Right from the first door thunk, the Volkswagen Golf exudes a quality feel. The Golf has long been a cut above other small cars, being more fun to drive and finished like a more expensive German sedan. Redesigned for 2015, this example continued those virtues and then some, making it the best Golf to date.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf has been recalled 11 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2015 Volkswagen Golf owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Display screen freezes up

"Very slow response to voice with unpredictable results. Irregular functionality with bluetooth phone for music (bluetooth phone connection is good)"

James H., NY (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Display screen goes blank

"The entertainment unit had a bad video port. The screen itself turned out to be fine. The dealer switched out the entertainment unit and all was fixed. It was under warranty."

Patrick M., SC (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Entertainment unit randomly turns off, bad experience with the iPod connection"

Diego M., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"iPod connection doesn't load right away, it sometimes turns off automatically, or jumps to the radio. Really disappointing since I used to have a 2011 Golf, and the system was flawless"

Diego M., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When I'm using bluetooth music and a phone call comes in, the bluetooth may or may not reconnect at the end of the phone call. Even if it does resume, the volume is so low I cannot hear it without completely readjusting the volume."

Bill B., AR (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hardware replacement

"The infotainment system completely went out. The dealer wanted me to spend $2200 for a replacement - but fortunately I was able to get them to replace it for $50. There was a technical bulletin on this exact problem. I am now getting an extended warranty - bumper to bumper to cover this car."

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Volume know on control unit intermittent"

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"often sends me in the wrong direction or via the wrong route. More than 5 times has defaulted to a map of downtown LA though I have never been there"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Pairs well, but sometimes my phone will spontaneously start playing music over the car's speakers"

Christopher B., MN (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Unreliable. Every time I switch between radio and bluetooth, it is roulette whether the bluetooth will reconnect when I select it. Additional complaint---the battery went out with no indication it was getting weak. Had to pay a towing fee for something I could have fixed myself had some diagnosis been available."

Bill B., AR (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"THE SURIUS RADIO FUNCTION STOPPED WORKING AND THE RADIO HAD TO BE REPLACED."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Appears to be a software issue, sometimes when starting the car the radio does not come back to the last station listened to, but one at the next frequency step down."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"Radio has alzheimers i.e. forgets which station it was tuned to"

Robert P., OR (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Speakers

"Left front speaker in driver door didn't work from factory"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"the urea supply line to the injector ruptured"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"DEF line blockage. Repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"National Lawsuit for emission cheating device installed by VW. Purchased my VW Golf new 3 months before the EPA made there findings public"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"VW lied about the emissions and performance of its 2.0L diesel engines. Executive management and engineering approved changing the ECU programming to output invalid test results. VW TDI vehicles pollute the environment and I opted to turn this vehicle back into VW as a result of the US class action. I will never purchase a VW again"

Kris A., OR (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"VW, as is now well known, intentionally programmed their emissions sensors to give false readings... which we now know resulted in these cars putting out much more pollution than allowable. I sold my car back to VW because of this... and experience that took MANY months (I would call it intentional obstruction), but which I was finally paid back for 6 months after starting the process"

Lawrence H., FL (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The ad blue injector line had a small leak and parts had to come from Germany. Not serious but took some time. I was provided with a service loaner"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Diesel Particulate Filter became plugged."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"DEF fluid injector kept leaking. Had to be repaired twice before the problem subsided."

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The diesel exhaust fluid system was leaking and caused a check engine light. The light came on driving home after purchasing the car. Took them a month to get the new DEF lines and get them installed."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel cap

"Near daily, multiple times a day for entire life of ownership get "check gas cap" and engine light / ODBC for lose fuel cap. Checked numerous it's fine. Dealer has stated fine. Obviously it's not. Dealer refuses to fix"

Peter T., HI (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"The fuel line into the fuel pump was leaking."

James M., CO (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The high pressure fuel pump failed on the car. When it fails it sends metal shavings and debris into the lines and damages the injectors and could even get inside the pistons. I was lucky that the engine wasn't damaged, but the fuel lines and injectors had to be replaced. Research shows it's a common problem with Golf TDIs. The dealer gave a ton of pushback about repairing it, even though I bought it CPO and it was still under warranty. They dragged their feet and didn't offer me a loaner. I got the run around and they weren't going to cover the repair. $8k to replace everything damaged. Went to VW corporate and they forced them to do the repair. Parts are hard to find and the car was in the shop for 3 months."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

"It failed - no cool air. Replaced under warranty. All is good now"

Thomas W., UT (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"inconsistent intermittent functioning, took over a year to finally understand it was the compressor"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My air conditioner stopped blowing cold air for a couple of days. I took it in and they said it would cost $1000 to replace. They fixed it same day that I took it in."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"Very slow to adjust temperature....over 5 min to warm car from cold start."

Jo G., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"When starting with a warm engine or warm interior and set at "Auto" the car is set to produce refrigerated air no matter what the inside or outside temp is-- just stays very cold unless I set the thermostat at over 85 degrees"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"Excess noise requiring a new fan assembly. Covered under warranty but I can only imagine what it would have cost if it were not. Very early for that to have gone"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The servo motor which changes between fresh and recirculated air stopped working, and make a loud almost hammer-like sound when it tries to actuate. VW has ordered a space but not replaced it yet"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"Since the VW was under warranty, I took it to the VW dealer to find out the reason that the cooling system wasn't working. The dealer indicated that a stone passed through the grille and hit the condenser causing the refrigerant to leak out. The dealer estimated about $1250 to fix it. Since I had $500 deductible Comprehensive, I filed a claim with State Farm. Thinking that the same event could happen as I drove home after having the condenser was repaired/replaced, I decided to install a welded"

Michael D., AZ (2015 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"There is a controls issue, where the driver's side face vent cannot be shut off by selecting a different air output, and the foot vents cannot be turned on at all. VW has not yet fixed this, though they admit that it is under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"I live in Winnipeg where it gets very cold. Unfortunately, my car was accidentally sold without the supplementary electric heating system, making it a very cold vehicle."

Ross B., MB (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The heating coil for the front passenger zone stopped working during the winter. The problem was fixed under warrantee. No issues since."

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

12V power plug

"Could not unplug"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf Electric)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The license plate lights did not work"

Cathy E., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"intermittent right low beam. VW replaced the socket under warranty."

Charles C., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Headlights on this car have a self-dimming feature; however the lights, even on low beam, were aimed too high. dealership fixed problem, but it took three hours."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Headlight assembly replaced under warranty because it filled with water after rain"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Remote stopped working . I changed the battery of the remote every week . The VW dealer ordered a new remote ( VW knew about the problem and the solution). On a second visit , the dealer reprogrammed all remotes. I did not knew there was a lock hidden behind a plastic cap , that I could take off, and then use my key in that lock in the old fashion way"

Jean V., QC (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"It only worked intermittently after purchase and never again. Two years on we found out from dealer motor needs to be replaced under warranted"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Linkage was bad. Dealership fixed without cost"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"It is difficult to shift up or down quickly. It seems like an internal transmission problem, but it could be the linkage"

James T., WA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Especially during the first 1000 miles, downshifts were often quite abrupt and rough. Transmission has smoothed out quite a bit since. Normal mode is quite sluggish, but sport mode is very responsive"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"when coming to a stop, transmission is not smooth, jerks at stop. car also shakes when leaving a stop. at times trans will not shift, just stays in that gear, this happens when I use the paddles to down shift"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"slowing down in sports mode the engine almost shuts off. has happened a couple of times"

Guillermo P., TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Computer randomly says there's a transmission error when starting up. VW ran diagnostics and found no problem. Suspects it's a sensor malfunctioning, but we really don't know. Waiting to see if it turns into anything provable"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car would periodically tell me the transmission was in park while i was driving. Did not cause any problems with driving but was annoying. VW replaced sensor under warranty then later issued a recall for this issue."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Had a problem twice with the battery with significant down time of more than 2 months the second time we had problems. The car is getting its batteries completely replaced at a cost of almost $20,000 to them and VW is taking the car back because of continued issues"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"Battery failed, car would not start. Towed. Covered under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"battery quit holding charge had to jump car to get it to start. then had to replace battery."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Ignition switch

"Almost 6 months ago, my key broke off in the ignition. The joint that connects the key to the fob broke apart so I was unable to get the leverage I needed to turn the car on. I took the key to the Volkswagen dealership and they told me they couldn't fix it so I would have to purchase a new key. Instead of that, I started using the spare key. Then the spare key broke in the same place and in the same way as the first key. At this point, I contacted Volkswagen customer care. They directed me back"

Osvaldo C., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Cylinder number 3 Glo Plug failure. Even when repaired engine light will not go off"

Diana P., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Starter

"After starting the car from a cold start, the engine would begin to act like it is about to stall but wouldn't"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 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

"Panoramic sunroof frame leakage. Bulletin issued for concern. Repair made, operation currently OK"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Already covered"

Robert S., BC (2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"A few rattles coming from the glovebox area when going over bumps"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent squeak while backing the car. Not yet diagnosed or looked at by dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Wind noise

"It isn't a big issue -- but when I have any combination of windows open, and I'm going more than about 25 mph, there's a lot of buffeting inside the car"

Christopher B., MN (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 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

Doors or sliding doors

"A bus hit the door. Door was unable to latch. Amazingly, the bus did not completely tear the door off of the car. We were really amazed at how well it held up"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"The drivers door locked properly but I was getting a door lock sensor warning which was repaired."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace locking system for $900 just a couple of thousand miles after 30000 warranty."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"Sunroof drain clogged and subsequent internal leakage corroded an electrical connector requiring wiring repair"

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Water was getting into the right rear tail light assembly. Vehicle was left with dealer for three days. They determined there were several small holes due to a manufacturing fault there were responsible. Filled and resealed"

Robert S., BC (2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

CV joint

"CV BOOT LEAKED AND SPRAYED GREASE"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Driveline vibration

"Vibration in steering wheel while turning right. Dealer replace differential fluid"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)
Driveshaft or axle

"When accelerating slowly from a stop, there is a distinct wobble/shimmy felt at about 1500-2000 RPMs in the front"

Daniel M., TN (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Was told I have a short, the transmission warning light and other warning lights come on. without actual problems. Could result in stoppage. Over $800 to fix"

Cheri L., WA (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dash lights and then dealer found multiple faults reported from inside battery so they had to ship whole vehicle from MD to NJ. No cost but off the road for 29 days"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Programmers at VW changed computer parameters to lie about emissions while under test"

Kris A., OR (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The engine shutoff while idling at a stop light and would not accelerate after restarting for 10 seconds or so. Another time the engine lost power at highway speed but regained rpm levels after 15 or so seconds. The VW technician addressed the problem as a speed sensor switch"

Leigh S., MA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Rear Main seal leaking, required transmission removal for repair. Had previous leak from timing cover seal also"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Head gasket leak. Driveshaft boot failure."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 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

Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brakes wear much quicker than front. Fronts needed service, rear needed replacement."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear rotors and brake pads replaced. Normal wear"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"rotors rusted excessively"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rotors

"While under warranty, I complained to dealer about very mild pulsation. Dealer reported that rear rotors only were warped. Dealer replaced rotors at full cost to me (except for a 10% discount because I protested that brake rotors should not warp at such early mileage if they were non-defective and/or properly designed"

David S., CT (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Fuel rail system ultimately needed replacing, it took the dealership about a month and using a Golf Alltrack with the 1.8T engine to swap parts until it was found."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Started spring 2019, operated less efficiently, indicator light was on sometimes, had assessment done and it was determined that the Turbocharger needed to be replaced. 53,0000Km. Power train warranty covered the full $3K cost. Works fine again."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"EPC. Check Engine"

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf 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

Alignment

"Alignment is off. They said it would cost several hundreds of dollars because they would need to do major work to get it repairs. I declined."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Bushings

"Bushings are very noisy at 60k miles."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I had been driving across the country and did not notice any issues. I took my car to the dealership and was told that I needed to have my entire axle replaced. If I had been driving around town, I might have waited to get my car repaired, but since I was doing lots of driving at the time, it was recommended that I get the repair done immediately."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"I have to back up a long uphill driveway in the morning when the engine is cold. The idle speed is too fast to maneuver in reverse the curves in the driveway with out using the clutch. The clutch wore out"

James T., WA (2015 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Dealer istalled new parts in transmission to fix problems. Now runs fine."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After tow months and about 2,000 miles, the vehicle would not shift into 5th gear. Dealer repaired it. Approximately three weeks later, the manual transmission would not shift gears at all. We asked for the entire car to be replaced. Approximatel"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 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 cover is held on with extremely easy to brake narrow plastic eyelets. Pulled too far over a high parking stall front blocker and when I reversed it ripped the entire front grill off breaking all the eyelets. Cost to replace was over a $1000 so I glued it"

Peter T., HI (2015 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The front part of the roof section has twice fallen off while driving on the highway. This has been during the first 1000 miles of ownership"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Sunroof trim peeling at front of roof, seems to be a common problem"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant leak from water pump assembly. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Aug 22, 2019
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2019 GTI, 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 Golf, 2012-2019 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2017-2019 Golf SportWagen and 2011-2018 Jetta vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and keyless entry. A build-up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in "Park."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began November 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37M2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V615000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 679027
SUSPENSION
Mar 06, 2019
If a coil spring fractures while driving, it may damage a rear tire causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Golf Sportwagen, 2019 Jetta, 2015-2019 Golf, and 2018-2019 Tiguan vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began April 12, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V188000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56173
SUSPENSION
Dec 19, 2018
If a coil spring fractures while driving, it may damage a rear tire causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas, 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began January 31, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J2/42J3.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V904000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6322
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Jul 11, 2018
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in "Park." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V464000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33168
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
May 16, 2018
If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2012-2016 Eos, 2012 Passat, 2012-2016 CC, 2015-2016 e-Golf, 2011-2015 Touareg, 2012-2015 and 2017 Tiguan, and 2011-2016 Golf and 2011-2013 GTI vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles to make them fully compliant or Volkswagen will repurchase them if necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V329000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 252
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Sep 07, 2016
As fuel accumulates in the EVAP system, it may leak out through the charcoal canister filter element. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf SportWagen, GTI, Audi A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet vehicles. Due to a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank, fuel may flow into the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suction pump, free of charge. The recall began November 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298, Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 20Y6 and 20Y5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V647000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110042
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Oct 26, 2015
If the camshaft lobe shears off there would be a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist.
What should you do:
Volkswagen dealer will update the engine control module (ECM) software. The recall began March 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23R1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V705000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91867
AIR BAGS
Oct 07, 2015
In the event of a crash, if the front passenger seat occupant is incorrectly classified or non-detected, the passenger frontal air bag may deploy improperly or not at all, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured September 8, 2014, to November 28, 2014, Golf vehicles manufactured April 2, 2014, to December 3, 2014, and E-Golf vehicles manufactured July 26, 2014, to October 18, 2014. The affected vehicles are equipped a Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) that may have been manufactured improperly. As a result, the front passenger seat occupant may be improperly classified or may not be detected.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PODS control module, free of charge. The recall began on November 20, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswgen's number for this recall is 69L6.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V627000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 993
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Apr 17, 2015
If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle will not start, or if the engine is running, it will stop and the vehicle will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Volkswagen Golf, and GTI manufactured on February 17, 2014, to May 22, 2014, and Audi A3 manufactured on February 16, 2013, to April 23, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any affected fuel pumps, free of charge. The recall began on June 16, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi at 1-800-253-2834.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V229000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6205
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jan 23, 2015
A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014, 2014-2015 Passat vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to November 18, 2014, 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to November 20, 2014, and 2014-2015 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, to November 27, 2014. A sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails with new parts, free of charge. The recall began February 6, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 24BL. Note: This recall expands and supersedes recall 14V-809 (Volkswagen recall number 24Bi) and only affects vehicles not previously repaired under that campaign.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V028000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 44658
STEERING
Jul 07, 2014
A loose stabilizer link may interfere with the vehicle's steering, requiring additional effort to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured January 27, 2014, to May 12, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the stabilizer link fasteners may come loose and possibly interfere with the steering of the vehicle.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front stabilizer links, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 40K9/1W.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V412000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2001
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