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2004 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Chart based on 138 repairs.

2004 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

Chart based on 255 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 - Apr 2015
Feb 2010

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. 
Sep 2014

63000 mi

US $900
Broken spring on rear driver's side. Replaced both rear springs and shocks. 
Jan 2015

65300 mi

US $400
Blown turbocharger coolant line 
Apr 2015

66000 mi

US $8
Broken latch on center console cover. Replaced with part bought online. Loud squeak in front driver's side suspension. Cause of problem unknown. 

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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
Oct 2009

67000 mi

US $176
two ignition coils went bad 
Volkswagen Jetta in Arizona, United States
Nov 2004 - Mar 2010
Jun 2004

300 mi
Fuel filler door release electrical switch failed. Unable to put gasoline in the car. 
Aug 2004

1100 mi
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. 
Dec 2004

10500 mi
Monsoon radio failed - single CD player would not play CDs of any kind. Dealer replaced Monsoon system under after having car for 9 days. 
Jun 2005

25400 mi
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. 
Aug 2005

28000 mi
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. 
Nov 2005

34000 mi
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. 
May 2006

45500 mi
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. 
Jun 2006

46000 mi
Glass sunroof sunshade came off track. Was replaced by dealer under warranty. 
Dec 2008

47000 mi

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
Mar 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

159000 mi
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. 
Oct 2011

171000 mi

US $120
car wouldnt start, there is a fuse distribution block on top of the battery that shorted out and needed to be replaced.  
Mar 2012

179000 mi

US $450
exhaust fumes were coming into the passenger compartment, there were two connecting pieces attached to the turbo that needed to be replaced. 
Jul 2012

184700 mi

US $3000
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
Aug 2009

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 2015
Mar 2009

156000 mi

US $230
Replaced faulty lift pump in fuel tank. 
Jul 2009

163000 mi

US $330
Tandem pump leaking fuel, needed replacement. 
Dec 2009

173000 mi

US $1500
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.  
Jun 2010

180000 mi

US $85
Replaced coolant temperature sensor indicated by intermittent check engine light and resulting OBD code. 
Jul 2010

183000 mi

US $120
Replaced inoperative driver's-side radiator/condenser cooling fan 
Apr 2012

216300 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaking oil 
Aug 2012

221500 mi

US $50
Alternator pulley clutch started slipping, causing alternator light to randomly flash. Replaced pulley on alternator. 
Mar 2015

250000 mi

US $1149
Due to high mileage and wear replaced pretty much all suspension components: Struts & springs all around, strut tower bearings, bushings, sway bar links and bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, etc. 

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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 2015
Sep 2009

46000 mi

US $400
replaced rear rotors and pads 
Aug 2012

78000 mi

US $400
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
Apr 2010

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. 
Sep 2011

68000 mi

US $250
Rear brakes badly worn. Replaced rear pads & rotors. Did front pads as well, front rotors OK.  
Nov 2011

70000 mi

US $160
Car occasionally hesitating (e.g., dying) while at freeway speeds. Replaced MAF. Problem solved. 
Oct 2012

77700 mi

US $100
New battery. Old one lasted 4 years. 
Jan 2013

80000 mi

US $225
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. 
Sep 2013

87000 mi

US $30
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
Jun 2008

90000 mi

US $265
Front suspension mounts worn causing slack. Parts replaced. 
Jan 2009

106000 mi

US $112
Bad sensor. Sensor replaced. 
Aug 2009

122000 mi

US $800
Primary cooling fan burned out. 
Jan 2010

130000 mi

US $300
Torn CV Joint boot. 
Feb 2010

132000 mi

US $900
The EPC light came on. The Engine Program Control Unit was bad. Unit was replaced. 
Oct 2010

145000 mi

US $670
Ruptured fuel line. Repaired. 
Jul 2011

163000 mi

US $261
Catalytic converter needed to be replaced. Replacement was successful. 
Jul 2012

183000 mi
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
Feb 2009

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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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Repair Histories

94 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. 36 of these members (38.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 138 repairs to 2004 Volkswagen Jettas--an average of 1.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

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