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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Problems and Repair Histories

2004 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 146 repairs.

2004 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 274 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

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Jetta in Colorado, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014
Mar 2014

119000 mi

US $1800
Struts 
Apr 2014

120000 mi
Coolant pump 

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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. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jul 2014
Apr 2014

121500 mi

C $140
Sound of engine was louder than usual. Detected hole in pipe in exhaust system, after catalytic converter but before muffler. They recommended a muffler shop to have repair done. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Mar 2011
Nov 2010

136400 mi
Alternator. 
Feb 2011

143200 mi
Belt tensioner. 
Mar 2011

145080 mi
Mass airflow sensor. Shimmy under load accelerating. 
Volkswagen Jetta in South Carolina, United States
Jun 2006 - Mar 2010
Feb 2006

103000 mi

US $120
replace broken Alternator pulley 
Mar 2008

201000 mi

US $80
removed leaking EGR cooler that the dealer broke and refused to repair. 
Mar 2009

260000 mi

US $400
replace clutch and broken Dual-Mass flywheel and leaking rear main seal 
Apr 2009

265000 mi

US $230
Replace failed in-tank lift pump 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Arizona, United States
Dec 2007 - Jul 2011
Jun 2007

140000 mi
I asked the dealer to drop the fuel tank to investigate the loss of power, decreased fuel mileage and the smoking. They disagreed. 
Jun 2008

160000 mi

US $5600
Nine months later, after spending $5,600 to try to fix problem, they finally dropped the tank and found entire fuel system gummed up. Because I had a record of my earlier request they ate $7,000 cost of replacing entire fuel system. 
Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2016
Apr 2012

75700 mi
Sunroof drain was closed and several cups of water were dripped onto the drivers seat. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2012
Apr 2012

134700 mi

US $853
maf, purge valve, o2 sensor, dipstick, dipstick sleeve 
Sep 2012

138000 mi
O2 sensor out transmission no good, parked until can figure out what to do with it. 
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. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2015
Mar 2011

126000 mi

US $350
Valve gasket leak and plastic oil tube cracked need replaced and found door open alarm broken and Headlight dimmer switch works intermittently 
Aug 2011

132000 mi

US $208
Exaust pipe seperated, resinator had rust hole 
Oct 2011

133350 mi

US $52
4 way flasher relay switch  
Mar 2012

136000 mi

US $150
fuel door switch 
Feb 2013

144300 mi

US $200
signal assembly switch 
May 2013

146000 mi

US $40
a/c charge 8oz and fuse for horn 
Jan 2014

153300 mi

US $844
both axels replaced evap. system 
Feb 2014

153700 mi

US $640
many air leaks to the emission system $$$ for parts and diagnosis 
Aug 2014

159000 mi

US $900
communication between computer and engine caused two warning lights to stay on. 3 parts changed short found by dealer after 15 hrs of work. First shop changed part in transmission and cruse control before giving up  changed axle 
Oct 2014

161000 mi

US $150
coolant leak shorted air intake sensor 
Dec 2014

165000 mi

US $550
rear caliper froze Brakes should have lasted for another 10K. Now rear driver side caliper is sticking caliper on other side froze up, damn VWs 
May 2015

166000 mi

US $200
condensed had hole JC Whitney part and mechanic install 
Jun 2015

167000 mi
stupid car computer throwing false codes would not go into 5th gear for two weeks P4011 air mix cleared it and has not come back for 3 weeks now always something never again a VW 
Sep 2015

167000 mi
Needed alternator and battery 350.00 done with car yeah got rid of VW never again 
Volkswagen Jetta in Maryland, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

67000 mi

US $176
two ignition coils went bad 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2015

117000 mi

US $90
Worn passenger tie rod end. Replaced both passenger and driver. 
Mar 2016

125000 mi

US $185
New windshield fixed the leaking problem 
Volkswagen Jetta in Alabama, United States
May 2015 - Dec 2015
May 2015

130000 mi

US $3000
Shifting was rough didn't get into third gear easy. The dealer couldn't fix it but a downtown mechanic fixed it for me with 2 year Warren. After years of use the CV joint on the control arm left and right now wore out. This is not a problem by the car. This is simply a part that needs replacing every 10 years. 
Sep 2015

138000 mi

US $80
Clanging sound when turning at high speed. The problem seems to be fixed so far. I replaced the right and left control arms. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Oregon, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

205000 mi

US $580
New exhaust manifold. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Sep 2006 - Mar 2012
Sep 2006

16572 mi

US $396
Everything else, repair headliner separating on one corner 
Mar 2007

20000 mi

US $306
headliner separating on all four corners, and pealing away above visors 
Jan 2009

31552 mi

US $70
wiper blades all interior electrical power loss 
Sep 2009

33784 mi

US $225
replaced strut mounts at only 33k miles! Replace all glow plugs, some warranty repair for ECM reload. some warranty repair for ECM reload. 
Jan 2010

37978 mi

US $151
excessive engine revolutions prior to start replaced engine crank sensor for the 4th time. replaced car battery 
Mar 2010

39000 mi

US $803
Brakes: pads, rotors, or drums, repair dealer wanted $425 to replace the front breaks, and $375 to replace the back brakes 
Oct 2010

49169 mi

US $268
50k service 
Dec 2010

52607 mi

US $69
Recoded key locks since key battery went dead 
Aug 2011

65287 mi

US $117
balanced tires also. replaced ij0-145-838-t turbo hose; dealer wanted over $325: paid $117.43 for the part, used pliers to pull ring, snap ring, remove and replace hose-saved ~$200. 
Oct 2011

70000 mi

US $1700
Replaced both front axle shafts, CV joint boots 'apparently' leaked grease from 35k miles at the SAME TIME! Upon inspection of the removed shafts, both boots each contained a small '1/8" slit' like o 
Nov 2011

71000 mi

US $820
Replaced entire headliner, $420 for the headliner, $400 for the labor. 
Mar 2012

72000 mi

US $670
Driver side window fell out of window track. Had to have dealer seat window back in track. Replaced turbo tube. Dealer said it was worn due to 'the frequent inspections required by the manufacturer which cause the part to fail'.... 

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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 Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2012
Jul 2010

75000 mi

US $400
Wheel bearings. 
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 - Mar 2016
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. 
Sep 2015

256000 mi

US $165
Rear-passenger side wheel bearing replaced. 
Dec 2015

258000 mi

US $150
Replaced Rear driver's side wheel bearing 
Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
- Jan 2009
Jun 2004

9000 mi
Replace failed glow plug 
Aug 2006

46000 mi
Replaced failed in-tank electric fuel pump. 
Jan 2009

99800 mi

US $55
Replaced failed strut mount bearing, parts cost only. Repaired myself. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Alberta, Canada
May 2013 - Sep 2013
Jun 2013

157480 mi

C $1840
Steering rack replacement  Turbo seals 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2013 - Aug 2014
Nov 2013

167380 mi
rear spring broken rust developing, disassembled and cleaned for preventative maintenance 
Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Mar 2010 - Mar 2015
Jan 2011

135000 mi

US $155
Cruise control stopped working, replaced clutch peddle sensor. Problem solved. 
Nov 2012

165500 mi

US $200
Pulley clutch on alternator failed, since it was the original alternator I replaced the alternator, which came with a new pulley clutch. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2012
Apr 2011

237000 mi

US $1800
Turbocharger bearing failed; turbocharger was replaced with a rebuilt unit; car again operates as new 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2011
Nov 2011

165000 mi
Transmission GPC code, failing. Shifts abruptly. Cost of replacement new is approximately $5,000. Cost of a rebuilt tranny is $4,500. Repair not attempted at this time due to cost. Looking for a used transmission right now if cost is right. 
Dec 2011

165000 mi
Sold to transmission mechanic. 

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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 - Mar 2016
Sep 2009

46000 mi

US $400
replaced rear rotors and pads 
Aug 2012

78000 mi

US $400
Replaced front brake pads and rotors 
Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Nov 2011
Dec 2010

68000 mi
Replaced the suspension with coilovers and found out the rear shocks were blown. When compressed by hand they did not rebound. But that is not the reason why I installed coilovers. I could not even tell the shocks were blown while they were on the car. 

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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. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Maine, United States
Mar 2012 - Oct 2015
May 2012

76700 mi

US $23
18613 - Performance Malfunction in Cooling System; replaced coolant temp sensor 
Jun 2012

78000 mi

US $18
18613 - Performance Malfunction in Cooling System;replaced thermostat 
Mar 2014

106000 mi

US $80
Reverse light switch replaced 
Mar 2015

121000 mi

US $273
Replaced after cat O2 sensor 
Sep 2015

127000 mi

US $410
Starter failed requiring replacement. 
Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012
Jun 2012

129000 mi

US $250
Rear ABS brake cable broke. Light came on. Driving was fine. Dealer repaired (not replaced). 
Volkswagen Jetta in Georgia, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2012
Jan 2011

51300 mi

US $106
Defective cooling switch - part replaced. 
Sep 2011

56000 mi

US $950
Signs of a leak found on original water pump with plastic impeller during oil change. Water pump, timing belt, tensioners replaced before full failure. Taking the old water pump apart afterwards, found one of the vanes to be cracked. 
May 2012

70300 mi

US $550
Check engine light on - Temperature and O2 sensor replaced. 

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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. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2011
Nov 2010

79000 mi

US $800
The water pump (with a plastic impeller, known to fail at roughly this age) failed and caused the car to overheat, the mechanic also replaced the timing belt as the labor was already being performed. 
Jan 2011

83000 mi

US $120
Fusebox melted from extremely hot alternator wire, fusebox had to be replaced as well as new cable from alternator to fusebox.  
Volkswagen Jetta in North Carolina, United States
- Jan 2007
Jan 2007

25000 mi
LED brake light went out, and fixed under warranty. Faulty check engine light due to over sensitivity. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Alabama, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

115000 mi

US $599
replace front sturts 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2013
Aug 2013

164700 mi

US $3400
Cam shaft was wearing badly replace with new cam and lifters. Also did clutch and timing belt which are normal routine service. Cam and lifters not normal repair cost for this around 2000.00 

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