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Oh Nuts, We Hate When This Happens - 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited March 2015 in Volkswagen
imageOh Nuts, We Hate When This Happens - 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Long-Term Road Test

Was our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI a victim of the carwash gremlin? It appears a piece is missing from the exterior of our prized hot-hatch.

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Comments

  • dvanosdvanos Posts: 52
    Negative ghostrider.
  • notfastnotfast Posts: 89
    Automatic car wash? If so - oops.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    That's not just plastic---it's GERMAN plastic. I figure $30 bucks easy. Just buy one for a Toyota for $4 and be happy.
  • fmkofmko Posts: 21
    when you get the replacement one, super glue it
  • bc1960bc1960 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 171
    Interesting. On my Mazda6, the corresponding part is solidly hinged on the same rivet as the wiper arm; in fact, the weaker pivots of the plastic cap are protected by the metal arm on the outside. I had to run outside to check the new Mazda3; it is a snap-on part but it's so tight I don't want to try removing it until necessary. I only go to "touchless" washes when I use one and so far the water jet pressure hasn't dislodged any trim (it has happened on older cars with well-used, looser bits).
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 4,525

    That's not just plastic---it's GERMAN plastic. I figure $30 bucks easy. Just buy one for a Toyota for $4 and be happy.

    Mexican plastic?

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Maybe...okay German prices then :)

    My MINI has the plastic cap with the spray nozzle built into it--I think I paid $17 on the internet for it.
  • Wait, I thought the Golf was still made in Germany? Or was the previous model the final generation to be made there?
  • g35bufg35buf Posts: 89
    Have had 3 VWs - Mark V Rabbit, Tiguan and Mark VI GTI - never had ANY issues with the rear wiper components...You must have some rough automatic car washes out there in SoCal...These VWs have been through rough Western NY and Southern ON winters with no exterior component issues whatsoever. Must be on you or the miscalibrated car wash you use...
  • legacygtlegacygt Posts: 599
    benjaminh said:



    Mexican plastic?

    German price list.
  • DebunkerDebunker Posts: 49
    As with g35buf, I've had four Golfs (GTI, TDI, etc., and have probably gone through car washes 400 times without such a problem. Leave it to you guys!
  • emajoremajor Posts: 332
    Likely a fluke. I have a Sportwagen with the rear wiper and in 60K miles of automatic car washes it's still attached.
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