pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,142 miles

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2015 Volkswagen Golf drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2015 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052017


  • 3,500 miles


While driving at approximately 30 miles per hour the car came up with an alert of electrical fault stop now and the powertrain shut down with zero throttle response. I was able to pull into the right lane and party into a driveway of a fast food restaurant. I was unable to turn off the car, I got out and pushed it into the parking lot. Eventually the car turned off and after a few attempts I was able to turn it back on. I was in "B" mode (regenerative braking mode) and decided to drive it in "D" (regular drive) the extra 2 miles home. This shutdown offered no warning and no "limp mode", had I been in a busier area this could easily have lead to a crash.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 162016


  • 10,600 miles
2015 Golf started experiencing problems with the engine/transmission after Feb 5, 2016 on three different occasions. Upon starting car the idle is extremely rough and then a warning message appears that starts out with "transmission..." goes off quickly but a highlighted exclamation point remains. The message goes off too quickly to capture a picture of it. The exclamation point and rough idle remains until the car is turned off. When the car is turned on again it is fine. The car is currently at a dealer to be repaired as they state: We have to replace the shifter assembly. I have been told I cannot drive it, that the car has to stay in the shop and wait for a part to arrive sometime next week. This problem is separate from the other problems I have experienced: 1). the right front seat heater come on and heats up to extremely uncomfortable degrees-- dealer says they cannot find a problem. 2). the navigation system goes blank-- doesn't work-- dealer can't find the problem 3). A warning and beeping that the front right seat belt needs to be fastened-- and no one is in the seat, just a cell phone. This Golf only has 10,600 miles on it.... did I purchase a lemon? the date below is the last time the problem occurred. It may or may not have anything to do with it but the car did not have this problem until after the transmission software update was done in February.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 242015


  • 3,606 miles
Whilst driving home at approximately 6:30 pm during heavy freeway traffic, approximately 70 mph the electronic drive system of the VW egolf died. I lost all power and was forced to pull across three lanes of traffic to reach the safety of the shoulder. While no accident, that was more luck than anything else and grace of other drivers allowing me to directly move in front of them. Vehicle had code P32B2 and P060C reported by VW report and replaced parts: 5qe-907-070-C and 12E-998-152-a. dealer would not provide any additional information despite my continued requests in to the cause of failure. Updated 11/05/15 the vehicle was returned to the dealer. It has been there since July 28, 2015. They were still unable to repair the vehicle as of August 26, 2015. The failure was related to power as the battery and charging system failed again. Updated 11/17/15.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #2

May 302015


  • 6 miles
When trying to accelerate from a complete stop, the vehicle sometimes lags then accelerates abruptly or it bucks twice before accelerating smoothly. It needs a calibration update for the powertrain. Updated 09/15/15

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 032014


  • 3,000 miles
When I'm in traffic stop and go between 11mph to 18 mph at low RPM (1,100 to 1,800 RPM) the vehicle feels like shaking in the engine or transmission like I'm driving a manual car but my car is automatic. Now when going up a incline at 30 to 33 mph vehicle does the same problem.

- New York City, NY, USA

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