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Volkswagen Jetta Problems and Repair Histories

1563 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Jetta. 771 of these members (49.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 2161 repairs to Volkswagen Jettas--an average of 1.4 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 2161 repairs.

Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Jetta repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 11% cost less than $100, 47% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 914 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.

2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 0    
0 Left rear passenger window leaking out of factory. 
0 Airbag fault sensor--loose connector. 
0 Right rear passenger window leaking x2--not fixed properly at first attempt at repair earlier in month. 2 Rattles to be fixed also not fixed on first attempt. 
4000 0 Right rear quarter window unsuccessfully repaired (MK from email) 
7000 0 Airbag fault light, right rear quarter window leak not repaired (dealer claims unable to duplicate). 
30000 0 DSG transmission failure. VW replaced entire transmission. Dealer replaced creaking front strut bushings in a separate shop visit. 
0 Tow to dealer, replace coil pack and fuse after car will not start. 
43000 0 Faulty airbag light. Third repair on airbag wiring harness under driver seat. 
57000 270 Turbo recirculation valve failing and replaced. Rust on trunk near license plate. Sent to body shop for sandblast/rustproofing/respray of area. 
77500 0 High pressure fuel pump cam follower wore through and failed. Covered by manufacturer extended warranty on this particular system d/t widespread failures. Deal replaced high pressure fuel pump, camshaft, and follower. 
81000 250 Lower right control arm worn and was replaced. Car steered normally again after repair. 
85000 299 Engine thermostat replaced after CEL went on. 
89000 5 Windshield washer fluid line cracked at junction of hood and engine compartment. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Vermont, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Unsuccessful diagnosis of rough idle when vehicle started for 1st time of day 
0 Front and rear driver side door trim replacement/repair plus driver door damage (body work) repair (door damage caused by loose rear trim piece) 
0 Unsucessful diagnosis of intermittant, non-functioning running lights. (headlights) Replacement of defective brakelight switch Repair broken handle/latch on armrest storage compartment 
0 Repair of rear passenger side door handle (trim piece fell off vehicle) 
37000 0 Repair of faulty coolant temperature sensor. Performed ECM update per service bulletin "01-05-08" to address "cold start misfires" (seems to have corrected our rough idle problem first noted in May 2003) 
16 Replace driver side headlight. 
33 Initial trip to local shop: unsuccessful diagnosis of noise coming from front passenger wheel/suspension (43195 miles, $32.50 charge) N4 Recall - Replace Brake light switch. Courtesy inspection at dealer diagnosed noise as dry sway bar bushing 
51000 75 Exhaust hanger washers replaced to eliminate rattle from undercarriage. 
54000 45 Replaced broken hanger to eliminate noise noticable on hard turns. 
59000 132 Check engine light came on. Diagnosis was evap emissions leak from loose fuel cap. ($90 diagnostic charge, grrrr....). Fuel door will not open intermittently (switch on driver door). $42 diagnostic charge, to determine switch needs to be replaced. Part ordered (however, we are likely not to complete the repair right away).  
68000 0 Bad rollers in both front seats causing "clunking" sound when sat upon. (Tow due to dead battery) 
72000 22 Brake light bulb burned out. 
75000 18 Noise coming from exhaust hanging too close to one of the hangers, noticeable on hard left turn. Hanger bent to move exhaust ~1 inch. Replace rear brake pads, rotors, & hardware. Clean and lubricate calipers. ($332+tax) 
80700 0 When we had it in for routine maintenance (80K service) we had them diagnose an intermittent issue with the door locks sometime lock randomly. Diagnosis was right front door latch was defective. We opted not to repair due to the $400 estimated cost. 
88000 100 In door switch to open gas fill door working very infrequently (would take >20 attempts to get the fuel door open). 
99300 446 Leak in coolant pump. Replaced pump. 
114000 0 Car was running rough upon initial start in the morning. Would stall on backing out of drive way. Mechanic found broken crankcase vent causing vacuum leak and skewing MAF readings. 
114000 0 Replaced broken crank case vent hose. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 47000    
49000 190 temperature sensor was bad had caused some minor cold starting problems on 2 seperate occassions 
60000 650 replaced leaking water pump found during 60,000 mile check-up 
92000 1390 check engine light on, car running rough, obdII code p0302, cylinder 2 needed a new ignition coil. noticed red liquid on garage floor, took to mechanic for repair. was told that coolant was leaking from thermostat and housing and needed to be replaced. check engine light came on, obdII code p0304 listed on scan, cylinder 4 required new ignition coil, later in day re-scanned and code p0301 also appeared. Mechanic replaced ignition coils on all cylinders except #2 which was repaired 3 wks previously 
99000 650 exhaust leak found when performing yearly state emissions inspection, part replaced, passed emissions inspection 
104000 0 ignition coil previously replaced by mechanic failed at approximately 4000 miles after original repair. mechanics parts and labor guarantee covered the payment 
105000 1500 a/c compressor failed and needed to be replaced 
110000 565 ignition coil failure, auto was recalled by vw at approx 38k miles and fixed. coils remained functional until approx 100k miles since then individual coils were replaced and then all coils were replaced in early 2010. 2 coils failed here. replaced leaking valve cover gaskets 
114000 600 front cv boots and joints needed repair/changing 
121000 720 coolant leak from radiator hoses and connecting pipe 
128000 1750 replaced catalytic converter,  ign. coils, spark plugs and wires when check engine light came on 
132000 900 upon routine maintenance check it was discovered that the water pump was failing, previously replaced in 2007. 
134000 1100 motor mounts needed to be replaced 
137000  
Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 144000    
145000 1800 Shocks, struts, front brakes*, trans fluid* tie-rod ends wheel bearing 
181000 235 Frozen front brake caliper replaced. Replaced pads and rotors. 
192000 100 Hand brake cable replaced. 
193000 900 Replaced engine cooling fan, serpentine belt Replaced alternator and battery,  
193000 300 Two window regulators replaced. 
208000 800 Replaced entire exhaust. 
 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 47120    
48980 1000 The drivers side window made a loud thump when it went all the way to the bottom. 
70060 362 fuel line leak which would have resulted in a fire if left unresolved 
 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 74000    
77000 80 Catalytic converter fault code stored in memory. Ran diagnostics but no problem was discovered with it. Cleared code. 
 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 90000    
91000 400 The dual-mass flywheel failed, allowing too much play. The clutch was slipping occasionally, though the clutch lining was not worn out. 
94000 36 Left side mirror glass was replaced, because the heating element had failed. 
95000 186 Front suspension work: Installed new ball joints and rear lower control arm bushings to solve clunking and worn bushings. Left CV axle replaced to eliminate vibration under acceleration. 
100000 37 The left end link on the front sway bar broke. 
102000 10 Replaced right headlight bulb. 
110000 41 The driver's window fell into the door. I installed a new window "kit", which includes new clips (now all metal instead of plastic and metal), new cables and other parts of the regulator assembly. This is a common problem with Mk4 VWs. 
112000 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. 
116000 43 Replaced diesel injection pump top and middle seals. The pump had been weeping since I purchased the car from the original owner at 80k miles, but got worse in the last year. I have used Biodiesel in the car which may have exacerbated the problem. 
118000 218 Replaced rear rotors and pads, and front pads. Front rotors were machined. Brake fluid was replaced. 
119000 15 Replaced injector return lines. They hadn't started leaking, but were suspected to be letting air in. They were replaced with Viton hose because I have run high blends of biodiesel in the past, which likely contributed to their demise. 
119000 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. 
122000 593 Replaced worn and leaking dampers (struts, shocks) with aftermarket Konis that don't significantly alter the ride/handling balance. Replaced passenger-side axle. The inner boot had ripped, and the upcharge for the whole assembly was small enough that I decided to not attempt to rebuild the inner joint. Also replaced ball joint. 
126000 0 Trunk latch stopped working. Removed from car and disassembled. Found that a spring had popped off inside the mechanism. It popped off again after reattachment. Ultimately, I had to bend the end of the spring to keep it secure. 
131000 43 Vacuum pipe between vacuum pump and brake booster had cracked at the ends, causing a leak. Part was replaced, solving the problem. Received recall notice regarding sunroof drains. Determined that the official VW "fix" was to snip off the end of the drain because of the likelihood of clogging, which I experienced. I clipped the ends myself instead of going to the dealer 
142000 60 Turbo variable vane (VNT) actuator ring was installed upside down, preventing the turbo from venting and causing an overboost condition at high engine load. The ring was reversed, fixing the problem. The only parts replaced were gaskets. 
143000 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. 
143000 69 The oil return line was observed to be weeping when the turbo was R&R'ed this past summer. The return line was replaced. 
145000 9 The injection pump "head" O-ring was leaking and was replaced in situ. This is not the authorized VW way to do it, though it saves a lot of time and money to not need to remove the pump from the car. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 172000    
173000 2009 Axle shaft broke away from transmission $2008.00, dealer fixed axle issue, car will not start... (see second issue) Dealer fixed axle issue, car will not start, wanted new diagnostic charge for and additional $85, I refused and had the car towed home. found engine compartment disassembled and parts left in hatchback are 
184000 2200 Original turbo replaced at my expense Transmission differential is held together with rivets, the rivets separated and caused wear on the transmission case. the worn metal caused the differential to fail. 
191000 1600 Turbocharger failed. Had turbo replaced. 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 157000    
159000 145 The passenger window fell down for the 3rd time and was out of the 7 year extended warrenty by 2 months 
173000 1000 Water pump and timing belt. 
212700 900 I had the clutch replaced 
230000  

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