2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI VIN: WVWFV71K28W074274

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VIN WVWFV71K28W074274 Decoding Volkswagen Vin Decoder

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Make

VOLKSWAGEN

Manufacturer Name

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.

Model

GTI

Model Year

2008

Plant City

WOLFSBURG

Vehicle Type

PASSENGER CAR

Plant Country

GERMANY

Body Class

Hatchback/Liftback/Notchback

Doors

2

Bed Type

Not Applicable

Cab Type

Not Applicable

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Transmission Style

Automatic

Engine Number of Cylinders

4

Displacement (CC)

1984

Displacement (CI)

121.071108283

Displacement (L)

1.984000

Engine Power (kW)

149.140000

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Engine Brake (hp) From

200.00

Other Engine Info

50-St. BIN 5/ULEV II emission. Emissions Certification Test Group: 8ADXV02.0366/8ADXV02.03UA

Engine Manufacturer

Volkswagen

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Other Restraint System Info

Active Seat Belt Advanced Front Air Bags.

Curtain Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Side Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Type

Direct

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Optional
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Driver

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Curtain Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat
Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Yes

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Standard
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN WVWFV71K28W074274

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 10, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10630714
Consumer Location: BETHLEHEM, PA
VIN: WVWFV71K28W****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE, THE VEHICLE HESITATED AND MADE AN ABNORMAL NOISE WHEN SHIFTING GEARS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER. THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE TRANSMISSION FAILED AND AS A RESULT A FLUSH NEEDED TO PERFORM. THE REMEDY FAILED TO REPAIR THE FAILURE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE ISSUE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 55,000.

Components: POWER TRAIN

February 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10278706
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: WVWFV71K28W****

Summary of Complaint

DSG TRANSMISSION JUMPING OUT OF GEAR AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS CAUSING MY VEHICLE TO SLOW DRAMATICALLY. WHEN STARTING FROM A STOP THERE IS A DELAY BETWEEN THROTTLE INPUT AND ACTUAL MOVEMENT. THE CAR WILL REV, AND THEN "LURCH" HEAVILY AND SUDDENLY FORWARD. I HAVE ALMOST BEEN IN NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS DUE TO THESE TWO PROBLEMS. SLOW SPEED "PARKING" MANEUVERS ARE ALSO DANGEROUS DUE TO A "SURGING" IN ACCELERATION, AND OCCASIONAL LAG IN GEAR SELECTION. THESE ISSUES ONLY APPEAR WHEN THE TRANSMISSION IS WARM. I HAVE REPORTED THE ISSUES TO VOLKSWAGEN ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS ONLY TO BE TOLD IT IS NORMAL, AND SENT AWAY. IT HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR OVER 6 MONTHS. *TR

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

January 01, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11340270
Consumer Location: PLEASANTVILLE, OH
VIN: WZWHV71K57W****

Summary of Complaint

THE RPMS ONLY GO TO 4000 THE HEADLIGHTS ARE CONSTANTLY BLOWN, ONE OF THE FANS DOES NOT WORK ....THERE ARE A LOT OF ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, THE MASS AIR INTAKE FLOW ISSUES WITH THAT THERE'S JUST A LOT OF ISSUES. IT'S AFFECTED THE ELECTRICAL, SPEED CONTROL, AIRBAGS, VISIBILITY AND WIPER,LIGHTING, FUEL SYSTEM MASS AIR INTAKE SENSOR

Components: ENGINE

March 12, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11228885
Consumer Location: WOODBRIDGE, VA
VIN: WVWFD71K68W****

Summary of Complaint

EA888 HAS A KNOWN TIMING CHAIN AND CHAIN TENSIONER ISSUE THAT CAUSES ENGINE FAILURE.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

July 09, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11110978
Consumer Location: BRONX, NY
VIN: WVHHD71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

THE CAR JERKS OUT WHEN U ACCELERATE. THE CAR FEELS LIKE IT'S IN MANUAL WHEN TAKING OFF.

Components: ENGINE

August 01, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11072991
Consumer Location: CINCINNATI, OH
VIN: WVWGV71K18W****

Summary of Complaint

2.0 T USE OF EXCESSIVE OIL BETWEEN OIL CHANGES

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

June 12, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11035352
Consumer Location: CINCINNATI, OH
VIN: WVWGV71K18W****

Summary of Complaint

CAR LOSS POWER HAD TO BE TOWED TO VOLTSWAGON LATER THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP WAS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED CAUSING A LOST OF POWER WHILE ON THE ON RAMP TO THE HIGHWAY. THERE WAS ALSO DAMAGE DONE TO THE MOTOR FROM THE INTERNAL METAL FRAGMENTS FROM WHERE THE PUMP WORKS WITH THE CAM SHAFT AND THE METAL FELL INTO THE MOTOR. HAD TO HAVE A NEW ENGINE REPLACE MENT MILEAGE 135000.

Components: ENGINE

November 15, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10926335
Consumer Location: BROOKLYN, NY
VIN: WVWEV71K88W****

Summary of Complaint

RECENTLY I PREFORMED A ROUTINE MAINTENANCE CHECK ON MY VEHICLE AND AS SUGGESTED BY ALL MARK 5 GTI OWNERS I CHECKED THE CAM FOLLOWER. I FOUND THE CAM FOLLOWER COMPLETELY WORN THROUGH. I CONTACTED VW TO MAKE SURE I WAS UNDER THE EXTENDED WARRANTY HANDED OUT TO ALL 2006-2007 AND SOME 2008 OWNERS TO FIND OUT I WAS NOT UNDER THE WARRANTY EXTENSION. RIGHT NOW I HAVE A THE PIECE OFF MY OLD CAM FOLLOWER SOMEWHERE IN MY ENGINE AND VW REFUSES TO SERVICE MY VEHICLE DUE TO THEIR NEW IMPROVED MODEL APPARENTLY THAT MANY OTHER OWNERS ARE EXPERIENCING. VW KNOWS THAT THE CAM FOLLOWER IS FAULTY BUT REFUSES TO SERVICE MANY OTHER 2008 OWNERS SUCH AS MYSELF. RIGHT NOW IT FEELS LIKE MY CAR IS A TICKING TIME BOMB WITH THE CAM FOLLOWER PIECE SOMEWHERE IN THE ENGINE.

Components: ENGINE

August 15, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10899349
Consumer Location: CULVER CITY, CA
VIN: WVWHV71KX8W****

Summary of Complaint

THE CAM FOLLOWER HAS PREMATURELY WARN OUT CAUSING THE INTAKE CAMSHAFT TO WEAR PREMATURELY AS WELL, WHICH HAS IN TURN CAUSED THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP TO FAIL. THIS IS A LONG-TERM, DEGENERATIVE ISSUE. VOLKSWAGEN HAS EXTENDED THE WARRANTY ON THESE PARTS FOR SOME 2006-2008 GTI'S BUT NOT MY VIN. THEIR WARRANTY EXTENSION WAS NOT BROAD ENOUGH AS THESE SAME PARTS HAVE FAILED IN MY CAR.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

March 29, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10852395
Consumer Location: MERRITT ISLAND, FL
VIN: WVWHV71K38W****

Summary of Complaint

I'VE RECENTLY HAD FREQUENT HEADLIGHT BULB FAILURES AND OTHER HEADLIGHT RELATED ISSUES DURING MY OWNERSHIP OF THE CAR. PRIOR TO INSTALLING ANOTHER EXPENSIVE NEW BULB I DID SOME INVESTIGATION INTO THE WIRING INSIDE THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING AND I WAS COMPLETELY STUNNED AND CONCERNED AT WHAT I FOUND. THE WIRING INSULATION/COVERING IS MISSING ON THE MAJORITY OF THE WIRES. ESPECIALLY AT THE MAIN CONNECTOR WHERE THE COVERING ON ALL WIRES IS MISSING. THE MAJORITY, APPROXIMATELY 80% OF THE WIRES ARE BARE. ANY WIRE INSULATION REMAINING IS CRACKED AND FRAIL. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THIS VEHICLES WIRING AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FIRE DUE TO ELECTRICAL SHORTS AS WELL AS THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS ISSUE TO CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS WITH THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT OF THE CAR. THERE IS NO ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AS AN OWNER THAT COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS FROM HAPPENING. I CONTACTED VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA AND I WAS TOLD THAT DUE TO THE AGE AND MILEAGE (103,257) OF THE VEHICLE THEY COULDN'T DO ANYTHING. I BELIEVE THIS TO BE AN ENGINEERING FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE INSULATION TO THE WIRING IN AN ENVIRONMENT PRONE TO HEAT AND SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO A FORMAL INQUIRY OF OTHER VEHICLES OF THE SAME MAKE AND MODEL. THE HEADLIGHT FAILURE INDICATOR ON THE DASH CAME AS I STARTED THE CAR AND I VERIFIED THE LIGHT WAS OUT. THE WIRING ISSUE WAS FOUND WHILE THE CAR WAS STATIONARY DURING THE REPLACEMENT OF THE BULB.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

September 12, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10743484
Consumer Location: PATCHOGUE, NY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

SHORTLY AFTER PURCHASING MY 08 GTI WITH THE FSI MOTOR, I WAS SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR COMMON ISSUES TO WATCH OUT FOR. THE CAM FOLLOWER WHICH SITS BETWEEN THE CAMSHAFT AND HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP WAS SEEN MULTIPLE TIMES ONLINE AS AN ISSUE DUE TO WEARING THROUGH ALLOWING THE CAM SHAFT TO INTERACT WITH THE PUMP. I ASKED A VW DEALERSHIP ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND THEY TOLD ME THAT EARLIER MODELS WERE COVERED UNDER WARRANTY, BUT 2008 WAS NOT DUE TO THE PROBLEM BEING FIXED BY THE FACTORY FOR THIS YEAR. I DECIDED TO CHECK ANYWAY AND FOUND THAT THE FOLLOWER WAS COMPLETELY WORN THROUGH ALLOWING THE CAM SHAFT TO INTERACT WITH THE PUMP. THIS WAS AT 56K MILES. WHEN I RETURNED TO DISCUSS THIS WITH THE DEALERSHIP THEY SAID THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO. THIS SHOWS THAT THE PROBLEM WASN'T SOLVED, AND WHILE EARLIER MODELS ARE COVERED FOR THEIR DAMAGE IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG DUE TO METAL SHAVINGS IN MY ENGINE, OR OTHER ISSUES I'LL BE FORCED TO PAY OUT OF POCKET. I AM NOW REPLACING THE FOLLOWER MYSELF EVERY 15K JUST TO BE SURE, BUT THE FACT THAT ONE YEAR ISN'T COVERED IS NOT RIGHT. SINCE THE ISSUE PERSISTS THEY SHOULD COVER IT.

Components: SEAT BELTS

June 28, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10730845
Consumer Location: FLEMING ISLAND, FL
VIN: WVWFV71K68W****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN BUCKLING THE DRIVERSIDE SEATBELT BEFORE BACKING UP, IT WOULD NOT LATCH.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

November 17, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10661514
Consumer Location: ROYAL OAK, MI
VIN: WVWEV71K38W****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE REQUIRED EXTRA CRANKING BEFORE STARTING. UPON STARTING AND BEGINNING TO DRIVE, THERE WAS LACK OF POWER AND RPMS DID NOT WANT TO GO ABOVE 4K. AFTER APPROX. 1/4-1/2 MILE ENGINE BEGAN TO RESPOND NORMALLY. TOOK VEHICLE TO DEALERSHIP FOR DIAGNOSIS. TOLD THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP, CAM FOLLOWER AND CAM NEEDED TO BE REPLACED DUE TO CAM FOLLOWER LOSING HARDNESS AND WEARING THROUGH CAUSING FUEL PUMP TO RUN DIRECTLY ON CAM. FUEL PUMP ARM WAS WORN AND ALSO SCORED CAM. WAS TOLD THAT 2006-07 MODEL YEARS HAD EXTENDED WARRANTY FROM VW TO FIX THIS BUT 2008 DID NOT. IN MODEL YEAR 2009, A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SYSTEM WAS USED. I BELIEVE THAT MY ENGINE STILL CONTAINED THE DEFECTIVE PARTS AND VW INTERNET FORUMS ALSO HAVE EXTENSIVE MENTION OF THIS PROBLEM IN 2008 MODELS. I ALSO ON MANY OCCASIONS HAVE TAKEN VEHICLE TO DEALERSHIP FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND WAS NEVER INFORMED THAT I SHOULD HAVE THE CAM FOLLOWER INSPECTED FOR WEAR. THIS IS A $60.00 PART THAT COULD BE REPLACED BEFORE IT WEARS THROUGH. INSTEAD, I HAVE A QUOTE FROM THE DEALER TO REPLACE NOT ONLY THE CAM FOLLOWER, BUT ALSO THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP AND THE CAM FOR SLIGHTLY OVER $2,000.00. I TOOK THE VEHICLE TO AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP AND WAS TOLD THAT BECAUSE THERE ARE ALSO METAL SHAVINGS IN THE CAM HOUSING THAT I SHOULD ALSO REPLACE THIS ALONG WITH SOME OTHER MISC. PARTS. THE HOUSING PART ALONE IS APPROX. $1,600.00. I AM REPLACING THE FUEL PUMP AND CAM FOLLOWER AND WILL BE CHECKING THE PARTS FOR WEAR EVERY 10-20K MILES. REPORTED THIS ISSUE TO VW CUSTOMER CARE AND WAS TOLD THAT MY VIN DID NOT FALL INTO THE RANGE FOR THE EXTENDED WARRANTY SO THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO. I DID RECEIVE A "COUPON" FOR $500 OFF A NEW VEHICLE PURCHASE BUT NOT SURE I WOULD BUY ANOTHER VW AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE. *JS

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

October 23, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10655006
Consumer Location: CHICAGO, IL
VIN: WVWFV71K78W****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 50 MPH, THE VEHICLE STARTED TO JERK WHEN ATTEMPTING TO ACCELERATE. ALSO, THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE KEY HAD TO BE PLACED IN ACCESSORY MODE BEFORE THE VEHICLE WOULD TURN ON. THE FAILURE RECURRED NUMEROUS TIMES. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE CAM, HIGH PRESSURED FUEL PUMP, AND THE EVAP PURGE VALVE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 99,800. UPDATED 1/21/15*CN UPDATED 01/26/15

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

May 08, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10592823
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: WVWEV71K48W****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS DID NOT PROJECT. THE HEADLIGHTS WERE NOT AIMED PROPERLY AND CAUSED REDUCED ROAD VISIBILITY INTERMITTENTLY. THE CONTACT USED THE HIGH BEAMS AS AN INTERIM FIX DUE TO THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS SCHEDULED TO BE INSPECTED, DIAGNOSED AND REPAIRED BY AN AUTHORIZED DEALER. THE CONTACTS VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 07V442000 (EXTERIOR LIGHTING). THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN.

Components: AIR BAGS

July 18, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10466726
Consumer Location: ONEIDA, WI
VIN: WVWFV71K18W****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE AIR BAG LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THE CONTACT TOOK THE VEHICLE THE DEALER FOR INSPECTION WHERE THEY STATED THAT THE AIR BAG NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED BUT PROVIDED NO ASSISTANCE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 42,000. UPDATED 08/28/12*LJ

Components: AIR BAGS

June 10, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10461479
Consumer Location: MIDDLETOWN, NJ
VIN: WVWGV71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING 40 MPH THE DRIVER REAR ENDED ANOTHER VEHICLE AND THE PASSENGER SIDE AIR BAG DID NOT DEPLOY. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE PASSENGER SUSTAINED BRUISES AFTER HITTING HER HEAD ON THE DASHBOARD. THE VEHICLE WAS DESTROYED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 67,000. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

December 19, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10452238
Consumer Location: FAIRFIELD, CT
VIN: WVWGD71K08W****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING THE TRANSMISSION DOG BONE MOUNT BOLT BROKE. THIS DAMAGED: THE TRANSMISSION HOUSING - THE TRANSMISSION HOUSING SUPPORT - THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER ASSEMBLY - STEERING - THE WIRING HARNESS - THE RADIATOR - THE RADIATOR FAN - ADDITIONAL ITEMS. THE LOSS OF CONTROL THAT RESULTED COULD HAVE LED TO BODILY INJURY. VW IS DECLINING WARRANTY COVERAGE FOR THIS DEFECT. *JS

Components: TIRES

July 08, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10438428
Consumer Location: MALVERNE, NY
VIN: WVWHV71K08W****

Summary of Complaint

2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. CONSUMER STATED THEY HIT A POTHOLE WHILE DRIVING AT NIGHT IN THE POCONE PA AREA. THE TIRE WAS LESS THAN ONE MONTH OLD. HAD ALL FOUR TIRES REPLACED SHORTLY AFTER PURCHASING THE VEHICLE IN JUNE. THE CONSUMER STATED THE LOW PROFILE HIGH PERFORMANCE TIRES WERE PRONE TO FREQUENT BLOW OUTS. *JB

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

May 19, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10406369
Consumer Location: WILMINGTON, DE
VIN: WVWF71K68W1****

Summary of Complaint

2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARDS TO DISCONTENT RELATED TO VEHICLE PERFORMANCE *TGW THE CONSUMER STATED DURING A 70,000 MILE SERVICE MAINTENANCE, SHE WAS INFORMED THE VEHICLE NEEDED A NEW $2300 TURBO ON A THREE YEAR OLD VEHICLE. *JB UPDATED 06/09/11

Components: POWER TRAIN

November 02, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10371595
Consumer Location: PUNTA GORDA, FL
VIN: WVWHV71K18W****

Summary of Complaint

CAME TO COMPLETE STOP. PRESSED ON GAS PEDAL TO MOVE FORWARD INTO INTERSECTION. AFTER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFTED INTO 2ND, THE CAR LOSS ALL ENGAGEMENT AND FELT AS IF IT WAS IN NEUTRAL. I STEPPED ON THE GAS PEDAL FURTHER AND AFTER 5 SECONDS, THE ENGINE RPM"S INCREASED AND THE TRANSMISSION LUNGED FORWARD. I AM UNSURE IF IT WAS THE DSG TRANSMISSION SLIPPING INTO NEUTRAL, OR A THROTTLE ISSUE. DEALER REPLACED MECHATRONIC UNIT WHICH DID NOT ALLEVIATE THIS FREQUENT PROBLEM.

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

September 01, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10353227
Consumer Location: SKOKIE, IL
VIN: WVWFV71K98W****

Summary of Complaint

2008 VW GTI DSG--AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PROBLEM: THE CAR "JUMPS" RANDOMLY WHEN RELEASING FOOT OFF THE BRAKE AT A RED LIGHT, OR WHEN ENGAGING FROM PARK TO DRIVE AND RELEASING BRAKE. MANY "CLOSE CALLS" TO CRASHING AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE DUE TO KNOWN ISSUE, ESPECIALLY WHEN PARALLEL PARKED ON STREET: I.E. CAR JUMPING FORWARD OR BACKWARD POTENTIALLY DAMAGING PARKED CARS AROUND OR, EVEN WORSE, "JUMPING" INTO THE TRAFFIC LANES. DEALERSHIP DEFLECTS THE ISSUE, CLAIMING IT TO BE "NORMAL" OPERATION OF THE TRANSMISSION. WARRANTY ON THE TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 10YR/100,000MILE, THOUGH NOT IN RESPONSE TO THIS ISSUE, ACCORDING TO DEALERSHIP. *TR

Components: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE POWER TRAIN

August 11, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10352515
Consumer Location: HOUSTON, TX
VIN: WVWHV71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

AUG 11TH I TURNED A CORNER IN MY 2008 VW GTI WITH ~29,8XX MILES ON THE ODOMETER, ACCELERATED BRISKLY IN 2ND GEAR AT APPROX 4000 RPM THE CAR BUCKED AND SHUDDERED AND LOST POWER. WHEN THE RPM'S DROPPED ABOUT 500RPM THE MOTOR REGAINED POWER UNTIL ABOUT 4000 RPM AND THEN THE CAR BUCKED, SHUDDERED AND LOST POWER AGAIN. THIS CONTINUED TO HAPPEN AS LONG AS THE ACCELERATOR PEDDLE WAS DEPRESSED. THIS HAPPENED IN EVERY GEAR. LUCKILY THIS HAPPENED ON A LONG FREEWAY ENTRANCE RAMP PRIOR TO MY ATTEMPT TO MERGE WITH FREEWAY TRAFFIC. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER AND THE ECU HAD A LOW FUEL PRESSURE CODE. THIS APPARENTLY IS A KNOWN ISSUE AND THEY REPLACED THE CAM, HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP AND CAM FOLLOWER. APPARENTLY THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP IS DRIVEN OFF THE CAM AND OVER TIME PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE CAM FOLLOWER AND THEN RIDES DIRECTLY ON THE CAM SHAFT CAUSING SCORING AND RESULTING IN THE FAILURE I EXPERIENCED. I SPECIFICALLY ASKED TO SEE THE OLD PARTS AS I WANTED TO ASCERTAIN THE AMOUNT OF METAL SHAVINGS THAT WERE NOW FLOATING AROUND IN MY ENGINE. FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY DID NOT SAVE THE PARTS AND SENT THEM BACK TO VW SINCE THIS REPAIR WAS UNDER WARRANTY. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN TIRES

August 04, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10349906
Consumer Location: NOBLESVILLE, IN
VIN: WVWFV71K68W****

Summary of Complaint

HARSH SHIFTING DURING ACCELERATION IN 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI WITH DSG TRANSMISSION. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

December 15, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10334806
Consumer Location: DUMONT, NJ
VIN: WVWHV71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

THE ENGINE CONSUMES 3-4 EXTRA QUARTS OF SYNTHETIC OIL BETWEEN 5,000 MILE OIL CHANGE INTERVALS AS INSTRUCTED BY MANUFACTURER. ITS A 2.0T ENGINE THAT USES SYNTHETIC OIL. I HAD PREVIOUS VERSION OF 1.8T AND IT DID NOT CONSUME ANY OIL AT ALL. IF THE OIL IS NOT ADDED, THE CAR WOULD TAKE 2-3 TIMES TO START UP (DOESN'T MATTER WHICH SEASON) AND ITS HORRIBLE ON GAS MILEAGE. WENT TO DEALERSHIP 5 TIMES ALREADY AND EVERY TIME THEY TELL ME THAT THIS IS NORMAL CONSUMPTION. I INFORMED THAT I HAVE TO ADD OIL TO KEEP THE CAR GOING, THEY TOLD ME THAT ITS NOT THEIR PROBLEM UNTIL THE ENGINE CEASES AT WHICH TIME THEY WILL LOOK INTO IT. AS A CONSUMER, I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO KEEP ON ADDING THE SYNTHETIC OIL. I THOUGHT THAT SYNTHETIC OIL IS HARD TO BREAK DOWN AND YES I USED THE RECOMMENDED GRADE. VW IS TAKING ME FOR A RIDE. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

May 03, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10328466
Consumer Location: SEFFNER, FL
VIN: WVWFV71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

MY CAR IS A 2008 VW GTI WITH THE DSG TRANSMISSION. THE TRANSMISSION IS VERY NOISY, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DRIVE AT LOW SPEEDS, AND IS JERKY AND BUCKS WHEN DOWNSHIFTING. AT LOW SPEEDS, THE CLUTCH ENGAGES WITH A JERK AND THE CAR LURCHES FORWARD TO ACCELERATE. WHEN DOWN SHIFTING, IT IS DIFFICULT TO BRAKE BECAUSE AS THE GEARS ARE DISENGAGING AND REENGAGING IN A JERKY MANNER, THE AMOUNT OF BRAKE FORCE REQUIRED TO STOP CHANGES TOO. I RECEIVED A RECALL LETTER ABOUT THIS FROM VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, BUT THE DEALERSHIP DENIES ANY LETTER WAS SENT TO ME AND THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY VEHICLE. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 27, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10327824
Consumer Location: ATLANTA, GA
VIN: WVWFV71K48W****

Summary of Complaint

HARD JERKING BASED IN AUTO TRANSMISSION OCCURRING WHEN IN DRIVE AT A STOP WITH NO PRESSURE APPLIED TO EITHER THE BRAKE OR THE GAS. THIS OCCURS CONSISTENTLY AND DAILY UNDER NORMAL, IN-TOWN DRIVING CONDITIONS. *TR

Components: TIRES

February 24, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10316678
Consumer Location: TUXEDO PARK, NY
VIN: WVWFV71KX8W****

Summary of Complaint

I PURCHASED A NEW 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI IN SEPT, 2008 WHICH CAME WITH DUNLOP SP SPORT 01 AS SIZE 225/40R/18 TIRES. WITHIN THE FIRST FEW MONTHS I EXPERIENCED A BLOWOUT OF THE FRONT LEFT TIRE WHEN AT VERY LOW SPEED (APPROX 5 MPH I HIT A SMALL POTHOLE. IN THE YEAR SINCE THEN, I HAVE HAD THREE MORE TIRES GET LARGE BUBBLES IN THE SIDEWALL (INCLUDING TWO OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS) UNDER THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES. I ALSO RESEARCHED THIS TIRE ON THE TIRE RACK WEBSITE AND FOUND THAT OUT OF APPROXIMATELY 45 REVIEWS OF THIS TIRE THERE WERE 18 COMPLAINTS OF EXACTLY THE SAME THING HAPPENING AND IN MOST OF THESE THEY ALSO EXPERIENCED THIS FAILURE 3 OR 4 TIMES IN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. I HAD PURCHASED A TIRE WARRANTY WHEN I PURCHASED MY CAR AND THEY HAVE PAID TO REPLACE THESE TIRES EACH TIME. SINCE THERE ARE ALMOST NO CASES SUCH AS THESE LISTED FOR ANY OTHER TIRE REVIEW ON THE TIRE RACK WEBSITE I NOW BELIEVE THERE IS A DESIGN FLAW IN THIS PARTICULAR TIRE. I HAVE CONTACTED GOODYEAR/DUNLOP TO REQUEST THAT THEY EITHER REPLACE THIS TIRE WITH A DIFFERENT MODEL OR BUY THEM BACK FROM ME AND ALLOW ME TO PURCHASE A SAFE TIRE AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING OR ACKNOWLEDGE THERE MAY BE A DEFECT IN THE DESIGN OF THIS TIRE. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

December 10, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10296444
Consumer Location: WICHITA, KS
VIN: WVWEV71K18W****

Summary of Complaint

I OWN A 2008 VOLKSWAGEN GTI AND AM HAVING MANUAL TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS, THREE MONTHS OF OWNING THE CAR MY FIRST GEAR SCYNRO HAS GONE OUT,(DISINTEGRATED) THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN REPAIRED UNDER WARRANTY. AND NOW HAS GONE OUT A SECOND AND A THIRD TIME. THE SECOND TIME SAME DEALER SAME WARRANTY REPAIR. FOR THE THIRD REPAIR THE DEALER HAS DENIED MY WARRANTY FOR THE PART IN QUESTION. I'M CURRENTLY TRYING TO GET A HOLD OF VW IN GERMANY, BECAUSE VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA'S CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NOT WILLING TO HELP ME. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

December 05, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10294674
Consumer Location: FRANKLIN, NJ
VIN: WVWHD71K98W****

Summary of Complaint

THE CAR LURCHES WHEN MOVING FROM A STOP. THIS IS A BIG ISSUE IN TRAFFIC DUE TO THE LAG THAT EXISTS IN APPLICATION OF THROTTLE TO ACTUAL MOVEMENT. WHAT ALSO HAPPENS IS A MOMENTARY NEUTRAL WHEN YOU APPLY FULL THROTTLE WHEN MOVING. THIS IS NOT LIKE A NORMAL KICKDOWN, THE CAR DOES NOTHING AT FIRST THEN ROCKETS FORWARD , TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DRIVE IN STOP AND GO TRAFFIC. I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS CLOSE CALL IN THIS CAR AS A RESULT OF THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT PATTERNS. THESE ARE ALL PRESENT AFTER DRIVING THE CAR 20+ MILES TO WORK IN TRAFFIC. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

September 16, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10293056
Consumer Location: EUGENE, OR
VIN: WVWFV71K78W****

Summary of Complaint

MY CAR (2008 VW GTI W/DSG) RUNS VERY CHOPPY AT LOW SPEEDS AND IN REVERSE. OFTEN TIMES AT A STOP LIGHT, THE CAR WOULD SHIFT VERY HARD INTO FIRST GEAR WHEN I LET GO OF THE BRAKE. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 18, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10290389
Consumer Location: SACRAMENTO, CA
VIN: WVWHV71K48W****

Summary of Complaint

NORMAL ACCELERATION FROM A STOP OR ROLLING, THE DSG TRANSMISSION WILL HESITATE AND PRODUCE A VERY ROUGH SHIFT TO THE NEXT GEAR. THIS IS INTERMITTENT BUT ALMOST DAILY. CAR IS NOW IN THE VW DEALERS REPAIR SHOP. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 30, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10287449
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: WVWHV71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

2008 VW GTI DSG TRANSMISSION, DRIVING APPROX 30-40KM/H, TRANSMISSION LIGHTS STARTED FLASHING, VEHICLE WAS STUCK IN FIRST GEAR. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 30, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10283554
Consumer Location: HOLLYWOOD, FL
VIN: WVWFV71K68W****

Summary of Complaint

I OWN A 2008 VW MKV GTI WITH DSG TRANSMISSION, AND I HAVE ENCOUNTERED THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS. 1. AFTER A 700 MILE DRIVE, I NOTICED THAT THE PRDNS DISPLAY WAS FLASHING, AND THAT MY TRANSMISSION WAS LOCKED IN 2ND GEAR, NO OTHER GEARS COULD BE USED INCLUDING REVERSE AFTER SHUTTING DOWN MY CAR, AND LETTING IT SIT FOR 20 MINUTES, I RESTARTED THE CAR AND IT WAS BEHAVING NORMAL AGAIN, AND THE FLASHING OF THE PRDNS DISPLAY WAS GONE. 2. FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS NOW I HAVE EXPERIENCED A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR OF MY DSG TRANSMISSION, WHEN COMING TO A STOP IT JERKS AND SURGES FORWARD IN 1ST GEAR, THE SAME HAPPENS WHEN TAKING OF FROM A STOP IT JERKS AND SURGES, WHICH MAKES IT FOR THE DRIVER IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL/MODULATE THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE CAR WILL MOVE FORWARD, I HAVE TO KEEP A SUBSTANTIAL DISTANCE FROM THE TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF ME TO NOT HIT THEM BY ACCIDENT DUE TO THE SURGING BEHAVIOR OF MY TRANSMISSION THIS SURGING AND JERKY BEHAVIOR IS ONLY IN 1ST GEAR AND REVERSE, AND HAPPENS WHEN THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTS BACK INTO 1ST OR WHEN YOU TAKE OFF FROM 1ST OR REVERSE. CURRENTLY DEALERS ARE AWARE OF THE ISSUES, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIX THE ISSUES DUE TO PARTS NOT BEING AVAILABLE AT THE TIME I CALLED. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10282844
Consumer Location: MIRAMAR, FL
VIN: WVWFV71K08W****

Summary of Complaint

1. PROBLEM - ROUGH UP AND DOWNSHIFTS IN D, MANUAL/TIPTRONIC MODE, AND S MODES (ALL MODES AVAILABLE IN THE CAR). 2. WHEN MANUALLY DOWNSHIFTING/UPSHIFTING THE CAR OR WHEN ALLOWING THE CAR TO DO SO ON ITS OWN, YOU OFTEN GET A SLIGHT TO SEVERE JERK. PROBLEM OCCURS ON 90% OF ALL SHIFTS. 3. BEEN TO THE DEALERSHIP SEVERAL TIMES, HAVE DROPPED THE CAR OFF 3 TIMES. FIRST TWO TIMES THEY HAD DONE SOFTWARE RESET AND THEN A SOFTWARE UPDATE. NEITHER FIXED THE ISSUE ALTHOUGH THEY TOLD ME THE CAR WAS 'RUNNING FINE' OR THE 'JERKS ARE NORMAL'. THIS THIRD TIME, THE MECHATRONIC UNIT (WHAT I FEEL IS THE CULPRIT AND HAVE BEEN PUSHING) IS SUPPOSEDLY BEING REPLACED. UNCERTAIN IF THIS WILL RESOLVE THE ISSUE 100%. STILL DO NOT HAVE THE CAR. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

January 06, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10282088
Consumer Location: DALLAS, TX
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

JERKING WHEN GOING IN REVERSE OR WHEN TAKING OF FROM A STAND STILL. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 13, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10281611
Consumer Location: NEW YORK, NY
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN BEGINNING TO ACCELERATE FROM A COMPLETE STOP THE CAR LUNGES AND/OR IS VERY JERKY (EXTREMELY SUDDEN STARTS AND STOPS). IF THE CAR IS ON A HILL THE CAR ROLLS BACK VERY QUICKLY AND TAKES A WHILE TO START MOVING FORWARD, IF THE VEHICLE BEHIND IS TOO CLOSE ITS POSSIBLE TO ACCIDENTALLY HIT THEM. DURING CONGESTED TRAFFIC ITS UNPREDICTABLE WHEN THE VEHICLE WILL SUDDENLY LUNGE, IN THE EVENT OF GETTING CUT OFF BY ANOTHER CAR ITS VERY POSSIBLE TO ACCIDENTALLY DRIVE INTO THEM. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 08, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10280175
Consumer Location: MEDINA, OH
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

I'VE NOTICED STARTING THIS SUMMER MY CAR HAS BEEN REALLY JERKY, EVEN SURGING FORWARD WHEN STOPPED OCCASIONALLY. A FEW DAYS AGO IT ACTUALLY LOST POWER WHILE I WAS AT SPEED ON THE FREEWAY. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER TIME WITH ICY CONDITIONS WHERE I LIVE. AFTER RESEARCHING THE PROBLEM I'VE NOTICED I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS PROBLEM. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE IT COSTS SOMEONE THEIR LIFE. *TR

Components: VISIBILITY

July 01, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10280266
Consumer Location: HOUSTON, TX
VIN: WVWHV71K58W****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN THE FRONT WINDSHIELD WIPERS ARE ON IN THE SLOW CONSTANT (AKA 'LOW' OR IN THE VW OWNERS MANUAL "POSITION 2") AND I COME TO A COMPLETE STOP, THE WIPERS STOP AND GO TO A LONG DELAY INTERVAL. ONCE I START MOVING AGAIN, THEY GO BACK TO 'NORMAL'. I FIND THIS TO BE A SAFETY HAZARD WHEN IT IS RAINING HARD AS IT BECOMES DIFFICULT TO SEE OUT OF THE WINDSHIELD WHEN AT STOPLIGHT, INTERSECTION ETC. IF I TURN THE WIPERS ON TO "HIGH" LEVER POSITION 3 THEY WILL WIPE CONSTANTLY, ALBEIT SLOWLY. THIS OCCURS ALL THE TIME. I HAVE CONTACTED MY DEALER WHO SAYS THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CORRECT THIS AND I HAVE CONTACTED VW WHO SAYS IT IS NORMAL AND CANNOT BE CHANGED. I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HOW SEMI-FUNCTIONAL WIPERS FOR A WINDSHIELD EVEN WHILE THE VEHICLE ISN'T MOVING COULD BE CONSIDERED NORMAL. HOW ELSE AM I TO MAKE SURE THERE ISN'T ANYTHING, OR ANYONE IN FRONT OF ME BEFORE I MOVE FORWARD. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

July 16, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10280167
Consumer Location: GARNERVILLE, NY
VIN: WVWFD71K18W****

Summary of Complaint

I WILL START WITH THE MOST SERIOUS INCIDENT FIRST. AT THE TIME OF INCIDENT I WAS DRIVING UP A HILL MAKING A LEFT TURN INTO A SIDE STREET. I STOPPED TO WAIT FOR TRAFFIC TO CLEAR, WHEN TRAFFIC CLEARED I LET OFF THE BRAKE AND PRESSED THE GAS PEDAL. THE CAR SLOWLY STARTED TO ROLL FORWARD AS I APPROACHED THE MIDDLE OF THE ONCOMING LANE THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTED INTO NEUTRAL AND THE RPM'S CLIMBED. WE STARTED TO ROLL BACK SLIGHTLY. I PRESSED THE GAS HARDER AND THE CAR ROLLED BACK FOR A SECOND, THEN SLAMMED INTO THE FORWARD GEAR AND I MADE IT ACROSS THE INTERSECTION, WITHOUT BEING HIT BY AN ONCOMING VEHICLE. MY GIRLFRIEND WAS IN THE PASSENGER SEAT AND VERY UPSET ABOUT THIS. EARLIER THAT EVENING WE EXITED A DRIVEWAY IN REVERSE, THEN PUT THE CAR INTO DRIVE. THE CAR ROLLED BACK AND STALLED. I GOT THE CAR STARTED AND WE RESUMED OUR TRIP. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER, AND THEY SAID THERE WERE NO FAULT CODES AND SAID EVERYTHING IS FINE. YESTERDAY (AUG 10TH 2009) I WAS EXITING A PARKING LOT, MAKING A LEFT TURN AND AGAIN HALFWAY THROUGH THE TURN THE CAR WENT INTO NEUTRAL, NEARLY CAUSING AN ACCIDENT, THE CAR THEN SLAMMED BACK INTO GEAR AND RESUMED FORWARD MOTION. IN ADDITION TO THESE INCIDENTS THE VEHICLE SLAMS INTO FORWARD GEAR FROM ALMOST EVERY STOP. AND WHEN THE TRANSMISSION DOWNSHIFTS WHILE STOPPING THERE IS A STRONG JERKY MOTION. ALSO IN REVERSE THE VEHICLE BUCKS AS IF IS GOING IN AND OUT OF THE REVERSE GEAR. ALL INCIDENTS OCCURRED WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN NORMAL "D" DRIVING MODE, FOR THE FORWARD INCIDENTS, OR "R" GEAR FOR THE REVERSE INCIDENTS. THESE JERKY MOTIONS ARE DAILY OCCURRENCES. *TR

VOLKSWAGEN GTI Sold

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