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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,792 miles

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2006 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #5

May 082013


  • 47,400 miles


Air bag light and symbol light is on with an internal code stored. Uncertain if air bag will deploy; possible electrical problem. Contacted Volkswagen after finding several hundred + people complaining of similar problem. I was informed that a service notice was sent out; however I did not receive forementioned notice nor any prior or subsequent recall notices or bulletins from Volkswagen. Apparently the service bulletin expired Jan 2013 and they refused to repair "obvious systemic problem associated with all 2006 model year Volkswagen". people are still having problems and the estimated repair cost noted from several posts indicate that it is an $1800+ repair, there should have been and needs to be a recall on all 2006 Volkswagen air bag fault light issues to make certain that air bag will deploy if vehicle is in an accident. VW representative told me that the air bag "may" or "may not" deploy. How many how many injuries or fatalities have to occur before you make them take action? my son drives this occasionally and I am concerned about his safety. No parent should have to bury a child. I am the second owner of the vehicle and it had and still has extremely low mileage and has never been in an accident or sustained damage of any type. Just type in 2006 VW or Volkswagen Gti air bag light or VW air bag fault or VW air bag fail light in any web browser and you will see just how large of a problem this has been and still is. Service bulletin no.: sb-69-11-01 component(s): Air bags NHTSA id number: 10038665 vehicle make/model/model and year(s) "¢volkswagenbeetle2004-2008 ?¢volkswageneos2007-2008 ?¢volkswagengti2006-2008 ?¢volkswagenjetta2005-2008 ?¢volkswagenpassat2006-2008 ?¢volkswagenr322006-2008 "¢volkswagenrabbit2006-2008 I have had my son research this problem and I have provided you his email and tel #.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #4

May 012010


  • 59,279 miles
Car information: 2006 Volkswagen Gti 2.0T, 59,279 miles. Incident: Went to start car after eating in a restaurant, ignition coil exploded. Melted the wiring harness, valve cover and damaged other electrical components. This could have resulted in a serious car fire and endangered people's lives. There is currently a recall on these ignition coils for emissions problems, but I think there needs to be more investigating done. Volkswagen is covering parts and labor to fix issues resulting from explosion, but will not provide rental car or other transportation while car is being worked on. I am worried about future electrical issues as a result from this.

- Zanesville, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 032007

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,250 miles
Vehicle was running rough, pulled over and shut off engine. Restarted and vehicle still idled very rough. While calling VW roadside assistance, I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. When I opened the hood I found a large amount of what looked and smelled like electrical smoke. Within one minute, the engine caught on fire. 911 was called and a fire truck came out to extinguish the fire, which was contained in the engine compartment. Vehicle was towed to dealer in traverse city, mi, where it was inspected and VW of America contacted me and said it was an ignition coil fire. They have made an offer to buy back the car. This vehicle had a previous ignition coil failure (Feb., 2007/10,686 miles) resulting in melted wiring. There were also failures of the turbocharger, catalytic converter and ignition switch prior to the engine fire. Service reports are available for all of the failures prior to the engine fire on 10/03/07.

- Petoskey, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 032006


  • miles
1) none 2) having a pre-miscalibrated speedometer causes me confusion as I drive and has resulted in my getting a ticket. 3) nothing yet.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #1

Feb 232006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
1) there is an electrical access plate at the base of both the drivers and passengers seat towards the doors. 2) when I get in and out of the car, I kick off the plastic access door. 3) this is more a nuisance, but needs to be redesigned. I will eventually have the dealer replace the door and hope it fits tighter than the original.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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