Engine Misfire Due to Failed Ignition Coil, Spark Plug, or Ignition Wire on Volkswagen GTI

Problem Description and Possible Solution

An ignition coil or spark plug may fail unexpectedly resulting in an engine misfire and possible illumination of the Check Engine Light. Vehicles equipped with spark plug wires may also develop a misfire caused by a failed spark plug wire.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 98,333 (65,000–120,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, more2006, 2008, 2012
8 people reported this problem
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misfired, check engine light came on
-replaced spark plugs and ignition coil, all good now
I purchased my GTI, certified pre-owned from a dealership here in SoCal and have truly enjoyed this car, BUT, the misfire situation has turned into an absolute nightmare on not only the performance but sheer drivability of this vehicle. My first noticeable misfire came a couple months off the lot and when inspected was given the all clear. Clearly it wasn't as I have been back more than 5 times in total! Recommend that, if u own a 2010-2014 GTI, swap ignition coils with the AUDI R8! They are a direct replacement upgrade that will remedy this problem! Thanks for listening to me gripe!