Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen GTI accessories - interior problems

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2001 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012007

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 142,500 miles


The heated leather seats in my 2001 Volkswagen Gti VR6 "overheat" and burnt the seat material. I often turned off the heaters as I felt they were getting too hot. The heaters ruined the seat material which I had to replace.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #1

Dec 062005

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Driver's side heated seat burned a hole through seat cover and my pants, was able to turn the switch off without crashing. Volkswagen says I can pay for the diagnosis and repair as the item is not covered under warranty apparently as my car is a 2001, newer models with same seats are covered. I will be looking at repairing it myself if not covered.

- Watertown, MA, USA

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