec 2010

48000 mi

US $550
Coolant leak from engine inlet tube. Damaged part replaced successfully. 
Apr 2012

57000 mi

US $30
Experienced single knock during hard acceleration or turning. Verified subframe bolts were stretched and allowing the subframe a small amount of movement. Resolved by installing shims and 2 heavier duty subframe bolts. 
May 2012

58000 mi

US $550
Check engine light cause by O2 sensor failure. Dealership diagnosed and replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2013
Dec 2012

41000 mi
some kind of stepper motor on the intake. car was fixed under warranty. seems to be a common issue per various forums. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2014
Mar 2014

28000 mi
Intake manifold was replaced under warranty. Misfire on cylinder 2. Engine continued to misfire, then would not start after being turned off. Suspect the cause was humidity related. Problem went away after rain stopped. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2008 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

56000 mi

US $199
Door lock wasn't working. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013
Jun 2012

41540 mi
replaced passenger front wheel bearing.  replaced 1 ignition coil plug. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2015
Feb 2010

5000 mi
Loose wiring harness to fuel injection caused loss of power. TSB on this, known problem.  
Jun 2010

9000 mi
Car was brought in for 10k service (as scheduled). Glove box door replaced. Interior rattle resolved, car is completely rattle free now. Note: problem was so minor I hesitated to mention it even to the service writer.  
Nov 2011

17000 mi
Dual mass flywheel failure, clutch & pressure plate replaced under warranty. Thanks to Carter VW and VW for stepping up. 
Aug 2015

31700 mi

US $600
Intake manifold/fuel injectors clogged with carbon build up. 
Nov 2015

35000 mi

US $170
Ignition coil failure 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

4000 mi
Car has an idle problem at normal operating temperature. On 2nd visit to the dealership the throttle body was replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2009

4240 mi
The car went back two more times, on the 4th visit the dealer replaced the PCV valve. 
Feb 2010

5200 mi
Car still has an idle problem and also has a blown speaker. Car is at the dealership to have the purge valve replaced. 
Mar 2010

6000 mi
This was the 4th time that the CEL turned on. The problem was either new or the original problem but attempts to repair were made by replacing the throttle body and PCV valve. This time the purge valve was replaced. CEL has remained off since then 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Zealand
Jul 2014 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

34131 mi

$5000
New abs controller needed. Import from o/s and install 
Jul 2015

36580 mi

$15000
typical gti timing chain tensioner failure. Engine replacement required 
Aug 2015

36880 mi

$2500
Timing chain slipped, required new valves etc 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New Zealand
Nov 2014 - Mar 2016
Jan 2015

43700 mi
Headlight washer tubing popped apart causing leak in washer system 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2016
Aug 2011

23300 mi
car went into limp mode. worked fine after restart. took to dealer who read codes, steering column with tiptronic paddles lost communication to CAN BUS. cleared codes and haven't seen problem since. 
Nov 2013

64000 mi

US $300
Intake manifold failed, covered under factory extended warranty. CV boot was torn, not sure if inner or outer. torn cv boot replaced 
Apr 2014

72500 mi

US $1300
ABS module experienced short circuit. ABS module was replaced. 
Jul 2014

78300 mi

US $3500
timing chain tensioner failed, caused car to jump timing. needed new chain, tensioner, valves, gaskets 
Sep 2014

81000 mi

US $180
serpentine belt wore out and was replaced 
Feb 2015

89000 mi

US $1270
rear main seal was leaking dual mass flywheel needed replacement 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2009 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

27000 mi
Chip on shifter knob. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - Mar 2016
Jun 2010

15500 mi
air conditioner was not working properly. Still making odd noise even after trip to dealer. Told refrigerant was overfilled, drained some, but problem still.  
Mar 2011

31000 mi

C $116
Check engine light and backfire, code P0171, engine running lean bank 1. Dealer told me it was due to aftermarket intake. They performed a smoke test then refused to repair the maf, as it was most likely the source. Cleaned MAF myself 
Jul 2011

38200 mi

C $120
Diverter valve failed, threw code p0299, which was boost pressure limit not reached. Pin holeleak in DV, replaced with aftermarket DV. Not warranty repair due to aftermarket tune. 
Feb 2012

44920 mi
Flapper position sensor on intake manifold failed. Replace entire manifold on warranty. 
Jun 2014

80600 mi

C $800
Tie rod ends both blown Wheel bearing failure 
Sep 2014

84940 mi

C $350
Thermostat failure, replace and refill coolant. 
Jun 2015

88660 mi

C $1100
Fuel injector failure, replace all 4 injectors, spark plugs, coil packs. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in United Arab Emirates
Mar 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2014

31000 mi
Sunroof lining loose 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2015
Sep 2009

4000 mi
Passenger front door rattled when radio played certain bass frequencies, even at moderate volume. Dealer disassembled the door and wrapped/padded the wiring harness. 
Oct 2009

5000 mi

US $10
I took the rear passenger door apart to remove a very annoying rattle. Self-stick felt in a few choice places seemed to help. I also took apart the front passenger door to stop a rattle created by the speakers (and I don't play them loudly). 
Aug 2011

36000 mi
The intake runner control actuator failed, which resulted in a check engine light. An extensive repair was required to replace it. There was no noticeable impact on drivability, but my gas mileage appears slightly better now. 
Mar 2012

45000 mi

US $120
The hatchback would not stay open, so I replaced the shocks. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Colorado, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2013

52000 mi
cruise control is broken. Fault shown for throttle control module. Estimated repair cost is $600. Not worth it to me at this time, so I'm deferring repair. Update: cleared up on its own. 
Jul 2014

66700 mi

US $157
added 100 g of coolant 
Nov 2014

72700 mi

US $1300
ABS/ESP computer was faulty, had to be replaced 
Mar 2015

78000 mi

US $200
HID headlight bulb needed replacement 
Dec 2015

91000 mi

US $850
My 2.0 TSI engine had heavy carbon deposits on the intake and intake valves. This was manually cleaned and a catch can was added to the EGR system to avoid future deposits. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2013
Jun 2011

49000 mi
Required a new CV joint upon purchase inspection, so that was replaced before we took final delivery of it. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Dec 2012

33000 mi
Tie-rod seized in passenger side and replaced inner and outer by extended warranty. 
Jul 2013

41000 mi
Intake manifold flap fail and CEL-on. Repair under power-train warranty. 
Dec 2013

45000 mi

US $100
cylinder 4 has misfiring, so replace all spark plugs and switched ignition coils(#4 coil to #3 and #3 to #4). However, still misfiring, so replaced ignition coils and problem solved! 
Jul 2014

51700 mi
High Pressure Fuel Pump and related items. 
Dec 2015

69000 mi

US $150
Replace falling headliner fabric. 
Mar 2016

72000 mi
Brake control module mulfunction 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

69300 mi

US $950
Front rotors de laminating CV Boot torn 
Aug 2015

72000 mi

US $1000
Wheel bearing replaced Secondary air sensor 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Indiana, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2014
Feb 2011

36000 mi
Multiple faulty valves in turbo intake system Check engine light: replaced 2 sensors and ignition switch. 
Sep 2011

46000 mi
Exhaust/emissions light was lighting intermittently. Intake manifold replaced. 
Oct 2011

47000 mi
The exhaust/emission light appeared while passing another vehicle. The power went "soft" afterward. Dealer replaced the turbocharger under the power train warranty. 
Apr 2012

52700 mi

US $100
Small leak discoverd at the oil cooler. Th eextended warranty adjuster was extremely slow to approve repair. Ultimately they did so. 
May 2013

70300 mi
Sensors failed, causing traction control warning lights to display while running 
Dec 2013

83000 mi

US $350
Lumpy idle, followed by yellow engine light on dashboard. Injectors cleaned and bad gas drained on first trip. Problem reoccurred a week later. Fuel injectors replaced under extended warranty. 
Mar 2014

85000 mi
The traction control light came on intermittently. Dealer confirmed the fault code but all systems tested OK. 
Oct 2014

96000 mi

US $1699
Replaced steering rack and wiring loom to address steering and traction control warning lights on dash. When the steering warning light would come on the steering felt markedly different.  Soon after airbag warning light came on, apparently new harness faulty. A third harness not faulty but a newer design reluctant to talk with sensors that control the airbag. Finally new circular spring installed in steering wheel and system reprogrammed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2011
Jun 2011

13000 mi
USG auto transmission mechatronics unit replaced after transmission went out of gear while driving. Lost faith in car and traded it in. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Jun 2013

30000 mi

US $556
Radiator leak, secondary fan seized and non-operational. Replaced radiator and fan. VW quoted 1276.00 (they were double dipping labor charges). Local shop completed for 556 minus cost of radiator. 
Dec 2015

56000 mi
Manifold control sensor failed and out of specs. VW has extended warranty on this item so it was repaired free of charge. Would have cost about 690.00$ 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2012
Nov 2010

18500 mi
Check engine light went on and off for a week or so, went off the morning of the service appt. No code stored, unable to replicate, no repair attempted. 
Feb 2011

20000 mi
CEL came back on, dealer diagnosed it as a fault with a part of the intake manifold. Entire manifold replaced under warranty. Regular maintenance also performed. 
Oct 2011

29300 mi
Car went into limp mode at 30mph, pulled off and restarted. Rough idle, sputtered, went dead. Towed to dealer. Dealer replaced high-pressure fuel pump and cam follower under warranty. 
Feb 2012

34000 mi
Car stalling under load, rough idle; dealer diagnosed as faulty crankcase breather valve. Replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2012

34000 mi
Car stalling intermittently; went into limp mode on several occasions. Dealer replaced throttle body under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Apr 2011
Jan 2011

36000 mi

US $150
Tire pressure sensor continues to have a mind of its own. 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Dec 2012
Mar 2011

17000 mi
Rough Down shifting from 3 to 2; especially while braking. Replaced auto transmission valve cover.  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2016
Oct 2013

51300 mi

US $70
Brake pads needed replacement. Car squeaked only on a cold start, did not know pads needed replacement until rotors worn and in need of machining. 
Dec 2013

54000 mi

US $30
Headlight on one side went out, same side that once just needed to be reseated. Bulb burned out, replaced both. 
Feb 2016

74300 mi

US $90
Brake light out, daytime running lights out, light above drivers side visor mirror failed. 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

68200 mi

C $400
Electric lock failure 
Dec 2015

77500 mi

C $1100
alternator 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2014

33000 mi
Check engine light came on. Dealer scanned; P2015 code, faulty intake manifold runner. This appears to be a very common problem. New part fitted, supposedly upgraded to avoid this problem in future. We'll see. All done under warranty. 
Feb 2016

49000 mi
Alarm sounded, traction control light came on, red warning flashed. After restarting car all lights went out. Independent VW specialist diagnosed intermittent ABS module. Unplugged cable, plugged back in again, fault codes cleared. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
- Nov 2009
Nov 2009

15000 mi
O2 Sensor replacement 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

36700 mi

US $300
3 sensors failed. CEL Light recently back on 
Dec 2015

45000 mi

US $300
Coolant leak and thermostat failure 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Nov 2010 - Nov 2013
Mar 2011

59000 mi
Intake Manifold flapper linkage would not stay connected. Entire intake manifold replaced by dealer under 60k powertrain warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Jul 2012 - Mar 2016
Mar 2013

58000 mi

US $100
Headlamp, $100 for the bulb 
Feb 2014

67300 mi

US $387
Pad wear 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Oregon, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2014
Sep 2014

57000 mi

US $750
Replaced air conditioning hose. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Kentucky, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2011

15000 mi
Power steering light and ESP light come on intermittently. Problem discovered to be steering angle sensor and part of ignition switch. Dealer found problem and ordered parts and did repair under factory warranty. 
Jun 2012

28000 mi
Engine made whining sound; dealer inspected and found water pump to be faulty. Water pump replaced under powertrain warranty. 
Dec 2012

33000 mi

US $175
Coil pack for #1 cylinder failed, replaced at dealer. 
Jun 2013

38000 mi

US $700
Abs pump replaced. VWoA paid for the part. 
Jan 2014

43300 mi
Intake manifold failure--replaced under extended warranty for manifold. 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
Jul 2014

48000 mi

US $500
Automatic door lock drivers side stopped working 
Aug 2014

48000 mi
DSG failed 
Nov 2014

48700 mi

US $500
Headliner delaminated 
Feb 2015

49000 mi

US $200
Coil pack failure 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Virginia, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

63000 mi

US $5000
Timing chain tensioner broke; damaged valve train and engine lost compression. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

32000 mi

US $275
Starter cranked longer than normal. Shop discovered faulty fuel pump. Fuel pump and pressure regulator were replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Louisiana, United States
Mar 2010 - Mar 2016
Oct 2012

32700 mi
First day intake manifold sensor changed. But engine light came on again. Second day intake manifold changed. 
May 2013

37000 mi
headliner is falling off 
Jul 2013

38300 mi
vw america lady was very nice and allowed repair to headliner that was falling and followed up with me. VW Walker in Kenner, La. continues to have awful service (too extensive to write about right now). 
Apr 2014

42300 mi

US $497
abs module failed. abs system replaced 
Jun 2014

43000 mi

US $266
brake boot 
Feb 2015

47300 mi

US $300
misfiring in two spark plugs. spark plugs and wiring changed. 
Dec 2015

53000 mi
Thermostat stuck in open position. Told is part of unit with water pump so water pump with the thermostat was changed. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maryland, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2016
Nov 2011

42700 mi
Took in for intermittent CEL. CEL due to busted intake manifold, which was replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2014

106000 mi
Driver's side CV boot damaged and leaking grease. 
Dec 2015

109000 mi

US $2800
Timing chain tensioner failed. Car jumped timing on start up. Cylinders/valves okay, not repaired. Timing chain, tensioner and misc. replaced. 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

82 mi
Warranty Service - faulty TPMS module 

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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 2dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

11000 mi
Driver side window switch broke. Replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2015 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

54740 mi

C $200
knock sensor replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

66340 mi

C $100
Broken rear wiper arm replaced 
Mar 2016

71300 mi
Radio would not turn on after turning on the car one day. Changed fuses, but had no effect. Living without it. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in District of Columbia, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2013
Mar 2013

29000 mi

US $215
Replaced battery that was still operable but going on 5 years old based on Summer 2008 manufacture date. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2016
Feb 2011

35000 mi
The lock/unlock button on the driver's side door has a bulb that occasionally flickers when cold. Dealer could not duplicate the condition so no repair was done. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2016
Dec 2008

820 mi
Passenger seat jammed, seat slider handle broken off, seat frame broken 
Nov 2010

12000 mi
Inside rearview mirror nonfunctional Creaking and cracking noise when turning steering wheel, hornplate spring blocks movement at times, told "works to specification" One of the upper front passenger-door outer panel screws fell out, causing wind noise, speaker and door trim rattle. Screw replaced and tightened. 
Mar 2011

15000 mi
Driver side electric window regulator defective. After removing the door blade and performing the work, the door would not fit - completely misaligned when they screwed it together. It took 3 trips, an external body shop, and 5 days to fix  Steering wheel clock spring defective, making clunking and chafing noises. Several trips necessary. Turns out that steering column is defective, replaced. Took over a week to get parts and fix. 
Jun 2011

17000 mi
Dealer's body shop put a dent in front fender when adjusting door, fixed; replaced misfitting front wheel arch cover,  driver door inner panel replaced (missing rubber strip), door pocket felt missing; replaced. In all, 2 more trips, 3 days. Steering wheel misaligned, pointing in the opposite direction of what wheels are doing. Dealer flat out lied as no effort was made to fix. Must return once again. Plus, horn plate in steering wheel still creaking. 
Sep 2011

19000 mi

US $1004
Replaced entire driver side airbag unit - creaking and clicking noises not recognized by VW. Cost $1004. Work done at an independent shop to perfection. 
Nov 2014

45000 mi

US $400
Headliner separated and detached around sun glass holder. 
Jun 2015

48000 mi

US $600
CV boot torn Key fob failed, spare key fob defective, had to replace and program new fob Door lock cylinder loose and falling out, shop replaced parts inside door but lock came loose again after 3 weeks when they tightened and glued it in 
Sep 2015

50000 mi

US $400
Check engine light on. Some membrane burst sprayed intake and MAF sensor with oil. Replaced 
Jan 2016

53000 mi

US $489
Roof liner detached in the front, needed new liner all around 
Feb 2016

53000 mi

US $719
Rear hatch release on rear hatch stopped working Rear defroster not working, cable broken in hatch. Repaired for free. Head unit stopped working, CD stuck. Replaced head unit with JVC aftermarket unit 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Illinois, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2011

35000 mi
Check engine light appeared while driving to work. Took vehicle to dealership for warranty repairs to replace both engine knock sensors. Repairs were completed that day. 
Mar 2011

36000 mi
Driver side door trim had a crease that ran parallel to the window. After a year of going back and forth with Volkswagen of America, the part was authorized for replacement by the dealership and was ordered and finally replaced. 
Sep 2011

44000 mi
40,000 scheduled routine maintenance involved brakes & belts inspection / replacement, passenger head light / electrical inspection, lubrication of various parts, replacement of fluids, for an estimated $550+ at dealer. Took the car elsewhere for $250. 
Jun 2012

58000 mi

US $80
Both driver side and passenger side, rear calipers were seizing due to heat generated from normal local driving, causing premature pad and rotor wear. Calipers would remain engaged while driving. Both calipers were replaced 
Dec 2012

66000 mi

US $350
The electrical motor that diverts the airflow to the heater died. 
May 2014

88000 mi

US $650
Battery died and alternator wasn't charging battery. 
Jun 2015

106000 mi

US $1
Replaced driver side front calipers and rotor. Replaced passenger side rear caliper. 
Jul 2015

107700 mi

US $500
Passenger side rear caliper seized and started leaking brake fluid and needed to be replaced. 
Oct 2015

111700 mi

US $850
Faulty manifold sensor needed to be replaced. Routine maintenance - Replaced spark plugs, flushed radiator, brakes, power steering. 
Mar 2016

118000 mi

US $700
Oil leaking into vacuum pump and fouled MAP sensor 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Maine, United States
Oct 2013 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

75000 mi

US $400
Cracked radiator 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2016
Apr 2010

15000 mi
Airbag light came on. Microsensor in seatbelt buckle had to be replaced 
Jun 2010

19000 mi
knock sensor had to be replaced. Engine would not go above 3000 rpm. Dealership gave us use of a rental while waiting for proper part to arrive POD sensor under passenger seat no longer detects person in seat so airbag for passenger is disabled. Went in for repair, sensor arrived damaged from warehouse. New part on order. 
Jul 2010

20700 mi
Replaced POD sensor 
Mar 2011

29000 mi
PODS module under seat for detecting passenger defective causing airbag light to come on. New PODS sensor ordered and I will be notified when it arrives. 
May 2011

31000 mi
PODS module was replaced 
Feb 2014

72000 mi

US $200
Bad knock sensor 
Aug 2014

79000 mi

US $524
Second knock sensor and camshaft sensor 
Dec 2015

107000 mi

US $150
replaced brake fluid 
Mar 2016

112000 mi

US $100
City lights had to be replaced. Impossible to reach with hands or without possibly crushing something. Repair had to be done at dealership. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Florida, United States
Jul 2010 - Mar 2015
Jun 2011

27000 mi
While the car was in for an oil change, I pointed out that the shifter was squeaking and the front suspension was groaning at maximum deflection. Dealer ordered shifter and strut mounts, to be installed later. Replaced manual shifter assembly. Strut mounts hadn't yet arrived. 
Jul 2011

29000 mi
Installed previously-ordered front strut mounts to eliminate noise near ends of suspension travel. 
Jun 2014

68000 mi

US $200
A/C suddenly started blowing warm while traveling. Took it to a local shop who evacuated and recharged the system. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2011
Oct 2010

21000 mi
door seal replaced- wind type noise when hvac fan was on 

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2008.5 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2015
Nov 2015

104000 mi

US $350
Leaking o-ring on transmission. Had to be replaced and refilled with transmission fluid. 

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