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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (31%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 237 repairs.
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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (2%)

$100 - $499 (7%)

< $100 (89%)

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Chart based on 55 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Washington, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

1000 mi
Car-Net module was not functional, from new. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Maine, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2018
Apr 2016

5800 mi
Airbag light on; Rowe VW pulled code PB100B1B; replaced overlay harness 
Jul 2016

10700 mi
Replaced infotainment control unit, 5F module 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Georgia, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2016

2200 mi
Wind noise present since day 1, door seal was replaced and still an issue. 4th time in shop now for repair. CarNet suite works intermittently; hoping this issue is resolved with a refresh or replacement. Frustrating. 
Jun 2016

4000 mi
Trim was misaligned. Appears quieter now. Still observing and can reopen the case if needed. Car Net suite works reliably now that I've gone back to iOS, Car Net did not play nice with Android. 
Jul 2017

26000 mi
EPD light on, car was driving rough. Diagnosed as a computer refresh needed for the main engine. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Colorado, United States
Sep 2015 - May 2019
Nov 2015 Paint was peeling on bumper where it meet body. Dealer repainted, gave me aloaner. 
Jun 2017

12000 mi
Bumper paint was peeling again where rear bumper meets body. I was told shop had seen this before. Probably too close a fit and bumper rubs over bumps. Compressor was defective. Temperature at vents would vary widely due to sticky valve. 
Dec 2017

15000 mi
Switch in tranny was giving error message. Tranny was pulled and switch replaced under warranty. It would have run $900 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Indiana, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

24000 mi
Reset connection between gear select and transmission to clear a dash indicator. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Feb 2016 - Oct 2018
Aug 2016

4000 mi
A/C weak on very hots days. Dealer found TSB for N280 valve. Replaced valve and recharged system. All OK. 
Nov 2016

6100 mi
Early on, noticed a slow steady drop in coolant level and a coolant smell after shut down. Dealer inspected engine for leaks and found none. Coolant tank requires 8 ounces of coolant every 6 months. Read on True Delta of leaks from thermostat and/or water pump. Returning vehicle to have those items inspected. 
Oct 2018

27776 mi
Small rattle traced to loose wring harness under front passenger seat. Trim on driver's door grab handle replaced due to bubbling. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2016 - May 2017
Oct 2016

9200 mi
Roof leaks during heavy rain. Dealer said issue was due to disconnected drain tubes. Problem not fixed. 
Nov 2016

10300 mi
Sunroof leak fix attempted again by dealer. Headliner and A-pillars replaced. Problem appears to be resolved. 
Feb 2017

15000 mi
Roof leaking again. Dealer determined water was coming in where the windshield meets the roof, not at the sunroof. New windshield, headliner, and A-pillar installed. 
Mar 2017

16000 mi
4th water leak. Drivers side visor and A-pillar, plus hatch full of water and rear of headliner wet. VWoA replacing car with a new model. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

1000 mi
Car was delivered with Blind Spot Warning not functioning. Dealer replaced module J1087 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Virginia, United States
Feb 2016 - Sep 2018
Apr 2016

1500 mi
replace headlight system cracked at delivery. discovered by washing the car before taking delivery, something my grandfather, a Buick dealer, taught me to do. 
Sep 2016

8000 mi
engine light on intermittenly.Code p202500, indicating leaking evaporative emission sensor. replaced fuel tank leak detection control module Car occassionally downshifts too early, resulting in a loud clunk. 
Nov 2016

9400 mi
check engine light kept coming on randomly. after many hours checking systems it was found to be caused by a faulty t17 connector at pin 9 and 11 on the engine control module. Essentially a loose wire. retightened pin 11. rattles from back. appears to be license plate assembly. extra bolts added. 
Apr 2017

12000 mi
rattle from rear continues. Finally located noise in tool kit with two tools rapping against each other. 
Mar 2018

28000 mi
rattles continue to get worse and now strange squeaks that appear to be shocks or shock mounts have become present. New buzzing noise from passenger side. Dealer says when a service rep drives it he can't find any rattles. 
Sep 2018

34000 mi
Thermostat housing replaced. Water pump replaced 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

30000 mi
EPC light turbo pressure sensor 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015 Sunroof did not close properly. Dealer changed adaptation settings and corrected the issue. 
Dec 2015

5000 mi
Fuel gauge extremely inaccurate, under estimates tank capacity. No fix available. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

17000 mi
Transmission box caused the sensor to read that there was a transmission problem, that was a false read 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

22800 mi
Water Pump was leaking, Water Pump replaced under warranty 
Jun 2018

28000 mi
Right front low beam headlight was occasionally not operating properly 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Virginia, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

10000 mi
Oil leak. Warranty repair ($600). Replaced 2 part oil pan & sensors. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Alabama, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017
Jun 2017

19000 mi
Android Auto stopped working. Dealer wanted me to drop off my car and my phone (honestly...) for a day so they could diagnose. Did a full system reset and started over myself. This is the second time I have had to do this. I don't know what is causing the issue, but the dealer has no interest in looking at it. 
Sep 2017

23000 mi
Low coolant light activated. Confirmed coolant was low. Dealer said they pressure tested the system and could not find a leak. No action taken. I asked where the coolant could be going with no answer. Dealer returned reservoir with coolant over fill line. Subsequent oil analysis shows no coolant in the oil. Coolant level still dropping. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

620 mi
Rear door locks inoperative since driving off the lot. Dealer found loose connection in door panel and fixed. Sunroof pinch protection was too sensitive and roof would not auto close. Dealer adjusted sensitivity, works well now. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Washington, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Jan 2017

7200 mi
Climate control system (manual) malfunction. A/C pump staying on and icing up the heat exchanger. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Maryland, United States
Oct 2015 - Oct 2017
Mar 2017

21000 mi
Suction pump replacement per TSB. No issues observed prior to repair. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 300hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

12400 mi
CEL - P2185. Dealer diagnosed as faulty coolant temp sensor. Coolant temp sensor was replaced under warranty. 
Aug 2017

14839 mi
Problem: Recurring P11A6 CEL. Diagnosed by dealer as Cam adjuster cylinder 2 - loose connection. Connector was reconnected properly. 
Oct 2017

15500 mi
Previously reported CEL P11A6 returned. Dealer tracked it down to faulty Camshaft Actuators on one cylinder. Replaced under warranty. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New York, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

30000 mi

US $3000
Clutch replaced. I installed an APR Stage 1 (low torque) chip tune and the clutch started to slip under high acceleration. So I upgraded the clutch lining and pressure plate to a TTRS version. So it may count as a performance upgrade. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

1000 mi
Backup camera intermittent failure, camera replaced Replaced backup camera 
Oct 2016

3000 mi
Back-up camera intermittently fails. Replaced camera module. Issue went away temporarily, but camera started intermittently failing again. 
Mar 2017

5000 mi
Back-up camera intermittently fails. Applied updated to camera module. 
Feb 2018

12000 mi
Backup camera, intermittent failure. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Ohio, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

17000 mi
Drivers side window Express up/down not holding programming. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Aug 2016

5000 mi
Rear window washer nozzle dribbled fluid for no reason. Car did not recognize presence of key fob inside car and would not start. 
Feb 2017

10000 mi
Center console cubby bin door lost one rubber cushion. Replaced bin under warranty. 
Feb 2018

21527 mi
Car would not start and all electrical systems (displays, lights, windows, etc.) would not function. Attempted to jump-start; displays and windows would work, but the starter wouldn't crank and the info display showed numerous system errors. Trailered the car to the dealer, who replaced the battery and reset settings as required. Battery was replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2016 - May 2017
Dec 2016

10000 mi
Low oil level... 3rd time it happens, they can't explain why engine is burning through oil 
Mar 2017

13000 mi
the car is burning through oil for some reason. Dealer cant seem to figure it out either, this is the 4th time, they always say the car is fine, yet I tend to go back every 3500 miles or so because the oil light turns on. First time it came on, dealer said they probably didn't check it correctly. Second time they just called it a fluke in relation to the first time. Oil change was done at 9500 miles (VW states every 10K), Oil like came on again at 11500 miles... then they said the tech probably didn't properly fill it at oil change. Came on AGAIN at 13600 miles, and they initiated an oil consumption test, which came back reading normal. ARG!!! 
May 2017

16000 mi
Oil consumption 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

16000 mi
Battery failed. Part is not in the US and a temporary battery has been fitted until a BEM battery arrives from Germany in October. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2016 - Mar 2019
Jun 2018

13020 mi

C $80
Rear brake rotors started to became noticeably rusty within 6 months of vehicle delivery in 2015. Finally decided to clean off the rust and repaint with a heat resistant silver caliper paint as the rust had become a very noticeable eyesore. Cost = hire of hoist (rear wheels removed to provide access) plus cost of paint. 
Mar 2019

16740 mi
Solenoids on the rear dampers rusting out. Not covered under warranty as considered "fair wear and tear". No fault codes. Not replaced ($583 each). Problem first noticed in 2018 after vehicle being on the road for only two Canadian winters. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
Feb 2016

3300 mi
Exterior B-pillar trim was cracking 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Indiana, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

17000 mi
Various glitches caused by early version of infotainment software. Updated software version. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

18000 mi
Oil leak in rear differential. The differential had to be replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2017

18000 mi
Power window switch difficult to modulate. Affected all four windows operated by driver. 
Jun 2018

35000 mi
Backup camera fails to work sometimes. Service department reflashed software. I noticed an odor of coolant after starting car. Dealer replaced thermostat gasket. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual AWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Feb 2018 - May 2018
Apr 2018

12000 mi
cruise control and backup camera system errors 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2018 - Jun 2018
May 2018

34000 mi

US $30
Replaced A-Pillar trim due to fabric coming loose from plastic trim. Replaced rattling driver's side airbag assembly (in steering wheel) Re-coded ECU to fix driver's window auto up/down feature 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Arizona, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

11000 mi
Rear windows had been squeaking excessively since obtaining the car. Asked VW to look into it and both rear door seals apparently need replacing as they are defective from the factory. Waiting for parts from Canada currently. 
Mar 2017

16000 mi
Rear window door seals were replaced after waiting a couple months for parts. Excessive squeaking rolling windows up and down is no longer present. Cooling system warning came on indicating low coolant level. Brought car into dealership to investigate and was likely related to air in lines from manufacture. Level was topped off, codes cleared and car was deemed fine. Has not re-occurred. 
Jun 2017

20300 mi
Car would not start and all electrical power was out. Was able to jump start it to get it to the dealer. Battery had gone bad in only ~20K miles and 14 months. Was replaced under bumper to bumper warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Michigan, United States
May 2017 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

27000 mi
Front suspension creak, especially when cold, going over speed bumps and other road imperfections. Tech couldn't reproduce. Drove with tech, and he heard noise. Was told they would call for repair. Never called. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Maryland, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2018
May 2016

1200 mi
DSG transmission failure. Dealer had whole new DSG transmission shipped from Germany and installed. 
Feb 2018

19000 mi
Evaporator purge valve failed and was replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2016 - Sep 2018
May 2016 Plastic rattle that was diagnosed to emanate from the roof console aft of the rear view mirror and housing the interior ceiling lights 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2018 - Sep 2018
Sep 2018

18000 mi

US $200
I brought the car in for a buyer inspection. There is a noise coming from the right side of the car. I thought it might be something related to wheel bearing or axle. The mechanic inspected it thoroughly, identified the noise, but could not find the source. He suspects it might be a weldment or other issue with a subframe. I'm going to bring it into the dealer and see what they have to say. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Alabama, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2018
Mar 2016

10000 mi
Low coolant warning light came on. Smell of coolant near front of engine. Dealer attempted to top off, but upon opening the tank, fluid expanded. 2nd occurrence on a road trip, topped off myself with distilled water. Possible air bubble. Drove through major standstorm, causing many chips in paint and windshield, some down to metal. Obtained estimate from body shop of $2k or higher, and elected to purchase touch-up paint instead to resolve problem. Performed radiator inspect. 
Sep 2016

17000 mi
Horns became inoperative after driving through heavy rain with puddles not otherwise too deep for the car. Low-tone became completely inoperative, leaving only high tone. Dealer opted to replace both horns. Backup camera has wavy lines in video, like bad connection. Driver's seat had foam bits underneath, as if seat pad was falling apart. Dealer replaced lower foam pad and left bolster. Left bolster had torn free from base, and was rubbing apart, leaving foam pieces on floor. Maybe how I enter/exit car 
Feb 2017

25000 mi
Premature battery failure at 18 months/24,534 miles. Battery would not take a charge, and could not start vehicle. 
May 2017

30071 mi
HD Radio stations occasionally do not tune at radio power up. Changing stations restores audio. Dealer updated head unit software from 0241 to 0247 version. Backup camera flickers when first activated when hot. Intensifies with vibration (including engine exhaust sound). Dealer attempted fix via software update under warranty, however I suspect a loose video connection. Suspension creaking sound over speed bumps. Dealer attempted to reproduce, but used speed tables at moderate speed and could not reproduced. Called problem "normal". Driver's power window occasionally forgets auto up/down limits, requiring a reset. Dealer tested unit, and could not reproduce, declaring no fault found. 
Jun 2017

30274 mi
Haldex AWD unit stopped functioning. The condition existed for 2-3 weeks in that rear wheels were not engaging in low-traction situations. Fault code was triggered after a launch control start spun the front wheels. Dealer replaced unit (OCQ525010F) with revised part (0CQ525010H), along with associated non-reusable bolts and fluids. Time in shop was waiting for the differental part to arrive from Canada. 
May 2018

35800 mi
Chrome trim in front of gear shift peeling and creates sharp edges, safety risk Backup camera flicker 
Sep 2018

38850 mi

US $162
Battery diminished quickly, requiring two jump starts on road trip. This was a replacement of a previous "warranty replacement" battery. Non-OEM battery used this time. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

3700 mi
Fuel level sensor failure immediately following fuel filler recall fix; not confirmed if this was due to faulty repairs. Fuel gauge got stuck around half tank and car ran out of gas on the road. Keyfob battery died after just 11 months of ownership. Replaced under warranty. Key fob battery failed just 1 week after it was replaced. Dealer cited the possibility of a faulty battery, and replaced it again Key fob battery failed for 3rd time in as many weeks. Dealer spent a day examining fob and car but could not find cause. Battery replaced again even though I insisted that the battery is not the root cause, as it is unlikely that multiple batteries would be faulty. 
Mar 2017

4000 mi
Key fob battery failed for the fourth time in four weeks. After another full day in the shop dealer agreed that the key fob was faulty, and replaced it. However the item had to be ordered and took several days to arrive. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New York, United States
Jun 2015 - Mar 2019
Mar 2016 Rough ride for past several months. After jacking car up, noticed that the dealer left shipping strut pucks in. Asked for suspension inspection and removal of pucks. Settings for bluetooth in radio couldn't be changed. Software update resolved problem. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2018 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

36000 mi
Bad strut mount. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Aug 2015 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

15000 mi
Moon roof not closing correctly, leaking water into car. Reset system. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2018
Oct 2015 Engine went into limp mode. Dealer diagnosed bad oil pressure sensor and replaced. Problem recurred two days after leaving shop. Car still in shop (Trip 2) for further repairs. Engine went into limp mode again. Dealer called factory and they jointly diagnosed failed/failing crankshaft thrust bearing. Complete long block was replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

22000 mi
MIL on. Needed an actuator for cylinder 2 valve. It intermittently failed turning on MIL 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Jan 2018

14720 mi
Sunroof. SLIGHT leak—observed only inside passenger visor vanity mirror! Turned out there was recall, so sunroof was resealed in some way. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Jan 2016

2700 mi
Hatch door was rubbing on rear bumper cover, causing scratches. Bumper replaced under warranty. Dealer cites "wave" in bumper cover as cause for scratching. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Georgia, United States
Dec 2015 - May 2018
Nov 2016

5000 mi
Under TSB replace fuel pump. No symptoms of a problem with it. Replace Oil & Filter. Fixed sunroof rattle (loose glass). Sunroof was rattling. took car 3 times before dealer finally admitting to it and fix it. the glass was loose. 
Dec 2016

6000 mi
Key fob needed new battery. replace under warranty. First time that I needed to replace the battery in less then a year I have the car! 
Jun 2017

7901 mi
Sunroof was rattling again. This time they replace the retaining bolts instead of just tighten them up.  Also a loose panel in the passenger footwell was fixed. 
Mar 2018

11000 mi
So they replace the frame of the sunroof because they found out that it was cracked from the factory. So they got the factory to send the parts and the vendor to replace it. 
May 2018

12000 mi
After they change the frame and supposedly fixed the sunroof and it was quite for a few days and then started rattling again. So I got VW to buy the car back. This was my second GTI that had the same issue. The other one was the first 2007 4 door in Northeast (Jersey) with same issue that was also return. Other the this the car is very good. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

7700 mi
Broken center console lever vibrated from 3-4K RPM. Dealer replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

6000 mi
After one attempt at Hendrick VW of Frisco, had to go to Rusty Wallis VW. Some dealers are very unhelpful/poorly trained. Hendrick has below average customer service despite being a huge flagship dealer.rnCamera kept getting stuck. Replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Colorado, United States
May 2016 - Feb 2018
Dec 2017

13000 mi
batteries in both keys died. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New York, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

4000 mi
the switch for the sunroof did not work correctly. Problem took 2 trips since part had to be ordered. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Ohio, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

9700 mi
Sunroof rattle when closed. Internet forum suggested lubing rear seal which fixed rattle. 
Apr 2017

18000 mi
Sunroof rattle examined by VW of America (VWoA) representatives (engineers and Mexican plant rep) at my local VW dealer to develop a solution, but sunroof still rattles. They continue to look for a solution for this common Mk7 Golf/GTI problem. Lube no longer works. Although issue not fixed, EXCELLENT customer service by VWoA! 
Jun 2017

21000 mi
Sunroof rattle, multiple interior rattles 
Jul 2017

24000 mi
DIY attempt to fix sunroof rattle. Removed sunroof, removed plastic shield over sunroof motor and reinstalled sunroof. Rattle fixed! 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Feb 2018 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

23000 mi
Noise coming from driver front when hitting bumps. Front struts and sway bar links replaced. Tires rotated. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2017
Feb 2017

4000 mi
Water leak from sunroof. The black area around the sunroof was replaced. No water leak since. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Maryland, United States
Nov 2015 - Jul 2018
Jun 2016

6000 mi
Waterleaked into passenger foot well due to loose trim in hood. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2018
Feb 2016

9000 mi
sunroof rattling. 
Jun 2017

34500 mi
sunroof rattling and fixed with VW service bulletin 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Georgia, United States
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

13 mi
Dealer can't recreate, but water entered the interior and soaked the headliner. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

15000 mi
Fixed shift surround which peeled up and was cutting skin 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

1000 mi
Sunroof squeaked, rattled, sunshade broke out of rails, which was fixed, then TSB applied, then entire frame and sunroof needed to be replaced. But now map lights don't work. 
Nov 2016

1500 mi
Incessant rattling and buzzing sound from overhead console (esp. with Soundaktor active). Headliner rattling and creaking. Headliner replaced for 3rd time. Also, dealer-caused scratches and nicks on trim necessitated replacement of trim. 
Apr 2017

4211 mi
Driver's seat rocking back and forth, shifting left and right during cornering. Seat anchor bolts were lose, dealer tightened bolts. Incessant plasticky creaking noise from passenger side/A-pillar when temperature is below 60 degrees. Creaking increases when turning steering wheel, after parking on steep hill, or driving over broken roads. Problem not fixed as temp is too high when dealership is open and they cannot duplicate. 
May 2017

4700 mi
Driver seat shifting still after several trips to tighten bolts, entire seat frame replaced under warranty. Incessant creaking near front passenger A pillar continues, esp. over uneven roads and every time steering wheel is turned left/right. 
Jan 2018

8200 mi
Head unit and media unit would unexpectedly and with increasing frequency shut off (crash, blank screen, would not restart on own, requiring 15 second reboot). Both units were swapped for new ones. Lock button on front passenger door failed. 
Mar 2018

9000 mi
Incessant and constant creaking from front passenger door. Put a towel on the upper hinge that reduced noise. Dealership diagnosed loose door strap and tightened. Not fixed. Loose electric driver seat, occasionally shifting forward and sideways when making turns or stopping. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Washington, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

7000 mi
Coolant Pump Leaked. Quickly fixed and replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
Nov 2015 Electronics: Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, Infotainment, and Smart Key 
Dec 2015

1000 mi
Electronics: Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, Infotainment, and Smart Key 
Jan 2016

1800 mi
Infotainment and Smart Key malfunctions 
Feb 2016

3600 mi
Driver Assist (ACC, Front Assist, Collission Avoidance), Infotainment, and Smart Key 
Mar 2016

6000 mi
Driver Assist (ACC, Front Assist, Collission Avoidance), Infotainment, and Smart Key 
May 2016

7700 mi
Driver Assist (ACC, Front Assist, Collission Avoidance), Infotainment, and Smart Key 
Jun 2016

10000 mi
Driver Assist (ACC, Front Assist, Collission Avoidance), Infotainment, and Smart Key 
Jul 2016

10300 mi
Infotainment: MIB II with CarPlay and Sirius 
Sep 2016

12000 mi
Problems with infotainment and driver assist never resolved. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Apr 2016 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

15100 mi
I smelled coolant and noticed my coolant level was decreasing over time. I had to re-fill coolant several times in the past few months. The dealer found that the car was leaking coolant and had to replace the thermostat. The dealer installed a sunroof water channel repair kit. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New Mexico, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

9000 mi
Charcoal canister replacement under warranty NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V647000 Fuel/evap system suction pump replaced under warranty as part of recall Have noticed coolant smell emanating from engine bay when warm since new. Coolant level has slowly decreased. Dealership perfromed leakdown test and could not find a leak in the cooling system. Also, they performed a visual inspection of the cooling system and could find no evidence of a leak. They topped off the coolant reservoir and advised me that it is not unusual for vehicles with pressurized coolant systems to smell of coolant without an obvious leak. I will monitor the vehicle's coolant use and report back if more work is done. 
Mar 2018

13500 mi
The rear suspension started making a slight, intermittent clattering/clunking noise in Q4 2017. Took car to the dealership to diagnose. Dealer tech acted like he couldn't hear the noise. Left the car for 3 days, returned on 3rd day and was told that noise could not be heard. Took dealer tech for a ride and pointed out the noise, at which point he admitted he could hear it. Dealer service advisor claimed that noise came from rear shock, but were advised by VAG to only replace 1 shock. Was told shock would be special ordered and I would be contacted when it came in. This was over a month ago. Have decided to replace both rear shocks with aftermarket units. Asked dealership (different VW dealership from last time) to diagnose coolant smell issue. Service tech claimed he could not smell the coolant smell. It is obvious VAG does not have any interest in fixing this issue. I will take my car to my independent mechanic from this point forward. A warranty is worthless if the company will not honor it. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Virginia, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

17000 mi
Leaky sunroof. July update: Hasn't been fixed yet. I won't be taking it in for another few months. I just don't go out in the rain for the time being. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Mar 2017 - Jul 2018
Mar 2018

29000 mi

US $800
Bought bad gas with a high water content (It was Shell V-Power Supreme). Ruined fuel pump. VW refused to cover it, predictably and somewhat understandably. Shell station reimbursed me within a week. Great car otherwise. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

35000 mi
Window switch 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New York, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

2600 mi
Engine will shake after warm in a complete stop, problem will come on and off. Dealer couldnt find anything.I decided to change the gas from BPto Shell.Now works better.Does notshake as before. 93 oct allthetime.Dealerwould notrecomd anythin 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Washington, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017
Aug 2016

4000 mi
Sunroof rattles, squeaks & rough operation Fuel tank would not fill completely if the nozzle was on a high flow setting. 
Feb 2017

10200 mi
Fuel suction pump recall 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Jan 2016 - Jan 2019
Aug 2016

7000 mi
Horn stopped working.. dealer replaced both drivers under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

8000 mi
Car needed 22 oz. of oil at 7940 miles prior to the recommended 10,000 mile maintenance/oil change. 
Dec 2016

16000 mi
MIB II software update. 
Oct 2017

27400 mi

US $155
OEM battery would no longer hold a charge 1 day short of 2 years from purchase. Battery was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Virginia, United States
Jun 2016 - Aug 2017
Aug 2017

16000 mi
A small crack developed in the plastic trim on the roof that surrounds the sunroof. The dealer worked with a body shop to repair it. The process involved removing the headliner followed by removing and repairing the entire sunroof assembly. The total cost of repair is unknown, since it was covered by the warranty. Due to the extended amount of time required for the roof trim repair, VW bought the car back and I purchased a new GTI. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in District of Columbia, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

9000 mi
Thud and moaning sounds from front suspension. Dealer "could not duplicate." Still does it. Trying a new dealership at next service. 
Mar 2018

18000 mi
This was for a service bulletin related to the sunroof. Time to repair was a 2 day so delayed repair. Not experiencing any issues. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
Dec 2015

4000 mi
Drivers side door would not sit flush with the rest of the car when closed. Slightly raised when the door was closed. 
Jan 2016

4000 mi
Infotainment System is in an infinite boot loop. Dealership tried updating software per a recall, but unit would restart halfway during the software upgrade. A new unit has been ordered from Germany, with an ETA of 2 weeks. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

10000 mi
Software update for infotainment system 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Apr 2016

5500 mi
Android Auto was not working properly. Dealer installed update. Update to radio software was faulty. Dealer re-installed software update and bluetooth problems resolved. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

3400 mi
Software Update to the infotainment system and replaced driver door handle and switch. The door locks were not behaving right and I was told that both the handle switch and the software needed to be updated. Service bulletin to quiet rattle in the sunroof 
Sep 2017

16000 mi
Service bulletin for the sunroof. Not previously aware of any problem, no leak. I'll let you know about the sunroof when it rains really hard! 
Apr 2018

20000 mi
Water pump was failing. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
Jul 2016

5360 mi
Sunroof leaked. Frame had a crack in it 
Sep 2016

7440 mi
Window whistle when driving on highway and front windows make ticking noises when they are fully closed and when the car flexes 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2016 - Apr 2018
Jan 2017 The head unit is malfunctioning - periodic reboots, blue screen, no display with sound, now it tries to multiple times and shuts off completely. No display, radio, bluetooth, or backup camera work. Awaiting replacement (on backorder) 
Mar 2017

15000 mi
The oil filler cap was defective and was never attached properly from the factory. They had to order a replacement and I could not drive the car until it was fixed. 
Apr 2017

14000 mi
The entire head unit was defective and needed to be replaced. Under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Georgia, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Jan 2016

8000 mi
Front bumper airbag sensor became disconnected and triggered an airbag alert 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2016 - Jan 2019
Feb 2017

3600 mi
Noise above 75mph. Found faulty front driver wheel bearing. Replaced under warranty 
Mar 2018

17000 mi
Replaced shifter assembly under warranty due to error / fault on dash 
Jan 2019

31000 mi
Turbo intake hose (PCV) leaking. Replaced under warranty 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Nevada, United States
Jan 2016 - Mar 2018
Jun 2017

12000 mi
Sunroof making rattling/clicking noise when driving. Dealer fixed the problem through a VW TSB but the noise returned after a few weeks. 
Nov 2017

14000 mi
Battery failed less than 2 years after purchase. Replaced under warranty. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Ohio, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2018

21155 mi
The left front wheel bearing went bad. Dealer replaced under warranty. They didn't have the part, so the car was in the shop for 2 consecutive days. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Missouri, United States
Mar 2016 - May 2018
Feb 2018

11000 mi
tsb...strengthen sunroof...dealer initiated...quick and easy 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016 Back up camera was not working, new module was install. 
Jan 2018

13020 mi
Cooling system was leaking from water pump, new water pump and gasket was installed. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Michigan, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2016

11000 mi
Coil pack went bad, replaced promptly. Sunroof started leaking. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

24000 mi

US $400
Faulty radiator hose causing slow fluid leak. 
May 2018

30000 mi
Water leak around the front visor and pillars due to sunroof drain plug recall. Fixed issue and tried to clean the brown spots away but could not, so they ordered a new headliner unit for the interior. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Illinois, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2016

5000 mi
EPC warning came for 2nd time. Engine very sluggish dealer stated engine oil is overfilled. Questioning if I have done it? It is new car with only 5000 miles no reason to top off engine oil Metal bezel on transmission cover next to storage had sharp metal edge caused hand to caught and bleed. Notified the problem to dealer and it was replaced under warranty 
Jun 2017

14000 mi
Manufacturer's recall 
Sep 2017

16000 mi
transmission shifter was replaced under warranty. "Transmission Error" message on diagnostics 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Feb 2016 - Oct 2016
Jul 2016

8000 mi
No washer fluid spraying, no low fluid light. Discovered no fluid level sensor on this model. Dealer checked for faults and reset defaults. Issue appeared resolved. Creaking from rear windows when raising. Seals lubed. 
Sep 2016

9000 mi
Rear windows creaking when rolled up only after sitting in the sun. Dealer verified after 1.5 weeks replace both rear window regulators 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2017
Apr 2016

5300 mi
Infotainment software update 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Virginia, United States
Nov 2015 - Mar 2017
Jan 2016

2000 mi
Infotainment system frequently cuts out with Bluetooth connections, and has recently started shutting the screen off. 
Mar 2016

6000 mi
Infotainment issues came back, dealer reflashed software after saying previous attempt failed. Issue still occurring. 
Sep 2016

15000 mi
Infotainment issues. The dealer took an infotainment unit out of another Golf and replaced ours. 
Oct 2016

15800 mi
Car was throwing EPC warning light and cutting power. Took to dealer, managed to recreate issue after a couple of weeks of driving. VW of America has advised at least 2 month to develop fix. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

26660 mi
Water leak inside of the car via sunroof. Turned out to be a known problem with a TSB issued. Dealer replaced defective parts and replaced insulation in car too because of water damage. (Also had my windshield wipers (front) replaced). 
Feb 2018

48360 mi
Keyless start faulty message on dash. Problem tracked to defective electrical harness in front passenger door. Repair took only a couple of hours but had to wait a day to get piece shipped from Toronto (to Montreal). 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Sep 2018
Dec 2016

6000 mi
CarPlay connector defective. 
May 2018

26000 mi
Rear hatch leaked. Leak repaired and headliner cleaned. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Connecticut, United States
Apr 2017 - Oct 2017
Oct 2017

18800 mi
replaced left rear passenger window regulator 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in New York, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2017
May 2017

24000 mi
Sun roof leak 
Jun 2017

24000 mi
Shifter assembly had to be replaced due to bad contacts causing transmission error codes 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
May 2017

24500 mi
Engine developed a ticking sound that varied with RPM. Dealer said it was a loose torque converter bolt, repaired under warranty. 
Jun 2018

48000 mi
Sunroof drain holes plugged, probably by tree seed fluff. Cleaned out with compressed air. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2016 - Mar 2018
Sep 2016

1240 mi
not able to duplicate the problem, also replaced car key as it constantly show 'battery needs to be replaced'. Need to visit the dealership again as the other car key is showing the same symptoms and only one key can be replaced at once. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2016 - Jul 2018
Jul 2017

18000 mi
Metallic plating was flaking off the shift knob near the top of the shift boot. Knob replaced under warranty. 
Jul 2018

33000 mi
I noted several instances in which the passenger seat occupancy sensor would cause the "fasten seatbelt" indicator and chime to come on when the seat was empty. Dealership said they checked the sensor and while they acknowledged it to be very sensitive, stated it was operating properly. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2015 - Jan 2018
Dec 2015

4960 mi
Loose underbody cladding due to two loose screws. Secured by dealer but rattle returned 2,days later. 
Apr 2016

9900 mi
Loose underbody cladding. Replaced missing fastener. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2015 "Car-Net" system light was red, indicating malfunction. The Car-Net system itself was working properly, except for the indicator light. Car-Net roof antenna was replaced, light now green. 
Feb 2016

4000 mi
Infotainment system malfunction - navigation, "App-Connect" system, bluetooth & voice commands all broken, with inscrutable error messages. Dealer service took 3 days to diagnose & determine a fix. Finally reset the system, works now. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Texas, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2018

13000 mi
Change oil light came on. Knew it didn't need an oil change. Dealership reset the light. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 220hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Mar 2018

18600 mi
Sunroof squeaking when fully closed 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

6000 mi
When wheels turned hard right, clicking noise. They used the replace parts approach. First, changed right half shaft. Still had click. Called in factory rep. Replaced steering rack, which was successful. 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 210hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Oregon, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016 Rear trunk latch failed and was replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Virginia, United States
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
May 2016

4000 mi
Airbag light flashing in cluster and reacting to jarring bumps in the road. Airbag module stopped working and blew a fuse. Fuse was replaced. Service department drive car over 400mi and could not get issue to reoccur. Repair unsuccessful. Ambient lighting strip on driver's door stopped operating. Entire interior door panel was replaced. Repair was successful. 
Jun 2016

6000 mi
Airbag light flashing. Airbag module fuse blown. Fuse was replaced. 
Nov 2016

10300 mi
Airbag warning light illuminates sporadically. Dealer could not diagnose and split the circuit leading to the airbag fuse into 4 different fuses so that if and when issue causes fuse to blow, they will know where the current is coming from. 
Volkswagen Golf / GTI in Florida, United States
Nov 2015 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

1000 mi
The new Infotainment system for the '16 model broke within a week of buying the car. The system would try to start up but never did. Dealership ordered new module, easy fix. 

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