really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,351 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Golf brakes problems

brakes problem

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2013 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 102014


  • 50,000 miles


The rear brakes (mainly driver side) on my 2013 sportwagon tdi, are sticking bad.. mileage has dropped 10 mpg-ish, and they are really emitting quite a bit of heat.. so obviously the brakes are sticking, but I cant find the reason... I asked the dealer if they could take a look. And they said that it just needs new pads and the caliper sliders greased. So I had them all replaced. It seemed to be better getting normal mileage and less heat and now a couple days later its back to sticking. Took the center console apart to see if there was a bias in the cables showing a stuicky cable or something and I could see they were dead even... went away for some time and now its back again..

- W. Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 162010


  • 2,554 miles
On July 16th, 2013, at 9:10 pm, I had driven, my VW Golf, 11 miles, at freeway speeds, of 59 mph. I was using the cruise control. Upon arriving, at my freeway exit, I believe I turned off the cruise control, or tapped the brake. I don't recall which. I had been driving my 2013 Golf, for 11 miles, at the freeway speeds, of 59 mph. Other vehicles were passing me, with these other vehicles going faster, than my car. I was going slower than them. My car was new, and I am retired. So I do not need to travel so fast. After allowing the 2013 VW Golf, to slow down, I pushed the service break pedal. The service brake pedal, went all the way to the floor. I quickly though, air was in the brake system, so I tried to push the service brake pedal, an additional 2 times. So I had to deal with this fast vehicle traveling, at 59 mph. The car became airbound. So I was able to swerve the VW Golf, in a right turn maneuver. To avoid, crashing, actually, T-boning, the cross traffic. The 2013 Golf, did not roll over, it just slid sideways, the VW became airbound. And hit the middle median, sideways. The left front wheel, snapped off, at the spindle. The brake hose snapped, but there was no brake fluid, leaking out, of the brake hose. It is my opinion, there was zero brake fluid, in this new VW car. Nothing is being done. I hope, the car, will be picked up, very soon. The crashed VW, is parked right here, in front of my home. I first thought, that some person sabatoged, my car. But, here in front of my home, there are no leaks. The tow truck, driver, wayne is his name, he declared, to me, that he did not have to clean up, any brake fluid, and the VW of America, [xxx] representative, told me, that there was zero brake fluid, in the car. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 162013


  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Golf. The contact stated that while driving 48 mph, the brake pedal collapsed, causing the contact to crash into the median. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 2,500.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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