Volkswagen GTI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Volkswagen GTI

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Volkswagen GTI Problems

Decreased Power and Fuel Economy from Carbon Buildup

The 2006-2016 GTI uses FSI and TSI engines which are subject to carbon buildup causing power loss, check engine light, and a rough idle. In normal vehicles, the engine is cleaned by the gasoline flowing through, however, the GTI uses direct injection so gasoline does not flow through common carbon buildup areas. 

Possible engine codes include: P0300P0301P0302P0303P0304.

The solution is to remove the intake manifold and professionally clean the intake manifold, intake ports on the cylinder head, and the intake valves. This may need to be done in as few as 20,000 miles. 

Loss of Power Due to Torn Rubber Valve

The 2006-2008 Volkswagen GTI with the 2.0L Turbo FSI engine looses power if the turbocharging system has a leak. The most common turbo boost leak is a torn rubber diaphragm on the diverter valve, which is intended to open only if pressure gets too high. Common symptoms are increased turbo noise when letting off of the gas pedal, and power loss.

If there is a turbocharging system leak, the system will need to be inspected, and the defective seals and/or valve will require replacement. 

Rattling From the Transmission When Engine is Cold

The flywheel for the 2006-2008 Volkswagen GTI is a non-conventional "Dual Mass" flywheel. It is known to make light rattling noise when the engine is cold. If the rattle doesn't go away when the engine warms, the flywheel may have failed.

If the dual mass flywheel has failed, the only solution is to replace the flywheel.

dual mass flywheel

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Volkswagen GTI Questions

this is an automatic transmission 190000 miies (1 answer)

Some times skip the third gear only the third gear. Most of the time during lunch time, but if I drive on low rpm shifts fine.Also when skips the third gear the checking engine light turn on , and then after i drive the car for 20 or 25 minutes it turn of

Need jump start for battery (1 answer)

Dead battery

Why does my car shake over 80mph? I just replaced tie rods and aligned car. (2 answers)

My car shakes slight as I start to pull at 80mph at low Rpms

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Volkswagen GTI Recalls

Fuel Leaks Into And Out From Evaporative Emissions System

Fuel may leak from the fuel tank into the evaporative emissions charcoal canister filter element, and then externally. Dealers will replace the suction pump inside the fuel tank free of charge to resolve the concern.

Brake Power Assist Failure

The brake power assist function may fail due to failure of the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump. Dealers will repair affected vehicles free of charge (the repair procedure is not available as of the time of this writing) to resolve the concern.

Drivers Side Air Bag Does Not Function In Crash

The driver's side air bag may not be powered due to a loss of electrical connection from the clock spring sliding contact in the steering wheel caused by contamination. Dealers will repair the vehicle free of charge.

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Volkswagen GTI Reviews

I recently purchased a 2008 GTI and could not be any happier with its performance. Decent fuel effeciency is not sacrificed by having a turbocharged engine. I can get where I need to go both quickly and economically. Of course, it is also a good-looking car, with many standard features lacking on comparable vehicles. Anyone who wants a smooth, sexy ride that is fast and fun, yet still quite uti...
I bought this car when it was three years old. The first two years it was low maintenance but then things started go wrong. I'm not sure if dumping $5000 into a car in 5 years would be considered excessive but it is likely more than all the other cars I've owned in 36 years put together. The brakes had to be done at 35,000 miles, which might be quite early. They also scared me that year when th...
Interior: Front seat (drivers) bolsters to high (causing wear), back seat ash tray from center console came out, many plastic switch parts had paint chip off (even though car is not parked in sun). At base of front buckets seats, electric access panels have never stayed in place. Brakes - excellent - original at 60K Electric and lights - Fair - brake bulks don't last long and a pain to g...

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