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1998 Volkswagen GTI Problems

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Most Common 1998 Volkswagen GTI 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.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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1 Known 1998 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.

2 Known 1998 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.

2 Known 1998 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...
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...

5 Known 1998 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.
Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
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...

2 Known 1998 Volkswagen GTI Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate as a result of a oxygen sensor and coolant temperature sensor fail. Replacement if the failed part will be necessary to correct this issue.
Poor drivability symptoms—including hard starting—can be caused by coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor faults.

0 Known 1998 Volkswagen GTI Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known 1998 Volkswagen GTI Maintenance Problems

1 Known 1998 Volkswagen GTI Miscellaneous Problem

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

0 Known 1998 Volkswagen GTI Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1998 Volkswagen GTI Problems & Complaints

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
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.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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 Check Engine Light may illuminate as a result of a oxygen sensor and coolant temperature sensor fail. Replacement if the failed part will be necessary to correct this issue.
A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.
A coolant leak may develop after oil filter replacement. The coolant o-ring seal can be damaged if the oil filter housing turns when removing or installing the oil filter. The recommended procedure...
Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
Poor drivability symptoms—including hard starting—can be caused by coolant temperature sensor and oxygen sensor faults.
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.
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...
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...
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