Volkswagen is in a spat with German magazine Auto Bild over claims that its new, seventh-generation Golf may already need a recall. The German weekly reports that new Golfs can leak water into front-passenger footwells due to a faulty drainage tube in their air conditioning systems.

And while the fix itself doesn't sound too terrible, because Volkswagen bases so many cars off the same platform as the Golf, Auto Bild is claiming that 300,000 models could be affected, including the Audi A3 and Seat Leon. That's a very bold claim. For its part, VW is vehemently denying that number, according to Reuters, saying it's aware of the problem and claiming only 46 Golfs need fixing. In addition, it denies that any Audi or Seat models are affected by the issue.

Either way, regardless of how pervasive this leak issue is, North American buyers should rest easy knowing that the problems ought to get fixed by the time the Mk VII Golf finaly reaches our dealerships.


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      The Friendly Grizzly
      Every country has some tradition or another for their cars. With the French, it was, and to some extent still is, quirky shapes and extraordinarily efficient use of interior space. The English cars had self-extinguishing headlights and self-lubricating garage floors. With Germans, it is floor-pan-shaped foot-baths. My 1969 BMW 2002 had this "feature", and from what I am reading here, it has proved so popular, it is installed free of charge over four decades later,
      john john
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 08 bmw 135i would dump cold water on my foot during hard cornering. Dealer replaced the ac drain lines and it continued. Sounds like a similar issue. Maybe the germans like cold wet feet.
      jamcar00
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had exactly the same problem with my 1985 Jetta. VW never solved the problem. I had to get rid of the car after 6 months. I was tired of stepping into squishy carpeting.
      Storm
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol they're not even out yet and they're breaking
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Storm
        Erm...but its out in Germany where this article has been posted and Autoblog reposted from. There is a world outside of America you know, and there is more than americans reading the site....
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      A VW with issues? No WAY!
      clquake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone one of my friends that has owned a VW has always said they were great cars, except for xxxxxx (fill in the blank). Why is it that there's always an "except for" for these cars? Every year I look into buying a GTI or a Golf, but every year, I find issues that prevent me from buying one of these.
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @clquake
        Every car has issues. If your looking for a car with no issues than I don't think you will be driving
          subieguy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Porsche4life
          Re:Raz When did the Golf become an exciting car? Maybe the Golf R, or even the GTI, the base Golf, however, is an economy car. If it's not reliable, it's lost its main selling point. I'd see your point if you were talking about Porsche or Ferrari, but it's a freaking Golf. FYI, I like the Golf. My dad owned one many years ago (mk 2) that had clocked over 200,000 miles without any problems besides standard maintenance. It seems like VW's reliability and quality control has been on the decline in recent years, especially with their cars from Mexico.
          scion_tc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Porsche4life
          Hey RAZ, How many decades has VW been building that 2.0 liter gasser in the Jetta with what, 100hp?
          Jeremy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Porsche4life
          unless you drive a japanese brand car. usually no issues for at least the first 5 yrs or so
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Porsche4life
          [blocked]
          Mr Sled
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Porsche4life
          Lexus and Acura have very few issues, but don't have a soul like VW.
      Armand
      • 1 Year Ago
      North American buyers need not worry. Given VW's track record, there will be new problems by the time the car arrives in North America from the brand new Mexican plant.
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volkswagen quality.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's not forget who the recall queens of previous years are, the "reliable" Japanese. Then there are the Koreans building crap cars that rust away, but it's ok, you'll get a gas card as compensation.
        scion_tc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Big difference, The Japanese find and issue, and recall the car and fix it free of charge. VW just expects owners to live with the problem, and or make several trips to the service department spending $$$ trying to fix the poorly engineered VW.
      yo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear vw...Your 1979 design is the golf is FAR past its "cool" date.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      AC drainage lines are a constant problem on many VW and Audi cars...often because crap builds up in the drain from dirt or what have you that gets sucked into the system either from outside or even inside. Perhaps VW went to smaller diameter lines, a bad duckbill (the thing on the end that lets water out but not in), or they got kinked in assembly. The worst part is the transmission control module (TCM) that is often under the carpet on the floor, sometimes in the driver's side rear passenger floor. TCM gets wet, transmission goes limp or worse. Bottom line, if you're NOT seeing condensate on the floor of your garage or driveway when you come in on a humid AC day...get that line reamed out!!
        lasertekk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Hmm. Never considered the secondary issues of the flooding, looking at it strictly as a localized problem. It could account for some the problems I've seen as well.
        nolimit092
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        ^^^ Absolutely correct. The Audi Allroad was NOTORIOUS for this issue.
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the many recurring problems my VW had was this flooding problem in the front passenger foot well. The VW dealer correctly diagnosed the problem and said there was nothing could be done. "It was a design issue." After three years, I got an Accord.
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