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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2001 Volkswagen Jetta

2001 Volkswagen Jetta

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.

Engine -- Verified

A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 29, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." CHILD SEAT ANCHORAGES INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE'S REAR SEATS MUST BE IDENTIFIED BY MARKINGS, AND THEIR LOCATION AND USE BE DESCRIBED IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL.

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Brakes, March 8, 2002

Summary: ON SOME PASSENGER VEHICLES, SHORT CIRCUITS CAN OCCUR WITHIN THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT OF THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS).

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Electrical & Lights, April 27, 2007

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER, WAGON, AND CONVERTIBLE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH OR WITHOUT CRUISE CONTROL, A BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH MAY MALFUNCTION IF IT WAS INSTALLED INCORRECTLY.

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Electrical & Lights, April 30, 2004

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Volkswagen has recalled certain 1999-2002 Jettas because a brake light switch may malfunction. This can cause the brake lights to become inoperative or remain on. This recall has been superseded by 06V-183. Owners who have had a remedy performed under this recall should return to their dealer for the redesigned remedy.

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Electrical & Lights, March 31, 2005

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE HAZARD SWITCH AND FLASHER SYSTEM FUNCTION MAY DEGRADE OVER TIME BECAUSE OF DISTORTION AND MATERIAL TRANSFER OF THE CONTACTS OF CERTAIN HAZARD SWITCH RELAYS WHICH OCCURS DUE TO SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED ELECTRICAL CURRENT LOAD FROM HIGHER WATTAGE TURN SIGNAL BULBS.

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Questions and Answers

catbowyer, 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, 4 Cylinder, Houston, TX

I took my Jetta in for inspection. The check engine light was on. It was running great. Mechanic said it needed new vacuum hoses. They changed it and the light was still. They told my wife...

Whitey_2, 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Shelbyville, IN

WHEN USING THE AIR CIRCULATING BUTTON THE BRAKE LIGHT COMES ON AND A LOUD BEEPING NOISE GOING DOWN THE ROAD. WHEN THE BUTTON IS OFF NO PROBLEMS.

Magpei, 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, Brooklyn, NY

I am having a strange electrical issue. The car seems to think the drivers side door is open. The small light at the bottom of the door stays on at all times, and when I start the car I get the bee...

chasonique, 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Houston, TX

Hi I have 2001 VW Jetta ac is hot, took it to meineke and they said there were no leaks car is full of freon and that there was an electrical problem. Donot know what this is but I live in Houston...

daniel.dands, 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, 4 Cylinder, Houston, TX

WHERE DO I CHANGE THE ATF FOR MY JETTA? IS IT THE SAME AS A PASSAT? IS IT SEALED? SOMETIMES THE REVERSE DOES NOT WORK AND IT IS MAKING SOME NOISE LIKE A RATTLER

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Every component except the Engine and Transmission are cheap and unreliable. Everything from the Fuel system to the Lock tumblers falls apart. It is a never ending money suck. I feel unethical selling this car just knowing that something else is going to break the next time someone touches it.

purchased in 2001 volkswagen jetta 1.8 turbo gls.... nothing but humongous piles of s***... I have had the car for 32 days and the other day it started getting hot check engine light coors light came on... replace oil cooler and a timing belt serpentine belt... water pump... twice I've had to fix oil cooler because of oil keeps going into my overflow.... now it's going out and it's very sluggish I'm having so many problems with this car I would rather smash into 1,000,000 pieces everdrive another 1..... goto everybody thinking of buying a volkswagen jetta please thank again because I bought mine for 4500 can I put 1200 into it and counting is sitting in my driveway and I haven't been able to drive it is a huge pile of crap... not to mention the handle on the driver door is broke off the glove compartment clippers broke up orders broke speakers blown in the center console is broke.... if anybody has had problems please let them on here because I know everybody I know has these problems everyone who talks about off so I can talk about how big are piles of s*** they are

Worst piece of crap i have ever owned......will never...EVER...buy a Volks again........plastic propeller for water pump broke into pieces at 80K......been nighmare ever since......one thing after another.....coil packs.....sensors.....top end rebuilt....both fans replaced....front cowl......got a glove box full of repairs.....prolly spent 5-6k in repairs since bought it.........has 150k on it now......manifold leak now.....been sitting last 2 yrs....until i decide on next move.....figure if i dont drive it....nuttin else will break...

This car, even though it is well taken care of, just seems to fall apart. I will never buy a VW again.

My 2001 Jetta was new when I got it and 9 years later, I really haven't had any problems with it..But as I'm reading other ppls stories I felt the need to give some advice. They "Crayon" smell is just a sign the cabin filter needs to be replaced..It actually never bothered me but of course it was a "suggested" replacement when I needed my air conditioner serviced because it wasnt cold..It just needed freon..But the Cabin filter is an inexpensive replacement if the smell bothers you.
One day my engine light came on and the shop I brought it to said my whole catalytic converter needed to be changed based on the error message the diagnostc test gave. It was so costly I nearly started to cry..But I always call around and get other estimates & it turns out there was a recall on the switch that causes that sensor to go off.. A FREE change at the dealer.
As I went to get an oil change last week, the shop told me I needed to change the front control arm on my car b/c the bushings were worn. As the LOOK of horror could be seen on my face, the mechanic advised there is a CHEAPER route & that was to just change the bushings since my control arms were not bent..(And why would they be, Ive never been in an accident or hit a curb too hard). But just an indication, they price on the bushings the repair ship gave was $112.56 EACH, and I just bought them for $11.56 ea, $25.00 WITH tax for 2..
My point of all this is...Don't believe anything a mechanic tells you! Their job is to make money prey on ppl that dont know any better!! i know nothing about cars much less German cars..Ive had American, Japanese and now German & I love the ride of my Jetta! Get second opinions and find a mechanic you can trust! Buy a maintenance bood and make easy replacements yourself! You'll save a boatload of money and you'll LOVE your Jetta as much as I do!

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