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Volkswagen Jetta Brakes Problems and Repair Histories

1562 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Jetta. 223 of these members (14.3%) have reported brakes and traction control repairs for their car. A total of 145 brakes and traction control repairs to Volkswagen Jettas--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volkswagen Jetta problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Volkswagen Jetta problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Volkswagen Jetta problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

41% of the Volkswagen Jetta repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 2139 repairs.

Volkswagen Jetta brakes and traction control repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Jetta brakes and traction control repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 25% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 19% between $500 and $999, 9% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 298 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 1000    
57000 50 Emergency brake cable adjustment causing brake drag. A common problem. Causes low MPG and excessive rear pad wear. My highway MPG was down to 26 
 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Oklahoma, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 23000    
33000 175 Brake caliper hung on rear disc brake, causing rotor to burn up. Caliper replaced under warranty, however, Volkswagen refused to replace rear rotors and pads under warranty citing they were "wear items". Paid $175 for independant shop to repair 
 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 74000    
77000 0 I replaced the brake pads on my own, and when I did, the bleeder valve on the caliper stripped out, apparently due to the fact that it was an aluminium caliper and a steel valve plug. Rethreaded it and put a bleeder kit into it. 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 232500    
317440 450 Brake cables needed replacing... common problem on these cars... (I had already ordered the parts months ago... for both cars...) 
442680 60 Right Rear brake caliper's parking brake mechanism was seized. Relaced both rear calipers with used units. 
488120 500 Emergency Brake cables needed replacing. (Common problem... this is the 2nd time they were replaced.) 
525140  

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Germany
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 40920    
45880 0 Right rear brake sticking. Could not replicate. 
48980 0 Right rear brake sticking. Second repair attempt, VW can't find the problem. Could not replicate. Yet to be fixed.... 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 62000    
65000 250 ABS sensor cable frayed. 
 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 76000    
77000 250 Brake hose replacement. 
 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 206000    
237000 912 Had the caliper pins for the left front brakes re-tapped. 
291000 85 Rear brake caliper emergency brake levers were hanging and causing the rear brakes to drag. I replaced both rear brake calipers. 
 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 97000    
98000 355 rear right ABS sensor replaced. 
102700 970 Replaced parking brake cable. 
136000  

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 157000    
160000 15 Brake line failure. 
 

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