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2005 Volkswagen Jetta electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 41 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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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

164300 mi

C $131
Battery light blinked so I had the alternator rebuild before I ended up with a break down. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

70285 mi

US $153
Reinstall driver's window in track. Required pull of window to access mechanism. Window scratched during repair. 
74400 mi

C $100
All the interior lighting stopped working. Wire from Body Computer cracked in the main harness. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

22940 mi One headlight burned out, then two weeks later, before I'd had a chance to take it in, the other one did too, necessitating a high-priority visit. The manual says I shouldn't try to change an H7 bulb myself, but on the plus side, it's covered by warranty 
29760 mi Turn signal "clicker" once again giving intermittent false positive "clicks" with no control input; neither turn signals or indicator lights were activated 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

53000 mi

US $10
low beam bulb replacement 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

76260 mi Airbag warning light. Airbag was malfunctioning. Replacement airbag was installed. 
84080 mi wire for brake lights became disconnected, had to be reattached. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

36580 mi

C $26
Replaced both head light bulbs as low beam burned out on both. Very easy job to do and saved $90 had I taken it to the dealer. 
117180 mi

C $706
battery was old and cold cranking amps was less than half...car had problem starting in moderately cold weather 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

80700 mi

US $200
You've heard of Fahrvergnuegen. This problem was heimtueckish. It dropped VW several notches in my book. AC stopped working. After much troubleshooting, identified prob as faulty fuse box atop battery. Wiring corroded, fuse holder bad. 
82300 mi

US $100
Trunk opening actuator failed. Replaced with aftermarket fix (buy part off ebay, install self). 
83000 mi

US $150
Based on vehicle history, this is like the 4th battery in this car's 8-year life. I believe it was due to the poorly engineered wiring (see April trip), and should be OK after replacing alternator cable. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

123000 mi

US $500
Strange clicking sound started coming from the dashboard after I picked it up from the dealer, ended up being the turn signal arm and four way switch, cost me another $500, car is running smooth as butter otherwise. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Electrical Problems

50 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. 9 of these members (18%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 15 electrical repairs to 2005 Volkswagen Jettas--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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