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5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,669 miles

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2002 Volkswagen GTI wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #14

May 232006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

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

I was driving on the freeway, when the brakes locked up and the ABS light came on.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 222003

GTI

  • miles
2002 Gti-337 25 anniv model alloy wheels deffective excessive corrosion forming around spokes on the wheels. The clear coating is peeling off at center hub. Black spots from excessive brake dust is imbedded into the finish, despite weekly cleaning by hand.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 122002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Wheels on my 337 Gti are corroding much like others who have complained already. Pitting/ roughness/ spotting--all problems on the bbs oem wheels. Mine aren't as severe a case as others, but I fear they will only get worse since the car is only 1 year old.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #11

Jun 092002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

2002 Gti-337 25 anniv model alloy wheels deffective excessive corrosion forming around spokes on the wheels. The clear coating is peeling. Black spots from excessive brake dust is imbedded into the finish, despite weekly cleaning by hand. Contacted vwoa with no avail.

- Dudley, MA, USA

problem #10

Aug 172003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,500 miles
Roughness, corrosion, white spots on my car's wheels.

- Germantown, MD, USA

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problem #9

Aug 172002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2002 VW Gti special edition 337, which came with 18"X7.5" bbs rc wheels. With in a few months of owning the car, I and 200+ owners have noticed some corrosion and pitting around the wheel. Either due to the clear coating or the brake pads. We have contacted vwoa to have the wheels replaced by warranty, they denied any issues. Offered a $25 gift certificate to a certain few, now a few months back they do admit to the issues and also admitted to replacing all1750 owners bbs rc wheels. We filed with the BBB to expedite the issue and vwoa requested for 30 days to finalize the decision. It has been well over 30days and now are asking for 30 more days. We would like to have this resolved and have the wheels and brake pads replaced.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 222002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles

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

Each wheel of my 2002 VW Gti 337 has been impregnated w/ wheel brake dust. The dust has not been removable since it has embedded itself in the clear coat. The finish on each of the wheels has also gotten rougher over time, which I believe is a result of the brake dust eating away at the clear coat finish.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #7

Apr 012003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The finish of the bbs rc wheels that came with my 2002 VW Gti 337 is pitting and corroding away. There are over 200 other Gti 337 owners that are having the same problems. Despite frequent cleaning with approved chemicals, excessive brake dust is pitting into the special finish of the said wheels and causing discoloration and/or peeling of the clear coat on the wheels.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #6

Apr 142003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
2002 Gti-337 25 anniv model alloy wheels deffective excessive corrosion forming around spokes on the wheels. Black spots from excessive brake dust is imbedded into the finish, despite weekly cleaning by hand.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 152003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2002 Gti-337 25 anniv model alloy wheels deffective excessive corrosion forming around spokes on the wheels. The clear coating is peeling off at center hub. Black spots from excessive brake dust is imbedded into the finish, despite weekly cleaning by hand.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 042003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,366 miles

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

Oem wheels have begun to corrode. Presence of black, rough spotting and white peeling on finish of wheels. Believe to be due to brake pad dust even though wheels have been cleaned by hand at least once a week. This problem has been reported by hundreds of other owners of this one particular limited edition vehicle.

- Branford, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 022002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
2002 Gti-337 25 anniv model alloy wheels deffective excessive corrosion forming around spokes on the wheels. The clear coating is peeling off at center hub. Black spots from excessive brake dust is imbedded into the finish, despite weekly cleaning by hand.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 122003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Wheels are corroding and Volkswagen of America will not address this issue in any way. Wheels are corroding on approx. 300 2002 Gti 337 edition vehicles.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,500 miles
2002 Gti-337 25 anniv model alloy wheels deffective excessive corrosion forming around spokes on the wheels. The clear coating is peeling off at center hub. Black spots from excessive brake dust is imbedded into the finish, despite weekly cleaning by hand.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

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