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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 2005 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 2005 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

46% of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 14% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 4% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 80 repairs.

2005 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

Of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 19% cost less than $100, 46% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 8% between $1000 and $2499, and 6% more than $2500.

Chart based on 63 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.

2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 72000    
73000 489 I used B2 biodiesel one time from Premier Ag in Columbus, IN in March 2007. Car began smoking, stuttering on acceleration. Took to dealer Dreyer&Reinbold, Greenwood, IN 3 times in March and April 2007 and each time they "treated" it and sent me away ... 
88000 845 Bloomington,IN serviceman knew camshaft and lifters had been a problem in these diesels. He replaced camshaft, 4 lifters in 2 cyls. Runs like a charm again! VW dealer would have had me spend $3800 to replace complete injector system. Would not have fixed! 
 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 14880    
22940 0 One headlight burned out, then two weeks later, before I'd had a chance to take it in, the other one did too, necessitating a high-priority visit. The manual says I shouldn't try to change an H7 bulb myself, but on the plus side, it's covered by warranty 
29760 0 Turn signal "clicker" once again giving intermittent false positive "clicks" with no control input; neither turn signals or indicator lights were activated 
34720 0 The usual VW trick of the window failing to move, then falling into the door. 
 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 118000    
119000 250 timing belt changed at 118000 miles on the odo. waited for all the parts from dieselgeeks. 
152000 270 Service Sun Roof drainage issue, Transmission fluid change on the "tiptronic" 
162000 148 Drive axles to driver and passenger side needed replacing, signs of "wobble" upon acceleration and speed. During the replacement I've noticed low pad wear to the front rotors and replaced with EBC product. 
166000 0 Glow plugs changed to stainless steel and ECM reflash, quiet and less "shaking," 42-44 MPG. Went to VW "Rod East" in San Antonio, TX. Many thanks to "Raul" shop foreman. Found "old" glow plugs damaged. Wires checked as well. 
182000  
Volkswagen Jetta in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 77000    
78000 236 During pre-purchase inspection, mechanic told me the front strut mounts were collapsed. They were indeed squished (due to time). I replaced the bushings and associated bearings as well as the front struts. 
95300 40 Check engine light came on over a year ago (AutoZone scanner said coolant temp sensor). Car in for routine maintenance, problem repaired concurrently w/ service items. 
100000 600 Sway bar bushings replaced due to squeak in front end. 
109000 0 Engine skid plate fell off 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 90000    
95000 17 Upper intake hose near the turbo becomes loose on the TDI engine. A factory replacement would cost over $200. Bought an aftermarket part from Bailey Enterprises to replaced the factory clip with the aftermarket part. Total repair time was less than an hou 
176700 4900 Tiptronic transmission failure Total replacement needed 
178300 850 EGR pipe on turbo cracked and was replaced. 
180000  

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in New Brunswick, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 66960    
71300 40 A piece of plastic beneath the engine had broken away and was scraping on the ground. Replaced piece. Coolant sensor was throwing an intermittant "low coolant" warning. Shop has not fixed it yet. 
72540 0 Moon roof was leaking. Shop repaired leak but we'll have to wait until next rain to know if repair was successful. 
76260 0 Airbag warning light. Airbag was malfunctioning. Replacement airbag was installed. 
84080 0 Bushing in front end needed to be replaced. wire for brake lights became disconnected, had to be reattached. 
92980 1200 Engine skid plate had begun to fall off and was dragging on the ground. Part was removed and will replace when a used one becomes available. E-brake cable was loose. Had to be adjusted and tightened. 
100800 320 left strut mount worn, needed to be replaced sway bar worn out left tie rod worn out turbo hose loose left front wheel bearing worn out turbo hose replaced replaced wheel bearing (drivers side front) 
109920 100 underpower code 0299. car has no pickup. issue related to turbo. still working to resolve. 
111900 200 replaced turbo actuator 
112220 220 replaced brakes pads, rotors and emergency brake cables rear suspension coil broke 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 105000    
108000 400 Driveline vibration due to dual mass flywheel failure. Replaced with single mass flywheel and clutch kit. Rear engine and front transmissions seals replaced at time of repair. 
150000 50 Grinding / squealing noise from alternator pulley. Replaced it. 
 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 30380    
33020 0 The driver side window got frozen to the window seals and I used the electric window to clear the water from the window. The window and the actuator bracket became seperated and after thawing the window fell into the door. This is a known problem. 
36560 26 Replaced both head light bulbs as low beam burned out on both. Very easy job to do and saved $90 had I taken it to the dealer. 
41540 0 Catalytic converter replaced which is a known defect so it was replaced at no cost. 
63860 900 the timing belt was worn and was replaced 
81220 1340 severely corroded oil pan needed to be replaced front brakes replaced Corroded mid engine transmission mount mid-exhaust system has a hole 
100440 400 Cooling pipe from radiator had corroded, pressure test of system for winter expanded a pin hole leak. Part needed replacement. 
103540  

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 29000    
30000 199 I had taken my car to the dealership for 30,000 mile service. After completion they informed me that the brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced. Not trusting them, I took the car to a local Midas that I usually use and had them re-inspect. They ... 
 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 74000    
77000 0 I replaced the brake pads on my own, and when I did, the bleeder valve on the caliper stripped out, apparently due to the fact that it was an aluminium caliper and a steel valve plug. Rethreaded it and put a bleeder kit into it. 
 

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