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Volkswagen Jetta Suspension Problems and Repair Histories

1562 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Jetta. 279 of these members (17.9%) have reported suspension and steering repairs for their car. A total of 189 suspension and steering repairs to Volkswagen Jettas--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Volkswagen Jetta problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Don't infer 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 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

41% of the Volkswagen Jetta repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 2149 repairs.

Volkswagen Jetta suspension and steering repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Jetta suspension and steering repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 23% cost less than $100, 40% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 364 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 automated manual FWD

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. 
 

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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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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 232500    
277140 400 Right front wheel bearing needed replacing, in addition to worn out control arm bushings. Not unexpected at this high milage. 
317440 450 Bearing inside steering column developed excessive play... replaced with used steering column 
488120 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 675 Steering Rack developed leaks and needed replacing. (Not unexpected given the mileage.) 
525140  

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Vermont, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 37000    
44000 33 Initial trip to local shop: unsuccessful diagnosis of noise coming from front passenger wheel/suspension (43195 miles, $32.50 charge) N4 Recall - Replace Brake light switch. Courtesy inspection at dealer diagnosed noise as dry sway bar bushing 
114000  

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 90000    
95000 83 Front suspension work: Installed new ball joints and rear lower control arm bushings to solve clunking and worn bushings. 
100000 37 The left end link on the front sway bar broke. 
122000 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

Volkswagen Jetta in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 121000    
123000 420 Wheel bearing needed replacement after 120,000 miles. 
132000 350 Other rear wheel bearing needed replacement. 
136000 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

Volkswagen Jetta in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 101000    
110000 1200 Replaced worn tie rods. 
 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 138000    
140000 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

Volkswagen in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 144000    
145000 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

Volkswagen Jetta in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 66000    
69000 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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