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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,000 miles

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2008 Volkswagen GTI drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2008 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 182009


  • 12,000 miles


Normal acceleration from a stop or rolling, the dsg transmission will hesitate and produce a very rough shift to the next gear. This is intermittent but almost daily. Car is now in the VW dealers repair shop.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 232009


  • 20,000 miles
My dsg worked when I first got the car. I now have 20K miles on the car and my dsg is clunky, unsmooth, and sometimes the reverse gear does not even work, it just goes into neutral and stays there until I go back into park and switch back to reverse. I think that the dsg is a great transmission, don't get me wrong, but I feel that too many of them are failing too quickly. If vwoa were to fix these bugs then it would be an amazing transmission. I am having so many problems with my transmission that im thinking that I should have just got the manual. Vwoa needs to fix these bugs before something bad happens, to me, or other fellow VW owners.

- Short Hills , NJ, USA

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