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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,052 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 112008

GTI

  • 45,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Gti. The contact stated that there is a high resistance in the driver's side seat belt buckle that causes the air bag light to continuously illuminate. The dealer stated that it is a warranty item and they would not cover the repair costs. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 102007

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Gti. The air bag warning indicator light illuminated. The dealer stated that the passenger air bag was defective because the resistance in the igniter was too high. The dealer stated that the air bag needed to be replaced. No repairs were made. The current and failure mileages were 68,000. Updated 01/11/08. Updated

- Mcclave, CO, USA

problem #5

Mar 012006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Gti. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle struck a pothole and the air bags deployed. The dealer stated that the failure emulated a crash and are not responsible for the repair. The contact has pictures. The VIN and engine size were unavailable. The current mileage is 60,000 and failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 06/08/07.

- Congres, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 262004

GTI 6-cyl

  • miles

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

When the 2003 Volkswagen Gti VR6 was in a front end collision with a SUV and as a result was totaled the driver's air bag did not go off. It seems there may be more faulty aig bags out there in the 2003 year model Gti's. nothing has been done to fix this problem. People, you're safety is at risk.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 262004

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,367 miles
Events leading up to failure was a front end collision, in which my car was in a front impact accident with a SUV. My car is a little 2 door VW Gti VR6 2003. The SUV was a Honda Pilot. The failure was that my car was considered totaled by my insurance company and by the body shop my car was towed to and the driver's air bag did not go off. The engine block was cracked and the passenger air bag went off, but I was the only person in the vehicle. I had my seat belt on and my air bag did not go off. The consequences are that my neck and back hurt daily. Nothing has been done that I know of to this day to correct the action. I would suggest looking at the engineering of the computer system dealing with the air bag.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

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problem #2

Dec 092004

GTI 6-cyl

  • miles
The consumer was traveling 40 mph, but when he attempted to apply the brakes, the pedal went to the floor. The consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and rear ended another vehicle. The driver's side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger side did deploy. The driver sustained head injuries. The consumer refused to go to the hospital. The vehicle was towed and totaled T by the insurance company. Please fill in additional information.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 132003

GTI

  • miles
Consumer rear ended another vehicle, and the air bags did not deploy.

- Glendale, CA, USA

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