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2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 60 repairs.
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (46%)

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Chart based on 39 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen GTI in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

9300 mi

C $94
fuel line vibration 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen GTI in British Columbia, Canada
May 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

13640 mi
Power Windows failed 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automated manual 2WD

Volkswagen GTI in North Carolina, United States
May 2006 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

13000 mi
Cruise control was not setting properly. The GTI did have a control module replace a long time ago by another dealer. Dealer #2 reported that the pin on that module that controls cruise functions was bent by Dealer #1. Loaner was provided by dealer/VWo 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2007 - Apr 2016
Oct 2007

7632 mi
Replace coolant temperature sensor. 
Mar 2008

13042 mi
Replace transmission part number 09A-300-036-DX. 
Oct 2008

17555 mi
Repaired rear hatch wiring, door won't lock. Readjusted hinges in front and rear doors to stop doors from rubbing and chipping paint. 
Jun 2009

23560 mi
Suspension, Right Front; Needed Replacement Parts. 
Sep 2009

25420 mi

C $20
Car hinge improperly set causes front left door to rub against rear left door upon closing. Finger nail size paint missing showing rust where the top left door tip is rubbing against left rear door. Left rear door also missing paint with rust. 
Mar 2010

28520 mi
Sunroof rattles at highway speeds when open. Gradual onset. Left front headlights went out for about a month then mysteriously came back by itself. Told can not find fault. The car occasionally loses power (possibly limp mode) with no check engine lights or similar in colder winter days. The problem goes away when the engine is restarted the second time immediately after onset of problem. 
Jul 2010

32240 mi

C $45
Car entering limp mode, previously only in winter. Last visit could not duplicate problem. This summer the problem came back and come on whenever full power is requested, also check engine light. Turbocharger vanes seized up, replaced. Moonroof developed leaks through passenger side drain hose. Recall was performed to trim the hose to prevent clogging. Center console clip mechanism broke, replaced. 
Sep 2010

34100 mi

C $1050
Signal Switch ticker malfunction. Continues to tick after returning from left/right turn. Replaced switch. Left front headlight went out again, didn't come back by itself this time around. Apparently front right headlight leak also. Light bulb replaced in left, replaced right headlight assembly. Front right bearing making noise, needed replacement. Replaced front right wheel bearing. Rear windshield washer sprayer hose clogged or nozzle clogged. Replace rear washer hose. 
Nov 2011

44640 mi

C $70
Exhaust bracket broken. Needed to be rewelded to chasis mount points. 
Dec 2013

53320 mi

C $250
Starter replacement with new Bosch unit. Old starter turning very slowly. 
Feb 2014

53820 mi

C $10
Windshield wiper mechanism gradually seizing up. Water was found in the sleeve bearing mechanism. Instead of buying new wiper assembly, the old assembly was taken apart and cleaned then re-lubricated with lithium grease. 
Mar 2014

53940 mi

C $450
Control arm bushings torn. Replacement set purchased by owner at 200 dollars a set of control arms with bushings pre-installed, the local shop performed the actual repair. 
Apr 2014

54140 mi

C $350
Driver side half-shaft connecting to the differential housing tore away and broke a bolt and damaged the differential side coupling. The drive shaft CV boot was also damaged. Replaced entire shaft, CV, differential coupling. 
Jun 2014

55180 mi

C $10
Weather stripping torn both on the door-side and the car body-side at rear driver-side door. Repaired with generous amounts of silicone. 
Feb 2015

57040 mi

C $450
Radiator end tank started leaking. Replaced radiator with new part. 
May 2015

57040 mi

C $400
Fuel pump stopped working. New fuel pump and filter installed. Checked relays. 
Mar 2016

60760 mi

C $350
One of the rear calipers broke down. Brake fluid leaked out, leaving the car with about 1/4th of its original braking power. Caliper replaced, fluid flushed and refilled. 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Michigan, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

74000 mi

US $700
piston sensor 
Volkswagen Golf in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

98000 mi

US $1700
Left and right CV shafts. Temp sensor. Door ajar sensor. 
May 2012

105800 mi

US $145
Condenser fan (drivers side) stopped working and was replaced by myself. 
Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2017
Feb 2013

74200 mi

US $136
Output shaft seal started a slow leak. I removed the passenger side CV axle and replaced the bad output shaft seal. I then drained and refilled the manual transmission gear lube. 
May 2013

76600 mi

US $3
So, VW recommends replacement of the oil pan drain plug after every oil change because the crush washer has the potential to leak if reused too many time. I tried reusing the same drain plug twice and it developed a leak. 
Jul 2014

93200 mi

US $8
"Brake" indicator would flash intermittently while driving. Fluid level correct, but condition was notably poor. Flushed lines with new DOT4 fluid corrected the problem. 
Nov 2014

94600 mi

US $300
Replaced engine and trans and dogbone mounts. Originals had significant play. I bought cheap parts- everything felt good for a few months, but now I'm noticing more play when coming on/off throttle. So I'll prob replace again with OEMs. 
Apr 2015

97500 mi

US $175
Poor idle and fuel economy. Replace both oxygen sensors. The original downstream sensor was very corroded and whatnot. 
Aug 2015

106700 mi
As predicted, cheap, crap mounts had to go. I wanted OEM, but was unhappy with quoted dealer prices. I eventually setted for aftermarket rubber engine and trans mounts advertised as being 30% stiffer than stock. 
Oct 2016

120000 mi

US $30
plastic water pump impeller separated. It's kinda a rough job because the pulley is driven by the timing belt. I used Pentosin SF coolant from O'Reilly Auto parts and a Gates brand replacement water pump (w/ plastic impeller. 

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2006 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Dec 2016
Aug 2011

50840 mi

C $500
Ignition coil(s) were giving out bad voltage to the spark plugs. The whole coil/wires and plugs as a whole unit were replaced since they came as a kit. The repair shop mentioned it was "early" for this repair to occur. 
Jun 2013

78120 mi

C $875
replaced coolant sensor, thermostat and water pump - metal not plastic impeller used. Pump broke while doing 120 kph on highway plus onboard dash lights went off as well as the temperature gauge went redline. 
Aug 2013

79860 mi

C $175
replaced speed sensor as the odometer measurement and speedometer reading was incorrect over 80 km/hr when compared to GPS device replaced oil pan - the "hole" that the drain plug screws into became "unwelded" they said - could not unscrew the bolt - whole housing turned and because the pan was aluminum they replaced it with OEM Update - speed sensor not the issue - reversed the repair - problem found in speedo head - a sensor replaced Aug 26th after three trips to the shop looking for issue. 
Sep 2013

80600 mi
Previous speedo repair did not get corrected. Repair concluded speedo has an electronic defect and no previous repair has fixed it. We chose not to repair the speedo and will use tachometer to monitor speed. 
Mar 2014

84320 mi

C $450
Rear wiper wiring harness failed and wore off the coating on some wires due to the opening/closing of the hatch( 3 locations I was told). Took 6 hours to find and fix the whole length of the wiring. 
Oct 2014

88440 mi
For the second time in two years I had to pull the rear panel and lubricate the rear lock mechanism. Of course many of the plastic tabs hare now broken and it rattles when reinstalled. 
Jun 2015

94860 mi

C $450
replaced front bearings/bushings 
Oct 2015

97120 mi

C $600
original muffler replaced entirely from manifold to back 
Aug 2016

106660 mi

C $500
Full front brake rotor and caliper replacement 
Sep 2016

108500 mi

C $100
replaced back shocks - pothole caused fluids to leak out 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Connecticut, United States
May 2009 - Oct 2011
Jun 2009

55000 mi

US $60
Coolant temperature sensor. Replaced engine coolant temperature sensor (on own - not at shop. cost reflects parts only.) 
Nov 2009

60000 mi

US $135
replaced 1 halogen headlight ($35), had block heater installed ($100). 

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2005.5 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Italy
Sep 2010 - Nov 2016
Mar 2013

53320 mi
The Fuel level indicator has stopped working. Update: later fixed itself. 
May 2013

53520 mi
The Compressor failed 
Jun 2016

60760 mi
Roof trim is peeling. Not solved yet! 
Sep 2016

61380 mi
Fixed AC compressor. Fixed roof lining, but shoddy job. 
Nov 2016

61380 mi
Sometimes when it rains, the car leaks from the front columns - probably via the sunroof. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Vermont, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2015
May 2010

143200 mi
New struts in the back 
Nov 2010

151915 mi

US $111
Replaced both tail light bulbs and fuse for L/R bulb Replaced both taillight bulbs and fuse for L/R bulb 
Sep 2011

162000 mi

US $452
Removed and replaced front strut bearing, inspected rotors, inspected inoperable latch on rear hatch. 
Jan 2012

170000 mi

US $1140
fuel filtered clogged up, no power above 2000 rpm rear hatch lock cylinder corroded & frozen, could not open hatch. 
Apr 2012

172700 mi

US $299
Wheel bearing loose and noisy. Replaced. 
Nov 2013

195700 mi

US $300
Wheel bearing worn out tie rod was loose. 
Jun 2014

203000 mi

US $400
Replaced right front control arm, bearing 
Jul 2014

203700 mi

US $800
Replaced starter Replaced motor for rear wiper 
Oct 2014

207500 mi

US $300
replaced the struts 

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2005 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Dominican Republic
Jan 2012 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

101680 mi

$250
Air conditioner did not work because radiator fan was damaged. Replaced fan and air conditioner now works. 
Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

110000 mi

US $128
Corroded Cable from Battery to Starter 

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2005 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2014
Jul 2010

79360 mi

C $40
Replace glow plug 
Dec 2010

83080 mi

C $90
replaced a glow plug 
Volkswagen Golf in Ohio, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

85000 mi

US $286
The wiring harness in the driver's door needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf in North Carolina, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2008

50000 mi
Heater motor 
May 2010

70000 mi

US $1794
Fuel tank, fuel pump 

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2005 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Virginia, United States
Jul 2014 - Feb 2015
Jul 2014

109000 mi

US $600
new compressor 

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2005 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Illinois, United States
Feb 2008 - Feb 2010
Apr 2008

40000 mi
Electrical issue - driver vanity light out. Fixed under warranty. 
Nov 2008

45000 mi
Transmission pan was leaking. Replaced under warranty. 
Oct 2009

55000 mi

US $800
Thermostat replaced. Broken bracket was welded for exhaust system.  Also replaced front struts. replaced struts and strut mounts (wear and tear). Also had bracket welded which holds parts of exhaust system. 
Feb 2010

59000 mi
At low speeds and when stopped, the steering would make a slight clunking sound. Our mechanic wasn't completely certain about the reason for the problem but he said that the strut repair was a likely cause. The check engine light was going on intermittently. The guys at Autozone thought it was a sensor issue related to the catalytic coverter (which I know is sometimes over-diagnosed). My mechanic thought it could have been a loose or faulty gas-cap. 

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2005 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatch

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

178000 mi

US $2500
Replaced Clutch. Replaced Timing chain,. Really normal MX. Not bad for 175k miles 

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2005 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2016
Nov 2014

187180 mi
Turbo boost cuts out on long up-hills, code is weak boost. Mechanic found loose sensor wire and tightened it. This did not fix the problem. 
Jan 2015

188170 mi
Turbo would cut out going up a long hill in low gear. Found a missing nut on the pipe from the turbo to the intercooler allowing the pipe to flex too much. Replaced nut. Problem remains. Turbo would cut out going up a long hill in low gear. Found a missing nut on the pipe from the turbo to the intercooler allowing the pipe to flex too much. Replaced nut. 
Mar 2015

191580 mi

C $400
A ball joint was destroyed by road hazard (foot deep craters in the ice that wasn't removed from our city roads). Ball joint was replaced. Tires and wheels ok, but a shake in the motor ever since, and I have noticed a drop in the mileage. Serpentine drive belt was cracked, so it was replaced. There is quite a shake in the tensioner on the serpentine belt, not fixed. Battery was weak, having trouble starting car in the cold if sitting for more than a few days, or if below -10 degrees. (Car is a diesel). Battery replaced 
Mar 2016

205840 mi

C $425
Front left axle was seized and wheel bearing needed replacement. 
Aug 2016

210800 mi

C $120
Bushings on sway bar were shot and needed replacing. 

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2005 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Maryland, United States
Sep 2017 - Oct 2018
Jan 2018

US $3500
Engine replacement. Engine overheated back in October. Turns out it was from a failed plastic part - a water pump to the radiator. Once the car engine was replaced, the transmission started to complain and didn't work correctly, and I ended up having to have that repaired, too. Transmission had failed after new engine was installed. Had the transmission repaired by a different vendor in Silver Spring, MD. Transmission was under warranty so my costs were around $900, but total repair was over $2,000. 
Jul 2018

127000 mi

US $370
Had fender painted. 

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2005 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Delaware, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2008

40000 mi
Wheels/suspension make a noise when going over bunps. 
Dec 2009

65000 mi
the drivers window fell off its clamp. It had to be reglued. 
Volkswagen GTI in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2010

39000 mi
Ignition coil on cylinder 1 died. It was replaced under VW's recall, free of charge. They also took care of 2 other recalls while I was there: The Rear Brake Light switch, and a Sunroof Drain problem. In and out in 1 hour. 
Dec 2011

56000 mi
Replaced right rear wheel bearing. The dust cap had a crease in it when installed from factory and funneled water into the wheel bearing. Result? Rusted and needed replacement. Same happened with the left rear at 20,000 miles. 
Sep 2017

109000 mi

US $186
Noticed torn hoses during last oil change, also while driving, noticed specific oil smell. Replaced lower PCV hose and upper "y" hose. While driving down the road, heard a noise from the engine bay and the temperature light came on. When I got home, noticed leaking coolant from driver side. Figured out that it was the coolant flange (common failure part) and replaced it at the same time as the PCV hoses since they were in the same area. 
Volkswagen GTI in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2015 - Jan 2017
Oct 2015

87200 mi

US $500
brakes were leaking, needed flush, one new caliper 
Dec 2016

89000 mi
Upper strut mounts needed replacing. 
Volkswagen GTI in Louisiana, United States
Aug 2011 - Jul 2018
Nov 2011

95000 mi

US $620
Alternator over-charging. Replaced alternator. 
Apr 2018

114000 mi

US $90
Replaced Battery 
Volkswagen GTI in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2018
Apr 2012

93700 mi
Wheel bearing. Seems to be a common issue with VW GTIs at the very least. The cost to DIY hardware costs nearly matches the total cost of having a reputable shop do it for you. 
Jun 2012

97000 mi

US $4
HVAC Controls lighting was absent since I bought the car. Simple $1 light bulb that you can remove with an air tube piece typically used in fish tanks :-) Dealer wanted $60 to do this. 
Sep 2014

134000 mi

US $350
Crank Positioning sensor. 
Apr 2015

139500 mi

US $23
Brake Light Switch module defective and rear lights would not turn off. 
Jul 2017

167000 mi

US $450
Compressor clutch went, but just went ahead and replaced the entire compressor since they now sell them fully assembled and it then becomes a bolt off bolt on operation. 
Volkswagen GTI in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2017
Mar 2011

61000 mi

US $1100
Timing belt and water pump. 
Mar 2013

77000 mi

US $700
replaced valve gasket cover and cam shaft tensioner 
May 2017

104000 mi

US $250
replaced gasket between transmission and axle. 

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2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatch

240-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed manual AWD

Volkswagen R32 in Florida, United States
Oct 2007 - Aug 2011
Apr 2007

67849 mi

US $3751
Replaced rear differential and Haldex unit 
Jan 2009

106000 mi

US $50
Headlight out. 
Aug 2010

138000 mi

US $278
antenna mount replaced 
Feb 2011

145700 mi

US $355
temperature sensor replaced 
Volkswagen R32 in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2016
Jan 2010

48300 mi
Driver window detached from regulator clips. 
May 2010

40000 mi

US $360
A/C expansion valve replacement. 
Feb 2012

67000 mi
Repaired the driver door lock microswitch. 
Volkswagen R32 in Georgia, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2015
Jan 2012

US $560
Car began overheating and flashing STOP warning, towed vehicle to shop where parts were ordered/installed. I paid total cost for parts/labor. Replaced plastic coolant pipe with Gruven metal part as preventative maintenance. 
Jul 2012

59200 mi

US $650
Temp gauge not reading accurately, AC compressor & control unit & fans not working. No cold air. 
Feb 2013

62100 mi
AC compressor had failed. Replaced with the new factory unit. 
Jan 2014

63000 mi

US $800
Car first began to idle poorly, displayed MIL/CEL, squeaked loudly during cold startup, then it failed to startup. As a result I replaced the alternator, plugs & coil packs. 
Volkswagen R32 in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2018
Dec 2011

80000 mi
Hood support strut failed, hatch struts worn; all replaced. Hood latch handle detached from mechanism; secured with wire loop. 
Apr 2018

132000 mi

US $1000
Fuel pump failed, mass airflow sensor intermittent failure 
Volkswagen R32 in Virginia, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2018
Mar 2010

70000 mi

US $60
Replaced thermostat and topped off coolant. 45 minute job done in driveway. 
Apr 2010

73000 mi

US $135
Water pump began squeaking when hot due to a loose plastic plug behind the pump's pulley. Pump worked fine, just noisy. Replaced at home by me. Fairly simple job. 
Jun 2012

104000 mi
Car was slow starting. Found corrosion on battery terminals. Cleaned connections. Problem gone. 
Dec 2013

118000 mi

US $20
Replaced driver's side low beam bulb. 
Mar 2014

120000 mi

US $15
Side marker lens melted at the bulb socket. 
Jan 2015

121300 mi

US $75
Driver's side outer tie rod end was worn out. I purchased the part and a local mechanic replaced it in about 20 minutes. 
Sep 2017

176000 mi

US $20
Replaced blown passenger side low beam headlight bulb. 
Volkswagen R32 in Virginia, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2009
May 2008

34000 mi
Cooling fans were dead, A/C needed recharge 
Oct 2008

47000 mi

US $350
Strut top bushing and bearings need to be replaced. Very loose steering and popping sound. Tire wear and odd braking also was symptom. Also changed Oil, oil filter, Haldex fluid and filter. Excessive rattle and squeak in center console area, Around HVAC and radio.  
Volkswagen R32 in Missouri, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2017
May 2011

90000 mi

US $771
The car failed to start intermittently starting in February. Had 5 trips with 4 tows to 3 different repair services, finally identified when the problem persisted. It turned out to be the fuel pump, which in turn, burned out the fuel pump relay.  catastrophic ball joint failure 
Dec 2014

126000 mi

US $400
Sway bar links worn, 
Mar 2017

144000 mi

US $1000
Power steering pump failed, worn by after market skid plate rubbing on a coupling 
Nov 2017

152000 mi

US $1042
Water pump failed 
Volkswagen R32 in California, United States
Oct 2013 - Mar 2018
Apr 2015

91000 mi

US $550
Dash cluster malfunction. Unable to repair, thus needed to be replaced. Car functions fine either way, just an annoyance. 
Mar 2017

113000 mi

US $600
New lower control arms. Thermostat housing had hairline crack. Replaced it. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jun 2014
Aug 2012

234260 mi

C $350
Rear brakes and rotors and emergency brake cables 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen R32 in Kentucky, United States
Mar 2008 - Mar 2010

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2004 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Jul 2013
Jun 2010

73000 mi

US $600
Front struts were worn out. Front brakes were worn, rotors warped. Front CA bushings worn out. Turbo waste gate malfunctioned, needed to be replaced. Front struts were worn out. Front brakes were worn, rotors warped. Front CA bushings worn out. Turbo waste gate malfunctioned, needed to be replaced. 
Aug 2010

76000 mi

US $600
EGR hose blew out, needed to be replaced. EGR hose blew out, needed to be replaced. 
Jan 2011

81000 mi

US $700
Replaced EGR Replaced EGR 
Apr 2012

98300 mi

US $500
Front driver and passenger side wheel bearings and hubs were growling loudly. Mechanic replaced both sets (with OEM parts) and problem went away. Also new tires installed. 
Volkswagen Golf in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2013
Jul 2013

84500 mi

US $300
Rubber gasket at axle was torn, needed replacement. 
Nov 2013

87000 mi
air intake valve started to fail 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in British Columbia, Canada
- Jun 2006
Feb 2005

21700 mi
Glow Plug Relay replaced 
Jun 2006

27900 mi
Injection System replace: below average fuel economy 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

102000 mi

US $1200
Timing Belt and water pump. 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2012 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

100940 mi

C $600
Main fan broke 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Illinois, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2018
Mar 2011

80000 mi

US $704
Water pump failure while driving. Replaced thermostat & coolant temp sensor myself to no avail, then took it to repair shop. Shop replaced water pump and timing belt. 
Feb 2013

100700 mi
Failed catalytic converter. 
Dec 2013

110000 mi

US $30
Replaced faulty driver's door lock actuator assembly. 
Dec 2014

125000 mi

US $100
Replaced rusty oil pan. 
Feb 2016

138600 mi

US $400
Replaced failing original exhaust system with cat-back aftermarket system. 

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2004 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

123000 mi

US $250
Clutch failure 
May 2018

125000 mi

US $800
Control arms, struts, ball joints, inner & outer tie rods rear axle beam bushings. 
Jun 2018

125000 mi

US $400
Tires 

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2004 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatch

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Illinois, United States
Jun 2008 - May 2011
Mar 2009

44000 mi

US $1
I cleared a blocked sunroof drain tube that was causing a water leak into the interior, then vacuumed and deodorized the carpet. 
Mar 2010

51000 mi

US $300
Airbag Fault light came on and problem fixed by replacing a wiring harness under driver seat. Replaced the fuse block located on top of battery due to melted terminal surrounding fuse. 
Dec 2010

55000 mi
driver's side window glass became detached from window regulator, removed door panel and place glass back into window regulator. No new parts required, nothing was actually broken, just detached.  
Apr 2011

57000 mi

US $125
Front wheel bearing failure. Resolved problem by replacing wheel bearing and wheel hub. 

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2004 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2009 - Jun 2018
Nov 2009

37200 mi

C $300
Secondary air pump replacement Broken coil spring 
Sep 2013

62000 mi

C $50
Replaced both worn-out hatchback struts. $50 for parts, 10 minutes to replace. 
Jun 2014

66340 mi

C $268
Replace faulty oxygen sensor Replace broken antenna cable Replaced faulty turn signal relay 
Oct 2015

75120 mi
Replace diverter valve Replaced ball joint and bushings Replaced broken coil spring 
Feb 2017

83700 mi

C $600
Repaired and repainted rusting front quarter panels. 
Jan 2018

85560 mi

C $50
Replaced failed hatchback strut (failed because it was not properly installed) 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Dec 2015

199000 mi

US $1200
timing belt and valve job. The valve job was required because I had just bought the car and I guess the person that did the Timing belt did not put it on correctly and the belt lost tension and I had valve piston contact. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen GTI in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
Aug 2008

98000 mi
Brake light panel on back of rear window is out and needs to be replaced but its 270 dollars so I opted out of fixing. Transmission fluid need to be changed very dirty and had pieces of metal shavings. Not good for future of teh car and transmission. 
Volkswagen Golf in Manitoba, Canada
Nov 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

125240 mi

C $400
Car was having trouble starting as well producing many electrical related codes. Car was also stuck in safe mode Replaced cam sensor, timing belt, ignition coil, and spark plug wires. Car is out of safe mode but still having trouble starting 
Volkswagen GTI in Maryland, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

66000 mi

US $1247
Water pump failure. 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2014 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

225680 mi
Hatch latch 
Volkswagen Golf in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

268460 mi

C $1245
Had rear rotors and pads replaced after only 15 months and 400000 kms. Brakes would not completely release after repairs and took it back and they found calipers were sticking so replaced. Informed by shop that intercooler tubing had contacted some sheathing and worn through, and I was loosing boost. My car is heavily modded so naturally I want full boost. They had a used one in good condition so I was lucky. 
Aug 2015

274080 mi

C $290
coolant system loosing coolant quickly. Mechanic noted a wire harness had chafed through the base of the oil cooler allowing coolant to escape. Replaced part. 
Sep 2015

277760 mi

C $650
Power steering fluid leaking. Needed to constantly top up. Mechanic determined it was a failed pressure line. Replaced 
Aug 2016

281360 mi

C $350
Original Starter failed after 450,000 kms, replaced with aftermarket 
Volkswagen Golf in Alabama, United States
Mar 2013 - Jul 2014
Mar 2013

159000 mi

US $301
Brake booster hose leaking. Replaced. Coolant hose leaking. Replaced. 
Mar 2014

172000 mi

US $20
"Door closed" microswitch in driver's door failed. Replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2007 - Jun 2018
Jun 2008

50000 mi

US $130
On a longish trip, I got an overboost condition. I took it into a shop and they gave it a good shot, but did not ultimately solve the problem. When you turn the key off, the overboost condition is cleared, and turbo is restored, So I'm living with it. 
Jun 2011

77000 mi

US $200
ABS module throwing a code: 00668 - Supply Voltage Terminal 30 008 - Implausible Signal - Intermittent. Flickering head- and interior lamps. Mechanic isolated a faulty ground and fixed it. He also installed some Koni Golds. 
Feb 2012

82700 mi

US $150
Intermittent, serious electrical problems. Turned out to be the power distribution board above the battery. $120 part, $30 labor. Knowing which part=priceless. 
Oct 2012

89000 mi

US $35
Replaced the fuse box above the battery. Replaced it a year ago, and that fixed all the electrical troubles. Well it started again, and this time I replaced it with a $35 knock-off. Well, if a $120 part only lasts a year...Fixed for now! 
Sep 2013

98000 mi

US $950
Anutee of Dieselland cleaned the intake, replaced MAF sensor, trimmed the turbo vane actuator. (Removed all the go-slow). ECU tune (put in some go-fast). Replaced the negative battery cable. (End of all the electrical gremlins). New car! 
Aug 2014

101100 mi

US $117
AC went out, so I took it to a local mechanic specializing in AC. Good news: just a fuse. Bad news $500. Fuse box above battery was melted (true). Fixed it myself for $120 and 20 minutes. 
Aug 2016

116400 mi

US $700
Turbo boost leak caused emissions failure. Fixed boost line. Adjusted fueling for injector wear. Serpentine belt replaced 
Volkswagen Golf in New Hampshire, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

194000 mi

US $800
Potentially routine maintenance - timing belt change (every 100k). Timing was corrected and fueling was adjusted. 
Aug 2013

196000 mi

US $250
Recharge AC Weld exhaust brackets 
Oct 2013

198800 mi

US $1100
Original Struts/Shocks replaced Rear brake caliper replaced Backup lights not working, periodic full loss of power when turned off. Backup light switch replaced. 
Apr 2015

223500 mi
Intake manifold removed, cleaned and reinstalled. 
Sep 2015

230000 mi

US $350
injection pump setting was too high. Adjusted. 
Oct 2015

230800 mi

US $250
frozen brake caliper rear both sides. replaced. broken front spring 
May 2016

247000 mi

US $250
Excessive wear on front tires. Replaced bushings on front suspension A arms + alignment. 
Sep 2016

250000 mi

US $250
CEL due to EGR. EGR delete. 
Jan 2017

251000 mi

US $20
Brake switch replaced. Brake lights had not been working. 
Jun 2018

162000 mi

US $250
Starter replaced 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Oct 2004 - Jun 2018
Jun 2004

49600 mi
Clutch switch, covered under warranty. 
Nov 2004

78500 mi

US $455
alternator pulley 
Oct 2005

124000 mi

US $22
emergency flasher relay 
Jul 2006

167300 mi

US $188
serpentine belt tensioner 
Sep 2006

179900 mi

US $965
alternator and pulley, parts and labor 
Mar 2007

209000 mi

US $413
starter replacement 
Apr 2007

212000 mi

US $1102
clutch and flywheel replacement, parts and labor 
Aug 2007

236000 mi

US $600
water pump failed 
Sep 2009

297000 mi

US $253
Ventilation blower fan failed. It was removed and replaced for a reasonable charge 
Jun 2010

314000 mi

US $60
exhaust pipe clamp needed replacement 
Dec 2011

347000 mi

US $250
replaced the starter 
Jan 2012

537800 mi

US $226
Multi switch (Hi-Lo beam switch, cruise) 
Mar 2012

362000 mi

US $632
L&R tierods, L tierod boot, R ball joint, PS rack boot (SCI, MPLS) 
May 2012

371100 mi

US $200
Replaced auxiliary fan and AC compressor Replaced wheel bearing. Also performed maintenance on wear items. 
Jun 2012

377000 mi

US $2125
Differential failed and blew hole in side of transmission. Installed rebuilt transmission and clutch disk. At same time, replaced front axles.0 
Jan 2013

413000 mi

US $170
replaced oil cooler seals, heater core hose, and replaced hood release lever and coolant reservoir 
Mar 2013

422000 mi

US $74
right-side axle replaced under warranty 
Jun 2013

437000 mi

US $300
spliced wire to AC compressor, replaced lower radiator hose, inspected timing belt, PS pump, and serpentine tensioner. 
Oct 2013

452500 mi

US $1250
Replaced steering rack, sway bar bushings, tie rod ends 
Jan 2014

467000 mi

US $221
Fan control module plus labor 
Jun 2014

492000 mi

US $208
Replaced original turbo control valve 
Aug 2014

500300 mi

US $318
Replaced rear pads and rotors and rear caliper 
Oct 2014

509300 mi

US $95
glow plug harness 
Jan 2015

523500 mi

US $384
radiator replacement 
Feb 2015

528400 mi

US $450
starter replacement 
Mar 2016

585000 mi

US $330
replace vacuum hose, reseal vacuum pump, replace two heater hoses 
May 2016

591900 mi

US $400
front springs broken. Replaced both, also strut bearings. 
Mar 2017

629000 mi

US $70
Replaced emergency brake cables. 
Jun 2017

641000 mi

US $1167
Replaced clutch, flywheel, rear main seal (273k miles on old clutch was very good.)  Also replaced an axle under warranty. 
Aug 2017

661000 mi

US $183
Replaced intercooler which had a small leak. 
Nov 2017

670000 mi

US $140
left ball joint 
Mar 2018

687000 mi

US $3400
Worn cylinder head, with over 440k miles. Preferred not to wait until something broke.  Replaced right ball joint at same time. 
Volkswagen Golf in Saskatchewan, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

42780 mi

C $500
coolant temp sensor failed, common on VR6 
Volkswagen Golf in Ohio, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

35700 mi
Driver seat adjuster and upright seat. The adjuster broke off in my hand, maybe pulled too hard, the seat back started to squeak in the frame, dealer replaced both. 
Volkswagen Golf in Virginia, United States
Jan 2013 - Jul 2018
Apr 2017

310000 mi

US $25
Replaced glow plug 
Volkswagen Golf in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2008 - Mar 2011
Oct 2008

76880 mi
Timing belt tensioner replaced due to faulty tensioner installed at timing belt change 20,000km ago. Parts and Labor covered by VW. 
Jun 2009

84940 mi

C $400
worn front rear lower control arm bushings, worn struts. 
Volkswagen Golf in Great Britain
May 2018 - Mar 2019
Feb 2019

86200 mi

£400
Replaced corroded catalytic convertor and repaired broken window regulator. 
Volkswagen Golf in New Brunswick, Canada
Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
Dec 2014

130200 mi

C $750
There was a draw on the battery when engine not running, such that a good battery would drain overnight. Difficult to identify as alternator tested okay while running. Turned out to be a bad circuit board, specific to vw alternator design. 
Jan 2015

C $200
Front pipe flange and flex pipe were leaking and needed replacement 
Volkswagen Golf in Colorado, United States
Dec 2016 - Mar 2017
Mar 2017

155000 mi

US $638
Oil drain plug stripped. Replaced oil pan. Front door switches inoperative. No signal that doors were open. 
Volkswagen Golf in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2012

128000 mi

US $60
Front W.B. failures - replaced 
Jan 2015

160000 mi

US $1600
Excessive wear on main bearing(s). Usable but with manageable shifting difficulties and occasional disengagement under high load. This transmission was previously attached to an engine that self destructed at 93253 miles (runaway). 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

252000 mi

US $1200
Replaced transmission. Replace transmission 
Volkswagen Golf in Texas, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012
Jun 2012

112000 mi

US $300
Threading on oil pan was stripped. Entire oil pan had to be replaced 
Volkswagen Golf in Washington, United States
Apr 2015 - Jan 2017
Jul 2015

224200 mi

US $400
Alternator failed and was replaced. 
Nov 2015

226100 mi

US $285
Front passenger window regulator detached from window, window fell into door. The window was undamaged and reattached to regulator. 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

81420 mi

C $320
Replaced left and right control arm bushings. 
Volkswagen Golf in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2016
Aug 2014

152300 mi

US $960
Bushings for lower control arms and sway bar. Also did a realignment. Secondary air pump starting to fail, makes a whirring noise 
Dec 2014

158000 mi
Rear calipers were misaligned causing a noise, turned out that the assembly was broken and slightly leaking fluid, causing the pads to wear unevenly. Realigned the calipers for a temporary fix, will return later for full fix 
Mar 2015

165000 mi

US $450
Brake calipers were broken and slightly leaking, apparently from improper previous repair. 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2015 - Sep 2018
Feb 2015

111800 mi

C $60
Protective cover under the car was lost and new one was added 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ohio, United States
Dec 2009 - Jan 2011
Aug 2010

76000 mi

US $67
Brake booster hose cracked. $57 part $10 labor. 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ohio, United States
Aug 2009 - Jul 2010
Sep 2009

159000 mi
Seat belt wire broken, soldered in a new wire. Triggered air bag light. 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in District of Columbia, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

112000 mi

US $550
Ignition coils replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2012
May 2011

96000 mi

US $1000
Front struts (Bilstein) Front springs (OEM) 
Apr 2012

108300 mi
Faulty electronics module in driver's door. No longer registers "door open" status -- won't switch dome light on. Lock/unlock still works, and no troubles with factory alarm system (thus far). 
Jul 2012

115000 mi
Catalytic converter failed; Check Engine light with code for catalyst efficiency, and raspy noise from exhaust. Did not replace, as I was trading car in for a new one. Speed sensor failed. Speedometer needle would fluctuate between 50-70mph at speeds above 60mph. Did not repair; involved too much labor. 

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2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatch

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Florida, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

125000 mi
Replaced alternator 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2012
Aug 2010

109000 mi

US $560
Ignition coil needed replacement Alternator died and had to be replaced.  
Sep 2010

110000 mi

US $560
Required a new clutch slave and flywheel.  
Dec 2010

113000 mi

US $600
Check Engine Light for a Secondary Air Intake malfunction. Tubing had to be replaced.  
Jun 2011

116000 mi

US $700
Ingition Coil needed to be replaced. While the car was in, I had the shop replace other old coils and spark plugs.  
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Maryland, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2010
Nov 2009

96000 mi

US $470
Front CV joint replaced 
Apr 2010

99000 mi
Water leak when sold. VW, after years of forum chats, issued TSB for clogging sunroof drains. Not clogged on mine or many others. Forums suspect cabin air filter and duct system gets clogged. Requires taking dash out! Or windshield seal. 

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Texas, United States
Jan 2017 - Jul 2018
Dec 2017

176000 mi

US $195
Dirty injectors 
Jul 2018

180000 mi

US $100
Crankcase breather 
Volkswagen GTI in Illinois, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2011
Jul 2008

67000 mi

US $300
Bad wheel bearing in the rear drivers side.  
Feb 2009

72000 mi
Flex section of exhaust fell apart. Have not fixed yet.  
Aug 2009

80000 mi

US $30
Thermostat had to be replaced.  
Jul 2010

100000 mi

US $800
water pump broke, car wasn't driven for a month till I could afford repairs. Timing belt was done at the same time since 90 percent of the work had to be done to get to the water pump. 
Jan 2011

100000 mi

US $200
Replaced starter. 
Mar 2011

100000 mi
Exhaust was still broken when I turned it over to the Honda dealer 
Volkswagen GTI in Oregon, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2018
Jun 2009

110000 mi

US $1800
Shift fork in transmission broke. 
May 2012

160000 mi

US $500
Water pump was leaking and needed replacement. Timing belt done at the same time. 
Jun 2012

165000 mi

US $300
OEM front struts were leaking and blow. 
Nov 2012

165500 mi

US $200
Water pump was leaking and needed replacement. Timing belt done at the same time. 
Aug 2014

181400 mi

US $40
Replaced the cracked coolant tank 
Jan 2015

176800 mi

US $10
Ignition wiring overheated (again) and needs to be replaced at the ignition switch. Problem is due to headlight power running through ignition switch. Permanent fix = relay harness for headlights. 
Aug 2016

189200 mi

US $120
Fuel pump failed and was replaced. 

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen GTI in California, United States
May 2013 - Oct 2014
Mar 2013

135000 mi

US $360
Replaced all 9 shift solenoids inside transmission, and replaced transmission fluid. 
Jul 2013

139600 mi

US $80
Replaced cracked upper radiator hose. 
Sep 2013

140000 mi

US $1200
Car catastrophically overheated on the highway. Blew two radiator hoses and the thermostat. Shop replaced. 
May 2014

145000 mi

US $550
Fuel pump stopped working. Replaced myself with Airtex pump from AutoZone. Replaced crank position/engine speed sensor. 
Jun 2014

136000 mi

US $190
Car would not start. I narrowed the problem to the fuel pump relay, and replaced with duralast brand. Fixed the issue for one day, then broke again. Took car to a mechanic who installed OEM 409 fuel pump relay. 
Volkswagen GTI in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2003 - Jun 2015
May 2003

3819 mi
1-Repaired condensation in side marker blinker. 2-Repaired loose door trim under passenger door 3-Ignition Coils replaced (under recall) 
Mar 2004

14904 mi
1- Poor AM reception in radio, replaced wiring to antenna. 
Jul 2004

20116 mi

C $2
1- Climate control dash lighbulb burnt out, replaced bulb labour was free. 
Sep 2004

22469 mi
1- Brake Lights stopped working. Brake light switch replaced. 
Dec 2004

26581 mi
1- Waterpump replaced. 
Apr 2005

31546 mi
1- Driver side wheel bearing replaced 
Oct 2006

48229 mi
1-Sunvisor clip snapped and replaced. 
Mar 2007

53165 mi

C $210
Noise gets louder the faster you drive. Sounds like a helicopter in the distance. Passenger Front Wheel Bearing was issue. Passenger Front Wheel Bearing Replaced. 
Mar 2008

69502 mi
The car does not sense that the driver's door is open. Will not repair since I don't even notice it. 
Sep 2008

76260 mi

C $45
Radio reception not working. Replaced antenna at top of car. Radio now works. Radio reception not working. Replaced antenna at top of car. Radio now works. 
Oct 2008

77004 mi

C $379
Shaky engine at idle only.  When coming to a stop, car began shuddering. Check engine light appeared. Symptoms would go away while driving and appear stopped at idle. Dealer replaced vacuum pump and associated hoses. 
Sep 2009

91140 mi

C $1000
Banging into gear (auto transmission), check engine light appeared, transmission speed sensor defective. Banging into gear (auto transmission), check engine light appeared, transmission speed sensor defective. 
Jan 2010

96100 mi

C $100
Check engine light appeared while driving on freeway. Check engine light appeared while driving on freeway. Thermostat replaced.  
Dec 2010

110360 mi

C $250
Car would randomly die after about ~15 minutes of driving. After the stall, within a minute later it would start back up. No codes. Read up online and changed the crank position sensor. Success Car would randomly die after about ~15 minutes of driving. After the stall, within a minute later it would start back up. No codes. Read up online and changed the crank position sensor. Success 
May 2011

114700 mi

C $340
Leaking oil on garage floor. Valve cover gasket replaced  Leaking oil on garage floor. Valve cover gasket replaced While examining engine , Pcv valve and associated tubes were separated. Replaced Pcv valve and hoses as well.  
Jun 2011

116560 mi
Rust on bottom of rear hatch. First confirmation that it will be covered under warranty by phone call and parts were ordered. Called again after new rear hatch panel arrived and painted. While examining engine, PCV valve and associated tubes were separated. Replaced PCV valve and hoses as well. Replaced rear hatch with new one.  Replaced rear hatch with new one.  Rust on bottom of rear hatch. First confirmation that it will be covered under warranty by phone call and parts were ordered. Called again after new rear hatch panel arrived and painted.  
Mar 2012

126480 mi

C $400
Fans do not turn on, only when A/C is on and only when it already is overheating. 
Jun 2012

129580 mi

C $75
Coolant low light came on. Coolant was empty. Brought to mechanic slight crack in the plastic coolant reservoir. Replaced reservoir and filled with coolant. 
Aug 2012

131520 mi

C $180
Passenger front wheel bearing bad. Airplane noise coming from the front of car when driving and turning. 
Jun 2013

138880 mi

C $350
Vibration when accelerating. Was some control arm part in the front suspension. 
Dec 2014

154380 mi

C $220
Parking brake was staying engaged slightly after being released. Smelled burning brake pads after driving. 
Mar 2015

158100 mi

C $750
No reverse gear only when car warned up. Bought solenoid valves online got local mechanic to change it out. Transmission Fluid was changed as well. Hood strut and hatch struts do not hold. Replaced struts. Alternator failed. Replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2010 - Feb 2012
Jan 2011

120000 mi

US $850
Turbo seals have been leaking oil causing the turbo to leak and burn oil. Problem has been known about for several months. Replaced with an upgraded remanufactured part. 
Volkswagen GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2010
Aug 2008

82000 mi

US $400
Engine Coils/Plugs 
Dec 2009

90000 mi

US $800
o2 sensor, thermostat 
Jan 2010

95000 mi

US $900
New Cat 
Nov 2010

109000 mi

US $371
Ignition coils. Engine Coils 
Dec 2010

110000 mi

US $2800
New Head - Timing Chain Broke New Head - Timing Chaing Broke 
Volkswagen GTI in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Mar 2017
Jul 2010

34920 mi

C $300
Replaced upper strut bearings as they were worn 
Volkswagen GTI in Georgia, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

120000 mi

US $285
Engine started to misfire after a 700-mile trip. Failure of two coils. Replaced all four coils and spark plugs. 
Feb 2014

124700 mi

US $708
Alt/voltage regulator failed. 
Nov 2016

150300 mi

US $150
Replace Starter 
Volkswagen GTI in Alabama, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
Nov 2011

160500 mi

US $32
Bad coil. 
Volkswagen GTI in Ohio, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

115500 mi

US $495
Starter stopped working. 
Volkswagen GTI in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Oct 2012
Aug 2011

81840 mi

C $600
Driver side bearing went, after passenger side went earlier in the year. 
Dec 2011

89900 mi

C $200
Engine threw a code citing cooling system malfunction; cleared code, didn't come back. 
Jul 2012

96600 mi

C $400
Control arm bushing worn, which caused premature replacement (under warranty) of struts. 
Volkswagen GTI in Florida, United States
May 2010 - Oct 2014
Mar 2010

65000 mi

US $750
Leaking engine seals 
Aug 2010

75000 mi

US $1550
Repair to dent in rear hatch and rear quarter panel.  
Nov 2010

77500 mi

US $700
alternator.  
Aug 2011

83000 mi

US $2140
AC not working, complete system replacement.  Also water leak,  coolant temp sensor not working, and a new set of tires (BF Goodrich, $117 per tire, not in total). 
Sep 2011

85000 mi
New air compressor seized after 200 miles, car towed to engine shop, $500 to get diagnosis, towed to shop that did air con and repaired under warranty. Broke again 100 miles later air compressor replaced, third one in six weeks. 
Feb 2012

90000 mi

US $200
Glove box assembly fell out of dash. Epoxied brackets to mount it back in dash. 
Aug 2012

94100 mi

US $350
drier replaced (under warranty, replaced last year), also hose replaced 
Jan 2013

89500 mi

US $125
Two wheel studs broken on left rear. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2013
Jan 2013

65300 mi

US $570
Cooling therm replaced 
Jul 2013

68300 mi

US $600
some switch in the engine went crazy, i dont recall completely. 
Sep 2013

70000 mi

US $600
Main power lead was bad so it was replaced. 
Oct 2013

70000 mi

US $215
battery replaced 
Dec 2013

70000 mi
Wipers, headlights, turn signals, hvac and radiator fans would turn themselves on when car was unlocked with key in ignition. Wipers, lights, signals would flicker while driving. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatch

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2009 - Apr 2011
Jul 2009

81000 mi

US $1500
shifter fork over $1500 since the clutch was replaced at the same time 
Jun 2010

87000 mi

US $816
drivers side axle leaking, throwout bearing and slave cylinder leaking 
Apr 2011

98000 mi

US $280
PS axle went bad. Vibrating intermittently at highway speeds.  
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Michigan, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
Nov 2013

145000 mi

US $200
Slow coolant leak between block and tranny, required topping off a couple times a year. Would cost a few hundred dollars just to diagnose, selling anyway. Vacuum leak somewhere. All easily accessible vacuum hoses were replaced, didn't help. My mechanic decided that it would require removal of the intake in order to find it so we decided not to pursue because it wasn't causing any issues and about to sell. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
Aug 2012

178380 mi

C $2000
Replaced turbocharges. Hydrodynamic bearing failure 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen GTI in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

175000 mi
Skipping badly. Check engine light blinking. Had timing belt replaced before. Could be cat converter or coil pack. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

89000 mi

US $600
Starter motor died and needed to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Great Britain
Sep 2012 - Nov 2015
Dec 2014

60000 mi

£1
blown brake light fuse, causes the glowplug warning light to flash and failure of brake lights 
Feb 2015

61100 mi

£200
front spring cracked, replaced both front suspension springs 
Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2015
Dec 2007

98000 mi

US $340
Exhaust Repair, brake light repair 
Feb 2008

101000 mi

US $300
Failed glow plug, replaced all 4 proactively. 
Mar 2009

119000 mi
Broken drivers side window regulator mechanism, fixed under 'stealth' recall. 
Jan 2010

129000 mi

US $60
Headlight out and securing bolts were too decayed to remove myself; shop replaced bulb and bolts. 
May 2011

141300 mi

US $300
Turbo malfunction, cleaned and lubed, vacuum control lines replaced 
Oct 2011

147200 mi

US $1250
Exhaust replaced 
Mar 2012

150000 mi

US $1000
Brake Calipers corroded and replaced; brake lines replaced, emergency brake cable replaces 
Dec 2012

156000 mi

US $450
Intake manifold clogged with carbon deposits 
Mar 2013

157000 mi

US $1500
Turbo replaced prior to failure, due to repeated CEL and out-of-spec turbo shaft play 
Volkswagen Golf in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2013
Jun 2010

108000 mi

US $35
Coolant temperature sensor Glow plug harness 
Mar 2011

116000 mi

US $450
Replaced entire exhaust after OEM pipe hangar broke and aggravated rusted area behind the catalytic converter, causing pipe to shear. 
May 2013

137600 mi

US $600
Timing belt 
Volkswagen Golf in Maryland, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2018
Jul 2010

333000 mi

US $65
window regulator clips 
Oct 2010

339000 mi

US $800
Replaced turbo. 
Jun 2011

357000 mi

US $70
replaced large radiator fan 
Aug 2011

357000 mi

US $320
replaced alternator 
Oct 2011

361000 mi

US $100
rear shocks 
May 2012

377000 mi

US $30
Lower Control Arm bushings replaced 
Jun 2012

378000 mi

US $70
replaced glow plug harness 
May 2013

400000 mi

US $120
replaced exhaust flex pipe 
Aug 2013

406000 mi

US $70
replaced right rear pads due to sticking caliper 
Feb 2014

416000 mi

US $25
The ratchet mechanism for the parking brake handle was slipping. Replaced with used unit. 
Apr 2014

425000 mi

US $350
Diesel fuel leaked from injection pump into the alternator destroying the slip rings and brushes. Leak sealed and alternator replaced. 
May 2014

425800 mi

US $50
Replaced worn outer tie rod ends 
Jun 2014

426000 mi

US $110
replaced mass air sensor replaced mass air sensor 
May 2015

442000 mi
Left front wheel bearing needed replaced due to wear. Mas Air Flow Sensor was not sending a signal. MAF was replaced by remanufactured part supplied by parts store under warranty at no cost. 
Jan 2016

421000 mi

US $52
replaced heater/ac blower 
Feb 2016

462000 mi

US $20
replaced left front brake hose. 
Aug 2016

472000 mi

US $116
Rear rotors,hoses and calipers 
Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Mar 2012
Jun 2011

186000 mi

C $250
alternator died, needed to be replaced with refurbished one rear hatchback locking latch failed 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Sep 2003 - Jun 2010
Oct 2003

12000 mi
Alternator replaced. 
Sep 2004

18500 mi
Driver and passenger window clips replaced. 
Dec 2006

48000 mi

US $120
Replace thermostat 
Oct 2007

52000 mi

US $210
Replace turn-signal stalk. 
Jun 2009

65000 mi

US $250
Oxygen sensor replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf in Rhode Island, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

58100 mi
Right-front ABS speed sensor failed. 
Jan 2016

61500 mi

US $713
Left rear brake caliper frozen. Caliper, rotors, and pads replaced. Parking brake cable broken. Cable replaced with other brake components. 
Oct 2016

80800 mi

US $430
Front wheel bearing and hub required replacement 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2013
Nov 2010

90000 mi

US $143
Rear turn signal went off, cruise Control stopped working. VW/Audi shop did electrical testing and determined place where wires had a short. They isolated the problem and changed worn fuse as well. 
Nov 2011

110000 mi

US $31699
Check engine went on due to problems with fuel pump. Owner st least patrtially at fault as lately was driving with less than half a gallon only in the tank. 
Aug 2012

120400 mi

US $160
Rear hatch latch and lock become unoperable. Shop had to remove and replace the latch 
Dec 2012

124000 mi

US $75
High mount break light failure due to short in the electric system 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2007 - Oct 2009
Mar 2007

76000 mi

US $250
spark plug cables rusted. Needed to be changed. 
Aug 2007

80000 mi

US $400
Driver door locked jammed. Door closed but indicator stayed on (electronic problem) 
Jun 2008

92000 mi

US $1400
Engine overheated; necessitated replacement of cooling fan, water pump, timing belt, temperature sensor 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

106000 mi

US $1900
The car was overheating because the water pump failed. 
Volkswagen Golf in Illinois, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

81000 mi
Blower motor replaced. Loud groaning, and vibration from a/c. Compressor and other a/c parts replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf in Maryland, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2018
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $1500
A/C compressor was bad also had to repair the ignition system  and had a leak in the sunroof drain system. 
May 2013

89000 mi
Car misfired on start. Cause was traced to a loose wire on plug 3. 
Sep 2014

94000 mi

US $100
The crank shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. Car was cutting off after a short period. 
Mar 2015

96000 mi

US $150
Had to replace oil pan due to stripped oil plug thread. 
May 2018

111000 mi

US $1000
Worn bushing had to be replaced 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Colorado, United States
Jan 2007 - Dec 2009
Feb 2007

64000 mi

US $1650
Car was in the shop:1) to replace shocks and install a lift kit; 2) timing belt replacement; 3) leaking diesel fuel injection pump. Pump was on national back order with VW (!), so I had it rebuilt and reinstalled. Cost of shop visit includes the suspensi 
Apr 2007

69000 mi

US $240
I had two OEM ignition keys replaced. This involved laser cutting and programming to match the car's immobilizer. The original keys had failed at their attachment rings so they couldn't be attached to a keychain. Subsequently, they were lost. VW keys are 
Jul 2007

77000 mi

US $300
Needed intake manifold and EGR cleaning from accumulated sludge. 
Aug 2007

78000 mi
engine goes into limp mode with no other indications of trouble, no CEL. Error codes were ambiguous. Mechanic, a TDI specicialist, says he's never seen anything like it before. Problem is less frequent now, but occasional. 
Nov 2007

85000 mi

US $265
Brake light switch failed, lighting CEL light- Replacement solved that. 
Jun 2008

97000 mi
loose nut on the lower rear shock mounting bolt. Not an original installation, the nut dated from a shock replacement two years ago. 
Nov 2008

110000 mi

US $40
Air Bag light went on, went off, then on again. I plan to see my regular mechanic about it later. 
Dec 2009

US $650
worn ball joints and control arm bushings were replaced (upgraded to TT bushings) 
Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Jul 2009
Apr 2009

69440 mi

C $10
Turbo started to make sucking noise. Finally got around to bringing it into the shop (needed an oil change anyway). The pipe was still connected, but the clamp was missing. Shop replaced clamp. Cost $80 for LOF and new clamp. 
Volkswagen Golf in Virginia, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2018
May 2014

117400 mi
Broken door latch 
Nov 2014

122200 mi

US $188
Needed to replace the glow plug harness and two glow plugs 
Sep 2015

125000 mi

US $365
Replaced both fr brake calipers as the e-brake was sticking 
May 2016

129500 mi

US $1000
Alt. locked up, alt belt failed, replaced the tensioner at the same time 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Nevada, United States
Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

126000 mi
happend 3x issue with all 5 wheel studs snapping off and had to replace rotor and other damaged parts that impacted the ground when tire came off. had a shop do brakes, I think they put cheap studs on after breaking my expensive longer ones. 
Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
May 2010 - Jul 2018
Jun 2010

63000 mi

US $1100
Had a bent caliper also. 
May 2018

86000 mi

US $300
Replaced the control comfort module. Mechanical actuators in th CCM stick over time as the lubricant decays. Complex and difficult to diagnose electrical issues arise. 

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2002 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Georgia, United States
Sep 2009 - Oct 2010
Oct 2009

58000 mi

US $150
Car overheated while driving and engine light came on. Went to shop and they replaced the thermostat. Works fine now. 
May 2010

61300 mi

US $545
Engine sensor was broken and had to be replaced. 

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Indiana, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2017
Oct 2013

45200 mi

US $55
Washer fluid leak 
Feb 2015

54000 mi

US $5
Secondary air injection pump rivets failed, pump falling apart and whistling. Repaired pump by drilling out rivets and replacing with bolts. Estimate of $912 for replacement of part by dealer. 
Jun 2015

56000 mi

US $45
Engine was not reaching operating temperature. Found thermostat was sticking open. Replaced thermostat. 
Jan 2016

48500 mi

US $190
Leaking vacuum line for intake. Replaced. Valve cover gasket and cam chain tensioner seal leaking oil. Replaced. 
Mar 2016

61000 mi

US $250
Coolant leak from flange on side of head Vacuum hose broke while being removed for coolant flange repair. 
Nov 2016

64900 mi

US $350
Rebuild faulty ABS control module 
Volkswagen GTI in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

64340 mi

C $250
Replaced a tie-rod end 
Dec 2012

74400 mi

C $900
The airbag light was lit due to a fauly relay in the seatbelt assembly. After 10 years, both headlights went within 1 week of each other. Impressive! The door lock mechanism was repair as car would lock door even when the door was open (worn wire) 
Aug 2013

77500 mi

C $15
one of the plastic undercarriage pieces was hanging down. Just had it trimmed off. 
Jan 2014

76260 mi

C $580
Clunking sound in the front end due to worn out sway bar. The airbag light was on due to a faulty connection in the seat belt hardware. Expensive, but now both are done. Apparently the contact inside just wears out with use. The airbag light was on due to a faulty connection in the seat belt hardware. Expensive, but now both are done. Apparently the contact inside just wears out with use. Clunking sound in the front end due to worn out sway bar. 
May 2015

82540 mi
Rust claim. Replaced all the side panels. 
Nov 2015

84820 mi

C $125
Some squeaking was present. Cable maintenance required. Problem fixed Wheel bearing droning. Front wheel well insert was replaced 
Apr 2016

86280 mi

C $50
Airbag light on. Traced to seatbelt buckle. Not yet repaired. 
Dec 2016

89900 mi

C $3000
Cv boots cracked. Exhaust down pipe broke at flex point Airbag light on. The sensor in the seatbelt had broken off. This was repaired a few years earlier by replacing the seatbelt harness. Shop soldered the piece on for free. 
Jan 2018

91760 mi

C $600
Had to replace keys. 
Volkswagen GTI in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2016
Feb 2013

75500 mi

US $2500
Ten-year-old Garrett T-28 BB Turbo went south. APR III system. If original owner it's covered. Unfortunately I'm not. Can't fully rebuild BB Turbo. $1,650 cost of Turbo- the rest labor to take out and install. Not related to any other issues. 
Oct 2013

79300 mi

US $900
Shifter cable wire broke  also replaced APR turbo down pipe gasket & right wheel hub bearing 
Nov 2014

84900 mi

US $500
worn tie rod. replaced Tie Rods and upgraded front stabilizer bar with Neuspeed heavy duty 

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2018
Apr 2014

133500 mi

US $550
Fuel pump replaced. 
Jun 2014

136000 mi
Door open sensor failed. Did not get repaired. 
Sep 2014

140000 mi
Check engine light came on. Shop determined the catalytic converter is going. Estimated repair cost of $1500. Check engine light went back off. Chose not to repair. Will be car shopping this winter. 
Nov 2014

140900 mi

US $430
Drivers side door latch replaced. 
Jan 2015

142000 mi

US $240
Replace tie rod. 
Apr 2015

143200 mi

US $575
Both front axles replaced. Replace leaky valve cover gasket. 
Dec 2015

152000 mi

US $42
Replaced driver side headlight. 
Jun 2016

157000 mi

US $340
Replaced clamps. 
Dec 2016

162000 mi

US $17
Replace headlight 
Jan 2017

145800 mi

US $377
Replace thermostat 
Volkswagen GTI in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2011
Aug 2011

135300 mi
Engine replacement 

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI in Indiana, United States
Sep 2007 - Mar 2008
Dec 2007

64000 mi

US $125
Bad cooling sensor, intermittent check engine light. 
Volkswagen GTI in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
Feb 2010

62000 mi

US $2000
The overall cost of my issue was around $1000 in parts and the dealer charged me a little over $1000. This is one of the main reasons I might switch car companies, just because of the cost of repairs..... 
Volkswagen GTI in California, United States
Nov 2008 - May 2009
Dec 2008

145000 mi

US $375
Thermostat jammed causing overheating. Leaking rad hose also replaced at this time. 
May 2009

151000 mi

US $145
Within 10 days: CEL came on, car started to overheat, A/C went out and clutch started to slip. I was quoted between $4500-6000 in total repair costs. The only thing spent money on was replacing the cooling system fan switch. Sold to mechanic. 
Volkswagen GTI in Texas, United States
Sep 2010 - Apr 2011
Dec 2010

97000 mi

US $160
Check engine light came on for faulty coolant sensor. 
Feb 2011

97600 mi

US $460
Check Engine light came on again. Hoses needed to be replaced. Check engine light came on yet again. This time taken to dealership and more hoses were replaced and parts relevant to the coolant system. 
Apr 2011

99000 mi

US $476
Door open indicator kept popping up while driving and would go away when opening door. Door latch needed to be replaced. 
Volkswagen GTI in Virginia, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2013
May 2011

120000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt broke. I had to replace the cylinder head and timing belt, including the water pump. I assumed the previous owner replaced the timing belt. Timing belt supposed to be changed at 100k miles. 
Aug 2012

123000 mi

US $170
Broken ignition locking cylinder. Metal "key like" piece connecting ignition cylinder to ignition switch broke. Common problem when researched on VWvortex.com. 
Nov 2012

120000 mi

US $100
Failed ignition coils. I have had to replace ignition coils about once every 2 years. Symptoms are a loss of power when accelerating and a rough idle. 
Volkswagen GTI in Illinois, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2013

102000 mi

US $125
Broken parking brake cable 
Volkswagen GTI in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
May 2011

100700 mi

US $58
coolant malfunction reset 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2009 - Sep 2010
Dec 2009

81220 mi
Engine seem to work on 2 cylinder intermittently. So we can feel a lost of power when accelerating. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Golf in Louisiana, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

21000 mi

US $105
Electrical problem that is slowly draining battery, and causing intermitten starting problems. 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

103000 mi
Oil leak slowly. Didn't fix. 
Volkswagen Golf in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2011 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

105400 mi

C $2500
Check engine 
Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2012
Oct 2011

79300 mi

US $800
o2 sensors 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Washington, United States
Nov 2008 - May 2009
Apr 2009

98000 mi
Fuel pump replaced, extended warranty. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 4-door

4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2009

100000 mi

US $300
Worn Control arms ready to fail. Discovered during required State of NJ vehicle inspection. Soot removed from Air control device. Mass flow sensor? Code on computer indicated problem. common with diesels. Also needed to clean out exhaust manifold of soot as well. Stripped drain plug on aluminum oil pan leaking. Pan replaced. 
Sep 2009

105000 mi
Leaky sun roof - drain tubes closed up in door jam causing leakage in car. Fixed myself. 
Dec 2009

109000 mi

US $5
Have changed back bulbs several times. 
Jan 2010

110000 mi

US $3000
Transmission. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Golf in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Apr 2010
Jan 2010

37000 mi
Window clips fell off window in pax side, resulting in the window sliding down partially into the door frame and unable to stay up 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Texas, United States
Oct 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

68000 mi
CD Player failed (again) - had to be sent to Germany for repair (again). License plate lights. Driver side door lock. 
Dec 2006

69000 mi
CD player replaced Driver's side door lock fixed License plate light they couldn't figure out. 
Jan 2008

83000 mi

US $1000
Air bag light on (this has been a problem for 7 years now) Light covers had yellowed and required replacement. Car fills up with water when it rains. The problem is due to faulty water draining lines from the sunroof and would be too expensive to fix even though the problem existed when the car was brand new. 
Jan 2009

96000 mi

US $250
Oil pan threads were stripped again. The metal is said to be soft so they strip when the oil pan bolt is over tightened. I've replaced this pan several times in the 9 years I've owned it - I can't remember how many times exactly. 
Feb 2009

96000 mi

US $500
The threads in the oil pan were stripped (again) so we replaced the whole pan (again). Damn VW oil pans use soft metal. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2007 - Dec 2014
Dec 2007

243040 mi
Front strut mount and strut bearings (not unexpected at this milage) Right front bearing needed replacement; not unexpected at this mileage (used car just purchased) A couple of glow plugs (Diesel engine) were burned out. Replaced with used ones on hand. 
Feb 2008

247380 mi

C $210
Suspension bushings - front and rear needed replacing on account of age and wear. 
Jun 2008

260400 mi

C $190
Driver's window fell into the door. A well-known problem with the plastic clips installed at the factory. There's a recall but the car is too old to qualify. 
Aug 2008

263500 mi

C $230
Camshaft oil seal leaking. Replaced during routine timing belt change (this is not always done or needed). As well, the timing belt tensioner was discovered to be in precarious health, possibly due to previous mechanic's error in installation. 
Oct 2008

265360 mi

C $700
Alternator bearing has been getting worse for the past 38000 km (ever since I bought the car)  The right steering knuckle and front hub were defective, possibly on account of a badly installed wheel bearing or a collision many years ago. 
Nov 2008

270320 mi

C $100
Driver's side driveshaft disintegrated. Either a manufacturing defect or prior damage from rust. 
Apr 2010

297600 mi

C $85
One of the radiator fans (passenger side) was dead. 
Jun 2010

298220 mi

C $55
Air Mass Flow sensor was dead (possibly due to water ingestion) 
Nov 2010

304420 mi

C $120
Left Rear wheel bearing wore out. May have also caused damage to ABS sensor which needed to be replaced as well. I replaced the brake rotors and pads as long as I was in there already. Passenger Front window dropped into door. Happened previously, as it's a defective design. Original dealer repair lasted 29 months... 
Apr 2011

311860 mi

C $30
Serpentine belt idler came apart - known weakness with this model, and I keep a spare on hand. 
Dec 2014

345960 mi
Needed a new steering rack (been leaking for over a year - for a while, Lucas Stop Leak worked). Transferred engine to another car. 
Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2012
Dec 2011

203000 mi

US $110
Check engine light on because of a glow plug failure. Glow plug harness broke when I removed it to test the plugs, so I changed it and put 4 new glow plugs at the same time. 
Volkswagen Golf in Oklahoma, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2011
Aug 2010

155100 mi

US $80
Replaced glow plugs. 
Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2015 - Oct 2015
Jul 2015

167000 mi

US $550
Replaced front struts and springs 
Volkswagen Golf in Washington, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2010
Jul 2010

87000 mi

US $2000
Car died, fuel delivery problem, towed car to shop -- replaced glow plug harness front end strut assemblies door lock actuators both sides, sensor for unlocking doors leak through sunroof from drain holes plugging Car died, fuel delivery problem, towed car to shop -- replaced MAF sensor 
Volkswagen Golf in Arizona, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2016
Aug 2014

101600 mi

US $540
Voltage regulator. Entire alternator needed to be replaced as a result. 
Dec 2014

103000 mi

US $500
Alternator replaced 
Jul 2015

104200 mi

US $490
Starter replaced 
Mar 2016

108000 mi

US $700
Replaced ball joints, control arm bushings strut mounts and struts. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
Apr 2014

115200 mi

US $1900
Automatic transmission failure, full replacement. 
May 2015

120000 mi

US $250
Leak in cooling line. 
Volkswagen Golf in Alabama, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2019
Sep 2012

159000 mi

US $1100
A/C compressor broke down 
Apr 2018

182000 mi
serpentine belt 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

93000 mi

US $634
Replaced leaking head gasget, leaking o-rings and damaged coolant flange. Got a $400 discount from my mechanic on repairs 'cause I was poor -- real cost of repair should have been almost $1000. Replaced damaged coolant flange.  
Volkswagen Golf in Washington, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2016
Dec 2009

102000 mi

US $45
Air bag light was on. Cleaning connector under driver's seat seems to have repaired. replaced secondary air hose replaced cam chain tensioner and valve gaskets replaced air breather hose on valve cover replaced starter motor replaced mass air flow meter replaced thermostat replaced control arm bushings 
Feb 2010

103100 mi
Replaced all 4 ignition coils, after one went bad. There's not an official recall yet for the Golfs, but it was still fixed by VW. 
Sep 2011

122000 mi
The shop came back with a list of repairs that with the service will add up to about $3000 - question now is do we repair the car or sell? 
Nov 2011

123000 mi

US $1500
tie arm replaced. new valve cover gasket. slow coolant leak fixed. 
Apr 2012

126300 mi

US $450
#14 fuse kept blowing, the one that controls power locks, windows, interior lights, etc. First they replaced the dome light, but that didn't do it. Turned out to be the wires from the hatch to the trunk had deteriorated and were shorting. 
Sep 2013

143000 mi

US $998
Cooling hose flange replaced to repair a slow coolant leak. replaced drive axle 
Jun 2014

152000 mi

US $726
oooling flange leaking, and replaced Failed WA Emissions Testing. Had 5 different faults. Got a waiver to get the car license updated. Would cost a lot to get all the emissions working. Had the MAF replaced since car was running roughly. 
Sep 2014

155000 mi

US $100
Heat exchanger is slowly leaking. $1500 for dealer to fix. About $950 from an independent. Will likely sell car, with full disclosure. 
Volkswagen Golf in Washington, United States
Feb 2015 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

168500 mi

US $500
Broken clutch release lever 
Volkswagen Golf in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2015 - Dec 2015
Aug 2015

98860 mi
Cracked rack and pinion. Driver side interior handle broke off. Severe winter and accelerated rusting in front fenders. Will not pass safety inspection without body work. 
Nov 2015

101060 mi
Engine has died, reason unknown. 
Dec 2015

101060 mi
Engine finally failed. Ignition coils. Cracked rack and pinion. Driver side interior handle broke off. Severe rust in front fenders. 
Volkswagen Golf in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
Dec 2014

190960 mi

C $200
Car was running roughly and check engine light flashing. Mechanic replaced two ignition coils. Car was squealing on cold start. Mechanic disconnected secondary air pump. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Colorado, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2013
Dec 2009

76000 mi

US $350
Had to replace worn-out windshield nozzles -- because they are heated, they are an expensive replacement item. Windshield washer line to the rear windshield has a leak -- decided not to repair because it would require tearing out the entire interior to get at the line. 
Jul 2010

82000 mi
Cracked cooling hose flange caused coolant leak. 
Mar 2012

94000 mi

US $130
Sway bar bushings replaced. 
Jul 2013

113500 mi

US $200
Sunroof would not open or sometimes opened on its own. 
Aug 2013

116000 mi

US $500
Hose connector broke, lost all coolant. 
Sep 2013

116000 mi

US $2100
Mirror adjustment lever had broken off, replaced it. O2 sensor replaced. Timing chain tensioner needed to be replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
Feb 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

103000 mi

US $1100
Oil leak discovered, added sleeve to oil drain plug, still leaking after returned home Thermostat replaced for indication of varying temperature indications 
Jun 2010

108000 mi

US $225
AC wasn't coming on, wire melted through was replaced 
Volkswagen Golf in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013
Feb 2013

105400 mi

C $300
Window winder stopped working. Mechanism replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf in Sweden
Mar 2011 - Nov 2013
Dec 2012

99820 mi

$1000
Rust and corrosion on brake line (rear right side). The whole brake line was replaced. 
Nov 2013

101680 mi
Front drivers window no longer opens (doesn't go down when pressing the button). 
Volkswagen Golf in Oregon, United States
Feb 2012 - Jan 2015
Apr 2012

190700 mi
Water intrusion into floor of car. Checked drains and seals for leak. Clean and dry carpeting. 
Jun 2012

194000 mi

US $200
ABS system triggered each time brakes applied. No code shown. 
Mar 2013

206000 mi

US $600
Replaced suspension. 
Nov 2014

215000 mi

US $1100
New water pump. New suspension. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2015
Sep 2013

75000 mi

US $800
Rear interior panel pulled off when pulling down the hatch. 
Jul 2014

92200 mi

US $188
Hatchback interior panel pulled off and needed reattaching. Filled gaps where water is leaking into door and sunroof 
Mar 2015

97000 mi

US $170
Windshield fluid pump needed replacement 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
- Nov 2016
Nov 2016

98235 mi

US $338
All inner and outer tie rods have been replaced. There was considerable play in the wheels and I deemed it not safe to drive. Drives a hundred times better now. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Saskatchewan, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2010

221960 mi

C $800
put in shocks. rotors repaired  rear wiper had quit trunk latch  
Dec 2015

280240 mi

C $750
replace timing belt and water pump  replace rubber mounts for suspension 
Jan 2016

268460 mi

C $1270
check engine code p0234 boost waste gate replace waste gate actuator and control solenoid. set injection pump timing. free up drivers seat slide and lock. 
Volkswagen Golf in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Apr 2013
Aug 2009

153000 mi
New ac compressor and drier needed. $1,200 estimate to repair. Decided not to repair yet. 
Jun 2010

170000 mi

US $700
AC compressor diagnosed as bad. replaced AC and drier. 
Oct 2010

174200 mi

US $2050
bad fuel injection pump. replaced fuel injection pump. 
Jun 2011

175000 mi

US $250
very poor acceleration, turbo not functioning. hissing sound when trying to accelerate. leaking turbo exhaust hose. replaced hose. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in New York, United States
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Jan 2011

71000 mi

US $255
Bad MAF sensor. 
Feb 2011

71000 mi

US $250
Electric windows and dome light inoperative. Replaced fuse, then sold vehicle. Many problems when sold, including bad right rear brake caliper,  transmission shift forks,  odd noises from the turbo,  interior had fallen apart in many places,  a leaky and balky sunroof. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Indiana, United States
Jul 2007 - Mar 2015
Aug 2007

50000 mi

US $3800
complete failure of automatic transmission, requiring replacement. though under the milage limit for VW warranty, VW declined coverage due to age of car. 
Jun 2010

95000 mi

US $1100
Also replaced damaged breather hose. 
Oct 2012

114000 mi

US $84
engine dies at idle. rough running. 
Jun 2013

115000 mi

US $95
Rough idle. Sometimes stalls after starting. 

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2001 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2008
Aug 2008

85000 mi
Engine light went on. Catalytic converter went bad. Was covered under special extended warranty. 
Sep 2008

85000 mi
The check engine light was on again in the car (which is why I got rid of it). 

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2001 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatch

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Washington, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2015
Aug 2011

126000 mi

US $401
Window regulator issue. Manufacturer extended waranty to 7 years. After 10 years it went out. parts and labor are expensive. It cost me $401.00. 
Oct 2012

143000 mi

US $1473
problem: engine light came on. repair: 1. replaced water pump, hose, coolant adative 2. replaced 02 sensor 3. replaced thermostat 
Oct 2015

191700 mi

US $608
Check engine light on. Misfired but it turn out to be a spark plugs issue. Replaced spark plugs and wires. 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in West Virginia, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

101000 mi

US $3000
Repaired Timing Chains, was a completely miserable thing to try to go 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Minnesota, United States
May 2008 - Jan 2015
Jun 2008

78000 mi

US $580
Alternator was replaced. 
Sep 2011

115000 mi

US $600
Replacement of upper and lower timing chain guides, along with upper and lower timing chains. Clutch, flywheel, pressure plate and rear main seal. 
Jul 2012

122200 mi

US $250
Replaced alternator. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Golf in District of Columbia, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

73000 mi

US $750
Rusted exhaust system 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Golf in Iowa, United States
Sep 2006 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

90000 mi

US $55
Shift lever spline worn away, loss of shifter action (stuck in 1st gear). New OEM shift lever ordered from dealer and self-installed. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in California, United States
Jul 2007 - Jul 2008
Aug 2007

122000 mi

US $880
Power steering hose was reported leaking by previous mechanic so it was replaced. 
Sep 2007

126000 mi

US $880
New power steering hose installed. 
May 2008

137000 mi

US $1083
Faulty battery as well as cracked coolant housing 
Jun 2008

137000 mi

US $800
Alternator is considered dead but mechanic could not confirm as he suggested it was a bad battery. Replaced battery and it still doesnt start after engine has been cold. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

177000 mi

US $1486
Fan controller unit died-burned out primary + auxiliary cooling fans. I noticed the issue approx. 11 wks prior & called the shop. Shop missed issue via phone + during inspection-diagnosis occurred after owner req. SA to drive car prior to payment. 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Oregon, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2014
Nov 2010

183000 mi

US $1050
Problems with driver's and right rear door lock: right rear would not lock properly. Driver's door lock could not be turned with the key and often would not lock; caused headlight-on warning not to work, and alarm sometimes failed to arm. 
Sep 2011

194000 mi

US $500
Yet another door latch problem. Effing VW door latches! 
Jan 2012

US $200
Water leaking into interior - turned out windshield drains were blocked with debris Car wasn't warming up fully; replaced thermostat. 
Aug 2012

202500 mi

US $1900
Replaced rear shocks. Previous owner had installed poorly performing aftermarket shocks and they were worn out. Replaced front and rear pads and rotors; leaking rear caliper and rusted rear bracket. Replacement caliper includes correct bracket only for cars assembled AFTER 06/99, so had to ALSO source used part to get the correct bracket for our car. 
Oct 2012

205800 mi

US $900
Was leaking coolant. Shop replaced metal cooling tube, which had corroded and was leaking. Apparently this is common with VWs, and takes a number of hours to repair because of the location in the engine compartment. 
Dec 2013

214000 mi

US $160
I think the mechanic unplugged some hidden debris traps that were plugged up, causing water problems in the interior. Classic VW overengineering problem. Due to this winter's drought we are not yet able to confirm whether leaks are fixed. 
Feb 2014

215000 mi

US $350
Original starter failed. Replaced with rebuilt unit (new units no longer available). Technically did not require a tow because I pointed it downhill and bump-started it, but most people would have needed it towed (esp. w/diesel in cold wx 
Dec 2014

218000 mi

US $200
Needed glow plug replacement. Old plug was rusted in place, possibly requiring drilling and tapping new threads. ABS sensor failed, disabling the system. Bracket holding the sensor was rusted and falling apart, requiring fabrication of new mount to repair. 
Volkswagen Golf in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - May 2013
May 2011

155000 mi
Original rear muffler hanger broke at muffler. A friend wielded it back on. It looks solid. 
Sep 2011

164300 mi

C $770
Strut spring was broken. Both front strut springs and control arms were replaced and wheel alignment performed. 
Mar 2012

166160 mi

C $80
Brake fluid leak at bleeder valve. 
Nov 2012

187400 mi

C $200
Caliper was sticking and was replaced plus wear items. 
Volkswagen Golf in Manitoba, Canada
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

101060 mi

C $1050
Brakes were worn out; pads and rotors. Tie rods needed to be replaced as well. 
Volkswagen Golf in Washington, United States
Aug 2007 - Apr 2012
Jan 2008

128000 mi

US $80
Driver's window came loose from retaining clips. I (owner) was able to reattach it, repair took 3 hours, required no new parts. I had to replace the serpentine belt tensioner on my 2000 VW Golf. The belt was fine (had replaced at normal interval), but the tensioner pulley has worn out. Did it myself in 45 minutes. 
Jun 2008

133000 mi

US $15
Crankcase vent hose (elbow from valve to intake hose) leaking oil. Replaced with newer (used) vent hose from salvage yard. 
Jul 2010

146000 mi

US $3
Switch in driver door went bad, car did not know when door was open, which confused the auto-lock system. Replaced one switch, cost $1.50. 
Dec 2010

149000 mi

US $40
Fuel gelled due to summer fuel left in too late, freezing temps gelled the diesel. Had to be towed home, warm up car in garage over night, change fuel filters, pump out old fuel. 
Feb 2011

150800 mi

US $20
Fuel was leaking from the thermostatic t on the fuel filter, as it had cracked. New it was 12 dollars plus shipping, fixed the problem entirely. 
Apr 2011

153500 mi

US $80
Thermostat stuck open, replaced it myself, including new coolant (not cheap on a vw) 
Jan 2012

159000 mi

US $20
Fuel pump lost prime due to old hard fuel hose leaking air, and fuel pump seals going bad. 
Feb 2012

159000 mi

US $300
Oil leak at the oil cooler repaired. 
Mar 2012

159000 mi

US $500
Tie rods wore out. Also found LCA bushings to be shot, alignment done as well. Price included reattaching 3 windows to their clips. LCA bushings shot, replaced Windows came off clips that hold them, due to use when frozen (annual event). Reattached, half hour each, no new parts needed. 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
Feb 2013

147960 mi
leak of power steering oil 
Volkswagen Golf in Saskatchewan, Canada
May 2012 - Sep 2018
Jun 2013

155000 mi

C $100
Battery keeps going dead 
Aug 2013

155900 mi
Battery kept going dead. Bad grounding cable from starter to battery. Rebuilt transmission 
May 2014

158800 mi

C $400
replaced starter 
Sep 2018

172980 mi

C $400
Brake caliper stuck and started to leak. Pads and rotor wore out becouse of it. 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Michigan, United States
Sep 2006 - Jun 2018
Mar 2010

54000 mi

US $149
Crank position sensor replaced, coolant temperature sensor replaced 
Oct 2010

57500 mi

US $184
Crank Position Sensor failed, coolant temperature sensor failed. The CPS failure disables the spark ignition system and the car doesn't run. Coolant sensor failure throws a CEL and causes the engine to run rich. 
Nov 2010

60000 mi

US $27
Clamp between the catalytic converter and the rest of the exhaust system failed. Required replacement of the part. 10 minutes to replace. Good to go. 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 4dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Aug 2011
Jan 2011

116000 mi

US $350
radiator leak oil check tube had to be replaced. 
Mar 2011

118000 mi

US $350
Ignition switch replaced. Battery replaced. 
Volkswagen Golf in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
Feb 2011

113000 mi

US $600
Needed front brake job. Also repaired broken SRS system wire which made indicator light stay on. 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2010
Apr 2010

165000 mi

US $100
Front control arm bushings were worn out and needed to be replaced. 
Jun 2010

167000 mi

US $30
Rear bushings worn out 
Sep 2010

171000 mi

US $25
Climate control fan stopped working. Switch had to be replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
Nov 2006

69000 mi

US $200
Check engine light resulted in O2 sensor replacement. Light came back on. Both times the same code was retrieved. Vacuum lines replaced second time. Capital Eurocars in Tallahassee, FL is incompetant. 
Oct 2007

75000 mi

US $300
Coolant flange at rear of cylinder head leaking. Part was replaced curing leak. 
Feb 2009

89000 mi

US $1100
Replaced worn front suspension components. 
Volkswagen Golf in Iowa, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2010
Dec 2010

75000 mi

US $50
Interior trim around the driver side door (top-side) came un-glued and was sagging badly. Upholstery shop re-attached the trim. 
Volkswagen Golf in Massachusetts, United States
May 2008 - Feb 2012
Jul 2009

101000 mi

US $150
Replaced CV axle on driver side. 
Sep 2011

117000 mi

US $100
Front Passenger wheel bearing making excessive noise. Replacement bearings purchased online and replaced at home. 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Florida, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

203000 mi

US $500
front wheels bearings 

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2000 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Golf in Hawaii, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

82000 mi

US $520
VW has a security cut key for the ignition and the ignition broke and would not engage the engine. First the dealer charged me ($120) to "Diagnose" the problem and then with parts and labor (another $400) I finally got my car back after (7) days. 

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2000 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatch

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Minnesota, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

69000 mi

US $190
Replace worn rear struts 
Oct 2009

85000 mi

US $650
Replaced all 4 struts; rear replacements were too stiff, found two different struts for rear 
Nov 2009

85000 mi

US $15
Headlight burned out 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2006 - Dec 2013
Feb 2011

156000 mi

US $80
oil leak. replaced oil pressure switch and gasket 
Sep 2011

160000 mi
AC and heat not working.  ASR+ABS light on in instrument cluster.  power steering fluid leaking 
Aug 2012

166000 mi

US $230
leaking power steering fluid. replace high pressure hose 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Florida, United States
Feb 2010 - Nov 2013
Apr 2010

98300 mi
Coolant leak, bad water pump, bad auxiliary water pump. Decided to replace entire cooling system rather than cheap out. Jury rigged broken glove box hinge. Took apart interior seeking water leak, but still don't know where it is. I tried to do some wiring to get my airbag light to turn off and that was successful for about 2 weeks. Light's back on again. 
Dec 2010

110000 mi

US $125
Power Steering pump making loud squeal and steering a bit tight. Drain power steering fluid, replace pump and also decided to replace pulley tensioner. Replaced power steering pump and pulley tensioner. 
Apr 2011

11300 mi

US $365
Replace coolant temperature sensor. Replace pre and post cat oxygen sensors. Replace driver side cooling fan.  Replace driver side cooling fan.  Replace pre and post cat oxygen sensors Replace coolant temperature sensor 
Aug 2011

117000 mi

US $10
Vacuum hose leak per code PO411 as written up in DIY articles. Replaced rubber tube, cleared code, and car runs great now. 
Dec 2011

119000 mi

US $14
Rubber hose to reserve coolant tank damaged and leaking profusely. Cut off bad section and reattached. 
May 2012

121700 mi

US $425
Check engine light PO411. Secondary air filtration system. System seems to work. Possible issue with valve. Changed all vacuum lines. Passed inspection. 
Dec 2012

125000 mi

US $320
Power steering pulley put on backwards. Flipped around. Small coolant leak. Located and decided to leave alone and try k seal until problem is more substantial. 
Mar 2013

125000 mi

US $275
driver rear caliper leak -> replaced 
Nov 2013

130000 mi

US $600
Cooling leak in hard to reach location. Replace all plastic associated with it. 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Texas, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

110000 mi
CEL came on reporting faulty Catalytic converter. Dealer quoting $880 to diagnose and fix the problem. Can't afford to pay $880 and planned to get OEM from alternate vendor and have it fixed at local shop. 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2011
Jul 2009

135000 mi

US $300
Replace failed belt tensioner 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2008 - Dec 2009
Dec 2008

62000 mi

US $330
Thermostat Housing – Slow Coolant leak from front of engine. 
Jul 2009

70000 mi

US $15
Power mirror switch – Knob broke off. Purchased part from Ebay and DIY. 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Germany
Apr 2009 - Dec 2011
May 2009

66960 mi

€1400
Air conditioner compressor froze up, which broke the serpentine belt destroying the the water pump and tension pulley because not enough clearance designed in. Dealer replaced the water pump, pulley, belt and tension pulley assembly. Compressor okay. 
Jul 2009

68820 mi

€150
O2 sensor. They made the replacement very difficult by designing unnecessary difficulty into replacing these components. (very poor design) 
Nov 2009

71300 mi

€236
Replaced AC pump. 
Dec 2009

71920 mi

€12
Backup lights quit working the dealer wants $500 to repair, I did the repair using aftermarket switch from radio shack for $12 and 3 hours of my time. Very difficult to access switch assembly (Very poor design). 
Jan 2010

72540 mi

€1
Passenger window lift broke (2nd time) dropping window inside door during a rainstorm. Dealer wanted $250, said free replacement program over - thank-you VW. I taped the window up, replaced it myself. I improved the lift so it can not break again. Glove box hinge broke on one side, $250 for dealer fix, I said no and repaired it by using steel pin and 2 hours of my time. Very difficult to work on or replace. Plastic broke on seat belt attachment cover on door pillar $25 for new part, I said not and I glued it back together with a reinforcer. Design used very thin plastic which yells break me (very poor design). 
Volkswagen GTI VR6 in Indiana, United States
Aug 2009 - May 2015
Feb 2010

79000 mi

US $400
Front window regulator clips. 

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