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Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (6%)

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Volkswagen Jetta transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (27%)

Chart based on 417 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 170hp 1.4L I4 Hybrid 7-speed automated manual FWD

12000 mi Engine did not come on for 2 minutes; had only electric power (hybrid), warning light for ECM on. 2 faults reported. Performed a software update through Techline. Cleared faults; test drove; no faults. If returns replace Mechatronics Unit. 

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

19000 mi ecm reflashed due to drivability issues and recall 

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

14500 mi

US $2400
Clutch Kit replacement - Clutch, Flywheel, Pressure Plate, Throwout Bearing due to Pressure Plate spring failure 
manual transmission cable needed adjustment 

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

31700 mi Car died on road, engine on but transmission not engaging. Took 3 weeks at dealer to discover - "high cambus wire on shifter cable rubbing on metal frame behind heater core causing short in system losing control to multiple control modules" 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

20000 mi Pressure Plate in clutch failed 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

twincharged 160hp 1.4L I4 7-speed automated manual FWD

57900 mi Oil leak from transmission mechatronic unit 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

17300 mi Failed pinion gear in transmission. Dealer repaired under warranty with new transmission. 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

4340 mi right front clicking when turning right 
42000 mi

US $100
Car failed to shift from stop sign and then went into limp mode. Dealer unable to find issue saying car produced turbo underboost. Unwilling to repair and wants to return car. Car had to be towed to dealer and is still there. 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

20000 mi Hard shifting 2 and 3, when stoping felt torque convert disagaging, metal bending noise when accelerating from 20 to 35mph. VW stated it was normal. 
13000 mi Front axle boot leaking found during scheduled maintenance. 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automated manual 2WD

8000 mi Shudder on accel from a stop, lurching and bucking in 2nd gear at steady 15 to 17 mph, clunk-pop noise when transmission downshifts 2-1 such as when braking gently. TSB noted, reflashed TCM. This repair attempt did not fix problems. Dealer says normal. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

2480 mi DSG not shifting correctly at slow speed 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

34700 mi Shifting through lower gears is jerky/uncomfortable. Dealer said that is standard. Very unsatisfied with dealer and car. 
6200 mi New transmission was ordered from Mexico and installed 
1500 mi

US $1200
Had to replace the steel wheels due to excessive vibration. Road force testing showed the steel wheels would flex under acceletration and cause vibration in steering wheel. VW USA did not cover the cost. prob solved 
101000 mi

US $141
Downshifting from 2nd to 1st was very rough when in standard "D". Software updated and shifting butter smooth now. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

18180 mi

C $100
Shifter very stiff in cold weather, internal shift mechanism replaced 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

48000 mi Transmission replaced due to DSG jerky starts 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

39000 mi Dual Mass Flywheel failed and was replaced 
61380 mi

C $1500
Main Transmission computer control module fried. VW Canada paid for half the cost of repair. 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

31000 mi CV joints (but NOT boots!) started making grinding noise - Dealer replace both under warrenty 
96000 mi

US $2100
uneven shifting pattern required replacement of transmission valve body 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

10000 mi Clutch line was leaking and needed replacing. Replaced and repair was successful. 
13500 mi Still a leak after October visits. 18 days and both driveshafts replaced, then transmission seal. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 7-speed automated manual FWD

110360 mi

$1000
DSG 7 Mechatronic failure 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

190000 mi

US $2250
Dual-mass flywheel failure CV joint boot replacement 
50000 mi

US $170
Replace drivers side axle boot. 
94000 mi

US $2300
Clutch master cylinder failed (again). Dlr found that slave cylinder failed, and contaminated new master. Dlr paid for new master. Replaced master & slave cylinders, and chose to install new clutch, which included dual-mass flywheel. 
84500 mi

US $1850
The Clutch started to slip and needed replacing. I've read online about the pressure plates on manual transmissions having issues; guess this is correct. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed automated manual FWD

121000 mi

US $817
DSG flywheel was on its way out, rattling, ect. Very common problem with this part. Replaced it myself. 
126300 mi

US $148
Checked out a possible transmission fluid leak. 
79000 mi

US $1100
jerky starting from start with dsg auto transmission. reflashed, and smoothed it out somewhat. Problem still exists to some degree. 
85000 mi Transmission continued to be increasingly "jerky". Died once in first. Lunges in garage when easing forward and in reverse. Local mechanic noted that early Audi diesels had same problem. Some adjustments made it smoother. 
15000 mi Rough shifting, jerky starting and popping out of drive into neutral at low speed, on grade. 
16000 mi Mechatronic unit in transmission faulty. Problem corrected completely. 
71000 mi Display on dash for transmission began flashing; transmission started shifting rough, losing power. Flush fixed it. 
45592 mi DSG (Transmission) was replaced under the "Extended DSG Warranty 10yr/100,000mile" on 20JAN10 @ 45,592 miles. The initial DSG fault occurred 26NOV09 @ 41,363 miles and recurred 6 more times until replacement. No faults 40,000 miles later. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

51000 mi

US $500
shifts rough sometimes and all P N R D S lights are on on the dash 
55500 mi

US $185
Left CV boot reported torn, replaced with new boot 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

54000 mi Valve body replaced under warranty 
87000 mi

US $1157
Transmission jerked while downshifting when braking. Mechanic reported failing transmission valve body and recommended replacing transmission within two years. Mechanic reported front outer CV boots are split. 
127000 mi

US $360
CV Boots replaced due to ripping 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

129000 mi

US $112
Bought the car "As is" from dealer. Drove about 200 miles and transmission wouldn't shift into 5th gear. Had them realign and lube the cables. Now vehicle won't shift into R. Dealer "suspects" bad fly wheel. 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

120000 mi

US $1400
Transmission valve body faulty; rough shifting with slipping gears. 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

47120 mi

$1800
Car jerks from 1st to 2nd and 3rd gears. DSG clutch had to be replaced. Labour cost inclusive.  
34000 mi DSG transmission failure. VW replaced entire transmission. Dealer replaced creaking front strut bushings in a separate shop visit. 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

23000 mi

US $128
loose spline in transmission connected to driveline 
87000 mi

US $17000
Both front axles needed to be replaced. 
112000 mi

US $200
Split driver's side outer CV boot. Replaced driver side half-shaft assembly with new part. 
83700 mi

US $750
Shift rough from 1st to 2nd gear. also rough on down shift. 
87700 mi

US $750
rough shifting 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

52700 mi

US $400
Replaced parts 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

45000 mi cv boot replaced; all under warranty which ends in Dec 10 
74000 mi

US $2300
Differential was making a rattle noise and we had to put in a new/used transmission. 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

48000 mi Small leak from transmission. Gasket replaced. 
61000 mi An earlier oil leak(a few drops/week) recurred, where the transmission halves join. Dealer & VW replaced the transmission and provided a loaner at no charge. Very happy to have my Rabbit back after 1 1/2days in shop. My only issue in 59,000 miles 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

108000 mi

US $1750
Dual Mass Flywheel had catastrophic failure a few months after timing belt change. Dealership thought they screwed up timing (heh). Imagine their delight when they could charge me $1700 for new flywheel,clutchplate and clutch. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

78000 mi transmission problems shifting from 1 to 2 and 3 gears at dealer they replaced the valve for an improved one under original extended warranty for that particular problem. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

153300 mi

US $1034
Replaced front axel assemblies and 
68700 mi

US $2800
1st and 2 gear went south 
27900 mi Clutch slave cylinder failed and needed to be replaced. 
35340 mi

C $150
Clutch slave cylinder failed again!!! 
3782 mi Vibrating clutch when driving. Dealership unable to duplicate problem. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

70885 mi

US $1200
Boots cracked on both outside CV locations. Replaced both boots. 
48000 mi

US $590
CV Boot Torn. Was replaced Vacuum Pump Seaping Oil 
51000 mi

US $267
Left side CV Boot torn. Parts replaced. 
61000 mi

US $1000
CV Boots Replaced 
143000 mi

US $1200
Transmission boots were also replaced. 
186300 mi

US $631
Both axles were replaced 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

59000 mi dual mass flywheel failing 
100000 mi

US $1100
CV Boot cracked, leaking grease. Replaced to avoid future problems with CV joint. 
143300 mi

US $1800
Flywheel preceeding DSG transmission separating, needs replacement before it breaks and strands me, possibly breaking the transmission as well. 
121000 mi

US $1500
Dual mass flywheel failure 
118000 mi

US $958
Also replaced boot. Drained and replaced trans fluid and filter. 
104000 mi

US $1600
Dual-mass flywheel in the DSG transmission exploded and failed. 
138000 mi

US $350
Left front axle boot was torn; joint had been wearing badly for a long time. LF axle was replaced. 
84000 mi

US $522
CV joint replaced Replaced DSG Flywheel. 
58900 mi Transmission failed. Replaced with new transmission. 5k short of drive train warranty expiring (phew). 
9000 mi DSG Transmission failure. 3+ weeks to fix. Valve body solenoid failed, followed by complete immobilization of the car. VW ordered parts from Germany. 
64000 mi Flywheel failure. The Jetta TDI has a DMF "dual mass flywheel" that is known to fail. While under the car troubleshooting the EGR problem, it was noticed that the flywheel was "rattling", a common symptom prior to flywheel explosion. Waiting on parts. 
64000 mi

US $1200
Dual mass flywheel replacement. Not an easy or inexpensive task. VW needs to be taken out back and shot for producing cars with exploding flywheels! 
63200 mi

C $1800
dual mass flywheels 
179000 mi

US $1650
dualmass fly wheel replaced. Notice the rattle noise about 6 months after hte car was new..Reported the noise several times. Dealer would not acknowledge the problem until the car was out of warrenty. VW America was no help. 
58800 mi replaced dual-mass flywheel dampner 
142000 mi

US $800
Replaced torn CV boot on left side 
120000 mi

US $2000
Dual Mass Flywheel failed and was replaced 
108000 mi

US $600
Gear slipping once the car heats up. Repair didnt fix it 
80300 mi

US $890
Flex plate (flywheel) damaged. Flex plate replaced. 
85000 mi

US $224
Cracked left outer CV boot. Boot was replaced. 
35960 mi The dual clutch failed on my DSG transmission. 
44640 mi Shifter button broke. 
47740 mi The Mechatronic chip failed on the transmission had to be replaced. 
91300 mi

US $600
Dual mass flywheel was failing, rock grinding noises. Replaced with updated part. Should have been covered by VW but they refused. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

131000 mi

US $400
Replaced cracked CV joint housing. 
174700 mi

US $200
Gear shifting was getting sticky between 2nd and 3rd. Drained and replaced "lifetime" transmission fluid. Adjusted and reset the shifter linkage. Time was high due to need to remove intake and battery tray for access to shifter linkage. 
90520 mi

C $650
parts on the front control arms replaced, $400 
99540 mi CV Joint, front left 
95000 mi

US $435
Took car in for 100,000 service, dealership said my transmission is leaking. I am about to get rid of this money pit! Every Service is $400 to $2500.00. 
130000 mi

US $340
Car would not shift into First or Second Gears 
40000 mi

US $600
CV boots replaced by dealer. Dealer split cost. Should have been $1200.00 repair, but I got a $600.00 quote from a competitor. 
90000 mi

US $2300
Moderate to severe vibration when car warm. Cause is theoretically a slightly out of balance clutch disc. Repair would be to replace entire clutch. That said, issue noticeably better after timing belt replacement. 
120700 mi

US $2500
Clutch wore out/failed. Was informed some device inside was off-balance as well, unable to rotate them with this vehicle. Had to be replaced. 
93400 mi

C $3500
Transmission fell out of vehicle even though no previous work was ever done on the drive train 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

138000 mi

US $1200
Left side axle boot. 
42160 mi transmission valve body was replaced, known issue with warranty extension 
135000 mi

US $150
Transmission was deemed faulty, unable to guarantee any fix. 
136000 mi Transmission would not engage any gear. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

39000 mi Moaning during low speed turns - covered by TSB. Dealer states due to aftermarket tires. Dealing with Volkswagen of America for resolution. 
41000 mi Transmission moaning - again covered by TSB. Had to escalate problem all the way to service manager to get VW service to admit problem needs to be fixed. TSB clearly covers my VIN but shop foreman told me I was IMAGINING the problem. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Hatch

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

114080 mi

C $960
One CV joint boot was torn. 
117340 mi

C $1100
Rear axel bushings were worn and needed to be replaced. Also, left CV joint boot was torn. 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

61000 mi

US $1750
Dual mass flywheel failing. Replaced before complete failure  Replace cv boot kit boot was cracked 
130800 mi DSG (dual clutch transmission) was found to have the "stumble during acceleration from a stop" problem. DSG needs replaced. VW has recalls which may cover this. Checking with dealer first because of high repair cost. 
149300 mi

US $250
CV boot replacement 
99000 mi The DSG had been making an unusual sound in the transmission pan area for a while (think pebbles tossing around in a metal box). The shop could only advise it "didn't sound too good" without pulling the tranny. At that point I'd be committed to a repair. 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

96000 mi

US $330
DIY repair: Replaced defective dual-mass flywheel with V6 single mass. Also replace pressure plate, clutch, and T/O bearing. Works like new! 
20000 mi

US $1700
Clutch completely died. User contribution 2 wks earlier: up-the-hill stop-and-go traffic overloaded the clutch, driver appears to have been riding it. But this is also a vehicle-specific problem, documented on the NHTSA: 26% of complaints for TDI ( 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

28000 mi Transmission was acting odd. Shop decided for a full R&R instead of a rebuild. Car in shop for 10 full calendar days. 
115300 mi

US $925
Replaced CV boot and  

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

106000 mi

US $1170
Had to get the clutch replaced. Master and slave cylinder were leaking, this leakage accelerated wear on the clutch. OEM clutch installed and no issues since. drivers side axle failed and needed to be replaced 
46000 mi Transmission replaced due to internal imbalance. Very noticeable at freeway speeds. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

176700 mi

US $4900
Tiptronic transmission failure Total replacement needed 
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. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

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. 
150000 mi Dual Mass Flywheel failure 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

130000 mi

US $3000
Shifting was rough didn't get into third gear easy. The dealer couldn't fix it but a downtown mechanic fixed it for me with 2 year Warren. After years of use the CV joint on the control arm left and right now wore out. This is not a problem by the car. This is simply a part that needs replacing every 10 years. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

260000 mi

US $400
replace clutch and broken Dual-Mass flywheel and leaking rear main seal 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

153300 mi

US $657
both axels replaced 
159000 mi

US $900
changed axle 
167000 mi stupid car computer throwing false codes would not go into 5th gear for two weeks P4011 air mix cleared it and has not come back for 3 weeks now always something never again a VW 
45500 mi Front driver side CV joint failed. CV joint and boot replaced under warranty after long argument with dealer service manager. Car at dealer 11 days for repair. 
47000 mi

US $100
CV joint on drivers side went bad - discovered from loud clunking sounds and vibration in steering wheel.  
139000 mi transmission no good, parked until can figure out what to do with it. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

70000 mi

US $1700
Replaced both front axle shafts, CV joint boots 'apparently' leaked grease from 35k miles at the SAME TIME! Upon inspection of the removed shafts, both boots each contained a small '1/8" slit' like o 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

339000 mi

US $3200
Manual Trans. 5th gear input gear galled and frozen to input shaft. Low mileage used transmission installed. 
141000 mi

US $1400
my clutch went out. I let someone else drive it who could drive "standard" in january and it hasn't been the same since. it finally gave out in march. 
165000 mi Transmission GPC code, failing. Shifts abruptly. Cost of replacement new is approximately $5,000. Cost of a rebuilt tranny is $4,500. Repair not attempted at this time due to cost. Looking for a used transmission right now if cost is right. 
169000 mi Sold to transmission mechanic. 
173000 mi

US $1500
Replaced flywheel and clutch. Failing dual-mass flywheel and minor slippage in higher gears at full acceleration, once I had it apart I found that the friction plate was fine, and a fork was missing on the pressure plate.  

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

130000 mi

US $300
Torn CV Joint boot. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

112000 mi

US $15
The shift linkage bushing wore out causing the shift cable to detach itself from the shifter. 
199000 mi

US $100
trans, slipping readjusted fluid level, worked sorta. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

111700 mi

US $175
Front transmission seal was worn; replaced while clutch was replaced. 
285820 mi

C $119
Left Inner CV joint needed replacing - it has been having constantly increasing vibration for over 200,000 km. 
308140 mi

C $1000
The clutch design has a weakness, and after almost 500,000 km, it was time to replace the dual-mass flywheel with a single-mass flywheel system.  
341620 mi

C $40
Inner Right side CV Joint wore out. Replaced with used unit on hand. 
353400 mi

C $800
Rivets inside differential gave way and shot through the housing, losing transmission fluid and destroying transmission. Not uncommon on high milage VWs 
438960 mi

C $15
Shifter Counterweight from the linkage was worn causing difficult shifting. 
504040 mi

C $40
Left Outer CV joint broke down. 
226920 mi

C $400
Left Inner CV joint was worn 
319280 mi

C $40
Right Outer CV Joint very noisy... replaced with a used driveshaft. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

78000 mi

US $1245
Both front axle assemblies were replaced.  
198000 mi

US $2800
Stuck in 3rd gear; full transmission rebuild 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

131000 mi

US $240
Transmission slamming into gears. Dealer initial replaced MAF harness (tried to relace MAF, which was only 18 mos old, but I rejected). Cleared codes, new errors reported, tracing to the transmission. Quoted $6K to fix! Update: indy shop said $3k. 
132000 mi Transmission slamming into gears. 
266000 mi Won't shift out of 1st (automatic) if not allowed to settle into idle before driving. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

151000 mi

US $1300
passenger side transmission arm to right wheel was worn out and had to be replaced.  
212000 mi

US $535
There was a vibration that was most likely the CV joint - replaced both driver and passenger side because of mileage so I wouldn't have to bring it in again. This is a standard replacement at 200k. 
165000 mi

US $900
throwout bearing failed, replaced clutch. 
109740 mi

C $300
Gasket on the Transmission was showing some leakage. Replaced. No more issue. 
93000 mi

C $53
Replace manual transmission fluid as per TSB to stop buzzing at full lock turning. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

124825 mi Unsuccessful diagnosis of reason car would not go into reverse as mechanic could not duplicate problem. 
132149 mi

US $591
Car would not shift into reverse. Replaced transmission solenoid in valve body 
53320 mi

C $3000
Replaced Transmission 
127000 mi Transmission shifting issue. 
87000 mi

US $750
and CV boots 
61380 mi

C $1209
Inner CV joint failed - replaced with OEM part 
63860 mi

C $250
Drivers side driveshaft replaced with refurbished unit due to inner CV joint boot splitting open and grease being expelled. 
53000 mi

US $100
CV joint boot. Replaced transmission, extended warranty paid for this. 
175300 mi

US $4200
Transmission issues 3rd gear incorrect ratio. Complete overhaul 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

59520 mi

C $150
loose gearbox. tightened, greased, screw needed to tighten 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

114000 mi

US $600
front cv boots and joints needed repair/changing 
59000 mi Torn CV boot - covered under certified pre owned warranty by the dealer. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

145000 mi

US $3114
slipping in 1st, & 3rd gear. Replaced entire transmission car sounded louder after the transmission was replaced, so I brought car back to same mechanic. I was told the front axle needed to be replaced. 
94700 mi

US $500
CV boot ripped. 
108000 mi

US $600
torn boot 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

129000 mi

US $700
Front axles replaced.  
150000 mi

US $500
cv joint failed, and numerous suspension parts replaced 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

112500 mi

US $2500
I could tell the transmission was starting to slip - from reverse to drive. No problems from 1st to 2nd, etc....  

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

189100 mi

R 800
shaft bearing tired, replaced.  
193000 mi

US $800
Replaced flywheel. Dual-mass flywheel's springs and absorption mechanism failed. Replaced with solid flywheel from VR6. 
267000 mi

US $500
Rebuilt fifth gear, manual transmission. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 90hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 4-speed automatic FWD

229000 mi

US $1000
Well-known breakdown problem with 02 Jetta automatic transmission 01M. I lost the ability to drive forward. Can only drive in reverse. 
180700 mi

US $4970
Slipping in all gears. Shifting incorrectly. 
142000 mi

US $5000
Replaced auto transmission (01M) due to mechanical failure. Still experiencing bad shifts due to erratic transmission control module operation. 
162300 mi

US $90
Auto transmission faulted to limp mode, only 1 and 3rd gears. Traced to coolant flange leak damaging transmission sensors located on top of trans, close to the flange. 
121575 mi

US $620
Trans Mount & Hanger, Axle Shaft 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

116000 mi CLICKING NOISE WHEN TURNING, AXLES BOOTS LEAKING, REPLACE CV AXLE SHAFTS. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

136000 mi Manual transmission noise: pinion bearing. Would cost nearly the price of rebuilding the transmission. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

158000 mi

US $1000
transmission coolant leak 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

80000 mi Transmission rebuilt in August due to rough shift from 2nd to 3rd, had same problem, brought in, still not fixed. 
81000 mi I took my Jetta in again for transmission problems, to the same independent mechanic where it was serviced before, and it was finally fixed. 

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2001.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

138000 mi

US $550
The flywheel rattled at low (and sometimes high) RPMs. These flywheels have a history of failing. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

91000 mi

US $400
The dual-mass flywheel failed, allowing too much play. The clutch was slipping occasionally, though the clutch lining was not worn out. 
95000 mi

US $103
Left CV axle replaced to eliminate vibration under acceleration. 
122000 mi

US $593
Replaced passenger-side axle. The inner boot had ripped, and the upcharge for the whole assembly was small enough that I decided to not attempt to rebuild the inner joint. Also replaced ball joint. 
391000 mi also needed axle work done (boots?) 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

104000 mi

US $700
Replace passenger side front axle due to torn CV joint boot. 
108000 mi

US $2000
Flywheel broke. Replaced flywheel, clutch lining, and rear main seal. 
91000 mi

US $800
Left axle replaced 
170000 mi

US $146
Replaced engine and transmission mounts due to excessive play, not outright failure 
177000 mi

US $100
Clutch master cylinder failing. Replaced successfully. 
152000 mi

US $450
Dual mass flywheel started to fail, the clutch would grab quickly while engaging. Replaced flywheel, clutch, throwout bearing, etc. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

132800 mi

US $6089
Transmission failed. Replaced with revised transmission and oil cooler.  

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

75640 mi

C $2200
Transmission toast - got totally re-built 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

78000 mi

US $3000
Manual transmission failed. Something came loose inside and was fired out the bell housing, leaving a 1"x3" hole. Estimated cost to repair was $3000. Sold to shop for $1500. 
294000 mi

US $1500
Fifth gear spun on the shaft. Had some issues with syncros. So I just replaced the transmission. 
202000 mi

US $600
Clutch replacement, including flywheel 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

258000 mi

US $120
An item used by the variable valve timing system called a "shifter bar" needed replaced due to worn bushings at the center of the bar. Newer style shifter bars can just have the bushings replaced. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

143220 mi

C $350
Wheel bearing replaced (Driver-rear) 
94000 mi

US $1300
New Clutch and flywheel 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

143000 mi

US $300
axle seals leaking transmission fluid were replaced 
148000 mi

US $1009
inner cv boot cracked & leaking grease - replaced 
107500 mi

C $400
Replaced half axle inner universal boot due to hole. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

85000 mi

US $486
Squeaks from right front wheel -- turns out to be CV joint that needs replacement. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

134000 mi

US $700
Replaced cracked CV boot; CV joint itself in good condition. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

153000 mi

US $300
Inner cv joint worn, boot damaged by external cut 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

173000 mi

US $2009
Axle shaft broke away from transmission $2008.00, dealer fixed axle issue, car will not start... (see second issue) 
184000 mi

US $1200
Transmission differential is held together with rivets, the rivets separated and caused wear on the transmission case. the worn metal caused the differential to fail. 

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Volkswagen Jetta Transmission Problems

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