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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,282 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Volkswagen GTI drivetrain problems

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2009 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 092015


  • 52,500 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Gti. While driving 15 mph and coming to a stop, the vehicle jerked forward without warning and the contact heard a loud noise coming from the transmission. After coming to a stop, the vehicle was not able to move and the gear selector lights were illuminated. The vehicle was shut off and restarted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,500.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 142011


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Gti. While at a stop light, the vehicle stalled and all of the warning indicators illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 09V333000 (power train); however, the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the dsg gear box needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 122013

GTI 4-cyl

  • 52,574 miles
Purchased used 2009 VW Gti with dsg transmission on 03 Aug 13. On 06 Aug 13 upon braking and turning a corner the transmission seemingly dropped out of gear, engine revved freely, the transmission re-engaged with a loud clunk in the driveline. Over the next week the frequency of this same problem happening increased until 12 Aug 13. On 12 Aug 13 the transmission would take several seconds(upwards of 30) to engage either 1st or reverse and in doing so would again clunk on engagement. Also, while driving on a state highway at 55 mph the transmission downshifted to an unknown gear, the lights on the shift indicator started to flash, and the transmission would not shift. Had to pull to the shoulder and turn off the engine and restart to continue. Within one mile the same process had to be repeated. This continued for the rest of the 10 mile trip to my home. This car is one that was affected by the recall. The recall has been performed on this car but obviously still has issues. Car will be taken to a dealership on 16 Aug 13 to have it diagnosed.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

problem #4

Oct 092012

GTI 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Two out of the four engine coils went bad at the exact same moment causing the car to loose two out of four cylinders. This made the engine not able to idle or run. Had this happened while trying to clear an intersection or say merging on a highway the result could be catastrophic. VW insists that this is normal wear and tear and not even covered by it's 5-year 60K mile power train warranty. Even though these coils that provide spark to the engine, and vital to it's safe operation, they insist that are only covered by the vehicle's 3-year 36-K mile warranty. Looking at VW chat logs it clear that this has been an ongoing problem with VW Gti for numerous years and needs to revisited for the 2009 model year.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 122012


  • 31,500 miles
Problem occurred occasionally, mostly when the speed was around 0-30mph. The transmission seemed to have a problem in upshifting/downshifting between 1st-3rd gear. While acceleration from stationary, there was a lag in upshifting from 1st-2nd-3rd gear. Sometimes it did not upshift at all. When you released the accelerator and re-applied it again, it would be back to normal. While downshifting from 2nd to 1st gear, it seemed like being pushed by something from the back.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

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problem #2

Jul 102009

GTI 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
After purchasing a new 2009 Gti I noticed some hesitation in the car upon take off/slow down. I took the vehicle directly to the dealership and was told that this was normal for this car and its dsg transmission. I later in the year took it back with the same result. I also contacted VW customer care and was given a case number but no one ever called me back and I was once again was referred back to my local dealership via email. This is a serious safety hazard! my wife has just taken the Gti again, Sept. 6th, 2011 and after 3 days with the Gti we received the same response - "this is normal for dsg transmission". this is not normal!!!! our best description of the safety hazard. When driving the vehicle in sport (s) mode it will often hesitate to pull off from a stop. When attempting to pull out into traffic and this occurs there is about a two second delay from the time the accelerator pedal is depressed to finally taking off. We have observed the tachometer when this problem occurs (without any approaching traffic, and the rpms barely go beyond idle even though the accelerator is pressed down 1/4 to 1/2 way down. When the car does finally take off, it is abruptly, due to the fact that the accelerator pedal is depressed already. When attempting to pull into traffic or turn across it, this delay and then abrupt response could result in serious injury or worse to us or the occupants of my vehicle. Please help us as corporate VW and our local dealership don't care about our safety or the safety of others and its just a matter of when a serious accident occurs because of this safety hazard. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 112009


  • 17,000 miles
Experiencing several safety issues with VW dsg transmission in my 2009 Gti. First, shifting into park. When shifting from either reverse or drive into park on a hill, vehicle rolls 3 feet and then hits a hard "stop". second, very hard downshifting/engine braking in automatic mode when slowing down. This happens at 20 mph and then again at 10 mph. If you are applying the brakes when this engine braking happens it is impossible to stop at a desired point. You can be smoothly applying the brake and then when you slow to 20 mph the engine braking drastically slows the vehicle even more. It's like shifting into a lower gear at too high a speed while simultaneously applying the brakes. Very dangerous! third, lurch/surge when starting on a hill. When backing out of a spot on a hill or starting forward on a hill having just put the vehicle in drive the engine revs for 3 seconds as if it is not in gear and then lurches suddenly forward.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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