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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

35% of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 5% to the suspension, 29% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 487 repairs.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 14% between $500 and $999, 19% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 59 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.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 7000    
13000 0 The car wouldn't take fuel on three occasions. The trouble hasn't occured since 
31000 0 End of intake camshaft sheared off. Required new complete head assembly. 
37000 0 Lower transmission mount bolt fell out. Engine swung forward into air conditioner lines. Dealer replaced bolt and lines. 
 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 10000    
13000 0 Lumbar support in seat not working misc. rattles 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 7000    
8000 0 Rattling/vibrating underneath passenger wheelwell during idle and braking only in warmer weather. Rar passenger side window will not operate from switch on the door itself. Can operate window from master switch, however. Dealer says could not find a problem but 1 day after in the shop window would still not work. Need to take back in. Satellite radio intermittently works. Often receive a 'NO SAT RADIO' message when I do subscribe to a satellite radio service. Radio also has frequent bass problems, where the bass is turned up to an unacceptable level for no reason. 
14000 0 Loud rattle in passenger side door when weather is hot outside. Sounds like a large piece of plastic flapping inside the door. Shop was unable to replicate. 
22000 0 Low oil level indication light, vehicle was losing oil but dealer could not determine how. 
39000 0 Replaced cam shaft, cam follower, Radio crackles, loses satellite connectivity. Fuel pump replaced. 
96000 440 airbag module  HID bulb replacement 
 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 100hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 9000    
9800 1 Windshield Washer tube (black corrugated plastic) broke at hood hinge. Tech repaired w/ 3" of clear rubber tubing. OEM part from VWOA was same bad plastic. Dealer offered to replace whole hose line w/clear tubing - $0 cost, but 2-3 hours. No thanks. 
10500 0 High beams re-adjusted to put light on road, not trees. Help from a friend and directions from TDIclub.com on-line forum. 
55000 0 Told "brakes feel mushy" - shop found sticking ebrake cable, could not permanently solve problem. Lubrication didn't last.  
73000 595 Brake light flashing and beeping. Brake caliper leaked fluid onto pads, caused dragging of caliper & premature wear of pad (RR only). Replaced caliper, "carrier" (VW term for caliper bracket) and both rear pads. Took three trips. 
76000 340 Symptom: Brake fluid in garage, Pedal to the floor! Shop added fluid & gave me more, ordered Left Rear caliper and carrier ("just in case we need it"). 2 days for parts. N/C Car ended up being towed because of dead battery. While there installed new LR caliper. Didn't need carrier. 
100700 155 Heater-hoses were leaking. Replaced H-H assembly, coolant. 
107000 0 Shocks + Struts replaced. Discovered dangerously irregular tire wear; DX'd at tire shop. Took car to a brand specialist (NOT a dealer) for this repair. Got tires immediately and 5-year alignment (after this repair) from the tire shop. 
121000  
Volkswagen Jetta in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 620    
10540 0 1. Replaced rear seat vent deflector (broke). 2. Replaced missing bolt which holds on right rear door skin. 
44640 0 Rear door rubbed against front door weatherstrip causing paint to wear off. Body shop adjusted door and painted. Fully covered under warranty with no hassles. 
58900 0 Transmission failed. Replaced with new transmission. 5k short of drive train warranty expiring (phew). 
93920 200 Replaced broken Surpentine Bracket, Tensioner and Belt. Entire assembly broke. $200 repair at Harrington's Halifax. Great Service. 
102300  

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Oklahoma, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 23000    
33000 175 Brake caliper hung on rear disc brake, causing rotor to burn up. Caliper replaced under warranty, however, Volkswagen refused to replace rear rotors and pads under warranty citing they were "wear items". Paid $175 for independant shop to repair 
 
Volkswagen Jetta in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 36000    
77000 0 airbag light, resistance too high reading on passenger seat connection. 2nd time. reset computer. 
90000 91 Resistance too high error on airbag system right passenger seat. 
122000 1050 Three of 4 hub assemblies needed to be replaced. VW does not use bearings and whole assy was replaced. 
161000 0 two cylinders misfiring, Per dealer head needs replaced quoted $6300.00. I have kept the maintenance completed to exact measures and found this to be strange. 3rd party VW technician able to tell me mileage on car by symptoms which tells me common prob. 
161000 3000 Head job performed by independent mechanic. I have never missed a maintenance and use VW oil but it appears too much pressure and cam not being hardened enough for is causing these to fail in 2005-2006 TDIs around 150-170k. Expensive! EGR valve assembly needed to be replaced. Learned this problem during test drive of head job problem reported in previously. $800 of the total. Head job was $2,200. 
 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 14000    
15000 0 Steering box was changed due to cracking sound 
 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 11000    
20000 0 repair electrical outlets in center console loose door panel causing bass speaker rattle on driver's side front. 
20000 200 Repair power outlets in center console. 
25000 0 XM radio quit. New Tuner module was installed. Airbag fault message. Computer was reset. 
25000 0 Driver's side leather is showing excessive wear. Color is worn off the seat after only two years. Our other car is seven years old and does not have the kind of wear experienced on this car. Currently awaiting inspection from VW. 
34000 0 Airbag fault caused by loose ground wire. 
46000 0 Transmission replaced due to internal imbalance. Very noticeable at freeway speeds. 
 

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