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    Thread: 2013 GLI Issues and Problems?

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      09-08-2012 12:20 AM #1
      Hello,

      New to the VW world save for my wife who owned a 2004 GTI when it was new. She complained about problems GALORE.

      Is this common in the new Jetta's/GLI's?

      Are there signs I should look out for when test driving?

      Thanks,

      aaron

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      09-08-2012 02:30 AM #2
      Go for a test drive. If you notice things you don't like, drop it. There are people with problems with 2.5 Jettas, there are problems with Camrys.

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      09-08-2012 04:44 AM #3
      I wonder who in the world has bought a 13 MY,driven enough miles to experience problems and review....

      There are no significant pains in a Jetta Mk6, the only part to be decided is the trim and engine choice.....
      And as NA spec Jetta's are not equipped like EU spec Jetta's most of the customers go for a 2.0 TSI engined Version.
      EU spec owners are lucky i guess compared between two vehicles specs...

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      09-08-2012 11:59 PM #4
      That's the point, if there were noticeable standouts in the 2013, then I'd have concern. There were quite a few reports on the 2012's that I will certainly look out for though.

      aaron

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      09-10-2012 12:18 PM #5
      5 days, 600+ miles, no problems yet.

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      09-10-2012 12:33 PM #6
      18 days. 800 miles. About 600 of those in city traffic. All is well.


      '13 GLI Autobahn

    7. 09-10-2012 12:55 PM #7
      no rattles????

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      09-10-2012 02:14 PM #8
      None yet for me. And the roads in my town aren't the smoothest.


      '13 GLI Autobahn

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      09-10-2012 06:43 PM #9
      Heard a rattle today - will investigate.
      Happened going over railroad tracks.
      Going to see what is in the console and glovebox first, but it sounded more rear in the car.
      Before it hits the dealer, I need to be able to duplicate it.

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      09-10-2012 09:57 PM #10
      Sounds good so far.

      I have a feeling the 2013's have been dutifully addressed. We know about many of the obvious changes, but I have a feeling there were many more changes in production, basic engineering, etc... in order to avoid more complaining.

      $.02

      aaron

    11. 03-05-2013 02:38 PM #11
      Got a 2013 GLI Autobahn w/NAV and DSG in October. I found a little nub on the hood that looked like a tiny paint defect. I experimented with clay bar and it came right off. Apparently it was a bit of the adhesive that holds on the the shipping wrap.

      After 4000 miles that is the only problem, and it wasn't really a problem. The body is tight and no rattles or rubs. The paint is flawless. Interior finish is perfect. Stitching is all done neatly and looks great. Everything fits well. I am very favorably impressed with the build quality of the car, and the performance and driving pleasure factor is very high. So I think those Mexican robots are doing their work as well as the German robots. (And I live in Germany )

      I have noticed a few GLI owners do not like the Dunlop allweather tires that VW supplies. But they are performing well for me even on the autobahns at high speed. I haven't any complaint about them, but I am told that the tread life is not very long. Time will tell.

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      03-05-2013 02:44 PM #12
      I had one irritating rattle from the front part of the headliner. Drove me crazy until I realized my gf left her sunglasses in the sunglasseses holder when she took my car out without my knowing. I didn't even know she knew how to drive a manual prior lol. Now I'm rattle free...still have the gf though...
      I just want a girl to trip in front of me so I can say finally say bitches be trippin and have it be literal.

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      03-05-2013 04:47 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by silver_z33 View Post
      I had one irritating rattle from the front part of the headliner. Drove me crazy until I realized my gf left her sunglasses in the sunglasseses holder when she took my car out without my knowing. I didn't even know she knew how to drive a manual prior lol. Now I'm rattle free...still have the gf though...
      Lol.

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      03-05-2013 06:58 PM #14
      The only thing that irritates me about mine are the rattles. There is a rattle coming from the front firewall/dash thats very irritating. My first oil change they are going to fix it. I almost wonder if its wastegate rattle.

    15. 03-06-2013 07:00 AM #15
      I'm currently replacing both front tires due to bubbles. Was told it's due to potholes and I don't have road hazard coverage. Tires are 260 a piece. Also I feel the car is slightly underpowered but I'm also running stock. If you have the option get the road hazard coverage for the tires. I didn't have the option and now replacing the tires after owning the car for 2 months with 2k miles on the tires.....

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      03-06-2013 08:41 AM #16
      13 GLI AB (DSG) 2k miles all HWY and no problems yet.
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      03-06-2013 09:23 AM #17
      '13 GLI AB+navi DSG @ 8k miles. Bunch of rattles that I still need to get fixed, but no other issues so far. Taking it in for my 10k service soon.

    18. 06-02-2013 09:26 AM #18
      Who all has experienced these issues:

      First week the airbag module went out, rear driver side speaker replaced.

      We have owned the car for 18 months now and had it shipped to Germany due to being stationed here now discovered water leak in car only when A/C turned on and driving the driver side floor board gets soaked. I have had it to a german Audi/VW dealership to get it looked they had it for 2 days and couldn't find the issue, then took it to Italian VW dealership to get the same issue looked at and they told me there was no problem but when I picked it up and drove home with A/C on I picked my floor mat up and the carpet was soaked. It will be going back to the dealership this friday and I'm trying to get VW America to buy car back so that I can get one that is not a lemon. Oh and the check engine light has started to come on this is the second time in a week it has illuminated but car still drives fine. Dealership reset light and said everything checked out and now its on again for the second time. Anyone have issues like this before. Love this car but wish we didnt' have the problems to go along with it.

    19. 06-02-2013 09:29 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by ATBGLI12 View Post
      Who all has experienced these issues:

      First week the airbag module went out, rear driver side speaker replaced.

      We have owned the car for 18 months now and had it shipped to Germany due to being stationed here now discovered water leak in car only when A/C turned on and driving the driver side floor board gets soaked. I have had it to a german Audi/VW dealership to get it looked they had it for 2 days and couldn't find the issue, then took it to Italian VW dealership to get the same issue looked at and they told me there was no problem but when I picked it up and drove home with A/C on I picked my floor mat up and the carpet was soaked. It will be going back to the dealership this friday and I'm trying to get VW America to buy car back so that I can get one that is not a lemon. Oh and the check engine light has started to come on this is the second time in a week it has illuminated but car still drives fine. Dealership reset light and said everything checked out and now its on again for the second time. Anyone have issues like this before. Love this car but wish we didnt' have the problems to go along with it.
      Forgot car is 2012 with 16K miles on it.

    20. 10-10-2013 04:00 PM #20
      Purchased car only 2 week ago...
      Everytime the car comes to a complete stop and go, the door keeps auto locking itself (sounds like it is coming from the pass. side)
      Anyone have the same issue???
      It is in service for 4 days now...=/

    21. 10-10-2013 04:20 PM #21
      I hate the fact that the GLI doesnt come 300hp from the factory!! LOL just kidding...

      I had a 2012 Jetta SE and drove it for 10k miles in 8 months with no issue except for the horn and stupid door speakers. I recently traded that for a 2013 GLI autobahn no nav and drove about 500 miles in 3 weeks with no issue so far. My only complain from switching is that I cant use regular gas anymore but I dont think you are concern about that.

      Needless to say, to me the MK6 styling/design/rigidness is top notch. I've had two B5 S4 and a B6 S4 in the past and I am more excited about this MK6 Jetta over them.

      My 2cents.

    22. 10-10-2013 05:50 PM #22
      One year of ownership of the 2013 GLI (autobahn with nav and dsg) for me with no rattles or issues. I'm hoping it stays this way as I love the car so far!

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      10-10-2013 07:24 PM #23
      I got my 2013.5 GLI Autobahn w/ Nav ~2 months ago, 2000 miles already and no major issues except the tires. I love everything about the car, the sturdiness of the ride, the pickup, all the little details. I'm coming from a 2005.5 GLI (which I loved), but this thing is better in every single way. Excited to lower it and do some mods once the cashflow is right.



      Quote Originally Posted by Dkg010 View Post
      I'm currently replacing both front tires due to bubbles. Was told it's due to potholes and I don't have road hazard coverage. Tires are 260 a piece. Also I feel the car is slightly underpowered but I'm also running stock. If you have the option get the road hazard coverage for the tires. I didn't have the option and now replacing the tires after owning the car for 2 months with 2k miles on the tires.....
      THIS. My only complaint so far is the crap stock tires. I heard a lot of complaints about them, and I have some of my own. There's a lot of slipping going on, and taking sharp turns and accelerating I get some wheel hop. Not the best tires by any stretch..

      In the first week of owning the car, I maybe could have hit a pot hole earlier or something... but didn't see anything out of the ordinary.. I was just cruising down the highway and the right front tire just BLEW OUT going like 75MPH. Luckily I was able to pull over safe. Tire was completely destroyed, magically the wheel was safe. Tire shop and VW said it wasn't covered by warranty because I probably hit a nail or something. I bitched to corporate and got them to cover it. A $280 cheapo tire.... huh.

      But I ended up buying the road hazard coverage in case that happens again. I can't wait to put some actual good tires on this thing though.

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