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Volkswagen GTI Maintenance and Repair



  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    edited May 2010
    Sounds like a scare tactic to me. I've had lots of cars over the years, VWs included, and if a part broke within the warranty period (and often shortly thereafter), the manufacturer fixed it. Period, full stop, the end. Were I in your shoes I might be inclined to threaten the dealership with reporting them to the BBB unless they refund your money in full for the extended warranty.
  • khq0660khq0660 Posts: 10
    I didn't buy the extended warranty. It cost too much. But I've been sitting here worrying that I might have expensive issues that I'd have to pay for out of pocket. I fell in love with the GTI and took the gamble, but after the issues I had with my Jetta, it has me a little worried.
  • GBrianKGBrianK Posts: 211
    The dealer used the same scare tactic with a friend of mine purchasing a Tiguan. To the F&I guy's surprise, I chimed in. "If this is such an expensive car to fix, then maybe he should purchase another Honda product." That had the F&I guy change his tune completely.

    Once your GTI is outside the standard warranty, I'd take it to an independent (and reputable) mechanic. VW parts can be expensive when purchased new from VW, but third party or re-manufactured stuff are inexpensive. Dealers also tend to charge a premium for labor. Only use the dealer when absolutely necessary (warranty work, stuff that your independent guy can't fix).
  • khq0660khq0660 Posts: 10
    Thanks. I at least will rest comfortably and enjoy my car until my VW warranty expires. Then I will think seriously about trading it in for something else--if it shows signs of acting like the Jetta did. Even independent shops and parts are cost prohibitive if something is broken continuously.
  • gold88x8gold88x8 Posts: 8
    can some one kindly post the pictures of how to oil change 2006 gti ??
    thanks ! :confuse:
  • GBrianKGBrianK Posts: 211
    If having the car outside of warranty bothers you, consider a VW or 3rd party extended service contract. Call around to several VW dealerships. Prices vary widely (may also check the internet). On the 3rd party warranties, some credit unions have extended service contract for sale with lower prices and more reputable companies.
  • khq0660khq0660 Posts: 10
    How do you know if you are getting a reputable, and solvent, extended warranty? VW offers their own extended warranties? I didn't know this. Since my "new" used car is VW certified, I have quite awhile to go before the warranty is up.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    FYI: Got this from my HR director

    Save Cash by Avoiding Auto-Repair Service Plans
    (Increase your financial IQ – think green)

    Did you know that according to Consumer Reports Magazine, extended auto warranties usually don’t make financial cents? Consumer Reports notes that a five year old vehicle today had one third fewer problems than a five year old vehicle in 2005. The bottom line – cars are becoming increasingly more reliable and serious (more expensive) problems, such as engine or transmission repairs, are actually quite rare.

    Many service plans are sold by marketing companies that don’t provide the coverage themselves. Plans can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars and have various coverage options. They all sound good until you file a claim. Most contracts include a lot of fine print that can usually be used to deny your request for payment. According to the Federal Trade Commission, auto-service contract fraud was the number one complaint in 2009! That just about says it all.

    Whether a service plan is offered by a broker, car dealer or manufacturer, the experts recommend that you skip it. You’re better off redirecting that money into your TSP account!
  • jdubbs19jdubbs19 Posts: 4
    edited March 2011
    I have a MkV GLI with a 2.0T FSI, I purchased my car prior to the free scheduled maintenance program that VW offered.

    ... at first I thought I got cheated, but I change my oil every 5,000 miles anyway as was the recommended service interval when I bought it (November 2007). Most dealerships offer coupons for just a flat oil change and no other servicing for about $70. Although it seems steep, the required VW 502.00 oil isn't cheap $8-9/quart x 4 quarts = $32-36 for oil + $9.00 for the filter element an o-ring. I could afford the extra $20 every other month or so to make sure my service records are documented should any catastrophic failures occur. I'm happy to report however that my car has been pretty easy with no significant or catastrophic mechanical problems. I'm not burning any significant amount of oil between oil changes and will start doing my own oil changes between the current 10,000 mile dealership interval.

    Regarding dealership vs. independent... I'm not saying that independent service shops are incompetent, but I would do more than just preliminary research before trusting the car to anyone. A German specialist doesn't necessarily have good experience with VW, and even if they do... they may specialize only in classic VW's. If you're doing research here, you're obviously smart and will do further research to help sway your opinion... so go with your instinct.. you should be okay. I've only done dealership because:

    1) there is a degree of accountability should something go wrong
    2) i've got a great dealership that i'm working with (VW-Riverside)
    3) prices are competitive if you wait for coupons.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,916
    what year is your car and how many miles do you have now?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • jdubbs19jdubbs19 Posts: 4
    2008 GLI 6-speed manual, approx. 61800 miles on it.
    Currently averages 26 mpg with a mix of highway and city driving. It used to be better, but I suspect the fuel filter needs changing. Mechanically, no issues aside from a MAF-sensor replaced under warranty @ 13,000 miles.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    A clogged fuel filter is extremely unlikely after only 60,000+ miles (should be more like a quarter of a million), and even if it was clogged it is unlikely to negatively affect fuel economy.

    Said another way, I'd look for a different cause.
  • jdubbs19jdubbs19 Posts: 4
    edited March 2011
    Normally, i'd agree. But this is maintenance sensitive VW. I believe that part of the reliability that i've experienced is being proactive in getting general maintenance completed as the car starts to need it or before it needs it.

    I agree that a fuel filter normally should last longer than 60,000 miles, however other GTI/GLI forums suggest changing it at 50,000 miles. Many reported claims support that the drop in MPG i'm experiencing is typical of a fuel filter nearing the end of it's life. I do not recall VW recommending a mileage interval for it off the top of my head for getting the filter changed, but my dealership did mention that it was something I should look into soon.

    Granted that I never experienced something like this with my Honda, but my Honda never drove like my GLI. There are tradeoff's to every car, and this is probably one that i'm willing to put up with. The only other tradeoff/ 'extra' expense the car has cost me is a carbon build up engine flush that I did to be on the safe side since direct injection engines have a tendency to build up carbon deposits on the intake valves (other manufacturers are experiencing this: GM, Ford, Hyundai). Aside from these two items, it's been general maintenance, something I wasn't expecting getting into the car. It hasn't been the cheapest to maintain, i'll admit that... but it hasn't been the raging nightmare that people paint German cars to be. (Esp. this Mexican-assembled German car).

    Here's a link to support my theory:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,916
    I'm right at about those same miles with my '07 GTI. I bought it with 50k, but the service records from the dealership don't show anything out of the ordinary.

    I had the coils recall and ECU reflash recall done when I bought it. I replaced the PCV system with aftermarket to cure the oil pushing out the cap problem, and I replaced the fuel pump cam follower to keep that dreaded issue at bay. I have an occassional check engine light caused by the intake flapper, which when cleared with my vag-com stays away for a couple of months at a time.

    So far, I'm pleased with the car.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • jdubbs19jdubbs19 Posts: 4
    You've got VAG-Com? Is it worth the investment?

    The intake flapper was suspect in my car and triggered the CEL once, other than that it has mostly been some parts that prematurely failed (gas struts on the trunk, door lock module) as well as some wear and tear parts they just changed under warranty to just keep me a happy customer (xenon bulb , Battery ,) . Nothing caused me to take the car in between service intervals... so i've been very happy with it myself as nothing has been out of the ordinary and recurrent.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,916
    edited March 2011
    for me, the vag-com is worth it. I liked being able to set certain features to my preference. For example, I now have it set to unlock all doors with one push of the remote and to unlock all doors when I pull my key out of the ignition. Things like that.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to turn off my TPMS, though. I know there is a way, but I haven't figured it out. It would be nice not to have the light on when using my winter wheels.

    Biggest reason is to diagnose any CELs, though. I do all my own repairs, so it is a necessity for me.

    If you are so inclined, keep an eye on the vwvortex classifieds. I picked up a very slightly used one for about $50 less than buying new from ross-tech. So only about $200 and I've turned off the CEL 3 times so far with it. It has already paid for itself as far as I'm concerned, and I've only had it about 7 months.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • buffy22buffy22 Posts: 9
    I have an '06 GTI. The engine light came on so had it checked. Apparently it needs a new O2 sensor. The estimate with parts and labor was $400. What is the cost of a sensor and can I find one myself
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