2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI VIN: WVWFV71K97W044963

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Condition
Unknown
Damage
Collision
Title
Salvage

VIN WVWFV71K97W044963 Decoding Volkswagen Vin Decoder

Error Text

0 - VIN decoded clean. Check Digit (9th position) is correct

Make

VOLKSWAGEN

Manufacturer Name

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.

Model

GTI

Model Year

2007

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: 7ADXV02.0366.

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)

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

2007 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%

2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Standard
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 WVWFV71K97W044963

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

January 20, 2008
NHTSA ID Number: 10246379
Consumer Location: NEW RICHMOND, OH
VIN: WVWFV71K97W****

Summary of Complaint

THE 3RD BRAKE LIKE ON MY 2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI FORMED CONDENSATION AND HAD TO BE REPLACED AT THE DEALER BY CUTTING OFF THE SPOILER SINCE IT WAS NOT REMOVABLE FROM THE OUTSIDE SURFACE. THE PROCESS OUTLINED BY VW WARNS OF POSSIBLE BODY DAMAGE DURING THIS PROCESS, WHICH I ALSO FOUND AFTER THE REPAIR. THIS PART IS NOT USER SERVICEABLE, AND IS VERY COSTLY IF IT HAS TO BE DONE OUTSIDE OF WARRANTY. *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

September 01, 2006
NHTSA ID Number: 10178009
Consumer Location: NORTH TONAWANDA, NY
VIN: WVWFV71K97W****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE: 2007 VW GTI W/DSG TRANSMISSION SPEEDOMETER NEEDLE CONSISENTLY OVERSTATES ACTUAL SPEED ABOVE 20 MPH. THE OVERSTATEMENT VARIES FROM 1 MPH (AT 30 MPH) TO 5-6 MPH (AT 65 MPH). THE SPEEDOMETER NEEDLE ALSO DISAGREES WITH THE SPEED REPORTED BY THE VEHICLE'S ELECTRONIC TRIP COMPUTER. BASED ON ALL MY TESTS IN OPEN-ROAD DRIVING CONDITIONS, THE ELECTRONIC TRIP COMPUTER IS PROVING ACCURATE INFORMATION-- THE SPEEDOMETER NEEDLE (WHICH GETS ITS INPUT FROM THE ELECTRONIC TRIP COMPUTER) HAS BEEN DELIBERATELY DESIGNED OR DELIBERATELY CALIBRATED TO OVERSTATE VEHICLE SPEED. THE DEALER HAS CHECKED THE ENTIRE SYSTEM OUT, FINDING NO RECORDED FAULTS IN THE SYSTEM. ALL KNOWN TSB'S HAVE BEEN APPLIED. THE DEALER REPORTED THAT THEY CHECKED OUT OTHER SIMILAR VEHICLES AND FOUND IDENTICAL SPEED OVERSTATEMENT ISSUES. THE DEALER FURTHER STATED THAT THEY HAD CONTACTED VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA REGARDING THIS ISSUE AND WERE TOLD THAT THE OVERSTATEMENT OF SPEED WAS "WITHIN OPERATIONAL PARAMETERS". THE FUNCTION OF A SPEEDOMETER IS TO PROVIDE A REASONABLE DETERMINATION OF ACTUAL VEHICLE SPEED. WHILE A 1-2 MPH VARIANCE IS REASONABLE, A 5-6 MPH VARIANCE IS NOT. AT INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SPEEDS, DRIVERS ARE UNABLE TO REASONABLY DETERMINE THEIR SPEED WITHOUT MENTALLY ADJUSTING FOR A CORRECTABLE DESIGN DEFICIENCY

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 23, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11321979
Consumer Location: KISSIMMEE, FL
VIN: WVWHV71K77W****

Summary of Complaint

THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTER AUTOMATICALLY PUTS THE CAR IN NEUTRAL AND WONT LET THE CAR MOVE FOWARD, ITS AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT THAT TELLS THE TRANSMISSION WHAT GEAR THE CAR IS ON.

Components: AIR BAGS

March 07, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11184947
Consumer Location: OLYMPIA, WA
VIN: WVWFV71KX7W****

Summary of Complaint

AIR BAG FAILURE FOR CAR, TOOK TO DEALERSHIP AND THERE IS A TSB 69-11-01 FOR UPDATING THE SEAT OCCUPANT MODULE J706 BUT FAULTS WOULD NOT CLEAR SO RECOMMEND REPLACE J706 WITH SEAT OCVUONAT SENSOR BUT VOLKSWAGEN SAYS THE PART IS OBSOLETE AND THEY DON'T MAKE IT ANYMORE AND THERE ARE NO AFTER MARKET MODULE AVAILABLE! THE AIRBAG SYSTEM IS FAULTY AND WON'T WORK WITH OUT THIS MODULE AND NOW NO ONE CAN RIDE IN THE FAR!!

Components: AIR BAGS

March 09, 2017
NHTSA ID Number: 11002139
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT'S SON OWNED A 2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. WHILE THE CONTACT'S SON WAS DRIVING AT AN UNKNOWN SPEED, THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROAD AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. THE AIR BAGS FAILED TO DEPLOY. THE DRIVER WAS FATALLY INJURED. A DEALER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A STORAGE LOT WHERE AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC INSPECTED THE VEHICLE AND FOUND NO FAILURE. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. MEDICAL ATTENTION WAS NOT REQUIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS UNKNOWN. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 115,000.

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 25, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10877027
Consumer Location: CAPE CORAL, FL
VIN: WVWFV71K37W****

Summary of Complaint

THE GEARS ON THE SCREEN IN MY CAR START TO FLASH, THEN I CAN'T GO OVER 30 MPH NOR CAN I GO INTO REVERSE. I WAS DRIVING ON THE ROAD WHEN IT FIRST HAPPENS.

Components: AIR BAGS

March 17, 2016
NHTSA ID Number: 10850389
Consumer Location: BENBROOK, TX
VIN: WVWFV71K37W****

Summary of Complaint

I'VE ALREADY SPOKEN WITH VW OF AMERICA, AND THE DEALERSHIP MY HUSBAND AND I PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE FROM. BUT YESTERDAY 03/17/2016 AT APPROX 420AM MY HUSBAND WAS DRIVING THE GTI TO WORK. IT WAS POURING DOWN RAIN AND MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE. A TXDOT LIGHT POLE FELL ON THE HIGHWAY AND MY HUSBAND HAD NO TIME TO STOP UNTIL HE WAS JUST ABOUT TO HIT IT. AFTER HITTING THE LIGHT POLE HE WENT AIR BORN, LANDED ON ALL 4 TIRES AND FISH TAILED. AFTER HE TRIED TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, IT FLIPPED TO THE PASSENGER SIDE AND ROLLED TO THE ROOF, WHEN THE VEHICLE CAME TO A STOP IT WAS ON THE DRIVER SIDE. HE WAS GOING ABOUT 30-40 MPH IF THAT. WHAT BLOWS MY MIND IS THE MINUTE THE VEHICLE FLIPPED AND LANDED ON THE PASSENGER SIDE WHICH CRUSHED THE DOORS AND FRAME NEAR WINDSHIELD. THE AIR BAGS NEVER DEPLOYED. NOT SIDE, NOT FRONT. NOTHING. HE WALKED AWAY AFTER CRAWLING OUT THE SUNROOF. BUT HIS HANDS ARE CUT UP AND HE IS EXTREMELY SORE ON THE RIGHT SIDE. BUT THE AIR BAGS NEVER DEPLOYED. AND MIND YOU THE RADIATOR AND INTERCOOLER FELL OUT AFTER HE HIT THE POLE AND LANDED!!!!!!

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL WHEELS

November 30, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10788488
Consumer Location: FOLSOM, CA
VIN: 3VWWJ71K7M0****

Summary of Complaint

PASSENGER SIDE HEADLIGHT (PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PHOTO "HEADLIGHT.JPG"): THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME THE DAY WE BOUGHT THE CAR, RIGHT AFTER WE PULLED OUT OF YOUR LOT. WE PULLED RIGHT BACK IN AFTER CIRCLING THE BLOCK, BUT AFTER LEORE TURNED THE ENGINE OFF AND ON AGAIN EVERYTHING WAS FINE THEN. I HAVE NOT FOUND A WAY TO DUPLICATE THIS. IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN RANDOMLY, BUT USUALLY WITHIN THE FIRST MINUTE OR SO OF DRIVING. THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BUT BE A BRIGHT FLASH FROM WHICH ONE OF THE LIGHTS DOES NOT RECOVER. DASHBOARD MESSAGE: THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE RELATED TO THE FIRST ISSUE (AGAIN, PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PHOTO NAMED "MESSAGE.JPG"): THE MESSAGE READING "FRONT RIGHT DIPPED BEAM NOT WORKING!" USUALLY DISPLAYS WITHIN THE FIRST FEW SECONDS AFTER STARTING THE ENGINE. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND A WAY TO DUPLICATE THIS AT WILL. IT ALSO SEEMS TO RANDOMLY HAPPEN, BUT A LOT MORE OFTEN THAN THE FAILING HEADLIGHT UNDER ISSUE #1 DOES. THE PASSENGER DOOR POWER LOCK SEEMS TO WORK ONLY ON AND OFF. ALL OTHER LOCKS (I'M NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THE TRUNK ACTUALLY) SEEM TO WORK FINE. ALIGNMENT: THE VEHICLE PULLS TO THE LEFT ON THE FREEWAY. I BOUGHT A USED VEHICLE FROM STEVENS CREEK VOLKLSWAGEN THAT WAS UNSAFE WHICH WAS MY UNDERSTANDING IT WAS SAFE. I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO GET IT RESOLVED THROUGH THE DEALERSHIP AND MANUFACTURER BUT MAJORITY OF THE ABOVE LISTED ITEMS IN FIRST PARAGRAPH (I.E., TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR, SPEED, HEADLIGHT) ARE STILL UNRESOLVED.

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 23, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10786789
Consumer Location: SAINT PAUL, MN
VIN: WVWHV91K77W****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING MY WAY TO WORK I PARKED THE CAR AND CAME OUT TO GO GRAB SOMETHING TO EAT. THE CAR WOULD NOT MOVE TILL I NOTICED MY GEARS WERE FLASHING ON AND OFF (P,R,N,D,S). I COULDNT GET INTO ANY GEARS AT ALL AND SO I CALLED A TOW TRUCK. THEY CAME OUT AND I GAVE THEM THE KEY TO TRY AND MOVE THE CAR. THEY WERE ABLE TO GET INTO GEARS BUT I TOLD THEM I DIDNT FEEL SAFE DRIVING IT SO I HAD THEM TOW IT HOME. THE NEXT DAY THE SAME THING HAPPENED INDEFINITELY. I DID NOT WANT TO PAY THE DEALER 5600 BUCKS TO FIX IT AS OTHER PEOPLE ARE HAVING THE SAME ISSUE. IM WAITING ON VW TO EITHER DO A RECALL OR SOME KIND OF RESEARCH TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. I ALSO CALLED VW AND THEY SAID THEY REPLACED THE MECHATRONIC UNIT FOR MY CAR ALREADY. BUT HOW WOULD IT FAIL AGAIN ALREADY? THERE WAS NO EXPLINATION THEREFORE I AM WAITING FOR A RESPONSE FROM VW OR GET A LETTER IN THE MAIL FOR A TOTAL RECALL.

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 09, 2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10782590
Consumer Location: LAFAYETTE, CO
VIN: WVWHV91K47W****

Summary of Complaint

2007 VW GTI. DIRECT SHIFT GEAR (DSG) FAILURE AT 43,000 MILES. TRANSMISSION FAILURE OCCURRED WHILE SHIFTING INTO REVERSE. TRANSMISSION LOCKS IN EITHER "DRIVE" OR "NEUTRAL". "PARK" AND "REVERSE" ARE LOCKED OUT OF USE. CAR MUST BE LEFT IN "NEUTRAL" TO PARK AND DRIVER MUST UTILIZE EMERGENCY BRAKE SINCE "PARK" IS INOPERATIVE CREATING DANGEROUS CONDITION TO PARK VEHICLE. KEY CAN ONLY BE REMOVED BY DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY DUE TO TRANSMISSION INTERLOCK. VW EXCLUDED MY VIN RANGE FOR REPAIR / EXTENDED WARRANTY COVERAGE UNDER OTHER RECALLS OR NHTSA ACTIONS REGARDING THE DSG TRANSMISSION. VW DEALER ESTIMATES REPAIR TO COST $5,600. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA CUSTOMER SERVICE DOES NOT BELIEVE THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE AND WILL NOT EXTEND WARRANTY TO COVER REPAIR COST.

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 25, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10715426
Consumer Location: WETHERSFIELD, CT
VIN: WVWHV71K07W****

Summary of Complaint

I LIVE IN CT AND WAS VISITING COUSINS IN NJ ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014. I TAKE THE EXIT OF THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE AND STOP AT THE FIRST LIGHT. I START TO GO AND THEN SEE THAT THE CAR WAS REVVING BUT NOT CHANGING GEARS. I SEE THE PRNDS LIGHTS ON THE DASH FLASH SIMULTANEOUSLY NON STOP. I JUST BARELY PULL OFF TO THE NEAREST PARKING LOT SINCE THERE WAS NO SHOULDER ON THE 50 MPH ROAD. I STOP THE CAR AND PUT IT IN PARK AND THE CAR DID NOT SHIFT OUT OF PARK AFTER THAT. THE NEAREST DEALER HAD JUST CLOSED AND THEY SAID TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY! I CALLED MY COUSINS WHO STILL LIVED AN HOUR AWAY TO SEE IF THEY HAD AAA AND LUCKILY THEY DID. I THEN TOWED THE CAR HOME OVER 300 MILES! APPARENTLY THE MECHATRONICS UNIT DIED (THE BRAINS OF THE TRANSMISSION) WITHOUT ANY ERROR CODES OR WARNING. THERE SEEM TO BE QUITE A FEW COMPLAINTS ONLINE ABOUT THESE UNITS WITH SOME FAILING WHILE PEOPLE ARE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY!! I GUESS I SHOULD CONSIDER MYSELF 'LUCKY' THAT IT DIED WHEN IT DID?! VW DEALER CHARGED ME OVER $2400 TO REPLACE IT. WHAT'S EVEN WORSE IS THAT THEY ONLY WARRANT THE NEW PART FOR 12 MONTHS/12,000 MILES SO I GUESS I BETTER NOT TAKE ANY LONG TRIPS WITH THIS CAR. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

July 04, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10608492
Consumer Location: BRONX, NY
VIN: WVWFV71K47W****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS DRIVING AS I DO 5 NIGHTS A WEEK TO WORK. TRAVELING ABOUT 55MPH WHEN SUDDENLY, MY GTI EQUIPPED WITH A DSG TRANSMISSION DOWNSHIFTED TO WHAT I BELIEVE WAS 1ST GEAR. THE REVS SUDDENLY WERE VERY HIGH. THE VEHICLES SPEED SEEMED TO DRASTICALLY LOWER TO 20MPH. I WAS ALMOST HIT BY MULTIPLE CARS BEHIND ME. LUCKILY I WAS ABLE TO LEAVE THE MIDDLE LANE AND GET ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY SAFELY. ONCE I PULLED TO THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY, MY PRNDS ON THE DASH WERE FLASHING. I TURNED THE CAR OVER AND STILL FLASHING. I CHECKED EVERY GEAR AND ON DRIVE I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT HOME SLOWLY. IT SEEMED THAT THE TRANSMISSION ONLY RAN ON 1ST GEAR. REVERSE GEAR IS COMPLETELY GONE. I CAN'T EVEN PROPERLY PARALLEL PARK MY CAR ANY MORE. VW SEEMS TO BE COVERING SOME MODEL YEAR DSG CARS. I HAVE READ SOME PLACES THAT 2008-2010 YEARS ARE COVERED, AND SOME PLACES WHERE FEBRUARY 2007 - 2010 PRODUCTION YEARS ARE COVERED. MINE IS A PRODUCTION YEAR OF JANUARY 2007. THIS DSG ISSUE IS WELL KNOWN FOR ALL YEARS. IT IS KNOWS AS THE "FLASH OF DEATH" OR FLASHING PRNDS. GOOGLE DSG FLASH OF DEATH AND THERE WILL BE MANY LINKS LINKED TO THIS ISSUE. I AM A HUGE VW FAN. I OWN A 2006 GLI 6 SPEED MANUAL AND THIS 2007 GTI WITH DSG TRANSMISSION. MY FATHER OWNS A 99 JETTA AND MY BROTHER AND SISTER BOTH OWN 2007 PASSATS. VWOA SHOULD KNOW THIS IS A HUGE SAFETY ISSUE, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THIS IS A KNOWN DSG DEFECT FOR ALL YEARS AND COVER ANY ISSUES RELATING TO IT. I HAVE DONE THE DSG SERVICE TWICE. I CALLED VWOA AND THEY SAID MY CAR HAS NO RECALLS RELATING TO THE DSG. I HAVE SCANNED THE CAR AND HAVE COME UP WITH THESE CODES, P0751= SHIFT SOLENOID 1 (N88). P1746= TRANS. SOLENOID POWER RELAY AND P2723 = PRESSURE CONTROL SOLENOID 5. VW HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN A FAILURE TO YOUR TRANSMISSION WITH NO WARNINGS? WHAT IF I GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT AND SOMEONE OR MY SELF WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED BECAUSE OF A MANUFACTURER DEFECT? *JS

Components: AIR BAGS STRUCTURE ENGINE

March 26, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10575372
Consumer Location: PHOENIX, AZ
VIN: WVWFV71K57W****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS TRAVELING AT APPROXIMATELY 40 MPH WHEN ANOTHER VEHICLE RAN A STOP SIGN. I T-BONED THE OTHER VEHICLE. THE FRONT OF MY CAR IMPACTED THE FRONT PASSENGER FENDER AND DOOR OF THE OTHER VEHICLE. I DID NOT HAVE TIME TO APPLY THE BRAKE, ONLY ENOUGH TO LET OFF OF THE GAS PEDAL BEFORE THE COLLISION OCCURRED. I WAS WEARING MY SEAT BELT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. MY VEHICLE WAS NOT DRIVABLE AND SUSTAINED FRONT END DAMAGE AND ENGINE COMPARTMENT DAMAGE. MY AIRBAGS DID NOT DEPLOY EVEN THOUGH I WAS TRAVELING AT 40 MPH. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

September 27, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10546017
Consumer Location: LONE JACK, MO
VIN: WVWFV71K07W****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE TAKING AN ON-RAMP ONTO THE HIGHWAY MY CAR GOT STUCK IN 2ND GEAR AND WOULD NOT UPSHIFT. I TRIED SWITCHING TO MANUAL MODE BUT THAT DID NOT WORK EITHER. THE PRNDS WAS FLASHING AND I HAD TO PULL OVER AND SHUT THE VEHICLE OFF. IT WORKED NORMAL AFTER THAT FOR A FEW MILES. I FILLED UP AT A GAS STATION AND WHEN LEAVING THE CAR WENT INTO NEUTRAL AND THE PRNDS WAS FLASHING AGAIN. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

July 19, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10525836
Consumer Location: BEAVERTON, OR
VIN: WVWFV71KX7W****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING, THE VEHICLE (AUTO TRANSMISSION) APPEARED TO HAVE GONE INTO NEUTRAL AND THE GEARS ON DISPLAY BEGAN FLASHING. ONLY STOPPING, SHIFTING TO PARK, AND THEN BACK INTO GEAR WOULD ALLOW THE CAR TO ENGAGE GEARS AGAIN. 2007 VW GTI W/ DSG TRANSMISSION. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 07, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10515881
Consumer Location: LAS VEGAS, NV
VIN: WVWFV71K17W****

Summary of Complaint

AFTER STARTING FROM A STOP LIGHT, CAR WAS FINE, THEN WENT IN TO SECOND GEAR, AND CAR JERKED AS IF IT WAS SHIFTED INTO NEUTRAL. CONTINUED DRIVING AND THIS HAPPENED AGAIN, BUT EACH TIME, IN A DIFFERENT GEAR. THE SECOND HAPPENING WAS JUST AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, EACH AFTER DRIVING AROUND FOR ABOUT MORE THAN A HOUR. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 09, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10508498
Consumer Location: ATLANTA, GA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

I OWN A 2007 VW GTI WITH MECHATRONIC DSG. I WAS IN AN INTERSECTION WHEN THE TRANSMISSION SLIPPED ACTING LIKE IT WAS IN NEUTRAL BUT THE PNRDS WAS FLASHING. THE CAR HAD NO ACCELERATION OR RPM'S. TRAFFIC WAS DOGGING ME AND 15 CARS ALMOST HIT ME DUE TO THIS FAULTY TRANSMISSION INCIDENT. I CALLED VW OF AMERICA AND THEY INFORMED ME MY CAR IS OUT OF WARRANTY. ALSO THEY INFORMED ME THAT MY YEAR MAKE AND MODEL HAS NO RECALL OR PROBLEMS WITH THE DSG TRANSMISSION. VW OF AMERICA SAID SINCE MY CAR IS NOT A CERTIFIED VW FROM THEIR DEALERS IT ISN'T COVERED FOR A RECALL OR FACTORY WARRANTY. I FEEL COMPLETELY UNSAFE AND UN SATISFIED HOW THE REGIONAL MANGER OF SAFETY FROM VW OF AMERICA HANDLED THIS SITUATION. SHE WAS NOT FRIENDLY OR UNDERSTANDING AT ALL. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

September 24, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10477062
Consumer Location: EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT
VIN: WVWFV71K17W****

Summary of Complaint

EXPERIENCED MY GTI SHIFTING INTO NEUTRAL GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY, NO WARNING LIGHTS ON THE DASH. PRESSING THE PEDDLE REVVED THE ENGINE UP. PULLED OVER AND LET THE CAR SIT FOR A HALF HOUR AND THEN PROCEEDED AS NORMAL. HAS HAPPENED ON EVERY LONG TRIP OVER 2 HOURS. *TR

Components: AIR BAGS

August 01, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10473986
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: WVWFV71K77W****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE AIR BAG WAS DEFECTIVE AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE WHO OFFERED TO COVER HALF OF THE REPAIR COST. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 86,000.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER ENGINE

March 23, 2012
NHTSA ID Number: 10459222
Consumer Location: WALDORF, MD
VIN: WVWFV71K37W****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE APPROACHING A STOP LIGHT THE VEHICLE SHUT OFF WITH NO ADVANCE NOTICE OF ANY PROBLEMS. THE BATTERY LIGHT CAME ON AS THE VEHICLE WAS SHUTTING OFF. THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT IMMEDIATELY RESTART. AFTER SIX TRIES, IN MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC, THE VEHICLE FINALLY RESTARTED. SEVERAL VEHICLES HAD TO SWERVE AROUND ME TO KEEP FROM RUNNING IN THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE. AT LEAST ONE OTHE INCIDENT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN WITH THE ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. *TT

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

August 09, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10418171
Consumer Location: EAST AURORA, NY
VIN: WVWGV71KX7W****

Summary of Complaint

THE 3RD BRAKE LIGHT HAS FAILED TO WORK AND WHILE THERE IS POWER TO THE POWER MODULE THERE IS NO WAY TO ACCESS THE LED BRAKE LIGHT PANEL WITHOUT REMOVING THE REAR SPOILER AND REPLACING IT WITH A NEW ONE WITH A COST OF $500 TO CHANGE THE LIGHT FOR INSPECTION. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 07, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10405690
Consumer Location: WILLIS, TX
VIN: WVWFV71K57W****

Summary of Complaint

I DRIVE A 2007 VW GTI WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND THE "MECHATRONIC" UNIT LOCATED WITHIN THE TRANSMISSION IS BAD AND WILL COST UPWARDS OF $2000.00 TO HAVE IT REPLACED. THE CAR HAS 122,000 MILES ON IT. NOTHING LAST FOREVER AND I EXPECT CERTAIN FAILURES OVER TIME. HOWEVER, THE NATURE OF THE FAILURE IS A CONCERN WITH THIS UNIT AS, AT LEAST IN MY CASE, THE TRANSMISSION DOWNSHIFTED TO FIRST GEAR ON ITS OWN WITHOUT WARNING. FORTUNATELY I WAS IN TOWN IN SLOW TRAFFIC AND WAS ABLE TO HANDLE THE SUDDEN DECELERATION. IT COULD HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFERENT AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. THERE IS NO WARNING OR INDICATION OF AN IMPENDING UNIT FAILURE. THE ONLY INDICATION I HAD SPANNED SEVERAL MONTHS IN A VERY INTERMITTENT MANNER: 1)A SLIGHT "SHUDDERING" WHEN ACCELERATING WHICH I THOUGHT WAS FUEL RELATED. 2) THE "PRNDS" DISPLAY WOULD FLASH REPEATEDLY EVEN THOUGH THE TRANSMISSION WOULD OPERATE JUST FINE. I COULD RESET THE DISPLAY BY TURNING OFF THE CAR AND RESTARTING IT. THIS PHENOMENON WAS VERY INTERMITTENT. I COULD FIND NO INFO ABOUT ANY OF THIS IN THE OWNERS MANUALS (I'VE HAD THE CAR SINCE NEW) OR ON LINE. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

November 20, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10396426
Consumer Location: CHARLOTTE, NC
VIN: WVWHV71K97W****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN THE CAR WAS COLD, UPON PLACING IT INTO DRIVE TO DEPART FOR THE DAY, THE TRANSMISSION WAS VERY INDECISIVE ABOUT RELEASING THE CLUTCH AND CAUSED A SEVERE BUCKING SENSATION AND MADE IT DANGEROUS TO ENTER TRAFFIC. FORTUNATELY THERE IS VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC ON MY STREET. A SOFTWARE UPDATE MADE IT BETTER, BUT IT STILL WAS DANGEROUS FROM TIME TO TIME. SOFTWARE UPDATE ALSO REDUCED AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY 2.5 MPG TO WHICH VW WILL NOT ADMIT FAULT. GOT A MECHATRONICS REPLACEMENT UNDER CAMPAIGN AND NEW MECHATRONICS IS LESS LIKELY TO BE BAD WHEN COLD BUT NEW MECHATRONICS BUCKS MUCH WORSE AND IS MUCH WORSE THAN ORIGINAL MECHATRONICS WHEN IT IS BEING BAD. NEW SOFTWARE HAS IMPROVED FUEL ECONOMY 2 MPG FROM THE LOW. NEW MECHATRONICS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WHEN BACKING OUT OF A DRIVEWAY IN REVERSE ONTO A MODERATELY BUSY STREET AND THEN TRYING TO PULL AWAY UP A HILL ON THE BUSY STREET. IT IS VERY LIKELY TO BUCK AND BEHAVE UNPREDICTABLY AFTER THE EXTREMELY LONG DELAY FOR THE MECHATRONICS TO DECIDE TO GO AT ALL (HIT THE GAS, PRAY AND MAYBE WAIT, MAYBE GET WHIPLASH). IT WAS SCARY AND CAUSED A VEHICLE TO SLAM ON BRAKES TO AVOID HITTING ME BECAUSE MY CAR WOULD NOT GO. IT APPEARS THAT THE NEW MECHATRONIC UNIT HAS BROKEN THE CLUTCH AND VW NEEDS TO REPLACE MY ENTIRE DSG WITH A COMPLETELY BRAND NEW ONE WITH A NON-DEFECTIVE MECHATRONIC UNIT. THE ORIGINAL MECHATRONICS APPEARED TO ONLY HAVE ONE FLAW, THE COMPONENT THAT CONTROLLED THE RELEASE OF THE 1, 3, AND 5 CLUTCH, WHICH CAUSED THAT CLUTCH TO WEAR OUT. THE NEW MECHATRONIC UNIT HAS OTHER FLAWS IN ADDITION TO THIS ONE AND SOUNDS AS IF IT IS BREAKING THE ENTIRE TRANSMISSION (NOT SAFETY RELATED HOWEVER). *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

March 30, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10395130
Consumer Location: MONESSEN, PA
VIN: WVWFV71K07W****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS MERGING ON TO THE HIGHWAY, THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME STOPPED TO LET CARS GO BY UNTIL IT WAS THERE TURN TO MERGE. THE CAR MERGED IT WAS MY TURN AND I HIT THE GAS AND MY CAR LURCHED FORWARD AND I HAD NO POWER, AND MY CAR HAD DRIFTED ENOUGH TO BE HIT BY ONCOMING TRAFFIC. I LOOKED DOWN AND SAW THAT MY PRNDL LIGHTS ON THE DASH WERE FLASHING. I THOUGHT THE CAR STALLED SO I SHUT THE CAR OFF AND TURNED IT BACK ON AGAIN AND HIT THE GAS, I HAD DRIVE POWER AGAIN. I CAME TO A STOP LIGHT AND THE PRNDL LIGHTS STARTED FLASHING AGAIN AND I HAD NO POWER, I SHUT THE ENGINE OFF, RESTARTED AND HAD POWER. THIS CONTINUED FOR THE REMAINDER OF MY TRIP. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 01, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10356744
Consumer Location: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
VIN: WVWFV71K07W****

Summary of Complaint

MY CAR, AN AUTOMATIC DSG TRANSMISSION FROM VW, GOT STUCK IN 6TH GEAR ON NORTHBOUND 1-15, ALMOST CAUSING SEVERAL ACCIDENTS. THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT APPEARED AND A CODE WAS "THROWN," BUT THE EVENT WAS DISMISSED AS A POTENTIAL ISSUE WITH THE MASS AIRFLOW SENSOR. SINCE THEN, I HAVE EXPERIENCED EXTREMELY HARD SHIFTS AND UNRELIABLE ACCELERATION WITH MY VEHICLE. ESPECIALLY ON HILLS. THE MECHATRONICS UNIT HAS BEEN REPLACED AND THE CAR WAS RETURNED TO ME AS "GOOD TO GO." I DROVE THE CAR ONE MILE, THE ISSUE PERSISTED, AND I RETURNED IT TO THE DEALER. THERE IS CLEARLY A PROBLEM WITH THE MECHATRONICS UNIT AND THE CLUTCHES, BUT THE DEALER WILL NOT REPLACE THEM CORRECTLY (UNDER WARRANTY). EACH TIME I AM TOLD MY CAR IS "FIXED," I PICK IT UP, DRIVE IT AND IT STILL HAS THE SHIFTING ISSUES. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

August 06, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10349268
Consumer Location: PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC
VIN: WVWFV71K27W****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI . WHILE DRIVING BETWEEN 45 TO 85 MPH, THE VEHICLE RESPONDED AS IF IT WAS IN NEUTRAL GEAR AND FAILED TO ACCELERATE. THE CONTACT ALSO STATED THAT WHEN THE CRUISE CONTROL WAS ACTIVATED THE VEHICLE LOST POWER. THE DEALER PERFORMED A DIAGNOSTIC TEST WHICH DETERMINED THAT IT WAS THE CAM FOLLOWER THAT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE CAM FOLLOWER WAS REPLACED AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 77900 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 78770.

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 15, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10328050
Consumer Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN: WVWFV71K77W****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN COMING TO A STOP, THE FINAL DOWNSHIFT FROM 2ND GEAR TO 1ST GEAR IS EXTREMELY VIOLENT. THE CAR RANDOMLY LUNGES FORWARD WHEN APPROACHING A FULL STOP. THIS HAS RESULTED IN A FEW NEAR-COLLISIONS. THE DEALERSHIP IS CURRENTLY TRYING TO DIAGNOSE ISSUE. THIS SEEMS TO BE A COMMON OCCURRENCE IN THIS PARTICULAR TRANSMISSION TYPE (DSG). *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN EQUIPMENT

April 03, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10326814
Consumer Location: JERSEY CITY, NJ
VIN: WVWEV71K97W****

Summary of Complaint

INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I WAS DRIVING EAST ON INTERSTATE 95 WHEN THE ENGINE IN MY CAR (2007 VW GTI VIN: [XXX]) SUDDENLY LOST ALL POWER. I WAS IN THE THIRD LANE DRIVING AT APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH, TURNED THE AIR CONDITIONING ON AND A FEW SECONDS LATER, TURNED IT OFF. AT THAT INSTANT, THE CAR CEASED TO ACCELERATE. I PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL, TURNED ON MY HAZARD LIGHTS AND MANAGED TO SAFELY GLIDE OVER TO THE WARNING LANE, JUST BEYOND EXIT 22 OR JUST BEYOND THE OFF RAMP TO EXIT 21. I TRIED TO RESTART THE ENGINE TO NO AVAIL. THIS WAS A HIGHLY ALARMING INCIDENT SINCE THE CAR WAS JUST OVER THREE YEARS OLD AND HAD ONLY 64000 MILES ON IT AND WAS PROPERLY MAINTAINED SINCE I PURCHASED IT NEW IN 2007. I HAD SIMILAR PROBLEMS LAST YEAR BUT THE ACCELERATION OF THE CAR WOULD QUICKLY KICK BACK IN. THIS TIME HOWEVER, IT WENT COMPLETELY KAPUT. I REPORTED THE PREVIOUS INCIDENTS TO A VW DEALER AND THEY HAD A TERRIBLE TIME ASCERTAINING WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS. ULTIMATELY, THEY DETERMINED IT WAS A FUEL SENSOR ISSUE AND REPLACED THE FUEL SENSOR. AFTER THE APRIL 3RD INCIDENT, MY CAR WAS TOWED TO A VW DEALER WHERE IT WAS DETERMINED THAT MY TIMING BELT HAD BROKEN AND THAT AS A RESULT, THERE WAS DAMAGE DONE TO THE ENGINE TO THE TUNE OF APPROXIMATELY 6K. I WANT TO REPORT THIS SINCE THIS COULD EASILY HAVE OCCURRED IN THE HOLLAND TUNNEL FOR EXAMPLE OR ON A DARK ONE LANE ROAD. IT WAS A VERY SCARY EXPERIENCE AND I FEEL THAT THE MANUFACTURER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PREEMPT THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING. *TR

Components: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

September 15, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10317124
Consumer Location: BETHESDA, MD
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

DESPITE REGULAR MAINTENANCE, THE CAM FOLLOWER AND CAM OF MY VW 2.0T FSI ENGINE FAILED IN UNDER 40K MILES. THIS RESULTED IN FUEL CUTS AND POWER DROP OFFS. A VERY DANGEROUS COMBINATION WHEN MERGING ONTO A HIGHWAY. THESE ITEMS WERE REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY, BUT WOULD HAVE COST ME NEARLY $1400 TO REPAIR IF THEY WEREN'T COVERED. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

February 19, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10316117
Consumer Location: HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL
VIN: WVWFV71K47W****

Summary of Complaint

FREQUENTLY WHEN ACCELERATING FROM A STOP OR ACCELERATING AFTER SLOWING DOWN THE DSG TRANSMISSION SEEMS TO SELECT NEUTRAL FOR A SECOND OR TWO BEFORE SELECTING A GEAR. WHEN IT EVENTUALLY SELECTS A GEAR IT JERKS HARSHLY INDUCING WHEELSPIN. THIS HAPPENS IN ALL TYPES OF DRIVING CONDITIONS, BUT IS MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN WHEN THE CAR IS COLD. MOSTLY, THIS IS JUST AN ANNOYANCE; HOWEVER, WHEN A TRUCK IS BEARING DOWN ON YOU WHILE YOU ARE MAKING A LEFT TURN IT CAN BE FRIGHTENING AND PERHAPS EVEN LIFE THREATENING. THE SERVICE MANAGER VW DEALER TELLS ME THIS IS NORMAL BEHAVIOR. HE IS WRONG. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

February 24, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10314187
Consumer Location: JOHNSTON, IA
VIN: WVWFV71KX7W****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 75 MPH WHEN THE VEHICLE SHIFTED INTO NEUTRAL GEAR OWN ITS OWN. THE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE DASHBOARD. THE VEHICLE LOST POWER AND BEGAN TO MOVE EXTREMELY SLOW WHICH COULD HAVE CAUSED A CRASH TO OCCUR. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED ABOUT THE FAILURE. THE MANUFACTURER INFORMED THE CONTACT THAT HIS VEHICLE WAS PRODUCED 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE RECALL ON THE DSG TRANSMISSION AND THERE WAS NOTHING THAT THEY COULD DO. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 11,950 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 12,100.

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 02, 2007
NHTSA ID Number: 10312206
Consumer Location: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE A 2007 VW GTI WITH THE DSG TRANSMISSION. IT LOOSES THE GEAR, WON'T SHIFT AND THE GAS PEDAL SEEMS AS IF THERE IS NOTHING BEHIND IT ALMOST LIKE PUSHING ON AIR. I HAVE GONE TO THE DEALER SEVERAL TIMES AND THEY REFUSE TO REPAIR THE PROBLEM. THIS IS THE SAME AS THE RECALL WHICH STOPPED IN 2008. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

February 17, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10311674
Consumer Location: JOHNSTON, IA
VIN: WVWFV71KX7W****

Summary of Complaint

2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI. DSG TRANSMISSION ISSUES. MY CAR WILL LUNGE IN REVERSE. LAG IN 1ST AND 2ND. BIGGEST ISSUE IS THE LUNGING IN REVERSE(THIS COULD CAUSE AN ACCIDENT!!. I CONTACTED VW CARES YESTERDAY TO SEE IF MY VW IS COVERED UNDER THERE 10Y 100,000 MILE WARRANTY. THEY TOLD ME MY CAR DOES NOT FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY DUE TO MY VIN# ALTHOUGH IT FITS THE YEAR CRITERIA MY ISSUE IS THAT IF THIS IS A KNOW SAFETY PROBLEM AND MY CAR HAS THIS ISSUE. WHY WON'T IT BE INCLUDED ??!! *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

November 19, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10293537
Consumer Location: CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
VIN: WVWFV71K27W****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI HAS A DSG TRANSMISSION. IT HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING "LURCHING" OR "JUMPING" WHILE THE CAR IS STOPPED AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS OR IDLING AND THIS KICKS UP THE RPM'S AND MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE THE CAR IS EITHER GOING TO MOVE ON IT'S OWN OR IT MAKES IT FEEL AS IF YOU'VE BEEN HIT FROM THE REAR? I WILL TAKE THIS COMPLAINT TO VOLKSWAGEN AS WELL, SO WE SHALL SEE WHAT THEY SAY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, DO. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 24, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10290599
Consumer Location: PFLUGERVILLE, TX
VIN: WVWHV71K27W****

Summary of Complaint

2007 VW GTI WITH DSG TRANSMISSION IS VERY HARD TO SHIFT INTO 1ST AND 2ND PLUS OTHER GEARS. CAR WENT INTO NEUTRAL GEAR WHILE DRIVING TO WORK ON BUSY ROAD (DANGEROUS!!!) AND "P R N D S" DISPLAY STARTED FLASHING. FIRST TRANSMISSION FAILURE I HAD WAS SIMILAR EXPECT I DIDN'T GET THE FLASHING ICONS. TOOK CAR IN AND THEY REPLACED THE MECHATRON UNIT (25,000 MILES). NOW ITS IN THE SHOP AGAIN FOR THE SAME UNIT AND SYMPTOMS ABOVE. (58,000 MILES). *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

September 21, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10284789
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: WVWHV91K77W****

Summary of Complaint

2007 VW GTI WITH DSG TRANSMISSION OCCASIONALLY SLAMS INTO A GEAR OCCASIONAL FEELING OF SLIPPING CLUTCH NOISE FROM TRANS AFTER STARTUP, DIAGNOSED AS "NOISY", BUT NOT FAULTY SOLENOID. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

September 04, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10282884
Consumer Location: SANTA ANA, CA
VIN: WVWFV71K57W****

Summary of Complaint

DSG TRANSMISSION. THE CAR LURCHES FROM 1ST TO 2ND GEAR AND WHEN COMING TO A SLOW STOP. THIS ISSUE WAS REPORTED TO CARDINALE VW IN CORONA BUT THEY STATED THEY COULD NOT REPLICATE THE PROBLEM YET I EXPERIENCE IT DAILY. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 28, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10282720
Consumer Location: NASHVILLE, TN
VIN: WVWHV71K37W****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS AT AN INTERSECTION WITH A TRAFFIC LIGHT, WAITING TO TURN LEFT. AS SOON AS THERE WAS A SAFE AND REASONABLE GAP BETWEEN ONCOMING CARS, I HIT THE GAS AT APPROXIMATELY 1/4 THROTTLE TO MAKE THE TURN. HOWEVER, THE CAR MOVED FOR A BIT AND THEN IT FELT LIKE THE TRANSMISSION WAS NOT ENGAGED ANYMORE. THE CAR WAS BASICALLY MOVING BY MOMENTUM AND NOT BY ENGINE POWER. I NOTICED THAT THE ENGINE SEEMS TO BE REVVING FREELY, AS THERE IS NO CORRELATION BETWEEN MY THROTTLE INPUT AND THE MOVEMENT OF THE CAR. IN FACT, WHEN I NOTICED THAT THE CAR WAS NOT MOVING BY ENGINE POWER, I INSTINCTIVELY PUT MORE THROTTLE TO MORE THAN 1/2. IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE AND THAT WAS HOW I KNEW THAT THE TRANSMISSION WAS NOT ENGAGED. IF IT WAS TRACTION CONTROL, THE ENGINE WOULD NOT REV SINCE TRACTION CONTROL WOULD CUT THE FUEL. HENCE, IT IS MOST LIKELY THE TRANSMISSION, SPECIFICALLY, THE DSG TRANSMISSION. MY CAR COASTED TO SAFETY WITHOUT ANY INCIDENT, AND A FEW SECONDS LATER, THE CAR WENT BACK TO NORMAL. I HAVE HAD THIS EXPERIENCE SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE AND IT SCARED ME EVERY TIME BECAUSE I COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN HIT BY THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC, IF THE VEHICLE DOES NOT SEE ME OR CANNOT STOP IN TIME. I MENTIONED THIS TO THE DEALER SERVICE THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENED, BUT THEY SAID THEY CANNOT REPLICATE IT AND THUS, THEY CAN'T AND WON'T DO ANYTHING. BUT, FOR ME, IT IS A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE, WHETHER THEY CAN REPLICATE IT OR NOT. I JUST WANT THE VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR UNRELIABLE/ FAULTY TRANSMISSION. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 26, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10282647
Consumer Location: SAN DIEGO, CA
VIN: WVWHV71KX7W****

Summary of Complaint

ISSUE WITH MY CAR SUDDENLY SWITCHING ITSELF INTO NEUTRAL EVEN THOUGH PHYSICALLY THE CAR WAS IN DRIVE. I WAS ON A BUSY STREET GOING 60MPH WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC, WHEN MY CAR SWITCHED TO NEUTRAL. THIS CAUSED MY CAR TO GO FROM 60MPH TO 20MPH IN A MATTER OF SECONDS IN WHICH CASE THE CAR BEYOND ME GOING 60MPH+ NEARLY REAR ENDED ME. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

June 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10280181
Consumer Location: ALTADENA, CA
VIN: ****

Summary of Complaint

THE CAR TAKES OFF VERY ROUGH IN DRIVE AND IN REVERSE. ITS NOT SMOOTH AT ALL FROM A STOP. *TR

VOLKSWAGEN GTI Sold

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2002 VOLKSWAGEN GTI Collision Run & Drive
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2002 VOLKSWAGEN GTI Collision Unknown
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