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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Don’t be thrown off by the rugged styling cues and elevated ride height: The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is much more of a street machine than it is a tenacious off-roader. It carves up curvy sections of blacktop with the eagerness of a regular Golf, feeling taut and nimble thanks to ideally weighted steering and nicely controlled body roll.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
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Brakes
Exhaust
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Body Integrity
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"LED headlights appeared to be mis-aimed coming from the factor so that they were illuminating a very small section of the road ahead and with an extreme cutoff. The dealer said the headlights were aimed and functioning properly, and I confirmed with VW Canada that there was not an issue with the design or factory setup of the lights. However, I drive a lot at night on wildlife-infested highways and realized they were extremely unsafe as is. Eventually, I had them inspected by an independent garage, who used a precise calibration tool and found that the headlights were indeed angled downward very significantly. They are now corrected and functioning very, very well. (I note that the iihs found similar problems with the new Tiguan models in the early builds)."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"There was a leak around my skylight. Water got in and shorted out some of the connections. The leak was fixed and all carpets replaced, under warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"setting a cell phone on the passenger seats triggers the passenger seatbelt warning even when no one is in it, and sometimes it just goes off with nothing on the passenger seat."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The sunroof leaked water during a rain storm, staining the headliner. The dealer replaced the headliner under warranty, but did not properly diagnose the leak in the first attempt, resulting in a second leak event which stained the headliner again. The dealer then performed heavy repairs involving grinding and repainting the roof where the sunroof frame sits, based on a VW Technical Service Bulletin for this issue."

Jacob F., MA (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front right beam have a few cracks on it and no impact Mark's, they do not want to change it under warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The "spider traps" for the moon roof drains got clogged and flooded the inside of the car. Awaiting carpet replacement from dealer."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper fascia was loose / not clipped in properly, was machined / manufactured incorrectly, dealer replaced in warranty."

Anthony I., NJ (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the mirrors faded and look horrible! Otherwise this car is a rockstar. And, I'm not a travel RN anymore, so I won't be putting many miles on it anymore. I can drive my 93 Ford Ranger around and tour in the VW."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Squeaky. In dealer for it once. Took 6 days. Needs to go back it is getting squeaky again"

Anonymous, IN (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"electronic steering entire housing had to be replaced under warrantee by about 1 month and 300 miles, it would have cost me >$1500"

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Pulsation or vibration

"Caused by warped front rotors."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors were warped after less than 5,000 miles. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Android Auto

"Android Auto continuously disconnects when I need maps. I took it to the dealer, which couldn't replicate the problem, and then told me there's nothing to do."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The car will randomly stop knowing my phone is paired and I have re-pair the phone."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Water leak onto headliner and into body. Warranty replaced the headliner, carpet, and resolved the leak."

Anonymous, (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Even in a Seattle summer it's still hot with the ac on high in the summer."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Seal was leaking on transmission part, they changed the complete case, not only the seal, seams to be a common trouble so they now have a new part number for that"

Anonymous, QC (2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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