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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 152 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 Washington, United States
Aug 2009 - Sep 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. 
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 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 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 Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - Sep 2015
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 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. 

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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
Jul 2008 - Sep 2015
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 
Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI in Ohio, United States
Mar 2009 - Nov 2015
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 
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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2009 Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Repair Histories

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