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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,448 miles

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1998 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 152005

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 92,448 miles


I was driving at night, in the rain, when all of a sudden my headlights went out. I had to pull over and see what was going on. I also noticed that my wipers and my fan also stopped working. I turned off the ignition and turned the car back on again, all was fine for about 10 sec., then it went out again. I noticed that when I touched the keys in the ignition that it went back on again, and I held the key forward and held it there, and the headlights, wipers, and the fan started to work again. When I let it go, it stopped working. I had to hold the key in the ignition forward all the way home to have headlights to see my way home. The next day I checked again and knew for sure that the ignition switch was the problem, it needed to be replaced. I looked it up online and found that this problem is very common on Volkswagen golf's or Gti's and that there wasn't a recall on this dangerous defect. I own a 1998 Volkswagen Gti. Thank you, and I would appreciate it if this problem was addressed to Volkswagen and a recall were to be made of this problem. I heard it cost's a lot of money to replace the ignition switch.

- N. Dartmouth, MA, USA

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