Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Volkswagen GTI
1997 Volkswagen GTI
1997 Volkswagen GTI Problems
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
1997 Volkswagen GTI Questions and Answers
I must have a bad bearing on the a/c compressor clutch. really loud with out load, when I turn on the a/c the noise goes away. With out load pully on a/c unit wobbles and it is spitting out metalic...
so i been having some trouble lately starting my gti, thinking its the ignition? sometimes it starts sometimes not, if i keep trying to start it over & over so far it has started.. any suggesti...