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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Volkswagen GTI engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

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

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