really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Golf transmission problems

transmission problem

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2010 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 042010


  • 20 miles


2010 Volkswagen Golf tdi 6 speed manual stalls extremely often. I have previously owned a 2006 Volkswagen gti with manual transmission and never had an issue with the clutch engagement. 2010 Golf has currently 12.000 miles on it and the problem doesn't go away. This has happened in the middle of an intersection when you are about to take off and clear the intersection. Therefore I think this is a safety issue and needs to be investigated. As previous complaints state, apparently the cars immediately stalls as soon as you fall below 750rpm. The dealership told me that everything is normal and there are no problems with my car. I do not believe it! I have to enter an approximate incident date but it happens all the time. Therefore the date is somewhat useless.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 202010


  • 1 miles
2010 Volkswagen Golf tdi 6 speed manual: Clutch and ignition switch issue. Vehicle is clearly one of the easiest cars to stall. Owner has been driving for 27 years, professionally trained driver as a law enforcement officer and driven numerous manual transmission vehicles in demanding situations. This vehicle has very long clutch travel but an extremely short engagement. Car notoriously stalls very easily because of this. Vehicle is designed with an apparent built in 750 RPM stall meter...ie car will not remain running if in gear and at or below 750 RPM's. secondly, due to the stalling of the engine, the next inferior design issue is that VW ignitions require you to completely manually cycle off the ignition switch (as when the car is stalled) then recycle the ignition switch to restart the motor. Therefore, when you stall the car, as easily as it happens, such as moving out into an intersection from a stop sign, you must rapidly turn ignition switch counter clockwise, followed immediately clockwise to restart the engine. This is a safety issue as it is leaving you disabled where another vehicle could easily collide with you. VW apparently feels this type of ignition "safety" is necessary to reduce the chance of damaging an ignition if one were to attempt to turn over an already running engine, when one forgot it was running. If this is such a great design why don't other car manufactures also use this feature? and I have never heard of anyone severely damaging an ignition by turning over an ignition on an already running engine.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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