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Expensive Volkswagen Jetta repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (19%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 423 repairs.
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Volkswagen Jetta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (21%)

$1000 - $2499 (79%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 263 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

33000 mi

US $1200
Drive shaft vibrating. Dealership replaced driveshaft under warranty. Factory tires experienced vibration even after multiple tire balances and road force balance, although the rims and tires did not show any defects. I replaced the factory 16" rims with aftermarket 17" rims, and the 205 wide factory tires with 225 wide ones. Stability of the car increased a lot but gas mileage was affected. 
60000 mi

US $200
Mold smell in A/C. Performed A/C fogging and replaced the cabin air filter. Mold smell came back after 4 days. 

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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 
35700 mi

US $1500
Clutch broke while in previous repair. VW dealer refused to cover it. Had new clutch put it at trusted independent shop. 

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

92000 mi

US $470
A/C and Heater sensor failed and needed replacement. 
74700 mi

US $300
Diesel fuel pump failed and sent metal shards throughout the fuel system causing the engine to sputter. Complete repair will cost several thousand dollars which we currently do not have and the car is out of warranty. 
103000 mi

US $3000
Replaced high pressure fuel pump, injectors and fuel lie. Flushed fuel system. Not covered under warranty even though previous year was grandfather by and extended warranty in acknowledgement of known issue. 

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

66340 mi

C $1700
Front rotors were destroyed within a year of purchase from the dealership. Seatbelt wouldn't recognize that it was latched. Dealer says airbag would not deploy in an accident. 

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

60884 mi

C $100
Alarm horn stopped working. VW original part: $175. Had it changed with another at $50. 20 minutes to change. Cheap aftermarket part will have to be changed in a few weeks from the sound of it. 
76260 mi

C $1500
Clutch assembly had to be changed. Turns out a leak likely caused the problem. Key assembly needed to be changed. 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

46000 mi

US $501
Replace front left wheel bearing. 
68000 mi

US $2700
PCV failure caused timing cover gasket to fail, which lead to water pump failure and subsequent failure of the rear main seal. Condition presented itself by very gradual coolant loss. 

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

45000 mi

US $1200
Compressor had to be replaced and system recharged 
74200 mi

US $2000
Intercooler, belts had to be replaced. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

55020 mi

C $130
Intake condensation cutting out the engine when cold 
90900 mi

C $244
Horn died; checked fuses all were fine. Took it in to dealer. 
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. 
63000 mi

US $1200
AC compressor went out 
60500 mi

C $1700
Coil springs (both), sway bar, alignment 
62620 mi

C $195
Wiper motor 
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

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 
50000 mi

US $117
Replaced OEM MFG battery. 

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

40000 mi

US $4000
Oil pump failed Alternator / voltage regulator failed 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

55000 mi

US $1200
Fuel injector replacement, carbon cleaning 
98900 mi

US $600
OEM Radio Died. Did basic diagnosis on unit. Dead. Would not power up. Replaced with Kenwood unit. 
94700 mi

US $1000
Rear seal leaking and replaced, also vent valve replaced 
116000 mi

US $750
Leak in air pump, replaced. A.I.R. pump. Secondary Air Injection Pump. 
66000 mi

US $180
CPR valve cleaning 
68000 mi

US $480
Replaced locking motor on 2 doors after noticing they were not locking. 
70000 mi

US $440
Engine oil leak 
72000 mi

US $975
Rear Main Seal was leaking. 
107000 mi

US $600
Finally got the last 2 door lock mechanisms replaced. All four required replacement! 
117945 mi

US $2000
Install new Serpintine Belt and Tensioner assembly,  install new Control Arm Bushes to front lower arm and rear Bush,  install new left CV axle. 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

118900 mi

US $1400
Broken Front left strut spring. Replaced all 4 struts and rear brakes. 
132000 mi

US $160
Compressor pressure switch replaced. 
145000 mi

US $400
Rear coil spring broke. Both replaced with OEM parts 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

144501 mi

US $1278
Car was towed to vw dealer and repaired. 
171000 mi

US $430
I had the local vw dealer replace a coil spring. 
63000 mi

US $100
The factory Premium 8 radio system died in the car. It would not come on. The dealer checked the radio and found it could not be fixed. 
91000 mi

US $1810
Glow plug replaced, and when that didn't correct, glow plug harness, and when that didn't correct, engine harness. 
45000 mi

US $1950
Rear door lock activator. 
64000 mi

US $135
Electronic key fob stop working on one command (would not unlock but other commands OK). 
76000 mi

US $482
Replaced rear O2 sensor 
58900 mi

C $1600
Drivers Side Coil Spring Sheared off. Replaced both front Springs, Struts, Bearings 
61380 mi

C $1500
Main Transmission computer control module fried. VW Canada paid for half the cost of repair. 
8300 mi

US $9500
Car died on side of road. Replaced HPFP and whole fuel system due to supposedly contaminated fuel. I suspect a design issue with the HPFP, though. Warranty would not cover, so my comprehensive insurance paid. replaced HPFP and whole fuel system due to supposedly contaminated fuel 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

80000 mi

US $125
a short in wire in steering column triggered the engine immobilizer. had to be towed. wire replaced, problem solved 
96000 mi

US $2100
uneven shifting pattern required replacement of transmission valve body 
108000 mi

US $345
CAR STARTED BUCKING UNDER ACCELERATION LOAD. IT WAS A "MISS" ON ONE ENGINE CYLINDER DUE TO BAD SPRK PLUG... CHANGED THEM ALL. APPARENTLY I SHOULD HAVE DONE SO @ EACH 40K MILE INTERVAL 
110000 mi

US $1300
replace failing compressor and new dryer etc 
118700 mi

US $200
car would not start - engine immobilizer activated erroneously - was due to bad wire in steering column for second time. earlier repair failed. 
143000 mi

US $700
i overfilled gas - flooded a vapour sensor which caused hard starts after subsequent fills this caused fuel pump to fail replaced fuel pump and sensor key fob remote quit - was reset 
148000 mi

US $500
bad wire in steering column for ignition system was intermittently causing engine immobilizer to stop the car starting. this was 3rd time for this repair in 5 years. the dealer had the car for 5 days and did not find the real problem (no code), they just reprogrammed the keys. the day after getting car back it acted up again. I insisted they check the wire which had been a problem prior (this dealer spliced a repair wire 1 year earlier). Then they found the wire was bad (again) and changed the entire wiring harness. after a 20% discount this fiasco still cost about $500 with the time wasted by them not believing me that i thought the wire was bad on the first visit 

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

63800 mi

US $2300
separated strut bearing left front--both sides replaced 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

86000 mi

US $1000
Replace fuel filter casing and fuel pressure regulator. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

84320 mi

$1000
DSG 7 Mechatronic failure 
90500 mi

$1000
Oil leaked trough the cylinders. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

81840 mi

¤1500
"hard starting". 
81840 mi

¤125
had previously taken to dealer.. "hard starting" repalced coils,charcoalfilter, crap. no go..this time around changed purge valve..problem solved. but car was terrible to drive. took it back in. cleaned spark plugs. so far so good. 
89900 mi

¤700
Dead battery. Car takes about 5 mins to start coioling. Once it starts, its pretty cold. They diagnosed evaporator leak. Wanted to charge 1800 dollars. 
95780 mi

¤300
vacuum hose leak. fixed. engine oil changed at teh same time 
106020 mi

¤125
battery down. in this part of the world , doesnt last more than a year .. 2 if buying from dealer.. but its double the price.. so its all swings and roundabouts 
107260 mi

¤1400
Ac had been blowing hot air and starts to cool only after running for about 5 minutes. This was how we drove foe the last two years. This summer it finally died. They replaced compressor and evaporator. 
110980 mi

¤400
paint job 
112220 mi

¤750
Fuel control unit replaced Timing belt and v belt and water pump 
115320 mi

¤750
roof liner came off. side door panels , the leather trim came loose. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

79360 mi

C $1500
Timing Belt Change. Including Rad Flush, Serpentine and water pump. Front right wheel bearing was done. Change both front bearings. Brake and Clutch fluid flush. 
93620 mi

C $235
Wiper transmission seized up. Change Part (125$ + 1 hr labour). 
115000 mi

C $1600
3 of the 4 coil springs were broken from rust. 
63300 mi

US $200
Water intrusion in the turbo inner cooler unit froze into a block of ice about 10 inches long. It will require a new charge air cooler which will be installed by the dealer. VW will be paying for it. 
63300 mi

US $280
Another damaged glow plug replaced. Check engine light came on a week after inter cooler replaced. Pretty sure the battery and both glow plugs were damaged by the ice in the inter cooler. 
75300 mi

US $1100
New compressor and multiple other parts were replaced with genuine Volkswagen parts. The dealer agreed that these parts failed before they should have. 
85200 mi

US $494
An O2 sensor was not functioning. 
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. 
105000 mi

US $200
Vacuum line failed. 
81000 mi

US $600
Door Handle - Inside cable stopped retracting 
84300 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. 
108000 mi

US $5400
Turbo actuator, PDF,  catalytic converter. 
110000 mi

US $259
Exhaust sensor needed replacing. 
81000 mi

US $460
EGR valve / filter 
190000 mi

US $2250
Dual-mass flywheel failure Engine mount replacement CV joint boot replacement 
190000 mi

US $5540
High Pressure Fuel Pump failure (causes need for complete fuel system replacement). 
190000 mi

US $1400
Replace HPFP, hard fuel lines, fuel rail, fuel injectors, timing belt, water pump, and oil pump hex drive. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

74100 mi

US $1650
AC blows warm air when outside temp is above 100. Required complete AC system replacement: compressor, dryer, condenser, controller module, and sensors. 
79000 mi

US $1100
jerky starting from start with dsg auto transmission. reflashed, and smoothed it out somewhat. Problem still exists to some degree. 
85200 mi

US $250
One front wheel bearing went at about 40,000 
86300 mi

US $2000
Turbo sensor went bad. Car went into limp mode and was drivable to repair center 
66700 mi

US $1200
Turbocharger failed. 
134000 mi

US $1000
CYL#1 MISFIRE DUE TO MALFUNC FUEL INJECTOR, N30. N30 REPLACED TWICE, HARNESS WAS OVERLAYED, GLOWPLUG WAS REPLACED, NO HELP. ECM, J623, WAS TO BE REPLACED. SUSPECT DEAD BATTERY CAUSED CORROSION IN ECM. TRADED IN FOR 2013 JETTA SE. ECM $1,200. 
121000 mi

US $343
DSG flywheel was on its way out, rattling, ect. Very common problem with this part. Replaced it myself. 02 sensor in exhaust failed, replaced both just to be sure. 
123000 mi

US $4300
The Diesel Particulate Filter failed. Had to be replaced, along with other very expensive parts!! 
125700 mi

US $148
Checked out a possible transmission fluid leak. 

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

111540 mi

$1000
New suspension, shocks 
124000 mi

$1500
Need to change clutch due to normal wear and tear 
142600 mi

$1500
Turbo replaced due sudden lack of power, dealer said It's normally replaced between 200,000-250,000 kms 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

80000 mi

US $1000
Air bag malfunction. Replaced a spring and the driver airbag. 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

26000 mi

US $1500
Car refused to start sometimes, starter replaced. 
86800 mi

C $1850
Brake caliper siezed. This caused the stretching of both emergency brake lines which then had to be replaced. Brake system had to be flushed. Wiper spray motor quit functioning, also car accessory plugs died. A control module was the problem. 
76000 mi

US $1000
New springs, struts, tie rods, rear lower control arm bushings 
40000 mi

US $600
Engine light R&R component 
77000 mi

US $250
Lights in visor 
106000 mi

US $1400
Struts 
75800 mi

US $1600
Rear main seal leaking oil, plus 2 additional oil leaks found. 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

156000 mi

US $1180
Symptom: Rattles in front end. Diagnosis: Tie rods and front struts struts worn out, needed to be replaced. 
170000 mi

US $875
Alternator failed; replaced with new one. 
122000 mi

US $1500
Replaced all 4 door lock actuators. 
87000 mi

US $1157
AC intermittently ran very hot or cold. Emissions CEL turned on. Car overheated once. Mechanic found both radiator fans had failed and were replaced. AC ran properly. Thermostat read 110 C. Car driven 50 miles on flat terrain. Car overheated on steep grade mountain at constant 3,000-3,500 RPM. Car cooled down. Thermostat read 90 C. Mechanic replaced radiator valve thermostat. AC intermittently ran hot. Mechanic replaced defective radiator fan. Horn not functioning. Airbag CEL turned on. Mechanic replaced clock spring. 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. 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

75000 mi

US $260
Engine fans alert light, beginning to fail. Replaced faulty driver's side seat belt latch due to airbag light turning on and disabling airbag due to airbag light. 
80000 mi

US $120
AC wasn't getting cold anymore. Checked AC system and recharged/filled up with new freon. 
80500 mi

US $1130
Engine fans would run loud when AC was turned on. Replaced failing engine cooling and AC cooling fans. 
93000 mi

US $1022
Leak in evaporator. Evaporator replaced. New recharge. 

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

73700 mi

US $1100
clutch 
86900 mi

US $600
ELECTRICAL PROBLEM WITH BACK SEAT LOCK: REPLACED DOOR LOCK. Replaced moon roof. REPAIR OF MOON ROOF'S OPENING ON ITS OWN WAS NOT RESOLVED. 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

119300 mi

US $1400
Transmission valve body faulty; rough shifting with slipping gears. 
121000 mi

US $2500
Upper timing chain tensioner. 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

123000 mi

US $2600
Radiator has a hole in it, car is eating coolant. 
47120 mi

$1800
Car jerks from 1st to 2nd and 3rd gears. DSG clutch had to be replaced. Labour cost inclusive.  

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

87000 mi

US $600
Oil, oil filter, cabin air filter, 4 tires. I'm avoiding repairing my A/C compressor since it's so expensive.  Also my headliner is falling down. 
87000 mi

US $1700
Both front axles needed to be replaced. 
87900 mi

US $550
Replaced A/C compressor 
95000 mi

US $600
Both cooling fans had to be replaced engine filter, cabin filter 
98000 mi

US $180
Battery Replaced 
100000 mi

US $550
100k service Plus Rear brake calipers locked up and had to be replaced. 
111000 mi

US $250
My TPMS sensors went bad after 11yrs on the car. Had to replace all 4. Had it done at Costco, $45 per instead of the $90 per the dealer wanted ! 
57000 mi

US $1075
Electric cooling fans for radiator / air conditioning were making loud noises, and check engine light came on. Fans had to be replaced, as one of the two fans was "frozen" - bearings shot, and the second fan was about to freeze up. 
64700 mi

US $385
Brake wear indicator light came on. Brakes were checked and linings OK and all systems OK. Apparently the wear light wiring harness was defective and had to be replaced. 
91000 mi

US $2000
One spring on the front (drivers side) was broken. Had to replace both left and right springs, which are tied into the suspension, so required a wheel alignment also. Had a slight coolant leak. Shop found a crack in the plastic housing of the radiator. Replaced the radiator. 
115000 mi

US $1000
Radiator needed replacement due to leaks. Previous radiator had been replaced only 14 months ago. 

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

118200 mi

US $2000
Needed new clutch 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

67300 mi

US $500
replaced thermostat and housing 
74000 mi

US $2300
Differential was making a rattle noise and we had to put in a new/used transmission. 
87000 mi

US $946
once or twice, clutch went to the floor and did not come up. In the end we decided to proactively change the master and slave cylinders on the clutch. Car has been fine (with regard to the clutch) for the last 5 months since the repair 
91200 mi

US $970
Replace AC compressor 
110000 mi

US $650
timing belt and water pump along with tensioners rusted rotors, calipers, and pads for rear were replaced. 

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2006.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

105000 mi

US $1100
Large cooling fan failed. Dealership recommended replacement $350. Will DIY and update price/time 
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. 
118000 mi

US $200
Brake Light Switch defective/broken. Brake lights were coming on while vehicle was off/parked. Switch cost $5 mailed from dealer. DIY job ~20 minutes. Dealer wanted $120. Hah. CEL - Glow Plug Circuit #4. Difficult cold starts. Diagnosed with multimeter on vehicle. Could not determine bad plug all read normal. Replaced all 4, reset CEL/did not repeat. Plugs $35 ea/140 entire job ~ DIY ~30 mins 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

139700 mi

US $1100
Exhaust issue 
174220 mi

C $3000
Cam lifters bearings 
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. 
80000 mi

US $1100
cold start misfire. bad injector and needing a decarb. 
141000 mi

US $125
Replaced fuel pump. 2015. Mileage 120K. Relatively easy. Fuel tank below the rear seat. 
143300 mi

US $2000
Catalytic converter replaced. Had installed an "after market " brand first, but it was never right, VW has very high tolerances... kept throwing a code. P0 420. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

44143 mi

C $932
replace damaged AC condensor (appeared possible road debris impact) and recharged system 
71300 mi

C $2618
replace worn front upper strut mounts and bearings cleann EGR valve (coked up and plugged) 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

82460 mi

C $1643
One parking brake cable replaced. Ball joints replaced. Interior lights not working. Wiring harness had corrosion and a break in the insulation under driver side carpet. Alternator pulley making a loud noise. 
89900 mi

C $210
Sticking handbrake cable. Exhaust hanger broken. 
102800 mi

C $300
One rear caliper not moving properly with parking brake. Parking brake not holding well. Caliper replaced. 
105400 mi

C $887
Both front wheel bearings were very noisy. Replaced. 
114080 mi

C $960
Bushings required replacement. One CV joint boot was torn. Handbrake actuator on left rear caliper was siezed 
115940 mi

C $2000
Turbo charger was siezed and had to be replaced. 
116640 mi

C $1100
Rear axel bushings were worn and needed to be replaced. Also, left CV joint boot was torn. 
120480 mi

C $125
Cracked vacuum line to brake booster. Line replaced in about 15 minutes. 
125240 mi

C $500
Bushings gone on both front sway bars 
130820 mi

C $468
Headlight lenses deglazed one glow plug replaced Battery replaced 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

35340 mi

C $150
Clutch slave cylinder failed again!!! 
50220 mi

C $625
No power to the driver side door. Common problem with 2006 Jetta's as the door wiring harness is to short and over time the wires stretch and break between the door and car body. This also shorted out the latch module. (both items replaced) 
58280 mi

C $100
Trunk latch failed and would not stay closed in cold weather. (Known issue with early production models like mine) 
61380 mi

C $1200
Removed and replaced the #2 cooling fan (Small) as it failed Thermostat failed and replaced Heater fan replaced due to a constant rattling sound when on low speeds 
77000 mi

US $230
A valve related to the turbo was replaced  Valve for turbo 
112500 mi

US $1000
Replace thermostat and other misc work 
59000 mi

US $600
Car still had no power after ECU replacement. Cam follower for high pressure fuel pump disintegrated. Cam lobe heavily damaged. Dealer replaced cam, high pressure fuel pump, cam follower.  
140000 mi

US $100
Replaced the xenon headlights after one finally failed after 6 years and almost 140,000 miles. $100. for the pair from RetrofitSource.com. DIY but, bit of a pain for those not mechanically inclined. 
136800 mi

US $1034
Replaced Cam Sensor (bad),  EVAP Purge valve (bad), High Pressure Fuel Pump Cam Follower (good - preventive maintenance), Fuel Filter - maintenance, Spark Plugs - maintenance Replaced front axel assemblies and hub bearings 
172000 mi

US $800
Replaced motor that controls the manifold air intake.  
181000 mi

US $250
Replaced right side rear wheel bearing. 
49000 mi

US $501
loss of power and 3 different lights came on including check engine 
68600 mi

US $2800
1st and 2 gear went south 
73000 mi

US $1800
something with the turbo went south, and did rear brakes 
75000 mi

US $645
The ignition key would no longer go in!! 
127720 mi

C $1800
Vane rod seized on turbo. Discovered dealer had sold car with broken turbo. Turbo replaced and second turbo blew within 1 hour. Replaced again but still having overboost and stumble problem. Glow plugs also replaced. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

210000 mi

US $325
Broken clockspring in the steering wheel 
276000 mi

US $1050
Exhaust system replacement. 
53000 mi

US $200
Trunk latch replaced. 
60000 mi

US $1500
Compressor replaced. Third compressor since new. Second was under warranty at 22,000. This is not acceptable. Claimed fuel module was bad and set off check engine light. Cost was over $250. Consequences of not repairing were just getting stuck. Since the check engine light comes on intermittently but rarely I decided to wait and do it at my shop 
62000 mi

US $170
ceiling liner came lose and separated from the edge trim along the rear window at both the left and right sides. 
70000 mi

US $125
head liner fell down 
78300 mi

US $187
The check engine light was on and the error indication was vague. Lengthy troubleshooting lead to a poorly connected clip connection that had to be properly seated. 
73000 mi

US $550
Evidently a bearing shattered and destroyed the whole engine. Due to the age/value of the car a replacement engine at $9,000 was deemed unwise. Car was sold for junk 
61000 mi

US $2300
cam follower issue. Fuel pump problem and timing belt issue. All issues that were TSB and recalls and repaired happened again now VW won't pay because they said they helped once. 
102000 mi

US $500
Intake Motor fan needed to be replaced 
106000 mi

US $300
Tear in diverter valve 
107000 mi

US $290
Shrinkage in headliner caused headliner to pull away from trim and fell down. 
120000 mi

US $800
Ignition switch malfunction which blocked the ability to insert key into ignition. I managed to wear down the plastic piece to the point where I could just shove the key into the ignition past the plastic block. 
138700 mi

US $1200
Spark plugs causing misfires Replaced CV boot 
150000 mi

US $200
PCV valve needed to be replaced 
159000 mi

US $450
Pulley failing and needed to be replaced Thermostat failed stuck open 
100000 mi

US $4000
Oil pump failure resulting in multiple other damaged parts. 
140084 mi

US $1200
Spark plugs changed and all coil packs replaced due to cheap spark plugs in the vehicle at the time.  Transmission boots were also replaced. SPark plugs changed and all coil packs replaced due to cheap spark plugs in the vehicle at the time. Transmission boots were also replaced. 
185300 mi

US $631
Both axles were replaced 
229000 mi

US $467
Fuel pump was replaced in the vehicle due to faulty one. 
264700 mi

US $140
Vehicle was misfiring. Replaced all 4 spark plugs and ignition coils. 
US $100 Replaced compressor, condenser 
45000 mi

US $100
Entire AC system required replacement. Driver door wiring harness needed to be replaced 
54000 mi

US $100
Coolant Leaks; Replaced Water Pump and coolant flange 
US $1000 Replaced Valve Cover & Gasket CV Boots Replaced 
65000 mi

US $100
Compass control unit failed 
65000 mi

US $100
Lower Control Arm Bushings replaced 
96000 mi

US $5000
Number 2 & 3 cylinders and piston heads failed. Turbo intake failed. Piston rings are bad. This car would be better off with an engine replacement. 
97000 mi

US $8150
Replaced entire engine due to failure of piston heads from bad piston rings and improperly scoped engine. Replaced clutch and fly wheel due to excessive wear, making it unreliable for use. 
61860 mi

A $450
Leaking Oil Seal, Rocker/Valve cover. 
71920 mi

A $300
PCV Value Failure 
76260 mi

A $900
Failure of FSI High Pressure Fuel Pump. Cam follower hard worn out. 
85560 mi

A $1950
Replacement of Intake Cam Shaft on 2.0 FSI engine due to wear from previously replaced failed High Pressure Fuel Pump and Can Follower. 
89900 mi

A $150
Replaced Failed Turbo Charger Boost Control Valve 
64000 mi

US $351
Passenger seat sensor indicated loads had been in seat but seatbelt not secured, setting off airbag light. Tested sensors and reset light. Turbo diverter valve failed, leaking boost. Emissions light was triggered. Replaced with what I believe was an improved REV of the part. Forum activity indicates that VW acknowledged internally that this was a design weakness. 
67000 mi

US $170
Wire harness in drivers door frayed 
65673 mi

US $392
Replaced coolant sensor due to error code. Repaced coolant sensor due to error code 
72000 mi

US $600
Thermostat was stuck open, temperature would not reach higher than 160 degrees. Both wheel-end CV boots were cracked. 
72900 mi

US $1100
Front spring broke, had to replace all 4 because must be replaced in pairs. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

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. 
183520 mi

C $1000
Seized front left caliper. Replaced both front ones and rotors and pads. 
68000 mi

US $500
air bag clockspring replacement 
100000 mi

US $1000
Torn CV boot needed repair. Implausible signal from power steering torque sensor causing dash light. 
60000 mi

US $7001
fuel pump replaced 
63000 mi

US $300
Trunk wouldn't close, electronic actuator defective 
105700 mi

US $360
broken clockspring. also replaced LED in rear view mirror. 
161500 mi

US $1900
Camshaft replacement 
187800 mi

US $1000
Clutch 
200800 mi

US $600
Front struts complete 
205000 mi

US $380
Windshield wiper motor replaced 
205000 mi

US $400
Electrical wire harness front passenger door. Heater AC blower motor 
217000 mi

US $325
Driver side driveshaft broken. Part replaced 
62600 mi

C $1800
dual mass flywheels 
64880 mi

C $170
#4 glow plug open, replaced glow plug 
104000 mi

US $1600
Dual-mass flywheel in the DSG transmission exploded and failed. 
127000 mi

US $650
Both front and right wheel bearings went bad and started roaring loudly 
105400 mi

C $2000
Suspension repairs. Turbo is leaking as well, mught have to change it. 
121000 mi

US $1500
Dual mass flywheel failure 
46000 mi

US $150
replaced driver door wiring harness 
138200 mi

US $1300
Replace dual mass flywheel 
140000 mi

US $2000
busted roller destroyed TB and in turn the head and bent valves 
48000 mi

US $200
Headliner replaced due to separation. Was told this was somewhat common in 06 Jettas especially with extreme heat.  
46000 mi

US $177
Airbag harness under driver seat developed a short and activated the dash warning light. Dealer repaired wiring 
80000 mi

US $400
Driver's side rear passenger door lock solenoid failed and was replaced. 
120000 mi

US $2000
Dual Mass Flywheel failed and was replaced 
121400 mi

US $650
Intake system switch 
122500 mi

US $650
Leakage in dual fuel and vacuum pump. 
100000 mi

US $1100
CV Boot cracked, leaking grease. Replaced to avoid future problems with CV joint. 
120000 mi

US $600
Wheel bearings in front drivers side. $500 approx. cost parts and labor. 
141700 mi

US $1800
Flywheel preceeding DSG transmission separating, needs replacement before it breaks and strands me, possibly breaking the transmission as well. 
170000 mi

US $200
Bearing was going out, had to replace. Feels like it's missing but not electrical since it's diesel. Sporadic but increases on long trips. Five shops haven't found anything wrong with it. I'm going to have to sell it. 
170000 mi

US $200
Still no resolution, nobody can find out what's wrong with it. I have traded the car as I need something reliable for travel. 
117000 mi

US $2500
Camshaft had only 1 good lobe. Replaced Camshaft with BEW cam kit instead of BRM (i have a BRM motor). Known issue with 2004-2006 1.9L diesel motor. Removed Intake and cleaned excessive carbon build up out of intake runners, removed EGR cooler and rerouted coolant lines. Replaced timing belt, water pump, replaced coolant with normal (non VW corrosive pink slime) coolant. 
118000 mi

US $958
Replaced front driver side hub assembly due to bearing failure Also replaced boot. Drained and replaced trans fluid and filter. 
137900 mi

US $200
Heater blower motor was wobbling & squeaking. Replaced blower motor assembly. 
140000 mi

US $180
Exhaust flex pipe cracked causing exhaust leak and louder than normal exhaust. 
132020 mi

C $170
Car into limp mode . . . dealer diagnosed as boost sensor problem. Replaced sensor, probelm returned 2 weeks later. 
127100 mi

C $150
Engine limp mode reoccuring - took to dealer, they diagnosed turbo actuator bad (not holding vacuum), they wanted $2,100 for replace of turbo. Took home to find alternative . . . since found out that these actuators do not hold vaccuum 
133300 mi

C $1200
During TB change, valve cover was removed to inspect camshaft (known issue on these engines). Major camshaft wear, so changed camshaft, lifters, bearings etc. Limp mode issue still exists. During TB change, valve cover was removed to inspect camshaft (known issue on these engines). Major camshaft wear, so changed camshaft, lifters, bearings etc) . . . limp mode issue still exists. 
46000 mi

US $150
O2 sensor stuck full rich. Likely wideband O2 sensor failure. 
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! 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

54560 mi

$672
Water pump failed, resulting in the purchase and installation of timing belt, water pump, thermostat, pulleys. 
107880 mi

$2000
Replaced clutch (2nd in vehicle lifetime) failed. Inquiry by VW and dealer followed. As a result, new clutch (3rd) was installed. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

122000 mi

US $1050
Three of 4 hub assemblies needed to be replaced. VW does not use bearings and whole assy was replaced. 
161000 mi

US $3000
Head job performed by independent mechanic. I have never missed a maintenance and use VW oil but it appears too much pressure and cam not being hardened enough for is causing these to fail in 2005-2006 TDIs around 150-170k. Expensive! EGR valve assembly needed to be replaced. Learned this problem during test drive of head job problem reported in previously. $800 of the total. Head job was $2,200. 
96200 mi

US $1035
Both front wheel bearings were broken, the dealer told me that this was "normal". Both front bearings had to be replaced. 
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. 
93000 mi

US $340
Car would not shift into First or Second Gears 
105340 mi

C $580
Front right wheel bearing and related use once bolts replaced. Both front strut top mounts and bearings replaced. sway bar end links replaced due to poor design in counter hold bit for strut removal. All use once bolts replaced. 
145080 mi

C $700
Replaced left wheel bearing, left front strut, both front ball joints. 
146320 mi

C $300
Both rear wheel bearings. 
148800 mi

C $250
right rear brake caliper leaking from the rear parking brake seal. replaced. rubber brake lines found to be dry rotted and replaced on both rear wheels. 
150040 mi

C $1000
Differential pin walk-out failure. 2 holes in the external differential bell housing. Holes blown through the transmission casing on the outside near differential, and on the inside where the flywheel is. All fluid ejected out of transmission. Car innoperable. Replaced with similar milage scrap yard unit, new single mass flywheel and new clutch. 
85560 mi

C $550
Headliner was falling off. Replaced it with original VW headline. Small cooling fan didn't work. Got it replaced. 
98740 mi

C $750
Replaced front right wheel bearing. 
102300 mi

C $300
EGR Delete. The EGR was leaking exhaut air and it was cheaper to remove then to repair. 
108500 mi

C $300
The cabin air blower fan bearing were done. Loud noise. The entire fan was replaced with the modulator. 
114080 mi

C $1000
Seized both rear calipers. Replaced. 
164000 mi

US $400
Front strut mounts and struts were replaced 
195500 mi

US $660
Replaced the EGR valve for the engine 
178000 mi

US $282
The air conditioner control valve had to be replaced. 
188000 mi

US $100
Front drivers side window would not roll up. 
192800 mi

US $1500
The camshaft was worn out and needed to be replaced. We replaced the timing belt as well since it was due in another 6,000 miles to save cost on doing that maintenance. 
194000 mi

US $1590
Turbo charger began failing and needed to be replaced. 
210600 mi

US $480
Dealer incorrectly diagnosed the reason my window was not rolling up. Wanted to replace window motor which was not bad and did not repair the window not rolling up. 
222000 mi

US $250
Replaced rear brake pads and rotors 
225000 mi

US $1150
Shop replaced blower/dryer, condenser and recharged system 
161000 mi

US $350
EGR cooler failed. Replaced EGR cooler 
172000 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. 
201200 mi

US $1200
Exhaust cam and lifters replaced 
213900 mi

US $1500
Turbo crapped out. Had to replace. 
83000 mi

US $120
Moderate to severe vibration when car warm. Airbag light on. Recall for faulty connectors on side airbags. 
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. 
116600 mi

US $333
Intermittent rough idle. Battery light stays on until after car is revved past 2k rpm. Oil dipstick pops out 
119400 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. Intermittent rough idle. Was informed by a prior shop that a replacement of the clutch should fix the intermittent rough idle. It did not. 
133000 mi

US $2600
Difficulty shifting between 1st and 2nd. Car had to be stopped in order to shift to 1st and sometimes required double-clutching to do so. Issue was a mis-aligned linkage cable in the shifter. Dealer realigned. Knocking sound at full-lock. Issue was bad CV joints in the front end. Sound whenever revving engine. Determined to be an exhaust leak. 
105000 mi

US $730
Replaced Main Engine Fan due to it developing a short and coming on and off continuously and draining the battery 
158200 mi

US $314
Alternator pulley free wheel assembly collapsed and needed replacing 
149000 mi

US $400
Wiring harness for drivers door had a short. Electric window would not operate. Solution was to replace the wiring harness in the door 
165000 mi

US $1200
EGR Cooler replaced Injector wiring harness oil leak 
265000 mi

US $3600
The cams were worn and replaced. Also the car would die and go crazy with dash lights when it would rain or going thru car wash 
91700 mi

C $3500
Transmission fell out of vehicle even though no previous work was ever done on the drive train 
107880 mi

C $390
Wheel Bearing hub replacement - This was due the a symptom called "lot rot". The car sat for about a year and was not driven. condensation in the wheel hub resulted in this condition 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

105000 mi

US $2000
Worn valve body replacement 
58000 mi

US $550
Left-rear turn signal bulb replaced. 
59000 mi

US $160
Catalytic converter replaced. Broken hood-release assembly. 
64500 mi

US $1000
Window wouldn't operate. Replaced wiring harness in driver-side door. 
110000 mi

US $650
Driving home in a blowing wind and rain storm all dash lights came on. After arriving home went back out 2 hours later and the cooling fan was running. Restarted car all dash lights were off. Drove 10 min.Parked car and DEAD in a.m. 
126000 mi

US $2100
Started running poorly after filling up. Just did make it to the repair shop. Burnt plugs and clogged cat. 
138000 mi

US $1200
Vacuum pump.  Left side axle boot. 
64000 mi

US $600
Drivers side door latch broken. Remote key fob didnt work due to this. 
83000 mi

US $1000
Check engine light. Related to Cooling fan failing 
86000 mi

US $760
Front Left wheel bearing replaced due to noise at speeds above 45 mph 
89000 mi

US $1000
Replaced alternator and serpentine belt 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

63520 mi

C $200
wheel bearing was shot, repalaced for 200 bucks including intall price 
67320 mi

C $200
sway bar link was gone, replaced just usual wear and tear so far with this car 
73160 mi

C $1100
2 coil springs 2 strut mounts and a ball join. 4 hours labour 
69420 mi

C $1500
Hand brake cable seized. Rear rotors and pads replaced 
80580 mi

C $180
wheel bearing went bad, this is usual wear and tear. 
94860 mi

C $300
Bad wheel bearing passenger side 
98580 mi

C $400
Fuel pressure regulator in fuel rail replaced 
138000 mi

C $1000
Timing chain jumped . Chain, gears,sensot 
81000 mi

US $1800
Failed heat pump including electric components related to it. Failed catalytic converter. 
100000 mi

US $753
Replace rear brake pads and rotors, back right caliper seized and needed replacing. 
114000 mi

US $150
A sensor that connected my throttle to the engine needed to be replaced. I don't recall exactly what it was but basically, I wasn't able to accelerate past a certain speed for each gear. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

107260 mi

R 1100
Welsh plug on the water pump started leaking thus replacing the water pump and cambelt 
122140 mi

R 3000
Clutch started to vibrate slightly on pull off and pedal lifted higher. Thinking it was the clutch but only release bearing was broken. Original clutch had 60% life remaining and was confirmed original from production 
137352 mi

R 4000
Car spluttering under load and high rpm. Replaced fuel filter and fuel pump original OEM. So far the car is running better than before but I am still monitoring it. 

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

50000 mi

US $1000
Passenger airbag had to be replaced and wiring from body to door had to be replaced. 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

88000 mi

US $1600
Stuck alternator. Leaking water pump. 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

56000 mi

US $1020
Tiptronic transmission sensor failure. Car did not know which gear it was in. Were advised failure was immanent. Replacement of entire DSG shifter column was required. Symptom was flashing gear selection with current position not highlighted. 
97600 mi

US $250
Bad sensor in coolant reservoir indicating low fluid levels 
100700 mi

US $250
Connector links between sway bar and suspension failing throwing alignment off 
104000 mi

US $680
Alternator clutch wheel locked up, shredded serpentine belt and then fell off. Alternator was salvageable but the rest required replacement. 
108000 mi

US $2800
Bad purge valve in turbo charger. Required replacement of turbo and associated systems. Buildup and seal failure in manifold fouling sensor 
61000 mi

US $1750
Dual mass flywheel failing. Replaced before complete failure  Replace cv boot kit boot was cracked 
96300 mi

US $1300
Replaced compressor dryer and txv due to metal particles in sysyem 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

69000 mi

US $259
Windshield delaminated on top portion resulting in a crack 3' long. 
81000 mi

US $1378
Rear passenger door and driver door would not lock with key Fob. Problem was with both door actuators and they were replaced. External temp sensor not working. Wires were broken and replaced. Spare Key FOB and valet key would not work. Shop did not program them when MFD was replaced years ago. Shop reprogrammed at no cost. Car shudders/shakes at stoplight. Timing belt replaced. 
82000 mi

US $144
Fuel Filter mounting bracket replaced that stopped engine severe vibrations when driving. HVAC Blower motor/fan replaced. Fan found to be defective causing the extreme vibration when A/C was in use. Problem is no longer an issue. 
89000 mi

US $360
Turbocharger hose cracked and needed to be replaced. Windshield washer nozzles stopped working. Replaced both windshield washer nozzles. 
110500 mi

US $2870
Camshaft failure. Known problem with BRM engines 
116700 mi

US $527
Turbo was letting air in at max flow. Simple fix to repair the range from a "stop" point was accomplished. NOT an VW fix but one from "my turbo diesel dot com" 
123000 mi

US $127
Passenger front door latch module failure. Replaced lock module and working well. Symptoms: passenger feint door would not work. Could not lock or arm car due to problem. Repeat problem and elected to repair myself. 
141200 mi

US $200
Reverse lights will not work. 
153000 mi

US $236
Doors will not lock/unlock nor will the trunk open from the switches in the car. Only the remote unlocks them. No solution after 4 hrs of work at the shop. Elected to live with problem. 
178000 mi

US $1200
Clutch started to fail, lining simply worn. Replaced clutch. 
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

88000 mi

US $2000
Timing belt stretched 

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2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.5L I5 5-speed manual FWD

138000 mi

US $600
Car lost power and went into limp mode on the freeway. Replaced Two Oxygen sensors. 
132000 mi

US $2500
clutch replacement. timing system replacement. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

181400 mi

C $131
Battery light blinked so I had the alternator rebuild before I ended up with a break down. 
228780 mi

C $1200
Wheel bearings tie rod ends ball joints etc. New Tires then alignment 
260400 mi

C $159
Heater motor and resistor! 
160700 mi

US $120
secondary in-tank fuel pump wasn't working 
170000 mi

US $135
MAF sensor not functioning correctly. Loss of power at highway speeds. Replaced part and now it runs fine. 
177000 mi

US $1500
A mechanic on vacation suggested new injector nozzles. I sent them to be overhauled but they couldn't test the backflow valve. Intalled the new rebuilt injectors and the car runs worse. Sending them back to rebuilder. 
177000 mi

US $200
Returned to the Dealer to correct what they broke. Car still idles rough but drivable. Still reasearching the problem. 
182000 mi

US $500
Determined the rough idle was a bad injector. Replaced all four with slightly used injectors and the car runs fine now. 
224000 mi

US $1300
Rack and pinion worn out and had to be replaced. Leaking power steering fluid. 
230500 mi

US $250
Won't shift when cold. Changed transmission fluid but it didn't help. 
233700 mi

US $1900
Transmission valve and solenoids replaced. Wouldn't shift when cold. Replaced with remanufactured improved design valve. 
240000 mi

US $130
Cooling fan replacement. Airbag light reset. Replaced battery 
251000 mi

US $350
Wheel bearing was replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

70285 mi

US $153
Reinstall driver's window in track. Required pull of window to access mechanism. Window scratched during repair. 
196700 mi

US $1000
Turbo seal 
217900 mi

US $5000
Car was parked for a year, turbo seal failed. Mechanic was clueless how to fix, took a long time. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

108000 mi

US $1700
Thermostat went bad; replaced. Electrical cable for primary radiator fan was installed in such a way that the fan would rub against it when spinning, which wore through the wire and caused intermittent operation. Dealer wanted too much money to replace it, so I did it. 
115000 mi

US $150
Replaced the lower control arms; bushings were starting to go bad. 
119000 mi

US $130
The coolant gasket had a slow leak in it. Replaced by mechanic. 
139000 mi

US $2000
The rear axle was slightly bent, causing the rear wheels to be misaligned and significant asymmetric wear on the tires. Associated suspension parts were replaced as well. 
146000 mi

US $800
Lower control arm bushings were worn through. Replaced with poly bushings. Also replaced rubber boots on end of tie rod. 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

229200 mi

US $4900
Tiptronic transmission failure Total replacement needed 
176400 mi

US $850
EGR pipe on turbo cracked and was replaced. 
263000 mi

US $1800
Blown turbo 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

176000 mi

US $152
driver door wiring harness replaced 
190000 mi

US $250
replace starter, battery 
195500 mi

US $1000
replaced camshaft as a preventive measure. incuding bearings, bolts, seal replace timing belt and components and serpentine belt replace water pump 
208000 mi

US $220
starter failed. previously installed starter may have been of poor quality or the wrong part number 
160580 mi

C $2200
Replaced bushings Brake pads and rotors replaced Rear brake calipers replaced 
92680 mi

C $1200
Engine skid plate had begun to fall off and was dragging on the ground. Part was removed and will replace when a used one becomes available. E-brake cable was loose. Had to be adjusted and tightened. 
100300 mi

C $200
left strut mount worn, needed to be replaced sway bar worn out left tie rod worn out turbo hose loose left front wheel bearing worn out turbo hose replaced replaced wheel bearing (drivers side front) 
99320 mi

C $100
underpower code 0299. car has no pickup. issue related to turbo. still working to resolve. 
111800 mi

C $200
replaced turbo actuator 
112220 mi

C $220
replaced brakes pads, rotors and emergency brake cables rear suspension coil broke 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

63860 mi

C $900
the timing belt was worn and was replaced 
81220 mi

C $250
severely corroded oil pan needed to be replaced Corroded mid engine transmission mount mid-exhaust system has a hole 
100440 mi

C $400
Cooling pipe from radiator had corroded, pressure test of system for winter expanded a pin hole leak. Part needed replacement. 
110980 mi

C $560
caliper was seized on one side system fixed intermittent dash light comes on related to the cooling sensor. Computer diagnostics show that it was working fine at the time of evaluation 
112840 mi

C $250
Rust on leading windscreen edge of passenger door removed and repainted. 
117180 mi

C $706
Electronic Thermostat failed and was replaced battery was old and cold cranking amps was less than half...car had problem starting in moderately cold weather 
127100 mi

C $375
Windshield wipers failed, replaced gear linkage. 
130200 mi

C $650
Coil spring broken 
135160 mi

C $800
Fuel pump failed 
137020 mi

C $350
seized caliper -part replaced park brake re-set 
138260 mi

C $725
front wheel bearings replaced 

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

70600 mi

US $1500
Thermostat went out. Burned out the impeller of the water pump. Dealer replaced Thermostat, water pump and timing belt. All runs well now. 

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2004.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

132000 mi

US $1000
Camshaft position sensor replaced. Loose timing belt replaced. Possibly caused by faulty camshaft position sensor. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

34000 mi

US $1500
Car overheated under load but not at idle. Thermostat replacement did not solve problem. Replaced water pump impeller. Also replaced timing belt while water pump was off to gain more time before scheduled replacement at 100k miles. 
63000 mi

US $900
Broken spring on rear driver's side. Replaced both rear springs and shocks. 
50000 mi

US $400
Blown turbocharger coolant line 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

160000 mi

US $5600
Nine months later, after spending $5,600 to try to fix problem, they finally dropped the tank and found entire fuel system gummed up. Because I had a record of my earlier request they ate $7,000 cost of replacing entire fuel system. 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

119000 mi

US $1800
Struts 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

16572 mi

US $396
Everything else, repair headliner separating on one corner 
20000 mi

US $306
headliner separating on all four corners, and pealing away above visors 
30180 mi

US $419
wiper blades 
33784 mi

US $225
replaced strut mounts at only 33k miles! Replace all glow plugs, some warranty repair for ECM reload. some warranty repair for ECM reload. 
37978 mi

US $151
replaced car battery 
39000 mi

US $803
dealer wanted $425 to replace the front breaks, and $375 to replace the back brakes 
49169 mi

US $268
50k service 
65287 mi

US $117
balanced tires also. replaced ij0-145-838-t turbo hose; dealer wanted over $325: paid $117.43 for the part, used pliers to pull ring, snap ring, remove and replace hose-saved ~$200. 
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. 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 
71000 mi

US $820
Headliner peeled apart. Had to replace the entire headliner. Replaced entire headliner, $420 for the headliner, $400 for the labor. 
72000 mi

US $320
Driver side window fell out of window track. Had to have dealer seat window back in track. Replaced turbo tube. Dealer said it was worn due to 'the frequent inspections required by the manufacturer which cause the part to fail'.... 

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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. 
156000 mi

US $230
Replaced faulty lift pump in fuel tank. 
163000 mi

US $330
Tandem pump leaking fuel, needed replacement. 
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.  
183000 mi

US $120
Replaced inoperative driver's-side radiator/condenser cooling fan 
216700 mi

US $400
Valve cover leaking oil 
250000 mi

US $1149
Due to high mileage and wear replaced pretty much all suspension components: Struts & springs all around, strut tower bearings, bushings, sway bar links and bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, etc. 
256000 mi

US $165
Rear-passenger side wheel bearing replaced. 
258000 mi

US $150
Replaced Rear driver's side wheel bearing 
279000 mi

US $250
Replaced faulty Anti-Shudder Valve assembly on intake due to stripped gears. 
157480 mi

C $1840
Steering rack replacement  Turbo seals 
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. 
171000 mi

US $120
car wouldnt start, there is a fuse distribution block on top of the battery that shorted out and needed to be replaced.  
179000 mi

US $450
exhaust fumes were coming into the passenger compartment, there were two connecting pieces attached to the turbo that needed to be replaced. 
183800 mi

US $3000
Turbo was replaced, connecting pipes needed replacement, intercooler needed repair. when turbo went in, another failing piece would come to surface shortly after service visit. it went on for a couple months like that. wheel bearing went 
235000 mi

US $1800
Turbocharger bearing failed; turbocharger was replaced with a rebuilt unit; car again operates as new 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

142000 mi

US $600
Broken spring >>> Replaced both front struts with new coil overs followed by alignment at local garage. 
149000 mi

US $1200
Old and over concentrated coolant had corroded the inside of the head. The head was repaired (not replaced). 

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

164300 mi

US $3400
Cam shaft was wearing badly replace with new cam and lifters. Also did clutch and timing belt which are normal routine service. Cam and lifters not normal repair cost for this around 2000.00 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

197160 mi

C $1500
Brake pads, rotors, calipers, and brake lines were all shot and had to be replaced. 
201500 mi

C $200
Mass Air Flow Sensor failed and as a result turbo would not work. Replaced Mass Air Flow Sensor. 
206460 mi

C $350
front left wheel bearing replaced, front bushing replaced 
210800 mi

C $300
rear left wheel bearing replaced - it was growling. 
215760 mi

C $600
Wiper Motor was burned out and had to be replaced rear left caliper was sticking and had to be replaced 
220720 mi

C $450
Alternator failed, was replaced. front left tie-rods were worn and replaced 
223200 mi

C $300
Wheel bearing failed in rear-left wheel, but wheel also was fused onto the axle due to rust. 
52000 mi

US $135
I didn't know the driver's window was frozen, so when I went to operate it, the grippers attaching the window mechanism to the window became detached. The electric window motor spun freely; window initially was stuck in the closed position but ... 
53000 mi

US $700
Replaced dead shocks and struts and upgraded with Konis instead of OEMs. 
59000 mi

US $380
If the TDI's engine doesn't reach operational temperature often enough, the intake manifold clogs with soot and fuel. Mine got so clogged the anti-shudder valve froze and the car wouldn't start. Intake was replaced and EGR cleaned. 
90000 mi

US $320
Thermostat had to be replaced; had thrown Check Engine light. 
91800 mi

US $325
Thermostat failed again, replaced. 
104000 mi

US $1800
Parts were worn; replaced Front strut failed; replaced strut and strut bearing mount. Rear spring was broken; replaced both. Passenger front fender liner tore into two pieces, making noise when steering, over bumps, etc. Replaced. 
107200 mi

US $600
Driver's front wheel bearing failed; replaced; first replacement was bad; had to be replaced again. Car threw Check Engine Light. Glow plug harness proved to be bad. Replaced. 
108000 mi

US $599
Rear brake caliper froze, trashing brake pad and disk. Both parts were replaced as were the similar parts on the other side of the axle. 
110000 mi

US $325
Exhaust system broken/rusted out in three places, including muffler. Intermediate pipe and muffler were replaced. 
111900 mi

US $216
Hard starting during winter which went away as weather warmed. Three of four glow plugs had failed. They were replaced. Front transmission seal was worn; replaced while clutch was replaced. Parking brake cable had seized during winter; seized cable was removed. On this trip both cables were replaced. 
116500 mi

US $985
Worn pendulum engine mount and left engine mount caused engine to rock while car was in motion. Parts were replaced. Valve cover gasket leaking oil. VW does not sell gasket separately; only sells entire valve cover. 
124300 mi

US $370
Passenger front spring is broken. Both front springs were replaced. 
132 mi

US $850
Headlamp switch (aftermarket item) did not always switch on headlights or dashboard lights. Switch was replaced. Backup lamps were not working but the bulbs tested OK. Replaced reverse-lamp switch on transmission as well as a corroded pigtail off that switch. Rear window washer stream was weak and followed the arc of the wiper instead of spraying on the glass. Mechanic suggested only the nozzle needed to be replaced. Behavior after the repair is similar to what it was before. It is possible the nozzle can be adjusted for better coverage on the glass, which may be enough to address most of the problem as it is likely the ultimate fix is replacing the rear washer motor. Windshield washer fluid reservoir low-level warning light remains on even when the reservoir is full. After discussing the cost of returning function to factory condition, I agreed to let the mechanic bypass the circuit so the light remains out regardless of fluid level. Intake manifold packed with soot, which affected acceleration and fuel economy. Part was removed, "washed", and reattached. Some parts connected to the manifold also needed to be cleared. Alarm system sometimes arms itself after driver gets in the car but before the car is started. When a door is opened or the car started at that point, the alarm goes off. Mechanic tried to read car diagnostics but says some component is flooding the diagnostic line with noise, so he can't fully isolate the component causing this issue. He has suggested swapping out the door latch assembly, but at its price and because the problem does not lock me out of the car or immobilize it, I've decided to wait to repair it. Alternator belt was frayed. It was replaced. 
134000 mi

US $140
Camshaft seal was worn. Discovered during timing belt replacement. 
147000 mi

US $338
Seal on rear driver's side disc brake caliper failed, leaking brake fluid. Entire caliper had to be replaced. 
58280 mi

C $1300
Timing belt, all oils, E-brake cable 
186000 mi

US $3500
Car (it’s a diesel) experienced a brief “runaway” while I was driving the kids to school, where it redlined and wouldn’t stop until I shut off the engine, after which it started smoking, and check engine light came on. The car drove, but was dropped off at dealer soon after. Dealer diagnosed a cracked glow plug harness, which was not connecting to Cylinder 3 properly. That fix ran $700. Dealer also recommended replacing gaskets, springs, etc. – for a total of “$4,000, but discounted to $3,500”. This was all about half a year or a year after the dealer installed a brand new intake manifold ($1,100 total or thereabout). I wanted the car to last another year or so, so I figured it would be cheaper to fix the little devil I knew, than spend on a devil I didn’t, so I agreed. A week later the engine experienced another runaway, but this time even shutting it off didn’t stop it. It blew a ton of smoke out the tailpipe and stopped. Knowledgeable people tell me that the symptoms suggest oil in the intercooler was the culprit, where the turbo would blow that into the combustion chamber, supplying fuel even if the normal fuel line was shut off. I’m baffled that the dealer didn’t pursue this and check for oil in the IC. At any rate, the car is dead now, I’m out more than $4,500 in repairs in about a year... Love the design of the TDI Wagon, want to get another one for its functional features, not loving the crap VW reliability. For a car produced in such large numbers, for so many years, you’d think they would figure this stuff out... 
259160 mi

C $110
Serpentine Belt tensioner needed replacing due to wear (413392 km) 
277140 mi

C $400
Right front wheel bearing needed replacing, in addition to worn out control arm bushings. Not unexpected at this high milage. 
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.  The engine mounts were also replaced due to age. 
317440 mi

C $450
Bearing inside steering column developed excessive play... replaced with used steering column Brake cables needed replacing... common problem on these cars... (I had already ordered the parts months ago... for both cars...) the driver's seat side airbag that needed replacing due to a short in the wiring or a low resistance for the ignitor... 
337900 mi

C $120
Glow Plug Harness finally gave up... after 6 years... the design could use improvement... 
350920 mi

C $900
Head Gasket was leaking - losing coolant. Also took opportunity to replace camshaft and lifters. Replaced alternator clutch pulley. 
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 
399900 mi

C $500
Brake light switch finally died... there have been several recalls on this one, so I dropped into the closest dealer and had them replace it - took 20 minutes including washing the car!!! 
422220 mi

C $110
Turbo actuator finally gave out. First symptoms appeared 6 months ago, but car was drivable. Part ordered at that time, but it only became necessary to replace it now. 
430900 mi

C $791
Turbo had excessive wear - most likely due to mileage.  Also exhaust pipe had perforations. 
465080 mi

C $1534
Cylinder head gasket leak. Rebuilt the cylinder head at the same time - due to mileage. 
476100 mi

C $113
Coolant hose developed leak. Had to wait for part to come in. 
486920 mi

C $500
Emergency Brake cables needed replacing. (Common problem... this is the 2nd time they were replaced.) 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.) 
515220 mi

C $226
Driver's window fell into the door. Common issue with VWs as the Window Regulator design is marginal. 
524720 mi

C $600
Turbo seals failed and engine ran on the oil... hydrolocked. Will replace engine soon. 
529780 mi

C $850
Brake booster and master cylinder replaced... shop had no clue how to diagnose and repair this type of vehicle!!! (I had to follow up and fix their repair!!) 
553598 mi

C $160
Master Cylinder and vacuum pump replaced. Previously installed master cylinder (used... installed by shop) was defective 
226920 mi

C $400
Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) was defective when the car was purchased. As well, one of the coolant glow plugs was dead and several wires needed to be repaired. Alternator pulley was defective (one-way pulley was "frozen") as well as the clutch switch. Upper strut mounts and bearings replaced due to age. As well, the Lower Control Arm bushings were replaced due to wear. Left Inner CV joint was worn Driver's Door lock mechanism replaced due to the door switch being defective (well-known problem with these cars.) By the way: there are also defective door switches on two other doors that will require repair in the future. 
228720 mi

C $507
High-Pressure power steering hose (metal) corroded. 
248000 mi

C $113
Corrosion in the starter wiring caused a no-start condition. 
249660 mi

C $1200
A bit of clunking in the front end. I brought it into the one mechanic I trust, I was too busy to work on the car. He said, as long as we're in there, why not refresh everything. Ball Joints, Tie-rods, alignment. Also, front brakes. Will do struts later. Exhaust downpipe needed replacing due to corrosion. 
359320 mi

C $530
Both front wheel bearings, one tie rod end, front struts (warranty replacement on the parts) 
364560 mi

C $400
Of the above, the only part that had failed was the thermostat. 
408140 mi

C $140
Replaced battery 
425940 mi

C $350
Rear muffler replaced 
158000 mi

US $1800
Car rough running/vibrating. New fly wheel, clutch. 
189000 mi

US $334
Lack of turbo. Replace and adjust VNT actuator. No heat, replaced thermostat. 
194000 mi

US $360
AC actuator 
213000 mi

US $754
Struts and springs #1 Glow plug 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

57000 mi

US $424
The driver's side window broke lose, and the regulator had to be replaced. 
59000 mi

US $356
The check engine light came on and the No. 2 glow plug circuit came up on when they plugged it into the computer. The glow plug harness was replaced. Mechanic said this probably was why starting the car was so sluggish last winter. 
63000 mi

US $239
Car would not start one day. Shop checked battery, glow plugs, glow plug relay and wiring. All were fine. While there, cleaned up debris in engine department and replaced cabin filter. Car still doesn't want to start sometimes. 
70000 mi

US $2500
Car had trouble starting on an irregular basis, then stopped running as I was driving down the road and wouldn't restart. Dealer replaced fuel filter and it ran for 20 seconds before stopping. Dealer then replaced fuel injector pump. 
77000 mi

US $611
Engine light came on under load while on highway. Upper intake manifold and EGR valve were cleaned. Mass Air Flow sensor and air filter replaced. 
78000 mi

US $1245
Both front axle assemblies were replaced.  Both front strut mounts and bearings were replaced. Both rear bushings on the lower control arms were replaced. rear bracket to driver's side window replaced; it was broken because it had been improperly installed previously by another mechanic at another shop 
91000 mi

US $560
Car was not heating up to normal temperature. Thermostat was replaced.  Also engine skid plate was hanging loose and couldn't be re-attached, so it was replaced. 
96000 mi

US $2200
Engine had no power. Turbocharger was replaced. 
198000 mi

US $2800
Stuck in 3rd gear; full transmission rebuild 
210000 mi

US $7200
Blown engine 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

40000 mi

US $800
timing belt repair 
70000 mi

US $1400
engine bolt broke. engine fell out bottom of car 
95000 mi

US $400
glove box latch broke. entire glovebox door needed to be replaced 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

130000 mi

US $135
Front sway bar bushing cracked and causing knock in steering. Bushing replaced. 
142000 mi

US $280
glow plugs on diesel engine were worn out. replaced as well as air intake tube replaced. 
151000 mi

US $1300
passenger side transmission arm to right wheel was worn out and had to be replaced.  
155000 mi

US $280
wiring harness for glow plugs was faulty. replaced successfully. did not impact driving of the car.  
158000 mi

US $2500
alternator wore out from too much mileage - replaced 
191000 mi

US $275
Wheel bearing wore out at almost 200k miles. 
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. 
230900 mi

US $375
Battery replaced after 6 years and majorly cold winter. 
238000 mi

US $160
Coolant was leaking out and car was overheating. Replaced clamps that connect cooling tubes to engine, which had gotten old and started to leak. No problems since fix. 
262000 mi

US $800
Vacuum hoses and pump for turbo had to be replaced 
290000 mi

US $400
CV boot torn, in meantime before repair axle broke, replaced front axle 
107000 mi

US $1030
Problem was premature Injection pump failure. Called trusted TDI guru and had car towed to him. IP was replaced with rebuilt Bosch unit, and car is fine now. 
89900 mi

C $1000
Immobilization Light would intermittantly come on and disable the vehicle. Wiring in the steering column and wiring going to the computer had to be changed 
91760 mi

C $500
Tension roller for the timing belt was "panting". In order to replace it the mechanic would have to take of timing belt ect. labor cost was the same for a whole timing belt & water pump job. So all of it was done.  
101680 mi

C $400
The door locking mechanism has been known to be faulty since 00. Complex pieces and expensive parts. Replaced with an upgraded model and all is fine.  
109740 mi

C $300
Springs are known to have issues wear they break at the tip in the cups. Strut bushion was cracked. Only front suspension need to be fixed but aftermarket suspension FR and RR, purchased, installed. So price only reflects FR cost to repair Gasket on the Transmission was showing some leakage. Replaced. No more issue. 
151280 mi

C $500
Egr valve was leaking oil. 
169440 mi

C $2000
Turbo blew. Original with 270k km on it. 
228100 mi

US $1000
Replaced the entire exhaust from the turbo back. The cat was clogged and not functional. The intermediate pipe was broken at a rusty weld seam. Failure was mostly caused by a rusted rear hanger. Replaced worn shocks/struts, strut mount bearings, bushing, tie rod ends, and ball joints. The shocks/struts were no longer functional. The strut mount bearing was rusted out and caused "popping" 
239500 mi

US $140
Replaced turbo VNT actuator and vacuum lines 
110000 mi

US $1350
The shocks were gone, front and rear. The $1350 is the cost for an OEM repair. I actually paid $2000 for a Shine Real Street suspension with stiffer (but NOT dropped) springs and Bilstein gas shocks all around installed by Shine:GREATRIDE 
170000 mi

US $1470
Caliper had to be replaced Alternator clutch failed, causing alternator to fail and tensioner to break power steering fluid hose got punctured 
188700 mi

US $250
Air intake manifold and EGR valve was choked with crud, when cleaned out worked fine 
202000 mi

US $475
Front strut bearing going on one side, replace both, realigned front suspension 
217000 mi

US $200
Window regulator failed 
220000 mi

US $230
Brakes worn, sticking caliper 
235000 mi

US $635
Front wheel bearing almost gone, much wheel slop, which damaged the right front rotor and pads. Luckily the brake pad wear-out light went off and I took it to the shop before the wheel fell off! 
673000 mi

US $120
alternator ripple replaced one way pulley 
732800 mi

US $1400
Engine mount bolt broke due to incorrect tightening of middle bolt, broke ear off engine causing coolant to leak. replaced block with used block transferred parts from old engine, used new rings, bearings, and gaskets. 
103000 mi

US $2000
new timing belt, water pump, thermostat, serpentine belt,  alternator and pulley. 
131000 mi

US $1400
need new fuel injector pump 
173300 mi

US $400
Water pump bearing bad 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

85000 mi

US $1200
short in electrical system, fuse box above battery fried, electrical cord between alternator and battery burned through 
63860 mi

C $5000
1) engine decoke 2) timing belt change 
66340 mi

C $300
Bushing change on the sway bar. Bushing/bearing change on the front shock towers. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

86800 mi

C $1000
Rusted exhaust and full length pipe 
127800 mi

C $1143
replace front struts and springs, replace left real wheel bearing, repair rear bumper 
150000 mi

US $760
broken catalytic converter, and a engine exhaust return hose cracked. 
175200 mi

US $4200
Transmission issues 3rd gear incorrect ratio. Complete overhaul 
193000 mi

US $250
Water pump failed. Went to long to replace. Replaced water pump and refilled G13 coolant 
53940 mi

C $186
Parking handbrake cables were rusting and binding and were replaced as a preventative measure. Handbrake was still working at the time but better safe than sorry. 
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. 
53320 mi

C $3000
Replaced Transmission 
54220 mi

C $1000
Brake Booster need to be replaced. Air was hissing into the cabin when brake not pressed 
60760 mi

C $1200
Ignition coils 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

92380 mi

C $800
Car would not start every now and then for no good reason. Shop diagnosed bad water pump. Did full tune-up after water pump replaced. Runs like a little dream again. 
106100 mi

C $1192
rear rotors, rear calipers 
1550 mi

C $465
handling funny. took in to garage and the tie rod on right side was bent. had it fixed and repaired some other affected components. not all covered under warranty, also damaged from driving on bent tie rod 
13640 mi

C $650
front struts and bushings were replaced. not covered under warranty, figures! Only covered under power train plus - extra coverage package. Nice. 
16151 mi

C $165
flickering dash lights, moonroof opens without turning switch, alarm setting itself while in car and after locking it from fob. The did a check by plugging it into computer. said they could find nothing wrong and charged me for the labour. 2nd trip to dealer in a week. same problems. They said they reset it and it should be fine. charged me for labour. oh and by the way, we found some hoses and a vacuum hose that need replacing, but were okay 3 days before.??? 
25730 mi

C $120
engine warning light came on when temp dropped below -15 degrees celsius. took to dealer. said they could find nothing wrong. here we go again. 
27280 mi

C $1525
front brake repair. not covered. $699. also had to replace catalytic converter, and a engine exhaust return hose was cracked. Just my day. check engine light has been on since November, by the way. and they still don't know why... 
32891 mi

C $2685
nightmare. 3 weeks after warranty ends. plagued electric probs, while driving, cause accelerator to fully depress by itself causing engine to smoke, burn. turned off car while driving. dealership closed for xmas. took no responsibility. the manager of the dealership in downtown montreal actually said this: "planes fall out of de sky every day. If I could predict what's going to appen to every car that leave ere I'd be a rich man." What a tool! VW Canada was no help either 
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

161123 mi

US $100
Replaced both outer tie rod ends. Align 
162300 mi

US $1000
cooling fans, and control module 
172000 mi

US $400
Engine coolant temp sender, and mass air flow sensor. 
176000 mi

US $999
Replaced both front wheel bearings 
49000 mi

US $190
temperature sensor was bad had caused some minor cold starting problems on 2 seperate occassions 
60000 mi

US $650
replaced leaking water pump found during 60,000 mile check-up 
92000 mi

US $440
check engine light on, car running rough, obdII code p0302, cylinder 2 needed a new ignition coil. noticed red liquid on garage floor, took to mechanic for repair. was told that coolant was leaking from thermostat and housing and needed to be replaced. check engine light came on, obdII code p0304 listed on scan, cylinder 4 required new ignition coil, later in day re-scanned and code p0301 also appeared. Mechanic replaced ignition coils on all cylinders except #2 which was repaired 3 wks previously 
99000 mi

US $650
exhaust leak found when performing yearly state emissions inspection, part replaced, passed emissions inspection 
105000 mi

US $1500
a/c compressor failed and needed to be replaced 
110000 mi

US $565
replaced leaking valve cover gaskets 
113500 mi

US $600
front cv boots and joints needed repair/changing 
121000 mi

US $720
coolant leak from radiator hoses and connecting pipe 
128000 mi

US $1750
replaced catalytic converter,  ign. coils, spark plugs and wires when check engine light came on 
132000 mi

US $900
upon routine maintenance check it was discovered that the water pump was failing, previously replaced in 2007. 
133400 mi

US $1100
motor mounts needed to be replaced 
145300 mi

US $3000
car was misfiring, mechanic diagnosed and replaced all 6 ignition coils, replaced 1 fuel injector, cleaned and restored intake manifold 
149000 mi

US $500
AC system not working 
137800 mi

US $1350
The smog pump had to be replaced. There was an exhaust manifold leak. Thrust bushings were worn out. It needed a new wiper motor. The junction box melted down. Shut the car down, had to be towed. 
152400 mi

US $350
Smog pump 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

138200 mi

US $360
battery died and replaced. voltage 12v should be 14v 
144500 mi

US $314
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. 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

65347 mi

US $883
Alternator & battery... 
489 mi

US $67230
Fuel pump. 
67445 mi

US $378
Wire harness & fuse box. 
67462 mi

US $170
Gas gauge!!! 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

154000 mi

US $1933
Needed a new A/C compressor and A/C receiver/dryer. 
54000 mi

US $1500
Light for engine service soon was on and the dealer repaired few things. 
54200 mi

US $1300
failed plastic impeller on water pump; replaced timing belt as preventive maintainence included in cost 
68300 mi

US $400
front window regulator replaced 
78000 mi

US $300
replaced rear brakes 
83000 mi

US $500
replace ox sensor.  will need a new catalytic converter. 
53000 mi

US $500
Engine light was on. they found a couple of problems. one of them was related to earthing on steering wheel (i guess??). 
58000 mi

US $400
Alternator died (and battery replaced) alternator died (and battery replaced) 
59300 mi

US $1000
O2 sensor, serviced throttle body. Towed it to another dealer - just to be safe - and had them diagnose. They worked on it for 10 days, found random problems and fixed them (finally ignition coil seemed to have fixed the problem). towed it to another dealer - just to be safe - and had them diagnose. they worked on it for 10 days, found random problems and fixed them (finally ignition coil seemed to have fixed the problem). 

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder manual 2WD

91760 mi

C $500
Solenoid. 
112840 mi

C $500
Engine thermostat replaced. 
113460 mi

C $1000
Timing belt tensioner failed; entire timing belt redone (second time). Improper service at dealership, tensioner should have been replaced with original timing belt. 
115940 mi

C $295
Cooling fan failed. 

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2002.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

145500 mi

US $1200
Replaced primary & secondary water pump, and replaced timing belt (for the 2nd time). 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

229400 mi

US $7200
The camshaft failed on my car and I had it repaired and rebuilt. The fuel cluster also failed and I had it replaced. Injectors were also damaged. Total repair was 7200. 
140000 mi

US $1300
Blown headgasket 
126000 mi

US $1700
Mutiple repairs, timing belt replace, governor for ti29ing belt, water pump (optional), crank sensor. 
134000 mi

US $1400
Engine timing belt kaput! The belt tensioner was kaput as well! The rear washer is kaput and expensive! The antenna stopped working and had to be replaced. 
140000 mi

US $707
Intake manifold fouled by carbon and maintenance 707 dollars. Car would not start. 
164000 mi

US $260
replaced the wheel bearing 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

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

96100 mi

US $250
Glow plug fault still tripping check engine light. Car was getting harder & harder to start. Replaced the glow plug wiring harness. Seems to have worked. 
110000 mi

US $500
Brake light switch - replaced twice by owner. Neither the generic nor the one from the dealer worked - the shop replaced again & all the bulbs too. Apparently, the switch was making them 'stay on' so they were burnt out. 
110000 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 Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

60000 mi

US $200
Engine temp sensor on dashboard intermittently went to 0. 
70000 mi

US $1200
Both passenger side doors leaked when it rained 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

88200 mi

US $1000
Coolant leak at manifold flange. Water leaking into cabin filter and firewall seal. Both seals replaced and cabin filter replaced. 
89000 mi

US $950
Thermostat, water pump replaced to address overheating issue. Timing chain was also replaced. 
98000 mi

US $400
Drivers side window fell down. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

147000 mi

US $913
The left radiator fan was noted as not working. As this is a diesel, the fan won't be missed except in hot weather in stop and go traffic. Will replace later. 
215000 mi

US $1000
Replaced entire suspension: tie rod ends, ball bearings, springs, shocks, and bushings, etc. 
256700 mi

US $1900
Clutch - Single Mass Flywheel,  Exhaust,  Vacuum line, MaloneTune, Air Intake Clean 
225000 mi

US $2000
Engine lifter broke, necessitating replacement of head. 
105000 mi

US $250
Replaced injector nozzles. #1 was clogged and leaking. http://chuck.goolsbee.org/archives/317 
112000 mi

US $800
Routine replacement of engine timing belt, serpentine belt. Replaced water pump. 
136000 mi

US $120
I replaced a faulty Mass Airflow Sensor which was causing a check engine light and poor performance.  
180000 mi

US $1000
Non-functioning turbocharger. Replaced turbo. Installed a new alternator. 
184300 mi

US $100
Blew a seal on the injection pump 
218900 mi

US $376
Starter died after 12 years of service. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

180300 mi

US $4970
Slipping in all gears. Shifting incorrectly. 
183100 mi

US $384
Serpentine belt broken, replaced tensioner / shock absorber as precaution 
219000 mi

US $1250
Turbo blew up 
97000 mi

US $600
Front end ball joints worn 
112000 mi

US $300
Wiring harness for glow plugs bad and replaced. 
112000 mi

US $1500
Throttle body dirty. Other misc wear items and preventative maintenance. 
176000 mi

US $100
Repaired rusted exhaust pipe between catalytic converter and muffler 
182000 mi

US $200
Replaced alternator. 
48980 mi

C $1000
The drivers side window made a loud thump when it went all the way to the bottom. 
70060 mi

C $362
fuel line leak which would have resulted in a fire if left unresolved 
168000 mi

US $360
replace right and left parking brake line  replace broken cigarette lighter assembly 
176000 mi

US $777
Loss of power and fuel consumption down to 34mpg hwy. Replaced Air Mass Sensor, Fuel Filter, Thermostat, Cleaned Intake Manifold, Gasket, Results Now getting 42mpg 
191000 mi

US $137
Antenna Base replace due to wearing out could have caused rust on the roof. 
198000 mi

US $211
Trunk lock Actuator 
207000 mi

US $800
10k mile Maintenance check, Leaking Intake Manifold, Check engine code had a problem with glow plugs. 
231200 mi

US $1600
Had four new struts put in, wheel alignment, and 230k maintenance check. drives like new and better fuel mileage 
248000 mi

US $2200
Replace Fuel injection system and clean out metal in gas tank 
249200 mi

US $492
Replace Alternator 
241700 mi

US $200
Replace right front ball bearings 
270000 mi

US $300
Flush transmission for noise it was making and a little stuttering also a check engine light came on Although the trans has life time fluid this did seem to fix the problem the under body noise protection cover that fits under engine was worn out and the sound proofing ws worn out 
301336 mi

US $1001
Left front wheel bearing Tires replaced due to cupping, four wheel allignment Drive belt tensioner 
303000 mi

US $411
Replace Starter 
309000 mi

US $724
EGR Assembly replace vacuum lines 
130000 mi

US $300
Removed intake manifold to remove standard sludge buildup. The EGR and PCV empty into the intake manifold and create a tar-like substance that chokes the engine. This is common on ALL VW TDI engines through 2006. Must be done or engine runs VERY poorly 
142000 mi

US $5000
Replaced auto transmission (01M) due to mechanical failure. Still experiencing bad shifts due to erratic transmission control module operation. 
163000 mi

US $250
Replace rear axle bushings. I have never done this on a car before. The rear swing axle bushings soften and fail. The result is a very harsh and scary sounding clang whenever the rear wheel drops hits a pothole. 
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. 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

75000 mi

US $400
Transmission/ASR error - could not be diagnosed/fixed - cleared up later cause stalling/bucking & check engine codes may have been caused by vacuum hose issues solved in Sept 2007 
80000 mi

US $200
Temp Sensor error - could not be fixed - left with a blinking temp sensor light under certain circumstances. 
85000 mi

US $400
Vacuum hoses needed to be replaced, they rotted out and leaked - 3 small hoses 1 large hose 
90000 mi

US $1300
Turbo Oil seal failure 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

76000 mi

US $2800
Had the turbo charger replaced, glow plugs rplace, timing belt replaced. 
187000 mi

US $998
Vehicle developed a "limp" mode condition. Replaced Actuator on Turbo. VW dealer would not sell just the Actuator, had to go out of state to buy one. Replaced Cat converter and adjoining muffler pipe. 
194000 mi

US $639
battery died. Jumped started car, very low power and alot of smoke coming out of exhaust. Turned out to be the alternator. Replaced it. Glow plug for heater replaced Oil dip stick tube cracked/broken 
195000 mi

US $481
Replaced drive belt tensioner Replaced thermostat 
207000 mi

US $598
Replaced both rear sets brakes and the passenger side rear caliper. Front right sway bar was "replaced" in March 2015. After repair owner noticed car was still drifing side to side. Brought car to a differant mechanic this time. New mechanic found that the first repair was not done correctly, the two bolt 
209000 mi

US $648
Battery light came on. Battery got weaker. Replaced Alt. Very expensive repair.... 
48980 mi

C $600
Oil leak in the Turbo cooling system Both rear coil springs were cracked and needed to be replaced. 
56420 mi

C $365
Replaced wheel bearing. 
74400 mi

C $3000
replaced rear axle bushings exhaust repair 

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

90000 mi

US $1000
Catalytic converter needed to be replaced. Not sure how to report this, but after the repair was completed, we got a letter from VW about a recall involving failing CCs. We're in the process of submitting our papers to see if the repair cost will be re 
62000 mi

C $1378
Timing Belt, Water pump, plugs. Parking brake cables, rear axle bushings. 
63860 mi

C $358
Mass Airflow Sensor Replacement. Intake Manifold Upper Gasket Replaced 
90000 mi

US $240
On cold start, engine ran for three seconds and died. Immobilizer fault light came on. Only a VAG-COM unit can interface with the immobilizer (which is in the instrument cluster). Dealer said there were "no fault codes". Replaced camshaft position sensor. 
96000 mi

US $1200
Car was pulling to right, problem diagnosed as rear camber out of spec. On the MkIV, this requires a special-order shim and quite a bit of work. Suspension components worn out. Front struts, rear shocks, front strut bushings replaced. 
99000 mi

US $750
EPC light came on, with OBDII fault related to MAF sensor. Replaced. Driver's door handle broken due to latent defect in plastic molding. Timing belt showed signs of significant wear, replaced. Water pump and timing belt tensioner replaced at that time. 
100000 mi

US $300
Surging and vibration under power. Diagnosed as faulty pendulum ("dogbone") mount, which was replaced. 
104000 mi

US $700
Accessory belt slipping, creating squealing noise. Replaced faulty tensioner and belt damaged by slipping. Surging/stalling condition with less than half a tank of fuel, only at highway speeds. Fuel pump replaced. 
107000 mi

US $200
Airbag light. Diagnosed as seatbelt pretensioner igniter. Entire seat belt assembly needs replacing, parts ordered. In current state, the airbags and pretensioners will not deploy. Parts ordered in previous trip installed. 
157000 mi

US $1000
transmission coolant leak 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

184220 mi

C $1500
Generator pulley 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Wagon

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

101000 mi

US $1100
Car would stall and electrical system would go mostly dead/flickering, with continous, rapidly clicking relay sounds. At first car would restart after a few seconds, but had a dangerous incident where car was stalled in traffic for 2min. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

175100 mi

US $1000
Complete suspension rebuild, new struts, springs, bushings, etc. 
374000 mi

US $358
passenger side window would not close 
379000 mi

US $500
starter 
386000 mi

US $1200
timing belt, tires, air conditioning 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

44640 mi

C $500
Check engine light, uneven idle ending in stalling the car. First repair cleared up the codes in the computer test completely, but problem reocurred couple weeks after at which time mass air intake meter (I thought it was sensor, but mechanic called ... 
54560 mi

C $180
Check engine light on again (goes off couple of days after oil change and computer codes reset for the past few years). Replaced one of the (intake?) hoses that had a cut on it and reset the computer. Another hose adjacent to it needed change per mechani Another intake (?) hose needed replacement per mechanic to resolve check engine light. Ordered part, to be replaced next time. The light came off again few days after replacing the hose per previous report for the same trip Rear windshield wiper starting to work always at the engine start time (regardless of switch position) and runs for about 2.5 time longer than if in intermittent mode, before stopping, but at random position on the glass, instead of the bottom end of it. Rubber seal that goes along the left side of the roof under the front and rear left door, had damage (holes) due to ice buildups during the winter that acted like a glue, causing soundproofing issues, but also freezing of windows and locks in winter 
56420 mi

C $1150
Replaced all remaining air intake hoses. Reset the codes.The check engine light came back on after a few days. I don't bother to take it to the mechanic anymore - I am deciding whether to change mechanic, or change the car, or ignore. Replaced the rubber seal/moulding Symptom: Noisy muffler/exhaust. Exhaust pipe was broken/torn. Replaced the complete exaust pipe, together with the catalytic converter. 
49000 mi

C $750
Check engine light on (same codes as previously reported), uneven idle when cold engine. Replaced parts: turbo cat-off valve, valve cover gasket & CAM tensioner gasket (both leaking per shop). Engine not reaching regular temperature and also growing much slower than usually. Replace Thermostat and temp.sensor. 
184000 mi

US $1100
new turbo charger, new antifreeze, synthetic oil change since turbo is cooled with oil and coolant 
194000 mi

US $920
Rack and Pinion. 
150000 mi

US $300
Flex pipe on catalytic converter assembly broke. Replaced myself in about 2 hours with basic hand tools. 
152000 mi

US $200
Cabin air filter was leaking on to passenger side carpet after oil change tech reinstalled it improperly. 
167000 mi

US $800
Struts, shocks, and suspension bushings were replaced by myself over the course of two days. 
176000 mi

US $2500
Plastic cooling neck on left side of engine ruptured, resulted in head gasket failure from lack of coolant. Replaced head gasket, head studs, coolant neck, timing belt & water pump since they had to come off anyways, milled head to fix warp. 
134740 mi

C $1000
Alternator died on a major highway 
136400 mi

C $500
Front right balljoint as well as FLCA bushings needed to be replaced. Bushings were basically gone and the balljoint made noticeable sound over bumps 
98000 mi

US $250
Replaced starter motor. Old starter motor was not disengaging immediately upon starting the engine. Had driven car w/problem for over a year prior to replacing the starter. 
99000 mi

US $100
Replace lower transmission mount. 
100000 mi

US $1000
Replace front struts, strut mounts, and strut mount bearings. 
104000 mi

US $700
Replace passenger side front axle due to torn CV joint boot. 
105000 mi

US $700
Replace Tie Rod Ends. Replace right rear wheel bearing. 
108000 mi

US $2000
Flywheel broke. Replaced flywheel, clutch lining, and rear main seal. 
119000 mi

US $800
Replace front struts, strut mount bearings, and sway bar bushings. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

112820 mi

C $157
diverter valve changed 
115000 mi

C $732
muffler and resonator with pipes and collets 
118300 mi

C $332
ABS and tracking system problem light indicated, right front ABS sensor 
119040 mi

C $332
left rear ABS sensor and general checkup 
120060 mi

C $1200
I had the ventilation box replaced with a used unit for approximately $1200. The heating deflection baffle was broken and could not be repaired without replacing the whole box. This involved taking all the dash apart and 7 hours of work. 
120900 mi

C $600
2 disks and one caliper with 2 sensors on the ABS 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

121900 mi

US $1500
Coilpack failure.  Broken waterpump. 
122600 mi

US $897
replacement of thermostat system and water displacement system (aka VR6 crackpipe). 
157000 mi

US $1200
Replaced timing chain, timing tensioner and clutch assembly. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

265000 mi

US $320
tensioner pulley wore out causing drive belt to rip off. New tensioner pulley assembly and drive belt installed. 
282000 mi

US $600
AC blowing out hot air not cold. Went bad during last summer month. Did not repair given cost and will not be using until next summer again. Living with issue for now. 
286000 mi

US $1200
front bumper defective (VW does not recall) this has occurred before. Bumper too low and EASILY breaks from holding latches/screws but stays on car, looks as if u were in accident, happens if go over any normal parking space concrete stop 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

67580 mi

C $1000
Steering column replaced 
178000 mi

US $1000
catalytic converter 
218000 mi

US $450
The car had a leak in one of the vacuum hoses and a bad 'mass air flow' sensor 
248000 mi

US $100
replaced ball joints and tie-rods. They were original equipment. 
261000 mi

US $700
cooling system leak motor mount 
317800 mi

US $381
There was a minor water leak and it was fixed.  
284800 mi

US $400
alternator went out 
319300 mi

US $150
lights in dash (speedometer, fuel gauge,etc.) when out. air condition stopped working 
332000 mi

US $1800
replaced compressor and fan. replaced timing belt 
342000 mi

US $600
alternator failed and was replaced. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

100000 mi

US $2400
Timing Belt and tensioner replaced, Water pump replaced, Accesory belt replaced, power steering fluid and transmission fluid replaced. oil pan replaced. oil dip stick and tube replaced. exhaust mid-pipe replaced 
102000 mi

US $500
Replaced both Tie-end rods, Sway bar bushings, and sway bar end-links. 
118000 mi

US $150
No cold air blowing when A/C is ON. Replaced A/C pressure switch/sensor replaced. 
129000 mi

US $6089
Transmission failed. Replaced with revised transmission and oil cooler.  Replaced control arm bushings and sway bar bushing for the knocking noise. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

135900 mi

US $1000
The water pump and auxiliary pump went out. 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

117800 mi

R 800
Engine mount replaced. 
119040 mi

R 500
Periodic non-starting. Suspected starter-motor. Repaired alternator, starter, installed relay to relieve load on ignition. Now suspect it may be immobiliser? 
124620 mi

R 1430
Suspension needed adjustment, and shock-tops needed replacement. 
130200 mi

R 400
Water pump malfunction: cam-belt was driving pump, but plastic impeller had been broken off. Replaced with new, all-metal pump. 
130820 mi

R 1500
Front control arms needed to be replaced again. Apparently only manufacturer spec works well. "Generic" parts gave in after less than a year! 

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

72540 mi

C $230
wiper arms jammed, replaces with new ones 1hr labour 
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

294000 mi

US $1500
Fifth gear spun on the shaft. Had some issues with syncros. So I just replaced the transmission. 
77000 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. 
170000 mi

US $1200
Replace compressor recharge system 
178300 mi

US $160
Turbo actuator rubber hose wear item broke and lost boost 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi

US $273
Left side O2 sensor expired after 10 years and 94,000 miles. Quick fix, I was on my way. Car was completely driveable even with the check engine light on. 
97000 mi

US $1000
Water pump failure, aged hoses, coolant leak. Serpentine belt done at same time. All replace and fixed. 
40000 mi

US $800
Replaced the A/C compressor in the car. 
42000 mi

US $500
Driver side computer chip was fried. Signals were getting crossed. Rear view mirror controls started locking and unlocking the door. The driver side window would not roll down. Replaced the computer chip. 
44000 mi

US $1200
Gear shift felt loose and it wouldn't lock into any position. There was a broken clip in the gear shift that needed replacing. Ended up burning out the clutch just trying to drive it a few miles to the shop. $50 part turned into big $$repair 
46000 mi

US $950
Repaired cracked thermostat housing, replaced thermostat, flushed radiator and replaced broken coolant impeller. 
US $600 Went in for an oil change and to check a coolant leak. Mechanic said their was a bad O ring on one of the hoses. Hard to get to, lots of labor. Didn't get it fixed. This car has been a cash drain. Traded it in for a Mazda 6. 
112000 mi

US $500
Left front and Right rear door lock modules failed and replaced. Doors would not lock and unlock properly. 
114200 mi

US $1400
Alternator failing causing electrical faults.  Coil Pack cracked causing misfires. 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

111000 mi

US $1300
2 emission sensors failed about the same time 
120000 mi

US $330
tensioner failed and caused serpentine belt to break therefore no alternator receiving power to work the power steering 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi

US $1300
Single trip, but multiple problems fixed. 1. A/C leak sealed, tested successfully. 2. Long overdue timing belt changed (first time). 3. Half-MIA OEM water-pump replaced with stainless steel after-market. 
98000 mi

US $500
1. Rattling/broken catalytic converter replaced. 2. Front shocks replaced. 
108600 mi

US $400
Replaced: Inner tie rod end, both outer tie rod ends, rack & pinion bellows kit. 
113600 mi

US $600
Leaking A/C, added dye, identified two leaks, two o-rings changed. 
125000 mi

US $500
Car shaking at low rpm, misfire codes, cracked ignition coil pack and wires changed. 
94000 mi

US $1300
New Clutch and flywheel 
108000 mi

US $600
Replaced wheel well covers on both front wheels due to damage from road debris. 
110000 mi

US $1200
Replaced worn tie rods. 
114000 mi

US $1200
Brake light switch. 
114000 mi

US $800
Replaced generator. 
142380 mi

C $500
Water pump leaking. Replaced timing belt and water pump. 
143220 mi

C $350
Wheel bearing replaced (Driver-rear) 
148800 mi

C $200
Ignition coil pack replaced 
158100 mi

C $650
Lower ball joint Left outer tie rod Rear brake pads and rotors. Rear right caliper. 
167400 mi

C $1100
Crankshaft sensor failure: replaced Radiator leaking coolant: replaced Rear bearing: replaced Damaged flex pipe, leaking exhaust gases: not replaced 

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

124250 mi

US $1086
replaced dead battery, faulty alternator & starter 
124491 mi

US $547
replaced cracked exhaust clamp 
127989 mi

US $417
oil leak repaired by replacing valve cover gasket, upper intake gasket, oil filler cap gasket, oil filler neck gasket check engine light came on. replaced vacuum pump hose & fuel filter 
143000 mi

US $300
axle seals leaking transmission fluid were replaced 
148800 mi

US $1009
check engine light - upstream oxygen sensor failed check engine light - thermostat sticking check engine light - ignition coil worn out inner cv boot cracked & leaking grease - replaced 
158500 mi

US $200
Replaced broken fan control switch. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta

Engine not specified

128340 mi

C $231
Ball joint 
129660 mi

C $1361
Spring broke, also replaced worn out shocks and struts. 
133700 mi

C $738
Fuel injector quit and needed to be replaced. Coolant hose had a minor leak and would lose about half a quart of coolant per month. 
136180 mi

C $288
Exhaust pipe cracked just before the muffler Oxygen sensor replacement 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

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

162440 mi

C $1200
Leaking water pump. 
163680 mi

C $157
leaking seal and gasket on oil filter housing where oil cooler attaches. It was leaking oil everywhere and getting worse each week. 
178800 mi

C $120
guide pins for caliper replaced and lubricated. This was preventing full release of pressure of the caliper and resulted in rotor warping. Rotors had to be replaced too. 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan

174-horsepower 2.8L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

78000 mi

US $2300
ignition coil, plug wires  water pump The retractable sunroof motor went out (the vent motor is good) - but it was going to be $1200-1500.00 to fix so we chose not to. 
93000 mi

US $553
Replace alternator - had done a self replacement of a battery in Dec/Jan and found the alternator wasn't working at full capacity. Dealer quoted $1250.00 - local repairman charged $550.00 

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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) Dealer fixed axle issue, car will not start, wanted new diagnostic charge for and additional $85, I refused and had the car towed home. found engine compartment disassembled and parts left in hatchback are 
184000 mi

US $1200
Original turbo replaced at my expense 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. 
191000 mi

US $1600
Turbocharger failed. Had turbo replaced. 
145000 mi

US $1800
Shocks, struts, front brakes*, trans fluid* tie-rod ends wheel bearing 
181000 mi

US $235
Frozen front brake caliper replaced. 
192200 mi

US $100
Hand brake cable replaced. 
193200 mi

US $900
Replaced engine cooling fan, serpentine belt Replaced alternator and battery,  
193000 mi

US $300
Two window regulators replaced. 
207700 mi

US $800
Replaced entire exhaust. 
159000 mi

US $145
The passenger window fell down for the 3rd time and was out of the 7 year extended warrenty by 2 months 
173000 mi

US $1000
Water pump and timing belt. 
212900 mi

US $900
I had the clutch replaced 

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1999.5 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

98000 mi

US $355
rear right ABS sensor replaced. 
101800 mi

US $970
The car was making awful banging noises from the passenger rear wheel with bumps. Replaced rear shocks, sway bar. Replaced parking brake cable. 
132000 mi

US $1100
AC condensor/clutch replaced exhaust leak with section replaced 

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

226300 mi

C $635
Replaced right front wheel bearing. Replaced valve cover gasket. Replaced tail pipe. 
230020 mi

C $450
Hose to intercooler split Valve cover gasket replaced (leaking) 
232500 mi

C $1400
Heater core replaced. Entire dash had to come out to replace the part. Very time consuming and therefore expensive. 

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Volkswagen Jetta Expensive Problems

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