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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,017 miles

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2002 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

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2002 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Jan 072003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at 35 mph vehicle wouldn't accelerate. The dealership indicated that this was caused by two of the ignition coils burning out.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 202002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
VW 1.8T coil pack failures are one of the most common problems with these cars today. If a coil goes out you are not running on all of your cylinders and could cause a problem while driving.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 172002

GTI

  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problem with the ignition coil. Dealer has replace only one out of the six coil.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 082002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,600 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The engine light came on. Consumer had vehicle serviced. The dealership indicated that 3 out of 4 ignition coils misfired. This is a common problem, that could make the vehicle inoperative and shut done engine per dealership. Ts all 4 ignition coils were replaced. 3 ignition coils were replaced under warranty.

- Flushing, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 132002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Part failure on my 2002 VW Gti. Coilpacks fail and cause car to lose major loss of power and reliability. Undriveable. Almost caused a accident when passing a large truck. This has happened twice.

- Belvidere, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 272002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition coil pack failure.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 182002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Volkswagen Gti 1.8T VIN #9bwde61J824005932 issue: Coil pack replace at 19K miles mild weather, 60 degrees. Started fine in morning. Cel at 3:30pm, engine sounded awful. VW of America towed to alexandria VW for repair.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Multiple coilpack failures on 2002 VW Gti 1.8T. Dealer refused waranty service claiming aftermarket spark plugs being the cause of the part failure. Car had 2 incidents of coilpack failures prior to the installation of aftermarket spark plugs. Total of 3 failures within the first 8 months of owning the car. (*** the incident date listed below is inaccurate due to having multiple failures on different dates***)

- Frazer, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 102002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,150 miles
Coil pack went out on my VW Gti 1.8T part on national backorder quoted 2+ weeks with rental car

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The ignition coil was found to be faulty. Ph scc

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

May 252002

GTI

  • miles
I was driving my company car (golf Gti 1.8T - mi license vvd 493) along 86th street in indianapolis, in on Saturday 25th May 2002 with mr dario rossi (sales manager of magneti marelli motorsports) sitting in the passenger seat; when crossing ditch rd at about 20 mph I hit a pothole that was not signaled with the right front wheel and the two side airbags on the passenger's side went off (from the passenger seat and from the roof), hitting Mr. Rossi. Also the ignition cut off and shut down the engine.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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