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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Volkswagen Golf electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 242014


  • 47,000 miles


While driving the vehicle simply shut off. I turned on hazzards, put car into park, restarted, put car back into drive and drove away. This was on the I-35 frontage road and I could have easily been rearended / killed. Happened one other time on the bqe in New York several months prior. After the first incident I was told by the authorized service dept. "probably a glitch, won't happen again." Waiting for a third incident where I'm not so lucky.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Nov 072013

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles
First sympton was a faulty warning light stating, incorrectly, that a bulb was dead. Replaced headlights under advice from dealer that the error was due to faulty voltage from a dying bulb. Condition worsened. Information center began stating that all bulbs were out each time you started the car and then finally, lights began to fail. The car lost all exterior passenger side lights and had only intermittent use of rear driver side lighting. Dealer then diagnosed problem as a melted fuse box but could not give reason for melting. No modifications have ever been made to the car. A quick interenet search revealed many people with the same problem across many Volkswagen models and that the dealer's fix of just replacing the fusebox may not address the underlying problem which may be due to a wire to the fuse box. Over $700 spent to date on repairs with no understanding of why VW fuse boxes are melting and wondering how long till my new box melts too.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 152011

Golf 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Vehicle horn does not respond promptly to actuation, typically has about a 1 second delay, which makes it unsuitable for sounding a warning in abrupt lane change situations. Dealer states this is normal, and I have verified that other VW Golf/jettas of the 2010 and 2011 model years respond the same. This is a totally repeatable issue.

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 032011


  • miles
2010 Volkswagen Golf. Within four months of owning the vehicle, it came to stop on its own while the consumer was driving and has continued to do so periodically for a total of four times the consumer stated the problem would occur, as she released the brake to accelerate, released the gas pedal, accelerated or attempted to stop the vehicle. The issue often did not replicate for months.

- Miami, FL, USA

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