I have a 2003 GLI. The shifting always felt slotty. About a month ago, it started grinding into 3rd gear. If I ran the tach up to 4500-5000 RPM and then ingaged the clutch and shifted quickly it would grind into gear. At first I thought I may not be engaging the clutch as fast as I was shifting, so I made it a point to engage the clutch for 1 to two seconds and then shift and it still grinded. It would only start doing after I drove it for about half an hour. The car is one year old and has 24,000 miles (12,000 of it highway. No shifting involved).
I called the dealership where i got it and they couldn't get me in for a week. I cringed everytime I shifted into third gear and heard it grind and wondered what that was doing to my transmission. I dropped it off fully expecting it to be there awhile. Two hours later they call me and tell me it's ready. I go in and they tell me they adjusted the clutch cable and it's working fine now. I don't believe them, get in the car and start going through the gear box. It sounds much more clunkyier then before. I drive off...no grinding.
Two weeks later, it starts again. I'm calling the dealership tomorrow. I've watched this forum since before I got my GLI, but never bothered to post. I started searching to see if anyone has had the same problem. I'm glad I did.
This isn't the first problem. 6000 miles I noticed my rotors were grooved and when I braked, the stearing wheel was jumping all over the place. Repaired under warrenty. Next I got the coil pack recall. I take it in. They tell me my coil packs are upgraded to the new ones. Four weeks later a coil pack goes (there's 4) on a friday. After sitting all weekend (and i work on saturdays), I take it in and they replace 3 coil packs, and say they have to order the 4th. I mention that I brought it in for the recall and they said they checked the first coil pack and it was the new one but the other ones were the old ones (BS). Four more weeks I take it back, because I'm still waiting on #4. They say it's still on backorder but they have one in for another person and they never came in to have it installed.
Can't wait for the warrenty to run out. Then I'm really boned.