definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced both front (complete) strut assemblies (1 reports)
2003 Volkswagen GTI suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 012010

GTI 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles


In Feb.2010, I began noticing a rattle type of noise coming from the right side of the front end. This mystery seemed to be more pronounced when I drove up and over speed bumps (some of which were large enough to land a small aircraft on) on my road. Let me say at this point, that I DO NOT run the sh*t out of my VW GTI. Although It will run like a scalded dog if you let the turbo charger wind up, I've gotten all that hot rodding stuff out of my system,years ago. I normally keep a car for 20 years or longer and when I do get rid of them... they usually end up going to the auction. In early March of 2010, I got the car up to my dealership where I originally had purchased it, and had them service it. Let me say here... this dealership is one of the few that I trust to work on my vehicle and I know that they won't bend me over ...actually we have a very good relationship. After diagnosing my complaint, they told me that the right coil spring was broken. Their recommendation was to do both sides...replacing both complete strut assemblies,including the coil springs. That's what I had done and since then, I have not had any problems with the front suspension.

It really strikes me as very odd that a car which is (now) 7 years old and has less than 60,000 miles on it should break a major componet in the front end. I had the dealer save the broken spring for me, and I still have it.The repairs and their associated charges were taken care of by the dealer and paid for by me the day of the service work.I would expect somthing like this to occur on a vehicle 20 years or older and with more like 200,000 plus miles on it.

- , Bel Air, MD, USA

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