2010 Volkswagen GTI: 20,000-Mile Funk
February 01, 2011
Our long-term GTI crested 20,000 miles this weekend. We've had it since March of last year and it still generally remains a staff favorite. It's a playful, responsive car that doesn't ask much, and always seems to have enough boost on tap for an open lane sprint. It also gets pretty good fuel economy, averaging about 25 MPG, and has been mechanically solid. Its only trip to the dealer was for a 10,000-mile service. But it has developed some well-documented traits and deficiencies.
One of the anchors for the cargo cover straps broke. It leaks too much wind and road noise. There's a mystery rhythmic tick somewhere behind the driver's seat.
And now, the latest: a bad case of olfactory funk. Turning on the A/C releases a sour, mildewy blast not unlike the extract of sweaty socks left to dry, bottled into a perfume mister. Curious to see what the service department makes of this one.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor