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2011 Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (28%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 176 repairs.
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (19%)

< $100 (65%)

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Chart based on 110 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

Volkswagen Jetta in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2011 - Nov 2011
Nov 2011

7000 mi
two times towed, one more time fixed myself, all electrical, finally got tired of being towed or breaking down and dumped never again a vw replaced battery after being towed, anything over 25 miles from dealer you have to pay for dealer had to contact factory could not fix, they sent someone to fix also two more recalls phantom electrical problems sometines wouldnt start sold bought another jeep wrangler 
Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Sep 2011

13000 mi
Wind noise at top of drivers door 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2017
Feb 2016

146000 mi

US $10
Replaced low beam head lamp bulb 
Mar 2016

150000 mi

US $850
EGR flapper stuck in closed position 
Jun 2016

158000 mi

US $253
An RCV valve was replaced 
Dec 2016

176000 mi

US $88
Both headlamps replaced 
Volkswagen Jetta in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2012 - Apr 2017
Jul 2013

59180 mi

C $750
Alternator went with Vehicle just off warranty. Brushes were shorted out. 
Aug 2013

61980 mi
Drivers seat side bolsters are cracked extensively. Unacceptable for a 3 year old, well kept vehicle. (highline leatherette upholstrey) 
Jun 2014

86180 mi

C $200
A/c quit. Problem diagnosed as o-rings leaking. Recharge attempted to no avail. Refrigerant leaked out after 1 month. 
Jul 2016

138880 mi

C $150
Routine maintenance and recalls. Dealer also did an inspection on the vehicle finding oil leaks and of course, broken coil springs. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jan 2014
Oct 2012

21020 mi
Fuel gauge indicator intermittent fault. Keyless entry occasional fault. pulsation on the clutch when depressed 
Dec 2013

39680 mi
Freezing, locked rear wheels. They replace the hand brake lever. Calipers are ok. 
Volkswagen Jetta in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2011 - Jun 2018
Mar 2013

18600 mi
Start/stop button was sticking during very cold temps of winter.The car never failed to start or shut off however.It was just a nuisance mainly.Whenever weather warmed up a bit,no problem. Part was replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2013

22320 mi
A/C button on dash was getting sticky and not returning to the off position easily. Everything still worked though...just had to fiddle with it a bit, like tapping it a few times. 
Mar 2015

36580 mi
Spring on small door flap covering the block heater connection on front bumper broke. Entire cord had to be replaced. 
Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2016 - Feb 2017
Apr 2016

116000 mi

US $800
Radiator fans required replacement 
Volkswagen Jetta in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2016 - Jul 2017
Feb 2016

66340 mi

C $100
The upper strut happened to broke at the connection, car made a knocking noise. 
Oct 2016

79360 mi

C $500
windshield replaced, there was rusting on the post that certainly put pressure under the windshield and made it cracked. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Feb 2011 - Jan 2017
Nov 2011

16700 mi
Went in for fuel line recall and plastic inner fender came unsecured. 
Oct 2013

52500 mi

US $50
P0401 and p240F codes. Replace egr valve, exhaust flap and DPF filter. Replaced headlight switch 
Jan 2017

55000 mi
Check engine light for After treatment. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Apr 2013
Oct 2012

32860 mi
Loss of power and check engine light. Turned out to be a sensor in the turbo needed to be replaced. 
Apr 2013

40300 mi
CHeck engine light kept going on and off. Turned out to be a sticky flapper in the exhaust system. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

128000 mi
The volkwagon a/c quit working, and also the headlights. It was traced back to a faulty terminal 75 power relay which vw wanted 110 dollars to diagnose. Local repair man could not find it. Needless to say Tha car has been replaced. It is gone. PIECE OF CRAP! I will never buy one again! 
Volkswagen Jetta in Montana, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Feb 2012

14000 mi
37G2 TSB reflash of the DSG transmission 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Apr 2011 - Jan 2017
May 2012

10500 mi
Service bulletin: fuel leak in common rail (diesel). Dealer added dampeners per VW (free). DSG automatic transmission software update per VW service bulletin. 
Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2014
Aug 2012

50700 mi
Fuel injector failure 
Apr 2013

75500 mi
HPFP failure. Replaced fuel pump, lines, injectors and fuel filter. Also clean fuel tank. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2014

58000 mi

US $100
Trunk spring replaced. Trunk would not stay up. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Manitoba, Canada
May 2015 - Mar 2017
Nov 2015

55880 mi
Found compressor needs replacing. Quoted $1600 - repair refused due to cost. Driver door handle auto-entry sensor failed. Requires new handle. Quoted $500 - repair refused due to cost. (Dealer mentioned courtesy repair would have been provided to original owner). 
Aug 2016

60500 mi

C $1700
Coil springs (both), sway bar, alignment 
Sep 2016

62620 mi

C $195
Wiper motor 
Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Jun 2015 - May 2017
Jun 2015

117000 mi

US $45
not cooling properly 
Volkswagen Jetta in Nova Scotia, Canada
Mar 2015 - Aug 2017
Jun 2015

46500 mi
Ignition key was sticking in the tumbler 
May 2017

63240 mi

C $700
Replace rotors in the front end 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Jun 2017
Nov 2011

2480 mi
DSG not shifting correctly at slow speed 
Jan 2014

49600 mi
Engine light turned on to Yellow state. One of the diesel injector was faulty. Replaced 
Apr 2015

73040 mi
Regular maintenance , Blown daylight running which is impossible to get to. A tire flat which cost too much to fix $65 ! DSG fluid change which I think has gold in it ~$400. Still love the car though. 
Jan 2016

72500 mi

C $130
Intake condensation cutting out the engine when cold 
Apr 2016

91840 mi
Plug in power fail. Fuse replaced 
Dec 2016

105400 mi
Intake had ice buildup causing hard to start and stall for first 5 mins. Oddly started fine when plugged. Will keep happening, it's a design flaw. 
Jan 2017

90900 mi

C $244
Horn died; checked fuses all were fine. Took it in to dealer. 
Mar 2017

111600 mi

C $1100
Engine light came on. Intake was clogged with burnt diesel , oil etc. Could be cleaned but Dealership saves time by replacing the whole intake pipe and parts. CAR DRIVES LIKE NEW. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

63000 mi

US $1200
AC compressor went out 
Volkswagen Jetta in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2012 - Sep 2017
Jan 2014

71000 mi
Check engine light on due to faulty O2 sensor in emissions system. replaced sensor, updated ECU software, went on my happy way. Service provided gratis since I was only 40 miles out of warranty 
Aug 2014

42000 mi
CEL came on for emissions related malfunction - exhaust flap "A" stuck open. This has been a persistent problem and is now warrantied to 120k, and was thus nothing more than a minor annoyance. 
Apr 2016

65800 mi

US $600
Stock radio went out. Investigating faulty ground and possibly replacing. Repairs nit yet finished, but estimate $500 and 5 hr labor 
Volkswagen Jetta in Michigan, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2014
Mar 2012

21000 mi
Fuel tank leaking from lift pump seal 
Volkswagen Jetta in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

44640 mi
Replaced valve in exhaust system - intermittent sticking open. Replaced glow plug control module - intermittent firing on cylinder #1. 
Apr 2015

44840 mi
Blue tooth was not working properly. None of the pickup buttons worked. 
Mar 2016

52700 mi
The car seemed to not fire correctly when parked on the street all day. They found nothing wrong and the regular maintenance (filter replacement) may have fixed the issue. 
Jan 2017

47540 mi

C $50
I have not actually taken it in yet, but the CD changer is not working and want to before the end of the month to get oil change and that looked at. The CD Changer (RCD510 in this model) is showing that there is no media in the CD player when I know it is full. Diagnostics at the dealership and they told me it needed to be replace. Really? And just off warranty... 
Mar 2017

62000 mi

C $275
The CD changer stopped working. I was getting it diagnosed and the diagnosis was to replace the unit. At $800+/unit, I decided to get one from China - newer, more features and a lot cheaper (under $300). 
Volkswagen Jetta in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2012
Apr 2011

3720 mi
Staining on headliner rattle from center console headliner falling down - new headliner and c pillar trim on order Start/Stop button sticking in on position - car turned itself back on after turning off steering wheel leather not smooth - poorly manufactured - parts on order 
May 2011

5820 mi
Replaced steering wheel ordered last visit. Replaced headliner and c pillar trim. Headliner not properly installed - finger prints all over headliner and a, b and c pillar. Replaced drivers door seal - window would not close at highway speed. Seal deformed and binding window. Cleaned headliner and reshaped foam between headliner and roof to fit headliner to roof properly. Passenger chrome window trim not seated properly. Dealer attempted to repair. Was unable to properly position the molding and indicated all cars are like that. No repair performed.  
Jun 2011

4960 mi
Cooling fan not shutting off even with ignition in off position. Main cooling fan failed and auxiliary fan on constantly. Replaced main fan with fan controller. Replaced headliner, c-pillar trim, steering wheel and drivers window molding. Headliner not installed properly. 
Oct 2011

17980 mi
Rear bumper coming loose at passenger corner. Bumper removed and reattached to clips properly. 
Nov 2011

19220 mi
Glow plug light on and car in limp mode. Dealer diagnosed as turbo wastegate issue. Repair kit ordered. Replace waste gate actuator 
Volkswagen Jetta in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2010 - Jul 2017
Jul 2013

33980 mi
Driver door power window did not work.Dealer mech replaced computer parts and reset window opening and closing setpoint 
Oct 2014

48360 mi
The intercooler and frame for it broke causing a support connection to brake off. This caused the turbo charger to fail due to imbalance of total air flow. VW did not cover under warranty. so much for bumper to bumper warrantry As per my last repair, driving car with out prpoer air flow caused the inlet filter to the Engine Gas Recirc valve to soot off. This repair will was covered under warranty (nice surprise) and took 4 hours to complete 
Volkswagen Jetta in Kansas, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

70000 mi

US $1700
DPF was cracked, I chose to do a Delete and aftermarket parts were put on. Required ECU and DSG tunes were done as well. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Aug 2012

30100 mi
A/C was not cooling sufficiently. First dealer said it evaporator, but then ended up replacing the compressor, receiver/drier and expansion valve. Stated compressor was defective. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Puerto Rico
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

41000 mi
Compressor would turn off for minutes on its own while the control was on. Ac compressor turns off by itself. 
Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
May 2014 - Jan 2016
Jan 2016

US $50
Airbag light illuminated. Sensors replaced. Airbag light illuminated after repair. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Colorado, United States
Apr 2011 - Jul 2018
Mar 2015

43000 mi

US $476
Replace an oxygen censer. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2012
Jul 2011

2300 mi
excess wind noise at drivers side door 
Mar 2012

8000 mi
Trunk does not pop open 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

14200 mi
Keyless locks 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Jan 2018
Jun 2014

84940 mi

C $700
AC replacement $700 
Jul 2017

130200 mi

C $400
Leaking gaskets (coolant) 
Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

2300 mi
Steering column sticker and instrument panel squeak. Replaced/removed part number sticker, installed vibration foam kit into dash. 
Sep 2011

3000 mi
iPod skipped the beginning few seconds of each track or skipped a piece in a seamless album.  
Feb 2012

13000 mi
Trunk lift hydraulic arm was replaced because the trunk didn't open automatically when opening the trunk from remote. 
Apr 2013

34200 mi
Bluetooth would not always connnect or would disconnect sometime during the drive. This prevented phone calls and streaming audio from being transmitted from the phone to the car radio. Tire Pressure Monitoring System didn't show tire had lost air. Light did not turn on 
Oct 2015

100000 mi

US $141
Software had to be updated. Car was throwing a static fault that caused the car to operate at reduced power. Downshifting from 2nd to 1st was very rough when in standard "D". Software updated and shifting butter smooth now. Dirty throttle body. Cleaned with what I assume was spray cleaner. Removed K&N filter. Replaced with OEM 
Volkswagen Jetta in Kentucky, United States
Nov 2011 - Apr 2014
Jul 2011

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 
Nov 2013

50000 mi

US $117
Replaced OEM MFG battery. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Florida, United States
Aug 2014 - Jan 2017
May 2016

70300 mi

US $600
Wheel bearing 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

43000 mi
dealer only wanted to replace the valves, which they did. advisor noticed it would cool for awhile only. he then recommended replacing the compressor. still under warranty, only paid $50.00 deductible. 
Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2012 - Aug 2013
Apr 2012

23700 mi
Sunroof not opening via headliner dial control. Sunroof also randomly opens/closes by itself while car is operating, cannot be duplicated on command. 
Sep 2012

32000 mi
Sunroof never fixed. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Rhode Island, United States
Nov 2010 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

53000 mi

US $800
Entire radio shut down - told it happens by the service advisor 
Volkswagen Jetta in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Feb 2014
Feb 2012

5600 mi
Wind noise recall 
Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2016
Oct 2011

7300 mi
Car acceleration was very jerky in normal drive mode. Sport drive mode was actually smoother. Driving in clutch less manual (?) was completely smooth. They reset all the electronics. Helped some. Not satisfied with "repair" 
Jan 2013

13800 mi
Shifting through lower gears is jerky/uncomfortable. Dealer said that is standard. Very unsatisfied with dealer and car. 
Jul 2013

45000 mi
Spark plug was loose ("broken" retaining clip as dealer said) after new spark plugs were installed at different shop during routine maintenance. Took back to original shop and no damage noted. Dealer jiggled spark plugs (did not do a fix) b 
Volkswagen Jetta in Maryland, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2016
Aug 2011

2000 mi
Bluetooth stopped working. Bluetooth replaced. 
Sep 2011

3000 mi
A/C Not Cold. Refrigerant leak at high pressure switch. Evacuate and recharge. Refrigerant Low, added dye and retest. Replace leaking pressure switch and verified. 
Dec 2014

35000 mi

US $287
Blue tooth stopped working . 
Dec 2015

48000 mi
The rear breaks were stuck after parked for two weeks. Car needed to be towed to the dealership. Not charged, dealership said the problem may have been caused by an earlier recall. The horn stopped working. A fainting sound was noticed a couple days before the horn was completely dead. 
Volkswagen Jetta in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2017
Sep 2011

2329 mi
loose connection at mirror 
Apr 2012

8939 mi
cleared faults and reset 
Jun 2012

10214 mi
faulty fuel cap 
Oct 2012

13238 mi
remove / reinstall air cleaner and ACF valve defective leak detection pump 
Feb 2013

15409 mi
pressure how remove/reinstall 
Volkswagen Jetta in New York, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2014
Mar 2013

19000 mi
Windshield washer fluid stopped coming out although it was just filled. Dealer found a "loose wire" and fixed the problem. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Illinois, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

1900 mi
sound from rear drum brakes when coming to a stop. dealer replaced both rear drums, faulty manufacturing. also fixed door rattle. 
Sep 2017

114000 mi

US $50
Bad wheel speed sensor 
Apr 2018

137000 mi

US $300
Two front wheel bearings worn/replaced 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2012
Jul 2011 Lost right hub cap after 3 days (not inspected before delivery?), replaced by dealership. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

6200 mi
New transmission was ordered from Mexico and installed 
Volkswagen Jetta in Honduras
Jul 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

14260 mi
A/C compressor stop working. Changed. No charges 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2014 - Apr 2017
Jul 2014

45500 mi
Sunroof wind deflector spring popped off of track and left-hand side no longer is held up by spring; sprint cannot be reattached. Entire assembly must be replaced 
Nov 2014

53700 mi

US $20
Both low beam bulbs went out at around the same time. A little tricky to replace yourself but doable. 
Jun 2015

59000 mi

US $150
Front stabilizer bar joint failed causing clunking 
Sep 2015

62000 mi

US $55
Overhead sunglasses tray broke. Would no longer close. Had to replace entire overhead console. Repair was easy to moderate and required torx, screwdriver and plastic prying device. 
Dec 2015

65000 mi
Door ajar sensor indicates door is ajar even though it is closed. This only happens in very cold weather <10°F 
Volkswagen Jetta in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2015
Dec 2012

26000 mi
window switch on driver door replaced. rear trunk switch replaced due to bad boot. speakers replaced due to being blown 
Feb 2013

31200 mi
recall on the car to have window frame replaced. rattle and wind noise finally got bad enough to take it in. the part is held together by doublestick tape and two small rivets which tend to fail. 
Apr 2013

32000 mi
all speakers blew in the care. not sure why or how since they have bass protection in place on the stereo.  rear trunk release was replaced due to water damage and ice 
Sep 2013

40000 mi
premature life of headlight bulb. Dealership replaced.  Also had to replace another door gasket since replacement was not working properly. 
Feb 2014

51200 mi

US $150
brakes started to get spongy. Checked pad and found the pads were find on one side and not the other. replaced brake caliper on driver side. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2013
Dec 2010

2000 mi
Two week old car developed what appeared to be an oil leak. Diagnosis determined leaking A/C compressor seals. Compressor replaced. 
Jan 2011 Paint damaged in transit from factory. Not noticed until first nice day during winter. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Jan 2014 - Feb 2015
Jan 2014

36000 mi
Horn quit working and had to be replaced. Passenger heated seat wasn't evenly warming. Headliner was collapsing at edges. Passenger speaker quit working. Air Conditioning button was stuck inward and could not trigger function. 
Feb 2014

36500 mi
Rear window heating elements failed. 
Feb 2015

40000 mi

US $4000
Oil pump failed Alternator / voltage regulator failed 
Volkswagen Jetta in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2012 - Jan 2018
Jan 2013

29420 mi

C $100
Headliner replaced due to loose retainers Shifter very stiff in cold weather, internal shift mechanism replaced Bluetooth works intermittently, module replaced 
Mar 2014

32860 mi
Check engine light. Software update. Leather seat bolster cracked 
Apr 2014

33480 mi
Check engine light on Keyless entry intermittent inoperative 
Jun 2014

34100 mi

C $100
Replaced manifold pressure sensor Drivers seat cover replaced 
Dec 2014

39680 mi
Front speakers distorted Drivers heated seat inoperative Wipers noisy. New motor/transmission ordered. Noise at highway speed 
Feb 2015

41280 mi
Oil leak from valve cover gasket. 
Mar 2015

40920 mi
Engine misfire 
Apr 2015

41620 mi
Check engine light on 
Jun 2015

45260 mi
Seat cushion cover cracked 
Sep 2017

60760 mi

C $200
Rr wheel bearing replaced 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Quebec, Canada
May 2011 - Jun 2015
Oct 2011

1240 mi
The paint is peeling off on the right side of the front bumper. VW refused to cover it. 
Jan 2015

15500 mi
Replace windshield. Crack suddenly appeared on a very cold morning. It seems to be the contrast between outside cold temperature and windshield defrosting function of the car. 
Jun 2015

15500 mi
The peeling paint was never fixed. We had a lot of trouble with the VW lease department when returning the car. 
Volkswagen Jetta in Texas, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

37000 mi

US $640
check engine light 
Volkswagen Jetta in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

11000 mi
Brake light and ABS light on dash illuminated with no apparent mechanical problem with braking system. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volkswagen Jetta in Ohio, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

53300 mi

US $100
both low beam bulbs and several indicators burned out at the same time 
Dec 2016

55000 mi

US $800
something broke on the transmission 
Jun 2018

73000 mi

US $500
leaky drum 

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