by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on September 29, 2015
We did it early.
That's right, our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI headed to the dealer at 19,621 miles for its 20,000-mile scheduled service.
The 20,000-mile service is pretty simple for the GTI. It consists of an oil and filter change, a new pollen/dust filter for the HVAC system, an inspection and a tire rotation. I took the car to Volkswagen of Orange in Orange, California, for the work.
August 10, 2015
The now ubiquitous tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is a fantastic safety feature. That little tire-and-exclamation-point warning light icon is super helpful for learning when a tire is going low and giving you an opportunity to deal with the situation before it becomes dire.
That said, not all tire pressure monitoring systems are created equal. Some vehicles have a readout that gives you real-time information on each individual tire's pressure. Some can at least tell you which tire on the car is low. Others just tell you something's wrong and leave you to figure out the rest.
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI falls into the last group, unfortunately.
June 10, 2015
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI was persistently informing us that it needed a new key fob battery, so I figured I'd stop by Santa Monica Volkswagen and hope for a quick resolution. I was in luck. The parts department located the appropriate battery promptly, and one of the service managers installed it on the spot. Presto change-o.
June 3, 2015
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI calls for routine service at 10,000-mile intervals. When the odometer reached the magic number, it displayed a "service due" warning, so it was off to Volkswagen Santa Monica. Our experience here has been hit-or-miss over the past several years. This visit was different.
May 28, 2015
A severe gash in the tire of our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI was beyond repair. One new Bridgestone Potenza S001 was a given. With more than 10,000 miles on the opposite tire we decided to replace it, too. It wasn?t as easy as we anticipated.
May 15, 2015
We've reached the 10,000-mile mark on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Most of us love this new-generation GTI, which is once again hailed as a driver's car. Some feel the ride is a bit too stiff, but hey, it's a rare car that pleases everyone on our staff.
The GTI has been pretty reliable so far, though not completely trouble-free. The first problem was a faulty passenger seat heater early on. Strangely it would turn itself off about five minutes into use, and then refuse to turn back on without a full restart.
March 12, 2015
Usually this type of rear-wiper malady belongs to an SUV or crossover, but our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback also has a rear-wiper. Shouldn't that missing cover have been robust enough to withstand a car wash? Next time we run the car in for scheduled maintenance, we'll see how much it cost to replace.
January 16, 2015
Our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI doesn't have the plaid seats it should. Instead, VW cruelly makes GTI buyers choose between the awesome throwback and cloth-lined buckets and leather-clad ones which feature back-soothing heating elements.
Plaid or heat. Plaid or heat. Plaid or heat.
We're old now...I mean, we spend lots of time at the gym being active now, so even in our warm SoCal climate, the heated seats are a nice treat for the back. Heat wins.
Except when it doesn't work. Like on the passenger seat of our GTI.
November 17, 2014
Recently, our 2015 Volkswagen GTI passed its engine break-in period and was then ready for its first instrumented track test. As part of our pre-test protocol, we check and set tire pressures to the manufacturer's recommended values printed on the vehicle's doorpost sticker. When we first put the gauge on the GTI's cold tires, however, each one read 33 psi, or 4 psi lower than what the doorpost recommends.
Read on to see what we did...
November 5, 2014
It is well into the internal-combustion engine's second century, and yet we still need to break-in an engine before using it to its full potential. We crossed that magic mile-marker in our 2015 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn about 350 miles ago, so we're scheduling it for its first, full test at the track.