hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,788 miles

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2001 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

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2001 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #12

Apr 232007

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,268 miles


On the morning of 27 April 2007, I started my 2001 Volkswagen Gti 1.8T. The vehicle was idling very rough and did not sound normal. I thought that it was because the vehicle was cold. At this point it backed out of my driveway and drove down the road. Approximately a mile or two down the road I came to a stop sign and after stopping and then proceeding through the intersection my vehicle seemed like it had little or no power to the engine. At this point my check engine light started flashing so I immediately pulled of to the side of the road and shut off my engine. I then opened my hood and smoke poured out of the engine compartment. At this point I checked my oil to see it it smelt burnt which it did not. I then checked my coolant level and it was full and wasn't even warm. I then had my vehicle towed to my mechanic and he diagnosed my vehicle and told me that 1 of the 4 coils in my engine had stopped working and had caught on fire and that's what had caused the smoke and the check engine light. He also said the all four need to be replaced or this could happen again. At this point all four coils were replaced and the old ones were given to me to keep as proof that the parts were defective.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 282003

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,064 miles
Since car was bought in 2001 mil light has been coming on in raining conditions. VW said it was the catalytic converter and replaced in at no charge in March of 2003. Since replacement light still comes on, and is now permanently on. When car is wet you can see sparks coming from the ignition coil. There are noticeable cracks in the coil housing. ****** reference information(Iwww.epa.gov/otaq/cert/recall/420B04018.pdf) ****** states the following: Cylinder ignition coil failure. Causing the engine to misfire and illuminate the malfunction indicator lamp (mil). Two separate failure modes may exist within the defective ignition coils tested, (1)coil housing damage caused during the assembly process at the applicable VW or Audi factory, (2)coil design shortcomings by the supplier. *****************note: The 2002 golf Gti VR6 (engine class 2vwxv02.8224) and the 2001 euro van VR6 (engine class 1vwxv02.8225)use the same ignition coils as my car, the 2001 golf Gti VR6 (engine class 1vwxv02.8224). Please help to include my call the 2001 golf Gti (VR6). My car is now and has been going through all kinds of electrical issues, excess fuel consumption, emissions faults, loss of power engine power while driving, excess oil comsumption etc.

- Brookfield, CT, USA

problem #10

Feb 022006

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 113,000 miles
Engine misfires on damp mornings creating sudden loss of acceleration and intermittent stall condition. Mil light may flash but doesn't remain lit after episode. Diagnosed as second coil failure in just 2 years totaling over $1,200 in repairs. This is the VR6 engine with a single coil unit - the "good" coil not subject to Volkswagen's secret warranty as offered on coils of other 2001 models and on the 2002 model of the VR6. It would seem the secret warranty may have been arbitrarily limited in scope.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #9

Oct 042005

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 51,999 miles


On October 4, 2005 the check engine light activated on my 2001 VW Gti, upon bringing it to my repair shop - they notified me that my ignition coil was defective and needed replacement, this repair cost me nearly $1,000. Upon learning that the ignition coil on 2001 VW's was defective and reading a press release from VW that stated in part all 2001 VW cars including Gti's equipped with 2.8 liter VR6 would be replaced at no cost" and all customers will be notified that this part doesn't meet our high standards and will be replaced, I contacted VW and requested reimbursement for my repair. They notified me that, contrary to the info contained in their press release, my car wasn't eligible for this repair. It appears that this is the part referenced in service bulletin 0401 and 0402, 10007016 and 10007205 on this website. It appears that VW isn't living up to their commitment, they neither notified me initially or agreed to reimbursement or other remedy when I contacted them today.

- Loudonville, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 262005

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Vehicle is in shop for replacement of catalytic converter and mass air flow sensor, both still under warranty because they are emission control. The culprit for the failure seems to be the coil pack has failed. The coil is not covered under warranty as the car now has 43,000 miles and is outside of warranty, cost is about $800. The coil pack failed and was replaced at 19,000 miles under warranty. Was told by dealer to expect to replace the coil about every 2 years. In addition had the drivers window clips fail twice and the window fell into the door, horn shorted 3 seperate times, the dealer finally replaced the relay the 3rd time it came in and that corrected it.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #7

Sep 302004

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 93,126 miles
Five of the 6 engine cylinders were misfiring so the vehicle failed the state emission test. The dealership indicated that the ignition coils had to be replaced. They didn't indicate what was wrong with the coils. The manufacturer indicated that there a recall on this part on this model but the vehicle identification number did not fall within the recall.(not found in artemis).

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 182004

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


I bought a Volkswagen Gti 1.8T in 2001. It had numerous failures on me. Ignition coil failure, window collapsed sudently, shift is stuck in parking, catalyst converter failure, rear brake pads worned out very fast while the front pad was like new. I am extremely disappointed in Volkswagen. Their customer service was horrible. Allltheir responses were this is not under the warranty, it's normal wear and tear etc.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 042004

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,500 miles
Ignition coil failed at 30 months. $636 repair termed normal maintenance by Volkswagen. Massive reimbursement program in process for failed coils on other model year Gtis and same model year with different engine, none of which helps you if you own a 2001 Gti VR6. Car has also suffered mass airflow sensor failure, 2 power window failures, 2 brake light switch failures with related inoperable cruise control, body weather stripping quickly developed holes, failed glove compartment light module, rear cupholder failure. I've lost count of dealer service visits.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #4

Nov 252003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
While driving the vehicle experienced a sudden loss of acceleration. The dealer determined one of the ignition coils must be replaced.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 142003

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2001 VR6 ignition coil failure, had part replaced today for $550, made it 1/4 mile down the road, literally to the first stop sign and it happened again, misfiring, loss of power, cel light came back on, I am driving a loaner right now.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202002

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Multiple coilpack problems. 3 out of 4 failed in less than one year of ownership. One coilpack fell apart in my hand as I replaced it with an aftermarket part. I purchased aftermarket replacements because dealer was unable to get the part due to overwhelming failures. They had 25 cars on the lot that were undriveable.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 052003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,500 miles
Ignition coilpack failures in four cylinder 1.8 turbo engines. Model year 01+, engine code aww. VW is well aware of this epidemic condition and is not issuing a recall, nor have they communicated anything to their coustomers. VW has new redesigned parts but are in short supply so VW is only replacing parts in cars that have failed, and then only to the coilpack that has failed not in all four. This is unnaceptable. They are basically waiting for everyone that ones a car with that engine to break down on the road and then only replace 1 of the 4 coilpacks with the new design. So after 3 more breakdowns and endless days waiting for parts will your car be "trustworthy" again.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

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