2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Radio Is On the Fritz
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 9, 2015
The infotainment system in our long-term 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is acting funny. A few weeks back, it refused to let me tune past channel 34 on satellite radio. Putting it on a time out fixed that problem, but I found a few others this past weekend.
For a brief moment on Friday, I couldn't turn the volume up. Down, sure. But up? Nope. Mike Schmidt blames it on my taste in music — not enough Kraftwerk.
Later, as I was setting off for a drive to Lake Arrowhead, the GTI refused to "acquire" the satellite radio signal in a place where previously it had no problem. Fortunately everything else worked, so we listened to FM radio and my iPod. I tried switching back to satellite radio repeatedly over the course of the 90-minute drive, but the screen simply displayed "Acquiring signal" for the rest of the day. The speakers were silent.
Satellite radio returned after letting the GTI sit overnight, but a new issue arose: The system would crash and reboot itself immediately after startup. It would function fine afterwards, and it happened maybe once every three starts.
Either the infotainment system's gained sentience and has become very picky about the music it plays, or there's something up with our stereo. We'll get it checked out soon.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 18,400 miles