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Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 3501 repairs.
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Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 1222 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Volkswagen Jetta problems by year

before 2010 (88%)

2011 - 2014 (12%)

2015 - present (1%)

Chart based on 3507 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta Personal Experiences: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
I owned/own other VWs or related (Seat Leon, Passat). full 2009 Volkswagen Jetta review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Reliable IF properly maintained. full 2006 Volkswagen Jetta review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
I have owned 3 VWs in the past 9 years. My local VW dealer has a very good service department. No problems with VW reliability/service with any of my cars. Styling is smartly conservative. No gimmicky styling cues that look dated in 2 to 4 years. full 2006 Volkswagen Jetta review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
This car needs to be taken care of. If you know how and enjoy taking car of your car, this car will return the favour and take care of you too. full 2006 Volkswagen Jetta review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
I owned a 2000 TDI Jetta and loved it. I just wanted power windows so I sold it to my brother and bought a 2006 TDI. full 2006 Volkswagen Jetta review
2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
I imagine people will be looking at this review thinking they might buy a used TDI. I'm fully in favor of that. But I have a few useful thoughts: - This engine needs to run. Short-hop driving will keep the engine from warming up and that will cause premature failures and some expensive repairs and you won't get the mileage everyone loves. - If you can do the maintenance yourself PROPERLY, this car is a heck of a deal. But if you want to cut corners on repairs or have to pay someone to maintain the car, you'll spend more money than expected on the car. - TDI engines commonly go 300,000 miles. However, atthis point this model is 13 years old and it will not escape the issues of a 13-year-old car. You may have to address some body rust, some grounding/corrosion issues, and some cheap parts and maintenance at the hands of a previous owner. full 2003 Volkswagen Jetta review
Volkswagen Jetta Personal Experiences: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 115-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Mainly the cost of maintenance and repair. That may be true of all cars today Also, it was quite low to the ground...backing out of the driveway, unless the tires were over-inflated, scraped the front air dam on the curb as it came fully onto the street. full 2011 Volkswagen Jetta review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I owned a 79 VW Scirocco, and my wife has a 2004 Passat. VWs have their nice German driving manners, but they just are not screwed together like a Japanese car. full 2006 Volkswagen Jetta review
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
The cost of regular maintenance especially oil changes outweighed the fuel savings when compared to the Corolla I drove after. Rear seat is way too tight on leg room. full 2004 Volkswagen Jetta review
2004 4dr Wagon turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No luck with VWs for me. I also owned a 1989 Jetta sedan. It was a disaster. First repair shortly after purchase was for the leaking sunroof. Cost: $500-$750 I believe. The major problem with this car was the engine. While driving the engine would choke itself off and stop completely. The first time it happened I was right in rush hour traffic! Can't recommend the experience! This car must have been a lemon. full 2004 Volkswagen Jetta review
 

Volkswagen Jetta Problems and Repair Histories

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