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Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Chart based on 3071 repairs.

Volkswagen Jetta suspension repair cost distribution

Chart based on 448 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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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

8000 mi Rattling/vibrating underneath passenger wheelwell during idle and braking only in warmer weather. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

15000 mi Steering box was changed due to cracking sound 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

277140 mi

C $400
Right front wheel bearing needed replacing, in addition to worn out control arm bushings. Not unexpected at this high milage. 
317440 mi

C $450
Bearing inside steering column developed excessive play... replaced with used steering column 
488120 mi

C $500
Time to replace the original tie rods... both ends of both tie rods were original and there was a bit of looseness. Not bad for 800,000 km... 
507780 mi

C $675
Steering Rack developed leaks and needed replacing. (Not unexpected given the mileage.) 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

43195 mi

US $33
unable to diganose noise issue (subsequently diagnosed as dry sway bar bushing) 
119000 mi During brake job (front) mechanic noted the front wheel bearing was "starting to wear out, not loose yet however" 
126732 mi

US $272
Replaced right front wheel bearing 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi

US $83
Front suspension work: Installed new ball joints and rear lower control arm bushings to solve clunking and worn bushings. 
100000 mi

US $37
The left end link on the front sway bar broke. 
122000 mi

US $593
Replaced worn and leaking dampers (struts, shocks) with aftermarket Konis that don't significantly alter the ride/handling balance. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

123000 mi

US $420
Wheel bearing needed replacement after 120,000 miles. 
132000 mi

US $350
Other rear wheel bearing needed replacement. 
136000 mi

US $436
Replaced both front wheel bearings. One was a new replacement, the other was replaced 40,000 miles ago. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

110000 mi

US $1200
Replaced worn tie rods. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

140000 mi

US $100
After bought the car used, I took it into the shop for a squeaky suspension. They said the front struts and the rear shocks were bad. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

145000 mi

US $1800
Shocks, struts, front brakes*, trans fluid* tie-rod ends wheel bearing 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

69000 mi

US $53
Took it in because of creaking that seemed to be coming from the suspension, shop inspected suspension components and found them to be ok. 

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Volkswagen Jetta Suspension Problems

1902 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Jetta. 191 of these members (10%) have reported suspension repairs for their car. A total of 290 suspension repairs to Volkswagen Jettas--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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