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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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,000 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.

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2001 Volkswagen GTI engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 062008


  • 82,000 miles


2001 VW Gti bought used. At 79,000 miles had 80K service done at dealership which included checking timing belt. At 82,000 timing belt broke causing extensive damage to engine. Needed to replace engine cost me $5300 in which VW would not pay for as warranty only covers original owner. VW claims belt is supposed to last 105,000 miles. After researching on internet, numerous claims for all 1.8T engines regarding the timing belt going well before 105,000.

- Tujunga, CA, USA

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