definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,140 miles

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2007 Volkswagen GTI engine problems

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2007 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 062010


  • 77,900 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Gti. While driving between 45 to 85 mph, the vehicle responded as if it was in neutral gear and failed to accelerate. The contact also stated that when the cruise control was activated the vehicle lost power. The dealer performed a diagnostic test which determined that it was the cam follower that needed to be replaced. The cam follower was replaced at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 77900 and the current mileage was 78770.

- Pawleys Island, SC, USA

problem #4

May 012009


  • 20,000 miles
The high pressure fuel pump cam follower system on the 2.0T fsi motors is prone to failure, I had a follower wear through the protective coating in about 20,000 miles, and due to this reason further wear would be accelerated, damaging the camshaft and the cam lobe, as well as the fuel pump, causing the car to be out of service for at least fifteen days. I replaced the follower myself but demand that Volkswagen finds a reasonable solution to fix this. They refuse to do any repairs until there is a failure. But when a failure occurs more than 5000 dollars with of labor and parts must be put into the car to fix this issue. And if it is past the warranty period than this problem is just a ticking time bomb. This must be solved in order for these cars to have at least some chance at longevity without a repair that will break later on.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Nov 262007


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volkswagen Gti. Sporadically, the air bag and engine warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on ten occasions and they replaced the intake manifold sensors, the rear seal in the trunk, the sun roof assembly, and the seat belt position sensor. Immediately after the repairs were made, the failures recurred. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 12,000 and current mileage was 34,000.

- Bangor, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 032006

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Engine failure at only 800 miles.

- Middle Island, NY, USA

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