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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

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2008 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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Condensation in the heater case may cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is available for the heater case and the drain system should be checked for debris.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, June 30, 2009

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Volkswagen has recalled 2006 Jetta models with 2.01 engines because the fastening screw contact surfaces on the driveshaft cover plate may not have been manufactured to factory specifications. Some screws may not have been properly torqued and could loosen over time, even to the point where the driveshaft detaches from the gearbox. If the vehicle is moving when this happens, the damaged gear box could leak oil onto the street, creating a hazard. Dealers will inspect the driveshaft screws and replace the screws free of charge.

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Engine, December 14, 2010

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Volkswagen is recalling certain 2007–2009 Jetta, Jetta Sportwagon, Golf, and Rabbit, as well as 2006–2010 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles equipped with a 2.5L gasoline engine due to a possibly damaged fuel supply line. Under hood fasteners may chafe against the fuel supply line, resulting in a fuel leak. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will perform vehicle-appropriate inspections and repairs in order to protect the fuel supply line from chafing damage.

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Questions and Answers

KathyH, 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, Anchorage, AK

Why does it cost so much just to change the air filter? Can I do it myself?

flathead, 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Lagrange, IN

On the bottom of the oil filter canister is a plastic screw cap. When you unscrew the cap,nothing comes out. What is it for?

SHAWNCARANO, 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Tucson, AZ


rrspdx, 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Salem, OR

Where can I fine a complete fuse diagram for my 2008 Jetta? The owners manual only have a partial diagram.

Visitor, 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, 4 Cylinder, Berlin, NJ

How do you change the rear light bulbs? I'm squeezing the clip and the assy. won't come out. The connectors are a b*tch to unclip. I'll never take a car to a dealer to change a f...

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Just bought my 2008 SE 2.5 6 speed Auto last week. Got a solid deal from a VW dealer in central NJ. Certified/ balance of BTB Warrantee till June, 2012, then 2/24 over that. Drive is excellent. 170 HP with good PEP. Seats are comfortable. Good features overall. Blue lights on the speedometer/tachometer look very sharp at night. Nice sounding radio. I love the AUX hookup for my little IPOD Shuffle. CONS: whats with the lack of a middle setting for the headlamps/ interior lights? Not alot of storage space for the wallet & misc etc. That darn VW brake dust on the alloy rims!!!!! (GRRR) The power door locks arent working correctly. Took it in today to a local VW Dealer, they say they replaced (2) latches. The doors still dont lock right & did not lock at all on the highway today.

I bought this 2008 Jetta 2.5L new with minimal options. The car is quick, it handles well, and the brakes are fine for most driving situations. Fit and finish are pretty good, there are no rattles or major interior issues after 3 years. The cloth seats are a little hard under the knee but reasonably comfortable for trips under 4-5 hours, I should have gone with leather and the cold weather package.

Pros: Quick, reliable and economical engine, the car goes where you point it. This is a good commuter car, fill the tank 3/4 once a week and no worries. Not too bad in snow without snow tires, though I'd recommend you not risk getting stuck. Fairly good value for the money.

Cons: Electrical issues with lights, trunk sensor (2x) and driver side door harness. At 90k miles a small oil leak at back of the engine (main seal). For some reason, VW thinks it is a good idea for this Jetta model to run an aux air pump/compressor (A/C) for 15-30 sec. at virtually every engine startup -- regardless of recent A/C use. The thing sounds awful when you start an engine that would otherwise idles quietly.

I've had no problems with my Jetta and everyone compliments me on the looks. My brother is the only other person that has driven it and commented on the brakes being better than his Cadillac. Love it!

I bought my 2008 jetta brand new, and loved this car. At 50,050 miles, 50 miles past warranty the air conditioning blew up and will cost $2,300 to fix. VW would offer no assistance since it was 50 miles beyond warranty. At the same time of the AC blowing up the from windows will no longer go down, which is awesome in this east coast heatwave.

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