Volkswagen Scirocco (2008–2017)

What's good

87% Adult Protection
73% Child Protection
53% Pedestrian Protection
71% Safety Assist

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3-5-2017: Slight improvement in fuel economy recorded in 2009 VW Scirocco 2.0GTD 170 after NOx emissions fix in December 2016. Now averaging 51.8mpg, 1 mpg better than before.

What to watch out for

DSG can bog down on take-off.

Poor rear visibility with back seats and integral headrests up.

With DSGs, protective software can delay the message from brake switch to ECU that brakes have been released, allowing car to enter a junction or roundabout on the fuel in the combustion chambers, then momentarily shut off mid-junction.

Between 2008 and 2012 Volkswagen produced the EA111 CAVD 1.4 Litre TSI twin charger engine for the Volkswagen Golf VI, VW Polo GTI, VW Eos, VW Scirocco, SEAT Ibiza FR, SEAT Alhambra and Skoda Fabia vRS. This engine suffered issues with the pistons and oil rings. These included the piston rings cracking over time when 95RON petrol was used. The CAVD engine must be run on 98-99RON Superunleadedpetrol because lower octane fuel will cause the engine to ping and result in prematurely cracked pistons.

Another issue is the timing chain tensioner. It appears that at around 60,000 miles the timing chain tensioner fails, leaving slack in the timing chain allowing the chain to become loose and jump teeth. That can result in smashed valves and cylinder head damage.

In late 2012 Volkswagen rectified this problem by upgrading the CAVD EA111 to the CTHD engine. This was released with upgraded pistons and piston rings, oil squirters, a stronger timing chain tensioner and a few other tweaks. It is much more reliable engine and does not share the same problems as the CAVD. With minimal modifications (approx 2-3 hours) the CAVD engine can be replaced with the late model CTHD.

19" wheels prone to cracking all the way round the rim after encountering potholes/speed humps.

28-10-2015: 1.4TFSI Twincharger 160PS engine of 2010 Scirocco failed at 42,000 miles.

14-12-2009: Official VOSA recall R/2009/110/37E8 of VAG cars with 6-speed dual wet clutch DSG transmission built 1-9-2008 to 31-8-2009 because "In rare cases an incorrect interpretation of the clutch temperature can occur which results in the clutch opening unexpectedly with loss of drive." Remedial action was to update/reprogramme gearbox Mechatronic control unit.

15-1-2011: 2.0 TFSI suffering "coil pack failures", but the fault appears secondary to oil leakage into the packs. More at:

17-7-2011: Misfires seem to be developing on 1.4 TSI and injectors seem to be blamed.

28-7-2012: Single report of 2 faulty Active Chassis Control sensors costing £700 to replace on 3 year old Scirocco just out of warrannty.

9-10-2012: More hot climate problems with 1.4 TSI twinchargers. Reader in the Lebanon has needed two replacement engines.

11-1-2013: Warranty on 7-speed dry clutch DSG extended to 5 years or 150,000 kilometres in Russia and China.Followed by recalls in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Problem is with the Mechatronics unit, replaced in the Singapore/Malaysia recall. The transmission reportedly makes strange noises heard inside the car when shifting from 4th to 3rd, 3rd to 2nd and 2nd to 1st. Outside the car the noise is a metallic and repetitive sound, made when the car goes over speed-bumps. reports that an angry group of French VW owners claim that Seat, Skoda and Audi drivers are also reporting the same problems.

2-8-2013: DMF and clutch failure on 2009/59 Scirocco GT TDI at 25,688 miles.

1-9-2013: 4th cylinder piston ring failure in 29k mile 2009/59 1.4 TSI purchased new and regularly serviced on schedule by Volkswagen dealer. Volkswagen paid for new engine and paid 30% lof labour cost leaving reader to pay £1,000.

8-11-2013: RNS510 integrated sat nav unit fitted as an option to Scirocco has become vulnerable to theft because, apparenty, the coding system used by Volkswagen on this model is easy to re-program and it can be fitted to older Volkswagen models.

4-12-2013: Multiple oil leaks reported from December 2010 Scirocco: from transmission, from rocker cover, from inlet manifold, from timing chain cover, from turbo seal, and from engine sump.

24-7-2014: 2008 Volkswagen Scirocco least reliable new sports car in 2014 Which? Car Survey with reliability rating of 90.2% (still not terrible).

7-11-2014: On 2010 VW Scirocco 2.0TSI DSG, loss of drive experienced several times. Drive recovered by switching off and re-booting the car.

2-1-2015: Stretched timing chain of 59k miles 2009/59 VW Scirocco 1.4TFSI knocked out the engine's timing during the course of an MoT. Requires new timing chain and tensioner. Common problem due to poor manufacturered quality of the timing chains.

1-2-2015: Dual Mass Flywheel of 2012 VW Scirocco 2.0TDI failed at 15,000 miles. Owner billed for £1,624 for new DMF and clutch. DMF made by Luk UK. Central bush had melted and wrecked the clutch. Plenty of material left on the clutch (well above the rivets) and no scoring.

18-5-2015: Timing chain of 2010 Scirocco GT failed at 57,000 miles. VW dealer and VW collectively offered to pay 2/3 of cost of new engine.

30-5-2015: Timing chain failure confirmed on 58k mile 2011 Scorocco 2.0TFSI. Dealer and VW combined contributed 2/3 of cost of replacement engine.

9-12-2015: 'Official' CO2 and fuel economy figures of 2016MY VW Scirocco 2.0l TDI BMT 135kW EU6 six-speed manual to be reviewed but true figures are only very slightly worse.

7-3-2016: Faults with 25k mile 2008 VW Scirocco bought as a 'Das Auto' approved used car from a VW dealer were traction control, ABS and park-brake warning light came on when pushing the car hard in the wet. Then car under performed and ground to a halt with the EPC light on. After several attempts to start the car over an hour the light went out. Another VW dealer diagnosed that it needs a new throttle wiring loom. Supplying dealer initially refused to fix it stating wiring not covered in 2 year used car warranty.

26-4-2016: Howling clutch release bearing reported on recently purchased 2010 Scirocco 2.0TSI 210PS. Happens when reversing up an incline such as a driveway. Very standard VAG fault. Release bearing goes slightly off centre. Can go on like that for years until the car needs a new clutch.

10-5-2016: Transmission failure reported on 2012/61 VW Scirocco 2.0TDI at 55,000 miles. Wheels locked up. Local independent found that clutch slave cylinder exploded, contaminating the clutch. Cost £1798 for new to clutch, flywheel and slave cylinder.

13-7-2016: Report of turbo bearing oil seal failure on 2012 VW Scirocco 2.0TDI at 27,000 miles, with possible consequential oil damage to the diesel particulate filter. Quoted £1,570 for the turbo and £3,104 if new DPF needed as well.

15-11-2016: Clutch of 2013 Scirocco 2.0TDI bought in April 2015 at 26k miles failed in September 2016. Cost £1,100 to replace clutch and DMF by an independent.

29-11-2016: Complaint that 2010 VW Scirocco 1.4TSI suffering low compression in cylinder 1 at 29,500 miles. A further check has identified that the engine may have been running too lean and melted the piston. Asked to contribute £1,400 towards the repair and if worst case scenario and engine needs to be replaced owner's contribution will be £3,500. Did not say if this was the Twincharger engine.

17-1-2017: Report of catstrophic failure of timing chain of 2010 VW Scirroco's 2.0 TSI engine at 60,000 miles and valves hitting pisons despite being "always serviced as per the book & by local VW garage". "Both the factory & VW UK have coldly washed their hands & flat out refused any financial assistance."

31-1-2017: Report of 2013 VW Scirocco 2.0TDI DSG going in for NOx emissions fix and since then it has gone into DPF Regen mode every 150-200 miles. It feels very rough under idle mode and is nowhere near as smooth as before.

11-2-2017: Report that 2016 VW Sciroccos come with additional digital speedometers that read in KMH and cannot be re-set to MPH.

6-3-2017: Problem reported with used VW Scirocco 1.4TSI (presumably Twincharger) and after driving 6,000 miles in 6 months 1 week, engine management light came on and the car went into limp home mode. Owner took it to a VW garage and they explained that his compression was low and he had a sporadic misfire in different cylinders and they told him that they are unable to find a fault and that he needs a new engine (quoted at £6,000).

17-4-2017: Report of post NOx emissions fix a VW Scirocco 2.0TDI is not preforming as it was before it went in. The emissions light comes on continually and the coil like is now on and off and it keeps losing power and into "limp mode". Local VW dealer who carried out the update has been helpful but says if it's the owner's fault he has to pay for the diagnostic test and repairs. Suspect a worn out EGR.

29-6-2017: Another report of a VW Scirocco 1.4TSI TwinCharger burning oil. This is a 2010 model bought at auction with 44k miles at a cost of £8,500. Local VW dealer quoted £6,400 + VAT for a new engine, then offered to fit one for £3,800 + VAT.

4-9-2017: Report of 6-speed wet clutch DQ250 DSG of 52,000 mile August 2013 VW Scirocco 2.0 hesitating when accelerating gently in 2nd to 5th gears. More prominent when cold and getting worse. Fluid and filter of DSG were replaced on time at 39,000 miles.

5-4-2018: No official word from VAG, but ECU testing believes that the DQ200 7-speed dry clutch Mechatronics control box was finally re-engineered in 2016. This DSG 7 control unit is a common failure with engines under 2.0 litres on the VW Scirocco (2008 - 2014)

17-1-2019: Report of failure of Mechatronics of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG of 2010 VW Scirocco 1.4TSI. On acceleration it stalls after second gear and doesn't transition up. It fails when put in manual mode.

20-1-2019: Unresolved post-NOx fix problems reported with 2011 VW Scirocco TDI: Once this work was carried out the car became problematic mainly when starting on winter mornings with the engine labouring and cutting out until warmed up. Owners tookit tothe supplying VW dealer and told them and also pointed this problem out when in for service but they didn’t have any answers. Recently smoke was pouring out of the exhaust with a smell of burning (EGR cooler?) The AA directed owner to another VW garage were they spent a week solving the problem culminating in a bill for nearly £500. The starting problem has not been solved. (Some relevant facts may be missing from this account.)

3-2-2019: Report of failure of DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSG in 2010 VW Scirocco 1.4TSI at 65,000 miles. VW dealer wants £5,000 to replace it which is more than the car would be worth.

21-5-2019: Report of 65,413 mile 2012 VW Scirocco GT 2.0 TDI Bluemotion needing a new gearbox, clutch and DMF due to a piece of the clutch pressure plate snapping off and puncturing the transmission casing causing a serious oil leak into the bell-housing.


3-7-2012: reports We have been informed that owners of Euro-spec VW cars (Polo, Golf and Scirocco) are reporting similar problems to the ones that caused a massive recall in China (500,000-strong). The issue has been reported in France, where owners of the aforementioned cars started reporting hearing strange noises coming from the gearbox, which lead them to believe that there may be a design flaw which wears the mechanisms inside it prematurely. The culprit is VW’s latest twin-clutch setup, the seven-speed DSG7, which reportedly makes the ‘strange noises’ when shifting from 4th to 3rd, 3rd to 2nd and 2nd to 1st, inside the car. However, outside, a different sound is audible, a metallic and repetitive sound which is made when the car goes over speed-bumps. Whatever it is, it sounds serious, especially since owners first began to hear it “a few weeks after delivery” (of the car) - nothing should wear out that quickly. Also, since the problem in China was never really solved, as they just increased the warranty coverage to 10 years, it will be interesting to see how VW handle this problem in a market very close to home - France. Furthermore, the angry group of French VW owners claim that Seat, Skoda and Audi drivers are also reporting the same problems, so If this report turns out to be accurate, it will spark further outrage and may dent VW’s famed ‘bulletproof’ reliability record.

12-6-2013: Australian VW DSG Recall

and Australian VW DSG You Tube Video

Due to electrolysis, the DSG 7-speed transmissions are susceptible to conductive deposits forming in the gearbox control units, possibly causing the gearbox fuse to blow. Should this happen, the clutch will fully open due to power supply failure, causing the vehicle to roll to a stop if in motion. In the majority of cases, the fault occurs when the engine is started with the vehicle stationary. If the fuse blows while the vehicle is in motion, however, a sudden loss of power at the wheels could in certain circumstances occur while the vehicle is being driven. This may pose a hazard to the vehicle occupants and other road users. All other functions of the vehicle (steering, braking, etc.) remain fully active.

22-03-2017: R/2017/079: Airbag/belt tensioners may not trigger in event of an accident: Due to an error in the manufacturing process the air bag and/or seat belt pretensioner may not trigger in the event of a collision. Fix: On affected vehicles replace air bag assembly and seatbelt pretensioner where necessary. VIN: WVGZZZ1TZHW015832 to WVGZZZ1TZHW029384; WVWZZZAUZHP016078 to WVWZZZAUZHP552907; WV2ZZZ7HZHH020247 to WV2ZZZ7HZHH084411; WVWZZZ3CZHE029991 to WVWZZZ3CZHP013537; WVWZZZ13ZHV002320 to WVWZZZ13ZHV005588; WVGZZZ5NZHW320847 to WVGZZZ5NZHW847521; WVWZZZAAZHD005939 to WVWZZZAAZHD037356; WV1ZZZ2HZHH002360 to WV1ZZZ2HZHH002373; WVWZZZAUZHW037011 to WVWZZZAUZHW804016; WV1ZZZ7HZHX013663 to WV1ZZZ7HZHX014052; WV3ZZZ7JZHX014827 to WV3ZZZ7JZHX014827: Build dates: 01-05-2016 to 31-10-2016.

7-3-2018: R/2018/062: VW Beetle, Eos, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Scirocco, Sharan, Tiguan, Touran: On vehicles with diesel engines and stop/start system, the starter motor may be permanently activated because the return spring in the solenoid switch is bent or broken. If the permanent current supply to the starter motor is not noticed, overheating of the component with local scorching damage and a vehicle fire is possible. FIX: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and replace the solenoid switch. BUILD DATES: 1-3-2011 to 30-11-2011. VINS: WVWZZZ16ZBM100164 to WVWZZZ16ZBM130266; WVWZZZ13ZBV034137 to WVWZZZ13ZCV009398; WVWZZZ1FZBV013207 to WVWZZZ1FZCV009587; WVWZZZ1KZBM692205 to WVWZZZ1KZCW500862; WVWZZZ3CZCP002191 to WVWZZZ3CZCP000031; WVWZZZ16ZBM100164 to WVWZZZ16ZBM130266; WVWZZZ7NZBV032922 to WVWZZZ7NZCV009132; WVGZZZ5NZBW103889 to WVGZZZ5NZBW124589; WVGZZZ1TZBW087337 to WVGZZZ1TZCW002324; WVWZZZ3CZBE360689 to WVWZZZ3CZCE523000.

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