2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Fixing the Radio by Putting It on a Time-out
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 2, 2015
I was enjoying some good early 90s grunge on satellite radio while driving our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI home last night. But a funny thing happened when I tried changing stations: I couldn't. The video below provides a better explanation.
I was listening to channel 34, but nothing happened when I twisted the dial clockwise to go up a station. I turned it counter-clockwise and the stereo switched stations downward numerically, as you'd expect. But when I twisted the dial back, it refused to go past channel 34. Clearly the GTI thought I needed more 90s grunge.
The free time you have sitting in traffic during rush hour gives ample opportunity for experimentation. I dug around through the menus a bit, thinking it might be an option or something. I couldn't find anything, but nor could I think of a reason why you'd want this to happen. I also tuned downwards, past channel 1 and down from channel 450. I got down to channel 35 this way, but as soon as I passed channel 34, I couldn't go back up.
Perplexed, I got home and fired off a few emails to other staffers who'd driven the car recently. A few hours later, I turned the GTI back on and tried to switch channels. It worked fine.
Maybe that time in the garage gave the GTI some time to think about how silly it was being.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 17,837 miles