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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,180 miles

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2004 Volkswagen GTI seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 112005

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,180 miles


Consumer bumped a curb causing minor wheel scraping and deployment of side impact airbags (drivers curtain and seat). Resulting repair total in excess of $4,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 082005

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,180 miles
Bumped a curb and side impact air bags deployed. No physical damage to vehicle other than scraped wheels and deployed air bags. Engine no longer starts on first key turn. Taken to insurer recommended shop to have airbags and all related components replaced. Engine still not starting on first key turn.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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