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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,166 miles

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2008 Volkswagen GTI engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,332 miles


2008 VW Gti dsg--automatic transmission problem: The car "jumps" randomly when releasing foot off the brake at a red light, or when engaging from park to drive and releasing brake. Many "close calls" to crashing and/or property damage due to known issue, especially when parallel parked on street: I.e. car jumping forward or backward potentially damaging parked cars around or, even worse, "jumping" into the traffic lanes. Dealership deflects the issue, claiming it to be "normal" operation of the transmission. Warranty on the transmission has been extended to 10yr/100,000mile, though not in response to this issue, according to dealership.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 152007


  • 10,000 miles
The engine consumes 3-4 extra quarts of synthetic oil between 5,000 mile oil change intervals as instructed by manufacturer. Its a 2.0T engine that uses synthetic oil. I had previous version of 1.8T and it did not consume any oil at all. If the oil is not added, the car would take 2-3 times to start up (doesn't matter which season) and its horrible on gas mileage. Went to dealership 5 times already and every time they tell me that this is normal consumption. I informed that I have to add oil to keep the car going, they told me that its not their problem until the engine ceases at which time they will look into it. As a consumer, I have no choice but to keep on adding the synthetic oil. I thought that synthetic oil is hard to break down and yes I used the recommended grade. VW is taking me for a ride. Does anybody have any suggestions?

- Dumont, NJ, USA

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