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Volkswagen Jetta Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

1562 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Volkswagen Jetta. 271 of these members (17.3%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 157 transmission and drivetrain 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 2147 repairs.

Volkswagen Jetta transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Volkswagen Jetta transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 23% cost less than $100, 38% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 330 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.

2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2005 2000    
20000 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

Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2005 0    
28000 0 Transmission was acting odd. Shop decided for a full R&R instead of a rebuild. Car in shop for 10 full calendar days. 
 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 105000    
108000 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. 
 

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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    
285820 119 Left Inner CV joint needed replacing - it has been having constantly increasing vibration for over 200,000 km. 
308140 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 40 Inner Right side CV Joint wore out. Replaced with used unit on hand. 
353400 800 Rivets inside differential gave way and shot through the housing, losing transmission fluid and destroying transmission. Not uncommon on high milage VWs 
438960 15 Shifter Counterweight from the linkage was worn causing difficult shifting. 
504040 40 Left Outer CV joint broke down. 
525140  

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 55000    
59000 0 Torn CV boot - covered under certified pre owned warranty by the dealer. 
 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 75000    
80000 0 Transmission rebuilt in August due to rough shift from 2nd to 3rd, had same problem, brought in, still not fixed. 
81000 0 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

Volkswagen Jetta in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 130000    
138000 550 The flywheel rattled at low (and sometimes high) RPMs. These flywheels have a history of failing. 
199000  

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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    
91000 400 The dual-mass flywheel failed, allowing too much play. The clutch was slipping occasionally, though the clutch lining was not worn out. 
95000 103 Left CV axle replaced to eliminate vibration under acceleration. 
122000 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. 
 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 66340    
75640 2200 Transmission toast - got totally re-built 
 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2006 172000    
173000 2009 Axle shaft broke away from transmission $2008.00, dealer fixed axle issue, car will not start... (see second issue) 
184000 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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