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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25 miles

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2007 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


This is a continuation from chris dunn 2007 VW Gti after the most "fix" for the transmission problems - one week ago - the car has developed another serious safety problem. When starting the car and pressing on the gas, you hear a loud thunk and feel hard hit and the car jerks (lunges?) forward about 5 feet. Since this fix, one week ago, the car not only does the lunging forward but now is also nearly stalling. After being at a stop and you depress the gas the car shakes and has the feeling it will stall unless you give it more gas. It then begins to accelerate slowly at about 1/3 regular power. This recently happened as I was crossing at a four-way stop and because of the hesitation I nearly got hit again. They also replaced the instrument panel for electrical issues caused every time it was hot that caused lack of instrument panel lights and all display info would not be visible. You didn't know what gear you were in, no radio, miles per gallon, or any warnings, etc. However, this was an unrelated problem not the trans problem which will get me killed. I have exhausted my options, have received no cooperation from dealership that serviced the car which is closer than the dealer I purchased from. The first time I had the transmission problem, I took to where I bought it. There was a major delay between throttle input and vehicle acceleration. They drove the car and duplicated the transmission problem of throttle delay. They said the car shifted at 1000-1500 RPM's past redline and asked if I had done performance enhancing tuning to the ECU. ---- I had not, ----this was a brand new car. They had me sign a paper to that effect, which I have. They said there was probably transmission damage to the car or there "would be future transmission damage" and sent me on my way. I called vwof America and got a "too bad goodbye". since then the car in for repair at least 8-10 times, several days at a time ---and I am afraid to drive it. I am getting no help.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 152006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The speedometer on my 2007 Volkswagen Gti is off by about 10 percent or to put things in perspective, when my speedometer is reading 90 mph, actual speed is 81-82 mph according to my german nav system. The car is as it left the factory with factory tires and wheels. I believe my odometer might be off a similar amount as well. I contacted Volkswagen on the matter and they told me that it was normal for the speedometer to be off by that much. I cannot believe this as my 1995 Ford F-150 work truck reads exactly as it should !!! (again measured by my portable nav system. I could not understand why I was always getting passed on the freeway and sometimes getting rude verbal and hand gestures even though I was traveling above the posted speed limit. This has occurred ever since I have owned the car and have only just discovered the discrepancy very recently (within a couple of weeks). I have listed the number of failures as 365 because I have owned the car since new and believe the speedometer and odometer have been incorrect since new. Im not even guessing as to how much the mileage on my car might be off yet. The car currently has 11000 miles. This is a concern which should be looked into and the manufacturer is not willing to do a thing about it apparently, so I turn to your organization in hopes that something might be done about this discrepancy. Thank you for your attention to this matter in advance.

- Thousand Palms, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 052007

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The speedometer on my car is inaccurate and displays a speed that is 10% faster than I am actually traveling. My local dealer applied a programming fix (tsb), but that did not correct the problem.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Vehicle: 2007 VW Gti w/dsg transmission speedometer needle consisently overstates actual speed above 20 mph. The overstatement varies from 1 mph (at 30 mph) to 5-6 mph (at 65 mph). The speedometer needle also disagrees with the speed reported by the vehicle's electronic trip computer. Based on all my tests in open-road driving conditions, the electronic trip computer is proving accurate information-- the speedometer needle (which gets its input from the electronic trip computer) has been deliberately designed or deliberately calibrated to overstate vehicle speed. The dealer has checked the entire system out, finding no recorded faults in the system. All known tsb's have been applied. The dealer reported that they checked out other similar vehicles and found identical speed overstatement issues. The dealer further stated that they had contacted Volkswagen of America regarding this issue and were told that the overstatement of speed was "within operational parameters". the function of a speedometer is to provide a reasonable determination of actual vehicle speed. While a 1-2 mph variance is reasonable, a 5-6 mph variance is not. At interstate highway speeds, drivers are unable to reasonably determine their speed without mentally adjusting for a correctable design deficiency

- North Tonawanda, NY, USA

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