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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,000 miles

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2005 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 062005

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


I bought a new Volkswagen Gti in '02. Every six days when the temperature went over 85 degrees, the car died and left me stranded. This also happened in moving traffic, and I lost throttle, steering, transmission, and braking ability. VW replaced the car two months later. The same problems occurred. Every electrical system in the car then began to fail. After two months of research and analysis, since I am a retired federal engineer, I noticed that the factory was putting 90 amp alternators in the automatic transmission cars, and when it got hot, and the cooling fans came on, the alternator could not supply enough power to the battery, which discharged over a 5 or 6 day interval, then stranded people. I reported this to Volkswagen of America. They thanked me for solving a problem their engineers had been unable to fix. I was horrified, when I got a 2005 Gti, to again find myself stranded on the road, helpless, when it got hot. Sure enough, there was a 90 amp alternator in that car, not the required 120 amp. This was 3 years after they acknowledged they had a problem. I was then told that this was not a factory error, but a deliberate decision by VW to save money by using the cheaper alternator. They have stranded totally disabled people like myself, and families, for the past 3 years, to save a few dollars. I was told by VW that when the owner gets stranded, the correct alternator is then put in the vehicle. By then, the electronics have been fried, as has happened with my new car. I ask the government to step in, and order VW to recall all 2002-2005 VW Gtis with automatic transmissions, and to replace my vehicle, which has failed 4 times so far, with a vehicle with the proper alternator in it.

- Dale City, VA, USA

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