definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,355 miles

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2001 Volkswagen GTI engine problems

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2001 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Jun 232005

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 VW golf Gti. It is leaking oil from the engine's block head gasket. Being that it is under a 100K miles warranty I took it in to the VW dealer to have it fixed. I was alarmed that the dealer told me that the leak was a "small and normal leakage, just sipping." The person at the counter told me I had nothing to worry because I was under warranty and "would get a new engine if anything happened to the one I have now." Can you please have VW explained to me how is that an engine block that leaks oil is "normal". in the end, I left B/C they would not service the car sinse it was "sipping" oil, thus acceptable according to the dealer.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 042003

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,000 miles
My blinkers stopped working in August 2002. Dealer repaired under warranty. January 2003 check engine light came on. Car off warranty; turbo cut off valve replaced and coolant temp sensor. Check engine light came on a couple weeks later. Took Gti to dealer again. Dealer replaced the fuel pump relay. Now, 3 days later the check engine light came on again.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

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