What are Some Common Problems with Volkswagen GTI?
Reliable, economical, comfortable, fun to drive all over San Diego -- GTI is the quintessential Volkswagen sports car, all hatchback in its roominess, all coupe in its sleek looks and cool ride. You'd know; it was love at first sight at the VW dealer, and you never looked back.
Take care of it, and the car should run you a couple decades. That's hundreds of thousands of miles worth of SoCal freeway. Good thing you came to us for advice on service. Here's a couple issues you might run into from time to time, and how to handle them.
Driving a GTI from the 1990s, 2000s, or 2010 with 100,000 miles or more on the odometer? Good chance that if it's an automatic, and you're having trouble shifting, the transmission's bad. A noisy manual one, though -- that's probably a case of reverse gear failure. You'll need a transmission replacement either way.
Faulty Fuel and Induction Systems
GTI models from 1999, the 2000s, and from between 2010 and 2012, those with 75,000 miles or more, have known issues where their Check Engine lights show up on the dash for what seems like no reason -- i.e., without any trouble driving the car. The explanations: usually, either faults in the evaporative emission (EVAP) system -- part of the fuel system -- or leaks from the intake manifold vacuum. Both situations call for replacing parts.
Power Window Failure
Got power windows that aren't working? It's a thing with 90s, 2000s, 2010, and 2012 GTI models, those with as few as 40,000 miles clocked. The cause: a window regulator's gone bad. You'll have to replace it. If you're not sure how to go about it, get in touch with a VW dealer or an authorized VW service center; the pros will be happy to help.
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