I have a 2012 GLI Autobahn and i don't have any of the issues on this thread, yet LOL. Have you had a test drive yet?
Ok back from the dealership. I absolutely LOVE the GLI!! I have a theory; You think you love your cat until you get a dog, you think you love your dog, until you fall in love with your significant other,you think you love your significant other, until you have kids...Now you finally know how deep love can be....Anyway, I guess I can add one more thing to my list. You think you love your car until your car is a VW.
The rattles still concern me and the overall quality/reliability is still a major concern....But now understand.
I am leaning heavily towards the 2013 GLI.
Alright I haven't seen or heard anyone talk about this so here it is...
Lately every time I go over bump or generously accelerate, my headliner creeks and rattles. It sounds almost like the top of the car is not attached to the bottom. It's annoying as **** so I will be taking it in to my dealer this week.
It's also a 2012 GLI with 7,8XX miles on it. Unacceptable for any car with that amount of miles.
Everything in my 28 grand car rattles. Only have had it for a month and 2,000 miles. I wish my lease ended tomorrow, its disgusting. I've had it in twice, once for rattles(We adjusted things, or so they say), second time for my already failing water pump, and this time "we didn't hear any rattles"...woof.
My 2011 Jetta SE 6sp Auto has delveloped a new noise. When at a stop/standstill, and you press on the accelerator, a CLICKING sound is made, within a second of accelerating. I was able to replicate the sound consistantly in my driveway by just stepping on and off the accelerator repeatedly. I then put the car in reverse, and stepped on and off the BRAKE pedal repeatedly and the click noise happend as well. The noise will also happen while the car is moving, and you step on accelerator so that the car downshifts, say from 5th to 3rd gear. Again, the click noise happens within a second after the downshift. Any feedback on this would be appreicated! The car will be going in for some warranty work this week, and I don't want to get the typical response from the dealer of "That is normal". Thanks!
Well, I was actually able to figure out the click noise. The driver seat was not completely locked into position. There is one area in the seat track in which the seat would not fully lock into place. The initial forward or reverse motion of the car caused the seat to move just enough to make the noise.
I have been to the dealer a few times regarding the outside mirror whistling at speed and have been told that there is not a fix for this. Anyone else have this issue?
* Also had the headliner replaced due to C pillar trim
* Numerous rattles including drivers side rear door interior door panel rattles when door is closed.
There is a thread titled "Solved! side mirror whistling noise". There are some good pictures there showing where the noise is actually coming from. I had the mirror whistle issue as well on both mirrors. I informed my dealer and they said there was a TSB bulletin to correct the problem. What they do is replace the exterior mirror caps (the black part housing only) The new part actually fills in the gap shown in the pictures. My invoice said that they performed TSB 66-11-03. Have been driving for a couple of weeks and no wind noise. Hope this helps! Note: Removing the mirror glass is tricky, according to the dealer. They indicated that sometimes they break during the removal process.
The dealer had to remove the center console, and put foam tape on both the console and elt tape on the clamp. When they pulled it they could see that it was hitting as it was leaving small gouges on the plastic. They also lubed the shifter and the ebrake.
It's quiet... but same thing, you pressed on the trim around the shifter and it would go away, we first put foam around it, and it was a tad lighter, but came back... this has fixed it... been no noise for a couple months now.
The clamp is #16 in this diagram... FYI: Some people might be mistaking this noise as being from the HVAC console... the "horn" on the front of the center console seems to transfer noise into the dash area quite well...
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With all these problems, and some fixes listed.
Is it worth getting this car still? I thought I had finally made up my kind to get one, but reading this thread and the others where people describe the headliner falling part or the C-pilar, has me doubting this car now.
I'm not mechanically inclined to do 3/4 of these fixes, but do hate rattles. I know I can also go with a Honda , but they are boring to drive and not well equipped for the price.
I have a GLI Autobahn 6 MT that has been driving me nuts! Love the way the car drives but was getting a terrible buzzing/vibration sound from what seemed like the center of dash especially when accelerating hard from about 3800-4800 RPM. I took the car in at 1782 miles and the sound was diagnosed as "module for noise performance in rain tray rattling." VW of Princeton reinstalled and properly secured the module and "could not verify noise after fix." Got the car back and indeed the noise was greatly diminished. However, a buzzing/vibration sound persisted.
I'd done the usual pressing on interior panels while repeatedly accelerating over and over in 2nd gear. Couldn't find the sound until I reached up and squeezed the rearview mirror and the sound stopped - and stayed away. It returned a few days later, I repeated the squeezing of the mirror, and the sound disappeared. I held the mirror lightly and it does vibrate significantly upon acceleration, so I know I've found the problem. Sounds aren't always coming from where they seem I learned. I've not decided whether to take the mirror apart and put it back together with tightly or simply have a new mirror installed by VW.
I hope this brings some peace to another driver who might be on the edge of insanity due to the same problem!
Looking for help on these rattles:
1-In below 40deg weather, when you turn on the ac/heater blower, there is a very audible ticking noise in rhythm with the speed of the blower. Above setting 2, the blower is so loud you can't here the ticking but it's there. Anyone deal with this before?
2- there is a rattle from the passenger side seat lift lever area when cranked all the way down. Raise it one pump and leave hair of tension on it and it stops.
3- passenger side ac vent near door rattles ( or I think it's that)
What you got?
Overhead rattle: I seriously thought it was the sunroof shade, because it makes a cracking sound if I put light pressure on the aft portion of it. First time I went to the dealer, they said it was my sunglasses in the compartment. I was pissed off beyond belief. I'm not that dumb. I took it back this week and they kept the car for two days. They gave me a loaner at least. It was the latching mechanism for the sunglasses compartment. They replaced.
Dash rattle: They replace the ac vent panel. The piece that goes from the left side of the driver, sits on top of instrument cluster and end in the middle with the two vents. Problem fixed.
Driver door rattle: They must have taken my door apart 10 times. Something was loose in the window motor area and the the silver trim piece on the inside. They weren't very explicit on that.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Comfortline w/ Multimedia, Sunroof and DSG.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI GLS w/ Leather, Sunroof and 5SPD.
2016 GTI SE Performance Pack
2013 Tig SEL
I didn't see this specifically addressed in the thread so far, pardon me if it has already been discussed. Initially I had the Fender subwoofer rattle from the rear deck. I immediately shoved some tennis balls up there and it was fine.
I took the car in for its 10k service a few weeks ago, and they said there was a TSB about the subwoofer and they would be addressing it. I mentioned my tennis ball fix and they said no problem, we'll just take them out and leave them in the car. Since I got the car back, the rattle is worse than ever. I "re-installed" my tennis balls but now I can't seem to stop the rattle/vibrations. Anyone else been through this, and have any words of wisdom? I always hesitate to bring cars to dealers over rattles because it always turns into a time-sucking wild goose chase.
Hello all, wanted to update you it's been a while. I finally got around to taking in my car to the dealership for my 10K service and they discovered the cause to the overwhelming majority of my rattle problems. I had had my windshield replaced and the plastic cowl which sits below windshield/encases the wipers etc was not reattached properly. I have my suspicions that it was never attached properly in the first place as these noises predate the replacement windshield, but the sounds definitely had gotten worse since then. Since they bolted it back in place, the noises in my doors went away, the noise in the glove compartment went away, and what I thought was a speaker rattle has too gone away.
I'm very pleased with what was done so I'd suggest you all look at that as the sound definitely travelled to all different parts of the car.
Only sound still in the car is the center console squeak which has currently been fixed by sticking some business cards in there a seen earlier in this thread. If that's the worst I have I think I can tolerate it.
My GLI has been plagued with worsening buzzing and vibration sounds from the dash area since it was new. Seems a little worse every day. I stumbled upon a post about unplugging the "Soundaktor" in a GTI and found several before and after videos on YouTube for the GTI. After doing a little Googling found that the GLI is also equipped with the electronic gizmo.
For those unaware, the Soundaktor consists of an electronic module that is wired to what looks like a small speaker that is bolted to the firewall area just under the cowling that is beneath the windshield wipers. This is the device that is responsible for generating the low rumbling sounds in the GLI, which I've never liked.
In 5-10 minutes, I removed the foam molding that secures the cowling, lifted the cowling, reached in to the speaker module and unplugged it. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The GLI still has a sporty sound, but is much more natural and all of the low-pitched rumbling is gone, along with most of the dash vibrations.
If you're going to do this, be sure to pinch the bottom of the plug where the wire attaches to the speaker, and it will come right out. If you have to use force, you're doing something wrong.
I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try and think you'll like the new sound of your GLI. If I have time, I'll post a video somewhere.