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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Problems and Repair Histories

102 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI. 41 of these members (40.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 98 repairs to 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTIs--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 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 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

44% of the 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 7% to the suspension, 19% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 13% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 98 repairs.

2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 60% cost between $100 and $499, 30% between $500 and $999, and 10% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 0    
4000 0 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. 
48000 550 Coolant leak from engine inlet tube. Damaged part replaced successfully. 
57000 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. 
58000 550 Check engine light cause by O2 sensor failure. Dealership diagnosed and replaced. 
 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 1000    
5000 0 Loose wiring harness to fuel injection caused loss of power. TSB on this, known problem.  
9000 0 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.  
17000 0 Dual mass flywheel failure, clutch & pressure plate replaced under warranty. Thanks to Carter VW and VW for stepping up. 
25000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Car has an idle problem at normal operating temperature. On 2nd visit to the dealership the throttle body was replaced under warranty. 
0 The car went back two more times, on the 4th visit the dealer replaced the PCV valve. 
0 Car still has an idle problem and also has a blown speaker. Car is at the dealership to have the purge valve replaced. 
6000 0 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 York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 0    
18500 0 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. 
20000 0 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. 
29300 0 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. 
34000 0 Car stalling under load, rough idle; dealer diagnosed as faulty crankcase breather valve. Replaced under warranty. 
34000 0 Car stalling intermittently; went into limp mode on several occasions. Dealer replaced throttle body under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 14000    
36000 0 Multiple faulty valves in turbo intake system Check engine light: replaced 2 sensors and ignition switch. 
46000 0 Exhaust/emissions light was lighting intermittently. Intake manifold replaced. 
47000 0 The exhaust/emission light appeared while passing another vehicle. The power went "soft" afterward. Dealer replaced the turbocharger under the power train warranty. 
52700 100 Small leak discoverd at the oil cooler. Th eextended warranty adjuster was extremely slow to approve repair. Ultimately they did so. 
70300 0 Sensors failed, causing traction control warning lights to display while running 
83000 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. 
82000 0 The traction control light came on intermittently. Dealer confirmed the fault code but all systems tested OK. 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 0    
15500 0 air conditioner was not working properly. Still making odd noise even after trip to dealer. Told refrigerant was overfilled, drained some, but problem still.  
31000 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 
38200 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. 
44920 0 Flapper position sensor on intake manifold failed. Replace entire manifold on warranty. 
75640  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 0    
4000 0 Passenger front door rattled when radio played certain bass frequencies, even at moderate volume. Dealer disassembled the door and wrapped/padded the wiring harness. 
5000 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). 
36000 0 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. 
45000 120 The hatchback would not stay open, so I replaced the shocks. 
81000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Passenger seat jammed, seat slider handle broken off, seat frame broken 
12000 0 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. 
15000 0 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. 
17000 0 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. 
19000 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. 
40000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 0    
15000 0 Airbag light came on. Microsensor in seatbelt buckle had to be replaced 
19000 0 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. 
20700 0 Replaced POD sensor 
29000 0 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. 
31000 0 PODS module was replaced 
72000 200 Bad knock sensor 
73000  
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 15000    
21000 0 door seal replaced- wind type noise when hvac fan was on 
 

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