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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 miles

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2007 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 302013


  • 109,000 miles


Passenger side headlight (please see attached photo "headlight.jpg"): this actually happened for the first time the day we bought the car, right after we pulled out of your lot. We pulled right back in after circling the block, but after leore turned the engine off and on again everything was fine then. I have not found a way to duplicate this. It seems to happen randomly, but usually within the first minute or so of driving. There always seems to but be a bright flash from which one of the lights does not recover. Dashboard message: This one looks like it may be related to the first issue (again, please see attached photo named "message.jpg"): the message reading "front right dipped beam not working!" usually displays within the first few seconds after starting the engine. I have not been able to find a way to duplicate this at will. It also seems to randomly happen, but a lot more often than the failing headlight under issue #1 does. The passenger door power lock seems to work only on and off. All other locks (I'm not positive about the trunk actually) seem to work fine. Alignment: The vehicle pulls to the left on the freeway. I bought a used vehicle from stevens creek volklswagen that was unsafe which was my understanding it was safe. I have attempted to get it resolved through the dealership and manufacturer but majority of the above listed items in first paragraph (I.e., tire pressure sensor, speed, headlight) are still unresolved.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 252009


  • 24,000 miles
The cruise control dash light went out during operation without warning. The light went off and on for about a week. The light, at this point had no effect on the function of the cruise control to maintain speed, speed up or slow down; the speed remained steady even without a functioning dash light. One week after the light began to go on and off, the malfunction spread to affect the speed of the vehicle or failed to work completely. During operation of the vehicle at 65 mph and using the cruise control, noticed that the vehicle began to accelerate to 85 mph by its self without previously setting that speed or without even physically inciting change. The last experience with use of cruise control the malfunction caused complete shutdown of the cruise control system and slowed the car without will of the drive. The vehicle, on the highway, began to slow down as though the gas pedal had been depressed. It shuts its self off as it pleases, or accelerates as it pleases.the use of cruise control has since been discontinued and will not be used until further evaluation is undergone.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Nov 012006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
My 2007 VW Gti dsg has transmission safety problems that have caused me to nearly get hit numerous times. The problems began when the car was less than 4 months old. Without warning the car slips out of gear, lags, then grabs gear again and has to re-accelerate causing loss of control of vehicle speed. This has happened in traffic at speeds of 65 as well as in city 30-45 mph. This has happened when pulling out onto a busy turnpike and suddenly having the car have no acceleration power almost causing me to get hit by oncoming traffic. When going at highway speeds it has happened with no warning and suddenly the car decelerates and there is a several second lag before it grabs and decides to go again. This can happen several times consecutively which is a very serious safety issue. I have had the car into the dealer at least 8-10 times and everytime they tell me it is fixed and then I pull out and it slips out of gear again. They have replaced the mecatronic unit, reflashed the ECM, added in a missing launch control program and replaced intake flap motor. These problem have taken all my faith out of the vehicle. Everytime I drive I am afraid. You don't know when it will slip out of gear and lose power. I hear a loud thunk from the engine and it feels like the car has been hit from under the hood. I have to continue this on another complaint form B/C of length, pls. See page 2 of chris dunn 2007 VW Gti

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Speedometer is about 9% off. (speedometer reads 70 mph, actual speed is 63-64 mph).

- San Diego, CA, USA

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