hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,516 miles

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2010 Volkswagen GTI engine problems

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2010 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 062016


  • 88,500 miles


Vehicle was stationary and parked. It would not start. The engine tried to turn over but would not stay running. It was taken to a Volkswagen dealer service department for diagnosis. The result is a timing chain tensioner failure and very large $2200 repair fee with the potential for a significant rebuild of the engine if more damage is found. After some research it appears that this is a known design issue with the tensioner part and there is a technical service bulletin (tsb 1512-01) issued for it but no recall. It is very like to occur for all Volkswagen models with the 2.0 tsi engine produced between 2008-2013. This could have been life threatening if the failure had occurred while the vehicle was in motion, especially at higher speeds.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

May 282016


  • 98,400 miles
Timing chain tensioner failure - the car was parked for the night. In the morning I went to start it. I would not start. There were no lights or error codes. Towed to the dealership. The dealership stated zero compression and bent valves. They stated I need a new engine. $7400 called VW of american. They offered no help what so ever. Volkswagen of America just keeps stating the car was out of warranty. There is a tsb, multiple complaints on the internet regarding tiguans, Gti's and passats. This engine has had this problem happening for years from 2008 to 2013 VW will not accept any responsibility.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #6

May 052015


  • 81,979 miles
The car sputtered, shook, and made an awful sound similar to a ton of marbles in a drier machine. The timing chain went at roughly 82,000 miles. According to VW literature they stated that the reason they went back to a timing chain is that it is a lifetime, nonserviceable part. The timing chain going on an interference type engine destroyed my engine to the order of almost $4000. VW did not want to assist with anything.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #5

Dec 222012


  • 43,067 miles


We purchased and we were servicing our VW Gti 2010 at autobarn mt. Prospect/il. In the last 2 years we replaced all ignition coils at different time intervals and twice for cylinder #2. there are actually multiple issues here. First, this kind of problem can easily generate an accident, if one ignition coil fails at the wrong time and the wrong place (when passing or driving on a mountain road). Second, the ignition coils are poorly designed and they go bad way too fast making the car undriveable. Costly towing was required almost every time. Third, the VW dealership should advise customers to replace all coils in the same time at the first sign of trouble. Instead they choose to replace them one by one, charging between $180 and $220 every time just for labor, when the part itself costs just $32 and the level of difficulty for this task is very low.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 132015


  • 65,000 miles
I was told that the ignition coil should last up until 100K mileage and this gave out at 65K and caused engine misfiring and almost engine failure. Volkswagen has similar recalls for their ignition coils and I think the 2010 VW Gti should be included. Thank you.

- Albany , NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 172014


  • 76,183 miles
Vehicle was running very rough. Hard to start. Had it towed to North penn VW. They diagnosed it as a defective timing chain tensioner. Two managers and a tech said the part failed and it should not have. They said it was of no fault of my own. They suggested I contact VW since it was a defective part. I did and they said they would not be able to help me since it out of warranty. It is a known problem on all 2010 VW's. the dealership admitted it and there is a service bulletin(tsb) addressing the exact part.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 132014


  • 80,000 miles
The car stalled and lost power while driving. No power and no time to allow safely to move the car to the shoulder. Almost cause a rear end collision.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302013


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Gti. The contact stated that the check engine warning lamp illuminated and the engine started to shudder and misfired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the intake manifold needed to be replaced and all of the valves needed to be clean. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,000. The current mileage was 64,000.

- Marchville, MA, USA

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