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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,500 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.

2002 Volkswagen GTI transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 102005

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,500 miles


I have a 2002 Volkswagen Gti with approximately 42000 and discovered my manual transmission was slipping in every gear. After bringing my car to lindsay Volkswagen in sterling, va, I was informed that the problem was bad clutch and that the repair would not be covered under my warranty. After some research online, I have discovered several identical situations of other owners of 2002 volks Gti 1.8T manual and the company's refusal to cover it under warranty or investigate why a clutch needs to be replaced at under 45,000 miles. Accordingly, I can attest that I operate my vehicle in a safe and legal manner and in accordance with what a reasonable person would consider competence and care.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 042003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The park/neutral switch malfunctioned, which caused the vehicle to start in gear without depressing the clutch. Which resulted in an accident. (manual transmission) the unit failure allowed the vehicle to start in neutral or any gear. Scc

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 042003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Park/neutral switch failed on a manual transmission.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

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