Volkswagen GTI Recalls & Reliability
There has been 1 safety recall issued from NHTSA.
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTSRecall Date: 09/17/2007
Our reliability score is based on the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) rating or, if unavailable, the J.D. Power Predicted Reliability rating.
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Volkswagen provides basic warranty coverage for four years or 50,000 miles. The GTI also comes equipped with a limited powertrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles.
Automobile Magazine notes that although Volkswagen's reliability is uncertain, "this GTI feels like it has more build quality than anything within miles of its price point. It exudes substance in ways that worthy, sometimes faster speed machines from the Far East -- the Subaru Impreza WRX, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and the Mazdaspeed 3, for instance -- just don't." MSN is dubious, reporting, "I just wish the test GTI's reliability was better. The car performed admirably until the last day, when the radiator fan suddenly stopped working in stop-and-go traffic on the freeway. With only 2,000 miles on it, the GTI had to be limped off on an exit ramp." Consumer Guide points out, "VW gets below-average customer-satisfaction scores for vehicle reliability and dealer service."