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2006 Volkswagen GTI Problems

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Most Common 2006 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 2006 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.

3 Known 2006 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.
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 en...

3 Known 2006 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.
The driver door wiring loom cracks and degrades with time due to weathering and frequent opening and closing of the door. This problem affects the normal operation of all electronic components of t...

8 Known 2006 Volkswagen GTI Engine Problems

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.
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 ...

5 Known 2006 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.

1 Known 2006 Volkswagen GTI Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

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 ...

0 Known 2006 Volkswagen GTI Maintenance Problems

2 Known 2006 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...

0 Known 2006 Volkswagen GTI Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 2006 Volkswagen GTI Problems & Complaints

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...
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 because of evaporative (EVAP) emission failures and/or intake manifold vacuum leaks.
Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.
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...
A dirty or failed throttle body can cause various drivability issues and illumination of the Check Engine Light.
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...
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