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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 2004 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 2004 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

47% of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 88 repairs.

2004 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 43% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, 12% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 222 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.

2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 34000    
34000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 63000    
67000 176 two ignition coils went bad 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Fuel filler door release electrical switch failed. Unable to put gasoline in the car. 
0 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. 
0 Monsoon radio failed - single CD player would not play CDs of any kind. Dealer replaced Monsoon system under after having car for 9 days. 
0 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. 
0 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. 
0 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. 
0 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. 
0 Glass sunroof sunshade came off track. Was replaced by dealer under warranty. 
47000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 139000    
141000 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 0 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 120 car wouldnt start, there is a fuse distribution block on top of the battery that shorted out and needed to be replaced.  
179000 450 exhaust fumes were coming into the passenger compartment, there were two connecting pieces attached to the turbo that needed to be replaced. 
184700 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 
201000  
Volkswagen Jetta in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 258000    
339000 3200 Manual Trans. 5th gear input gear galled and frozen to input shaft. Low mileage used transmission installed. 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 142000    
156000 230 Replaced faulty lift pump in fuel tank. 
163000 330 Tandem pump leaking fuel, needed replacement. 
173000 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.  
181800 85 Replaced coolant temperature sensor indicated by intermittent check engine light and resulting OBD code. 
183000 120 Replaced inoperative driver's-side radiator/condenser cooling fan 
216300 400 Valve cover leaking oil 
221500 50 Alternator pulley clutch started slipping, causing alternator light to randomly flash. Replaced pulley on alternator. 
238000  

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 44000    
46000 400 replaced rear rotors and pads 
78000 400 Replaced front brake pads and rotors 
86000  

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 41000    
56700 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 250 Rear brakes badly worn. Replaced rear pads & rotors. Did front pads as well, front rotors OK.  
70000 160 Car occasionally hesitating (e.g., dying) while at freeway speeds. Replaced MAF. Problem solved. 
77700 100 New battery. Old one lasted 4 years. 
80000 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. 
87000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 83000    
90000 265 Front suspension mounts worn causing slack. Parts replaced. 
106000 112 Bad sensor. Sensor replaced. 
122000 800 Primary cooling fan burned out. 
130000 300 Torn CV Joint boot. 
132000 900 The EPC light came on. The Engine Program Control Unit was bad. Unit was replaced. 
145000 670 Ruptured fuel line. Repaired. 
163000 261 Catalytic converter needed to be replaced. Replacement was successful. 
183000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 110000    
118000 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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