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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#658 of 1617 re: gti reliability
Sep 20, 2002 (4:30 am)
I have a 2002 VW GTI that I bought back in April. As to reliability, for the past few years, VW has had a manufacturing problem with the regulators on the automatic windows. The glass falls into the door, and the window won't roll up.
Before purchasing mine, I knew of this (from this notice board) and asked the dealer if it had been fixed for 2002. He said adjustments had been made. Less than 6 months later, it happened to me. I have two other friends with 2001 GTIs, and they have had the same problem. Moreover, there is an international parts shortage. I could not get mine in to get fixed for three weeks.
Other than this problem, I LOVE my GTI. It drives great, and I, too, am partial to the styling. I just got it back from the dealer yesterday, and have been remembering what I love about this car. This is just a word of warning that there has been a serious and consistent problem with the window regulators that VW has known about for a long time. So, if I were you, I would ask the dealer if it has been fixed in 2003 models. You can probably find more posts on this problem that can explain it much more eloquently than I can.
Sep 20, 2002 (8:32 am)
VW has recently redesigned the window regulators, the old one's had plastic clips that failed on a regular basis, the new ones have metal clips. VW is replacing window regulators that fail even if the car is out of warranty. I've seen pictures of the old and new regulators - the new ones are a huge improvement.
I haven't had any problems with the regulators on my 02 GTI but expect I eventually will.
#660 of 1617 never buy the first of anything.
Sep 23, 2002 (6:13 am)
I have a 99.5 mk4 vr6. And I'm just getting tired of all this stupid stuff breaking on it.
Anybody have this yet?
The stupid climatronic piece of crap now decides that when it turns on recirculate (which it seems to do automatically when the AC is on and the outside temperature hits 75 degrees) instead of blowing more air, it blows less. (but it makes a lot more noise)
My guess is that the gizmo be it vacuum or solenoid or whatever it is that opens the inside vent is broken. So it closes the vent from the outside, doesn't open the vent from the inside and does'nt blow very much air.
it wouldn't be so bad except YOU CAN'T TURN IT OFF. If you don't have recirculate on the stupid climatronic turns it on for you and there's no way to override it. So if it gets hot out, I get LESS AIRCONDITION. This has to be at least reason number 6 or 7 why this this is just so broken. I hope the fired the guy who came up with that piece of crap a few times.
Anybody have any idea how the vents are controlled in the mk4's? I don't hear hissing, (but who knows) is it a broken vacuum hose? Do they still do that, or is everything done with motors now so it has a higher likelyhood of breaking?
Anybody wanna take this piece of car off my hands?
#661 of 1617 more on window regs
Sep 23, 2002 (6:39 am)
I heard VW issued a TSB that covers the replacement of the regs for a number of years.
#664 of 1617 vortex climatronic
Sep 24, 2002 (4:58 am)
Yes that poorly designed piece of computer is the absolute worst 'feature' of the car.
My only problem with vwvortex is that it's too big. This forum is a lot easier to read, although I realize it doesn't get the volume.
Sep 24, 2002 (11:29 am)
the recirc flaps in the ventilation goes quite often in the climatronic. the climatronic has the twin flaps, where regular ones have one.
#666 of 1617 wait. slow down
Sep 25, 2002 (6:32 am)
Say that again? You have an idea of what I'm talking about. Any info on this somewhere I can read, and maybe how to fix?
thanks for any info.
#667 of 1617 prices paid for 2003's
Sep 25, 2002 (7:31 am)
any info appreciated. i am thinking 20k-20.5k for 2003 gti w/lux and 17"'s. i want silverstone, so anyone who bought one i would appreciate the post. i realize demographics come into play, but any info would be helpful as i plan on negotiating px this weekend and placing my order. thanks. btw, i'm on long island.