definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,343 miles

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2007 Volkswagen GTI electrical problems

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2007 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 302013


  • 109,000 miles


Passenger side headlight (please see attached photo "headlight.jpg"): this actually happened for the first time the day we bought the car, right after we pulled out of your lot. We pulled right back in after circling the block, but after leore turned the engine off and on again everything was fine then. I have not found a way to duplicate this. It seems to happen randomly, but usually within the first minute or so of driving. There always seems to but be a bright flash from which one of the lights does not recover. Dashboard message: This one looks like it may be related to the first issue (again, please see attached photo named "message.jpg"): the message reading "front right dipped beam not working!" usually displays within the first few seconds after starting the engine. I have not been able to find a way to duplicate this at will. It also seems to randomly happen, but a lot more often than the failing headlight under issue #1 does. The passenger door power lock seems to work only on and off. All other locks (I'm not positive about the trunk actually) seem to work fine. Alignment: The vehicle pulls to the left on the freeway. I bought a used vehicle from stevens creek volklswagen that was unsafe which was my understanding it was safe. I have attempted to get it resolved through the dealership and manufacturer but majority of the above listed items in first paragraph (I.e., tire pressure sensor, speed, headlight) are still unresolved.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 272013

GTI 4-cyl

  • 78,400 miles
While taking an on-ramp onto the highway my car got stuck in 2nd gear and would not upshift. I tried switching to manual mode but that did not work either. The prnds was flashing and I had to pull over and shut the vehicle off. It worked normal after that for a few miles. I filled up at a gas station and when leaving the car went into neutral and the prnds was flashing again.

- Lone Jack, MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 192013

GTI 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle (auto transmission) appeared to have gone into neutral and the gears on display began flashing. Only stopping, shifting to park, and then back into gear would allow the car to engage gears again. 2007 VW Gti w/ dsg transmission.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #4

Jan 102008


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Gti. When a passenger is seated in the front passenger seat, the air bag sensor light constantly illuminates and displays "passenger side air bag is off". the dealer stated that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The replacement was made, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the seat tensioner was replaced. The failure persisted as well. While driving less than 60 mph, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The weather stripping on the passenger side was replaced three times, in addition to the sunroof once. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for repairs. The failure mileage was 10,000 and current mileage was 41,000.

- Banger, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
My 2007 VW Gti dsg has transmission safety problems that have caused me to nearly get hit numerous times. The problems began when the car was less than 4 months old. Without warning the car slips out of gear, lags, then grabs gear again and has to re-accelerate causing loss of control of vehicle speed. This has happened in traffic at speeds of 65 as well as in city 30-45 mph. This has happened when pulling out onto a busy turnpike and suddenly having the car have no acceleration power almost causing me to get hit by oncoming traffic. When going at highway speeds it has happened with no warning and suddenly the car decelerates and there is a several second lag before it grabs and decides to go again. This can happen several times consecutively which is a very serious safety issue. I have had the car into the dealer at least 8-10 times and everytime they tell me it is fixed and then I pull out and it slips out of gear again. They have replaced the mecatronic unit, reflashed the ECM, added in a missing launch control program and replaced intake flap motor. These problem have taken all my faith out of the vehicle. Everytime I drive I am afraid. You don't know when it will slip out of gear and lose power. I hear a loud thunk from the engine and it feels like the car has been hit from under the hood. I have to continue this on another complaint form B/C of length, pls. See page 2 of chris dunn 2007 VW Gti

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 142007

GTI 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The mil or check engine light would come on repeatedly. Each time the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the check engine light, the error code was "fuel pressure regulator." After 5 seperate trips to the dealership for the same issue, the dealership has replaced the high pressure fuel pump, the low pressure fuel pump, the fuel filter, the fuel regulator, the low pressure fuel sensor, and most recently the high pressure fuel sensor. I believe that the high pressure fuel sensor was at fault from the very beginning.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 112006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
2007 Gti 2.0, package2, dsg. Vehicle speedometer is not accurate. In order to travel 60 mph, the speedometer must read 65 mph. The only way to see the correct speed, is with the climatronic. Hold down econ and air up buttons at same time. Turn driver's side knob to 19.0, turn middle knob until says 19.1. the uncorrected speed is shown in the passenger side climatronic window. The uncorrected speed matches up to other vehicles and is accurate from all tests. Volkswagen is taking the actual speed, and making it wrong, and sending to the speedometer. The same holds true in every 2007 Gti with 18" wheels. A vehicle costing over $25,000 should at least be able to give accurate speed. It is very dangerous to have to look down to climatronc to get accurate speed.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

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