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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#691 of 1617 GTI problems
Oct 06, 2002 (6:39 pm)
I test drove a 2003 GTI 1.8T today, and the salesman said they were built in Brazil and that VW had fixed the window problem in the 03 models by replacing the plastic clip with the more durable metal part.
I liked the car a lot but am leery of overall reliability.
A friend of mine has the 01 Beetle and has had some minor repairs to things like control switches and knobs.
#692 of 1617 window regs and other probs
Oct 07, 2002 (11:20 am)
The window reulator problem has been solved. All VW's built after July 2002 have the new metal clips to replace the problematic older, plastic clips.
As far as all the other problems, like those that jsg5 stated, those are minor problems that shouldn't steer one away from a certain car. I have an '02 GTI 1.8T, my friend has a '00 Beetle Turbo with a number of mods, another friend has an '02 Jetta 1.8T, another with a '00 Jetta 1.8T and I also have a friend with a '99 Jetta 2.0. The only one of us who's had any kind of a problem was the friend I have with the '99. She bought hers used and it wasn't in the best shape when she got it, so that doesn't exactly say anything bad about VW, just the previous owner. All of our other cars have performed perfectly well. Any kind of a problem with control switches or knobs is surely something minor that could happen to any other vehicle. If something simple like that is enough to get you to decide against a car, then you likely won't be buying one any time soon because those types of repairs are performed on all vehicles, not just VW's. The switches and knobs are not usually even built by the car company itself, they farm their work out to other supliers and just install the parts in their factory. So, it's also likely that many of these switches and knobs are built by the same company that would supply many other car manufacturers as well.
#693 of 1617 VW problems
Oct 07, 2002 (2:41 pm)
I admit that if I really liked a car I wouldn't let a few minor glitches run me off. But I do worry that small problems can reflect larger inconsistencies in the car which could develop into substantial repairs down the road. Like they say, where there's smoke there's fire.
It may be that I'm a bit spoiled. I've owned 4 Hondas over the last 20 years and have had very few problems with them. In particular, none of their control switches fell off or stopped working within 1 year of purchase.
#694 of 1617 power mirror knob
Oct 08, 2002 (5:25 am)
one thing to remember is the knob goes only up, down, left, and right. Doing diagonals will break the knob.
Oct 08, 2002 (12:47 pm)
I've owned 4 VW's over the years and my sister has owned 4 or 5 Hondas. I can't say that my VW's are any better or worse than her Honda's over the long haul (100k + miles). VW's tend to have minor glitches from time to time but alwayst start and run, I've never been stranded by a VW - just like a Honda.
VW's are much more complex than a typical Honda (especially electronics) so it makes sense that there is more to go wrong. ABS, ASC(traction control) 6 airbags, remote entry, power mirrors, locks etc. etc. are standard on even the most basic VW.
I've never had a control knob fall off my VW's.
#696 of 1617 Edmunds is wrong, the GTI/Golf...
Oct 08, 2002 (3:50 pm)
Since 2001 (I had one of the last 2001 GTIs made in Wolfsburg, prod. date 6/00) all GTIs/Golfs have been made in the new factory in Brazil.
What difference does it make if you have Hungarians working in the Wolfsburg factory making your car or Brazilians in the Brazilian factory making your car? All are managed by Germans, in some cases that I've heard, quality reports are better from Brazil.
Oct 08, 2002 (9:04 pm)
well, one of the most common problems of late on many VW's is the darn power windows - are these a "lot more complex" windows than Honda's? Seems like a sheet of glass that goes up and down under the action of a motor, at least to me.
Oct 09, 2002 (4:25 am)
the window regulator problem has been solved. VW issued a TSB saying all A4's are covered for the window regulator repair
#699 of 1617 The TSB says three years...
Oct 09, 2002 (4:25 pm)
from purchase date regardless of mileage. After that it's on a case to case basis.
I just bought a Wolfsburg now and sold my GTI, so I have to worry about 4 windows failing.
Oct 10, 2002 (5:31 am)
Before I tint my windows...I'm making sure I get the updated window regulators