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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen GTI drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 012011

GTI 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Hard downshifts from 4th gear to 2nd gear to 1st gear cause vehicle to slow abruptly and without warning. When approaching a red light or stop sign, transmission shifts unexpectedly from fourth to second gear and then to first gear with no warning to vehicle behind (not breaking heavily) causing near collisions. Five speed automatic transmission with tiptronic feature causes sudden deceleration endangering occupants with possible collision with trailing vehicle.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

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