definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,615 miles

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2011 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 122015


  • 68,500 miles


The 2011 VW Golf tdi shut off while being driven. The steering wheel locked.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 102011

Golf 4-cyl

  • 18,500 miles
I started my car on 12/10/2011, during which it was around 28 degrees. A few seconds later, the car stalled. After starting it a second time, I drove the car to between 3-5 mph, at which time it stalled again. On the third try, I was able to keep the engine running, but the engine ran rough for the first few minutes. On January 4 following another bout of cold weather, the car's engine refused to start even after multiple attempts. It was towed to the dealership where they attempted to start it. According to the dealership, it started immediately. The dealership is currently looking into the issue. They believe the problem is related to the intercooler pipes freezing during cold temperatures. When it thaws, water enters the engine and hydrolocks it, preventing it from starting or stalling the engine if it is already running. This issue poses several safety risks, especially if the car stalls in the midst of high-speed traffic.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 202011

Golf 4-cyl

  • 7,844 miles
Sunroof on 2011 Volkswagen tdi exploded during morning commute at 65mph. Foreign object impact does not appear to be the cause. Outside temp was ~29F, no vehicles in close proximity, no overpasses. Continued driving as problem was apparent, but not getting worse after the initial boom! and shower of glass shards. Images available, took with my cell phone after arriving at my workplace. Dealer is covering under warranty, including provision of a rental car.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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