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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,374 miles

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2008 Volkswagen GTI transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 102009


  • 22,000 miles


I own a 2008 Volkswagen Gti and am having manual transmission problems, three months of owning the car my first gear scynro has gone out, (disintegrated) this problem has been repaired under warranty. And now has gone out a second and a third time. The second time same dealer same warranty repair. For the third repair the dealer has denied my warranty for the part in question. I'm currently trying to get a hold of VW in germany, because Volkswagen of America's customer service is not willing to help me.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 052008


  • 10,749 miles
I purchased a new 08 VW Gti 10/13/07. After a few months, the manual 6 speed clutch made a loud grinding noise when shifting from 1st into 2nd gear. Initially I took it in 3 times, the tech said the condition could not be duplicated. On 7/5/08, as I was on my way to work, the clutch action fell limp and smoke bellowed from the engine area. The car was down for a week. The clutch disc, pressure plate, trans seals, bolts, flywheel and release bearing were replaced. However, 2 months later the issue returned but was worse. I took the car back to the dealer another 10 times. I eventually had to trade the car @ a huge loss. There is a manufacturer defect with this transmission. I contacted VW headquarters 2 months before I had to sell the car, they were of no assistance.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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