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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 152014


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Gti. While idling at a traffic light, the entire instrument panel illuminated and smoke appeared from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the starter melted due to the battery being cracked and acid spilled onto the engine compartment. The wire between the battery and starter were melted. The independent mechanic recommended that the vehicle should be taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic and the auto insurance company stated that the failures were not caused by a fire. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Lexington , SC, USA

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