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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 4297 repairs.
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Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (30%)

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Chart based on 1848 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI problems by year

before 2000 (3%)

2001 - 2003 (11%)

2004 - 2005 (3%)

2006 - 2009 (30%)

2010 - 2014 (36%)

2015 - 2021 (17%)

2022 - present (0%)

Chart based on 4334 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf Personal Experiences: Pros
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I have always loved the handling/comfort compromise that the GTI has. full 2009 Volkswagen Golf review
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
I had several VW rabbits and a VW Passat in the past. I liked all of them much more than most of the other brand cars I have owned. They were all durable, well built, and fun to drive. full 2008 Volkswagen Golf review
2008 2dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
My second VR6, love the motor. Better handling than previous VR6 (R32 has much less understeer). Interior very high quality for a non-luxury car. full 2008 Volkswagen Golf review
2007 2dr Hatch 150-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
All VWs owned in past have handled well, been durable, and large enough inside to accommodate tall people. All have been very economical of fuel. full 2007 Volkswagen Golf review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Know other people who own and recommended this vehicle. full 2006 Volkswagen Golf review
Volkswagen Golf Personal Experiences: Cons
2013 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've owned a 2001 New Beetle GLS 2.slow, and believe you me, overcoming my past affliction with the unreliability with this Beetle was my biggest hurdle to surpass in becoming an owner of the 2013 Golf 2.5L. VW's are excellent cars to drive and live with and any VW owner will attest that their cars develop character over time, unlike the past appliance like character of Japanese cars I've owned. I'm hoping that the squeaks, rattles and electronic gremlins of the past are long gone in the 3rd and final production year of this updated design. Time will tell and i look forward to updating you all with my good or bad fortune. (knocking on wood right now!). full 2013 Volkswagen Golf review

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Problems and Repair Histories

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