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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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,322 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 292002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,644 miles


I bought a new 2002 Volkswagen golf Gti 1.8T on June 22, 2002. On January 29, 2003 I had to have it towed to the dealership where I had purchased it for the #2 ignition coil failure. At that time, the car only had 10,600 miles on it. Now, as I drive down route 93 from nh to mass each day for work, I brace myself for the time that the next coil fails. Each time this happens, there is a considerable loss in power, to the point that the car can stall. The car begins to "buck" and stagger, and at highway speeds, this becomes very dangerous. As Volkswagen is well aware, this is an epidemic problem with the 1.8T engines in all of their cars. They refuse to replace all 4 coils at once. Therefore, it's just a matter of time that this happens again to my car, as well as hundreds of thousands of buyers that have either experienced this problem already or will be. There needs to be a recall on these parts, or at the very least, an investigation on the ignition coils and the loss of safety associated with the comparable loss of power. Hopefully, this can be done before someone gets injured or killed.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #1

Jan 232003


  • miles
VW of american needs to issue a recall and replace free of charge all coilpacks on their 1.8T and 24V VR6 engines. If you visit, you will see many complaints and concerns that these critical parts are failing in large numbers, thus posing a major inconvenience and potential physical endangerment or death if this critical engine component should fail suddenly while in motion! VW is in denial, and many of us are counting on your organization to investigate. A recall of coilpacks should be issued in my opinion.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

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