Volkswagen, is synonymous with quality compact cars. This German automotive company has been producing hatchbacks since the 1970s. Owner's love the sporty look and clean lines of the Golf model which VW has been manufacturing across seven generations. While it is true that VW owners love their cars, there are some issues that have been cropped up with the VW GTI series, including the following:
AC Compressor Failure: Some of the compressors that came standard in early versions of the GTI have failed relatively early. This was due to metal fatigue caused by inadequate lubrication.
Cam Follower Wear Flaw (on FSI motors): It has been reported that there was a design flaw in the fuel stratified injection engines of some GTI models. The fuel pump on these vehicles experienced accelerated wear. It is thought that these FSI motors were not providing enough protection for the oil in the camshafts.
Noisy Valve Gear: Many owners would agree that the engines in their GTIs tend to run loud, but some drivers have experienced problems with noisy valve gears as well. It may be hard to determine what is normal and what is an indicator of more serious engine trouble.
In-cabin Rattles: Some GTI owners have noticed rattling noises coming from inside the car's cabin and not from the engine. Mostly these noises are being detected coming from the dashboard or door panels, often times in cold weather.
Automatic Trans-Gearbox Problems: GTI owners have noted problems with the transmissions of their vehicles. They report that their cars seems to be unable to transition smoothly between gears when shifting and they fear that their cars will stall out as a result.
If you are the owner of a Volkswagen GTI fifth generation car and are experiencing any of the problems noted above, you should take your car to the closest German auto maintenance expert and have the issue checked out. They will have the experience and expertise to get you back on the road safely.
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