Engine Misfire Due to Failed Ignition Coil, Spark Plug, or Ignition Wire on Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Description and Possible Solution

An ignition coil or spark plug may fail unexpectedly resulting in an engine misfire and possible illumination of the Check Engine Light. Vehicles equipped with spark plug wires may also develop a misfire caused by a failed spark plug wire.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 110,114 (16,285–380,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, 2.8L V6, 4 Cylinder
16 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
55 people reported this problem
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I was driving when loss power and motor felt like it was jumping. Engine light came on and off. The EPC light came on also. Diagnose that needs coils replaced and ground wire.
When ever it rains my jetta is almost impossible to start. I've replaced plugs,wires,cap and rotor button' I guess next step is to replace the coil???
I don't know what is wrong. I have the check engine light on. A tech at a mechanic shop told me its a misfire at cylinder #5. I need to be shown how to change whatever I need to change to get this fixed myself. It is too much money to have mechanics do the job. I also have the ABS light going on and telling me that ABS failure/failed in the dashboard digital display.
Engine started sputtering and shaking as you accelerate- feeling as if you were about to stall out and stop sign, light or while driving- car is serviced as book suggests but check engine light came on and daughter has car at school (drives it very rarely)- SAD that it was purchased certified used vehicle but couldn't make it to 45000 miles without a 600 repair- and then suggestion to do 2000.00 more in repairs even though we let VW dealer know we had already done the suggested service at each mileage point- very disappointed that VW really didn't live up to expectations. Never had a vehicle with so few miles require more than maintenance to perform. Not to mention this car has NEVER gotten the mileage that was promised by the dealership of 26 to 31 miles- if it ever got 18 mpg that would be a miracle.
pulled the wire that goes from distributor to ignition coil off while car was running, stopped running. put back on and it wont start at all
CAR WOULDN'T START WHEN IT WAS RAINING AND WOULDN'T START UNTIL AFTER IT HAD DRIED OUT..REPLACED IGNITION COIL
Engine light stays on all the time. I've had it fixed twice but it continues to come on.
Out of the clear blue sky, while merging onto the interstate my Jetta began to shudder. I felt a loss of power, the traction control light and EPC light came on. There was blue smoke billowing from my exhaust and a strong smell of gasoline. Once the ignition was turned off, it would not restart. It has been suggested the coil packs and plugs be replaced. It is extremely disappointing and alarming considering the mileage is so low, and the vehicle is so new.
Check engine light came on during a long road trip but I was getting the car inspected at the dealership the next day so I wasn't worried. They cleared the code and never said what the problem was. The check engine light came on again a few weeks later but by that point there was a noticeable loss of power. The car started misfiring and getting shakey. The code reader said there were 3 faults: the ignition coil, the spark plugs, and the wires. Oh, and we noticed a rubber clip had been broken sometime around when it was at the dealership; again without being notified.
coils continually failed, finally got rid of the vehicle
Check engine light came on, and a mechanic determined the coils should be replaced. However, they had already been replaced at some point because of a recall. I had the mechanic turn off the CE light, and after driving it 200 miles, it never has come back on.
Regular 2.0 not turbo.
Started to lose pick up and died engine light came on.
Engine light went of and drove ok for a day and did it again and again.
I took to dealership after changing spark plugs and wires.
They diagnosed a bad coil and told me they could see It arc with water spray.
I paid the $650 and haven't had any issues for a week.
keeping fingers crossed.
Cylinder 3 misfire
my car started up fine and when i went to take off i got to the end of the street let the clutch out while in nuetral and my car stalled and when i tried to turn it over it wouldn't start. my friend who is a mechanic figured out it is the spark plug wires and we replaced the distibuter cap plugs wires and everything seems to be back to normal :)))
I started my car this morning it was running rough as if there was bad gas as I started thinking on the freeway it lost all
Power and started running rough like it was misfiring on a cylinder or had blown head gasket. I checked oil no sign of blown gasket
Took car to shop had codes ran which were p0422 and p0301 which indicates ignition coil is out.
Same problem coil need to be replaced also spark plug an wires
Engine seems to idle poorly , engine light blink and stays on . Disconnected battery 20minutes rest . One day later same problem . Codes read for free at autozone . Car had a bad cool wire . I change plugs and coil wires car runs good . Note I found the number one coil wire was loose and not connected properly spark plug in number developed acid on tip where connection of coil and Sparkplug tip . Last Sparkplug change at vw dealership. Not sure if wire came loose or they did not snap into place . Hope this helps . Next I plan to change coil pack . I would recommended oem parts not any after market stuff.
Around 220K miles my vehicle started to misfire . Ended up being a bad coil pack that also blew my cat ,cat sensor,plugs,and wires .
Car running very rough, hesitating, no power going uphill. Dealer replaced engine coils, spark plugs, and turbo valve. $700
Engine sputters when shifting into high rpms.