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2005 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 96 repairs.

2005 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 82 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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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Alaska, United States
Feb 2008 - May 2011
Mar 2008

73000 mi

US $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 ... 
Oct 2009

85500 mi

US $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
May 2006 - Feb 2009
Jun 2007

22940 mi
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 
Jun 2008

29760 mi
Turn signal "clicker" once again giving intermittent false positive "clicks" with no control input; neither turn signals or indicator lights were activated 
Jan 2009

34720 mi
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
Apr 2009 - Sep 2015
May 2009

119000 mi

US $250
timing belt changed at 118000 miles on the odo. waited for all the parts from dieselgeeks. 
Aug 2010

152000 mi

US $270
Service Sun Roof drainage issue, Transmission fluid change on the "tiptronic" 
Dec 2010

162000 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2011

166000 mi
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. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Colorado, United States
Aug 2009 - Sep 2012
Oct 2009

78000 mi

US $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. 
Jan 2011

95300 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2011

100000 mi

US $600
Sway bar bushings replaced due to squeak in front end. 
Jan 2012

109000 mi
Engine skid plate fell off 
Volkswagen Jetta in Washington, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2013
Mar 2008

95000 mi

US $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 
Jan 2013

176700 mi

US $4900
Tiptronic transmission failure Total replacement needed 
Feb 2013

178300 mi

US $850
EGR pipe on turbo cracked and was replaced. 

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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
Jun 2009 - Oct 2013
Nov 2009

71300 mi

C $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. 
Dec 2009

72540 mi
Moon roof was leaking. Shop repaired leak but we'll have to wait until next rain to know if repair was successful. 
Mar 2010

76260 mi
Airbag warning light. Airbag was malfunctioning. Replacement airbag was installed. 
Oct 2010

84080 mi
Bushing in front end needed to be replaced. wire for brake lights became disconnected, had to be reattached. 
Jul 2011

92980 mi

C $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. 
May 2012

100800 mi

C $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) 
Jan 2013

109920 mi

C $100
underpower code 0299. car has no pickup. issue related to turbo. still working to resolve. 
Apr 2013

111900 mi

C $200
replaced turbo actuator 
May 2013

112220 mi

C $220
replaced brakes pads, rotors and emergency brake cables rear suspension coil broke 
Volkswagen Jetta in Maryland, United States
Feb 2008 - Jan 2010
Mar 2008

108000 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2009

150000 mi

US $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
Feb 2010 - Sep 2015
Apr 2010

32240 mi
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. 
Jul 2010

36580 mi

C $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. 
Dec 2010

41540 mi
Catalytic converter replaced which is a known defect so it was replaced at no cost. 
Mar 2012

63860 mi

C $900
the timing belt was worn and was replaced 
Oct 2012

81220 mi

C $1340
severely corroded oil pan needed to be replaced front brakes replaced Corroded mid engine transmission mount mid-exhaust system has a hole 
Nov 2013

100440 mi

C $400
Cooling pipe from radiator had corroded, pressure test of system for winter expanded a pin hole leak. Part needed replacement. 
Aug 2014

110980 mi

C $560
caliper was seized on one side system fixed intermittent dash light comes on related to the cooling sensor. Computer diagnostics show that it was working fine at the time of evaluation 
Sep 2014

112840 mi

C $250
Rust on leading windscreen edge of passenger door removed and repainted. 
Dec 2014

117180 mi

C $706
Electronic Thermostat failed and was replaced battery was old and cold cranking amps was less than had problem starting in moderately cold weather 
Sep 2015

127100 mi

C $375
Windshield wipers failed, replaced gear linkage. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2008
Mar 2008

30000 mi

US $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
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

77000 mi
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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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Repair Histories

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