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Most Common Volkswagen GTI Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of evaporative (EVAP) emission failures and/or intake manifold vacuum leaks.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
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1 Known Volkswagen GTI Brakes Problem

The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

4 Known Volkswagen GTI Drive Train Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

4 Known Volkswagen GTI Electrical & Lights Problems

One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacin...
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay 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 a...

12 Known Volkswagen GTI Engine Problems

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
The 2006-2016 GTI uses FSI and TSI direct injection engines. These engines are subject to carbon buildup in the intake system which can cause power loss, OBD codes and a check engine light, and a r...
Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

9 Known Volkswagen GTI Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of evaporative (EVAP) emission failures and/or intake manifold vacuum leaks.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
A dirty or failed throttle body can cause various drivability issues and illumination of the Check Engine Light.

2 Known Volkswagen GTI Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

Condensation in the heater case may cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is available ...
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

0 Known Volkswagen GTI Maintenance Problems

3 Known Volkswagen GTI Miscellaneous Problems

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Drivers of the Volkswagen GTI, R32, and Golf R may experience a clunking noise associated with acceleration from a stop, or downshifting for hard acceleration. This will also be accompanied by a li...
Water may be noted in the tail lights. The repair involves re-sealing the tail light housing mounts at the body.

0 Known Volkswagen GTI Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known Volkswagen GTI Problems & Complaints

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 m...
The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.
The 2006-2016 GTI uses FSI and TSI direct injection engines. These engines are subject to carbon buildup in the intake system which can cause power loss, OBD codes and a check engine light, and a r...
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Popping sounds from the rear of the vehicle may be heard moments after starting the engine, or when slowing to a stop. This noise is from the leak detection pump filling the fuel tank with air, and...
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
The water pump may fail resulting in engine overheating and possible timing belt damage. Overheating and/or timing belt failure can result in very expensive engine repairs. As a precaution, it is ...
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.
Condensation in the heater case may cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is available ...
The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to throttle valve related fault codes. The repair is to replace the appropriate connectors, if the problem persists the throttle body should be replaced.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of evaporative (EVAP) emission failures and/or intake manifold vacuum leaks.
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