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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,384 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.

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2003 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 042013

GTI 4-cyl

  • 67,800 miles


2003 VW Gti airbag light came on without an accident, collision, bump or crash and stayed on all the time, this condition makes the airbag system inoperative at the time of a real collision, I belong to a VW club ( and this seems to be very popular issue among VW Gti two door, technically this has to be a manufacturing defect that VW should be obligated to correct.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 092008


  • 77,451 miles
#1 ignition coil failed. Car repaired by local repair shop, and within 50 miles, the #3 coil failed. Replaced all ignition coils at 77K miles. Seems premature for a 5 year car.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 062007

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,900 miles
(1) car engine overheated with air conditioning unit on with 35K miles (4 year old car). (2) dealer repair service technician discovered both auxilary fans (290" and 345") failed to spin at low speeds and operate only at high speeds causing engine to overheat when car is between 0 to 30 mph. Dealer directed consumer parts were not covered under powertrain warranty (4 years, 50,000 miles) and considered electrical parts and to repair at consumer's expense ($918). Corporate office eventually covered part and consumer covered labor expenses. Several other electrical issues have occured with the car including bulb replacements on A/C console, brake lights, and battery failure after 4 years pointing to possible electrical design or integration flaw. (3) fans were replaced and problem was resolved.

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

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