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2001 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (6%)

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (50%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (3%)

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

94000 mi

US $588
Replaced AC compressor and 1 radiator cooling fan 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

99000 mi Diagnose problem with car stalling in traffic and electrical system going haywire. Mechanic tightened up electrical connections but diagnosed an ECU problem. Problem went away temporarily afterward. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

127000 mi

US $5
Turn signal flasher would randomly flash after using signals. Cleaned turn signal stalk area in steering column with electric contact cleaner (no disassembly). No further issues. 
178000 mi Old starter dragging...replaced with new starter 
94000 mi

US $36
Left side mirror glass was replaced, because the heating element had failed. 
102000 mi

US $10
Replaced right headlight bulb. 
112000 mi

US $15
Failed door switch in driver's door was replaced. This affected alarm/remote locking operation as well as the dome and puddle lights and headlight/key warnings. The individual microswitch was replaced to save money over replacing the entire mechanism. 
119000 mi

US $15
Hazard switch started smoking while driving (and the hazards weren't in use!), but continued to work. Called VW and verified that it had been replaced under an earlier recall campaign. Replaced the switch. 
143000 mi

US $184
The lock module in the driver's door malfunctioned again. (I'd replaced a microswitch a few years ago.) Symptoms included no interior lights or headlight warning and occasional alarm malfunctioning. I bit the bullet and replaced the module. 
374000 mi

US $358
passenger side window would not close 
382000 mi

US $500
starter 
387700 mi

US $1200
timing belt, tires, air conditioning 
391000 mi Rear ended and totaled. Scheduled to return to the shop four days later to try to sort out the AC problem. The mechanic felt it was a wiring issue, but hadn't been able to figure it out. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

134940 mi

C $1000
Alternator died on a major highway 
81000 mi

US $300
Airbag module not working since 2008 
95000 mi Driver Side window regulator broke - replaced cable kit to repair. 
185700 mi

US $369
Replace compressor 
98000 mi

US $250
Replaced starter motor. Old starter motor was not disengaging immediately upon starting the engine. Had driven car w/problem for over a year prior to replacing the starter. 
54560 mi

C $180
Rear windshield wiper starting to work always at the engine start time (regardless of switch position) and runs for about 2.5 time longer than if in intermittent mode, before stopping, but at random position on the glass, instead of the bottom end of it. Front right headlight needed replacement. replaced by myself 
144000 mi

US $170
Passenger window regulator clips broke, window fell into door. Replaced window regulator, fixed problem. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

120460 mi

C $1200
I had the ventilation box replaced with a used unit for approximately $1200. The heating deflection baffle was broken and could not be repaired without replacing the whole box. This involved taking all the dash apart and 7 hours of work. 
121520 mi Replaced starter. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

144000 mi

US $717
Alternator had to be replaced. 
175000 mi

US $300
window motor, regulators on multiple windows 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

282000 mi

US $600
AC blowing out hot air not cold. Went bad during last summer month. Did not repair given cost and will not be using until next summer again. Living with issue for now. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

177000 mi

US $135
Failed Brake Light Switch causing ESC light 
182000 mi

US $25
Heater core selector had foam covering delaminate, causing ventilation to always blow hot. 
219300 mi

US $250
Replaced alternator with a new. oem bosch unit 120amp. Bolted right in. 
230000 mi

US $325
Replaced AC compressor with new 
285700 mi

US $400
alternator went out 
320700 mi

US $150
lights in dash (speedometer, fuel gauge,etc.) when out. air condition stopped working 
332000 mi

US $1800
replaced compressor and fan. 
342000 mi

US $600
alternator failed and was replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

118000 mi

US $150
No cold air blowing when A/C is ON. Replaced A/C pressure switch/sensor replaced. 
135000 mi

US $500
Windshield wiper motor needed to be replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

171000 mi

US $5
Door switch (that tells the car if the door is open or closed) was inop, repaired myself for about $5. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

119040 mi

R 500
Periodic non-starting. Suspected starter-motor. Repaired alternator, starter, installed relay to relieve load on ignition. Now suspect it may be immobiliser? 
65000 mi

US $990
Driver side power window regulator and motor replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

107000 mi

US $100
Cigarette lighter quit working for the fourth time in 7 years. Electric trunk release mechanism broke as the entire assembly is made of metal except for the actuator which is plastic. Part cost is $250, as VW only sells the entire assembly. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Electrical Problems

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