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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Repair Histories

Chart based on 122 repairs.

2004 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

Chart based on 235 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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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
34000 mi US $1500 Car overheated under load but not at idle. Thermostat replacement did not solve problem. Replaced water pump impeller. Also replaced timing belt while water pump was off to gain more time before scheduled replacement at 100k miles. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Maryland, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
67000 mi US $176 two ignition coils went bad 
Volkswagen Jetta in Arizona, United States
Nov 2004 - Mar 2010
300 mi   Fuel filler door release electrical switch failed. Unable to put gasoline in the car. 
1100   Fuel filler door release electrical switch failed again. Unable to put gasoline in the car.Dealer replaced switch again along with the clip that holds the switch into place in the drivers door. 
10500   Monsoon radio failed - single CD player would not play CDs of any kind. Dealer replaced Monsoon system under after having car for 9 days. 
25400   Airbag system warning lights came on. Dealer replaced airbag sensor under the hood under warranty. However, light came back on 2 days after the dealer fixed it. 
28000   Power outside mirror on passenger side failed. Dealer determined that wiring was broken when front passenger window fell off track or was damaged when the service tech fixed the faulty window. 
34000   Ignition coil issue - car would not start. Dealer replaced ignition coils (known major issue that tech service bulletin was issued) under warranty but car was towed into dealer and took 2 weeks to fix because of parts availability. 
45500   Front driver side CV joint failed. CV joint and boot replaced under warranty after long argument with dealer service manager. Car at dealer 11 days for repair. 
46000   Glass sunroof sunshade came off track. Was replaced by dealer under warranty. 
47000 US $100 CV joint on drivers side went bad - discovered from loud clunking sounds and vibration in steering wheel.  Replaced broken plastic window clip on passenger front door - window dropped into door but thankfully did not break glass itself. Window was jimmied back into the up position and held by duct tape until car was taken into dealer to have CV joint replaced. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in New Hampshire, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2013
141000 mi US $1400 my clutch went out. I let someone else drive it who could drive "standard" in january and it hasn't been the same since. it finally gave out in march. 
159000   Emergency brake wasnt working. Dealer pointed out a rear caliper not working, going to charge me $300 or so to fix it. Brought it to my regular mechanic. Lubed up the caliper, and it worked. No charge. 
171000   car wouldnt start, there is a fuse distribution block on top of the battery that shorted out and needed to be replaced.  
179000   exhaust fumes were coming into the passenger compartment, there were two connecting pieces attached to the turbo that needed to be replaced. 
184700   Turbo was replaced, connecting pipes needed replacement, intercooler needed repair. when turbo went in, another failing piece would come to surface shortly after service visit. it went on for a couple months like that. wheel bearing went 
Volkswagen Jetta in Michigan, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2012
339000 mi US $3200 Manual Trans. 5th gear input gear galled and frozen to input shaft. Low mileage used transmission installed. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Indiana, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2014
156000 mi US $230 Replaced faulty lift pump in fuel tank. 
163000   Tandem pump leaking fuel, needed replacement. 
173000   Replaced flywheel and clutch. Failing dual-mass flywheel and minor slippage in higher gears at full acceleration, once I had it apart I found that the friction plate was fine, and a fork was missing on the pressure plate.  
180000   Replaced coolant temperature sensor indicated by intermittent check engine light and resulting OBD code. 
183000   Replaced inoperative driver's-side radiator/condenser cooling fan 
216300   Valve cover leaking oil 
221500   Alternator pulley clutch started slipping, causing alternator light to randomly flash. Replaced pulley on alternator. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2014
46000 mi US $400 replaced rear rotors and pads 
78000   Replaced front brake pads and rotors 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Feb 2014
56700 mi US $900 Water pump failure. Apparently this year model has a plastic impeller, which breaks sometime after 50,000 miles. Dealer also replaced timing belt & tensioner, thermostat, & other belt. Not cheap. 
68000   Rear brakes badly worn. Replaced rear pads & rotors. Did front pads as well, front rotors OK.  
70000   Car occasionally hesitating (e.g., dying) while at freeway speeds. Replaced MAF. Problem solved. 
77700   New battery. Old one lasted 4 years. 
80000   CEL light illuminated, car tried to stall on freeway. Trouble codes for MAF sensor showed up on VAG scanner. Replaced MAF with dealer refurb & MAF harness. Problem solved. 
87000   Coolant Temp Sensor failed, intermittently; when car was hot it became hard to start. Code pulled, part bought, problem solved. Expansion tank appeared to have leaked (dry coolant residue on outside, coolant smell when hot). 
Volkswagen Jetta in Louisiana, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2012
90000 mi US $265 Front suspension mounts worn causing slack. Parts replaced. 
106000   Bad sensor. Sensor replaced. 
122000   Primary cooling fan burned out. 
130000   Torn CV Joint boot. 
132000   The EPC light came on. The Engine Program Control Unit was bad. Unit was replaced. 
145000   Ruptured fuel line. Repaired. 
163000   Catalytic converter needed to be replaced. Replacement was successful. 
183000   No electricity to AC system. No repair. Car traded in. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
118000 mi US $650 Car was not starting most of the time. Dealer diagnosed no pressure to the fuel rail. Replaced fuel pump (was not in stock, hence the 3 days). Dealer noted error codes from engine speed sensor, not pursued, due to cost. 

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