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

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.

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Average mileage: 101,374 (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, 6 Cylinder
14 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
81 people reported this problem
34 people shared problem details
1999 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder84,254
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???
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo52,000
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.
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo44,300
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.
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder166,000
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
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2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.8L V6170,000
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.
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.5L 5 Cylinder91,000
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.
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder124,000
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo85,000
coils continually failed, finally got rid of the vehicle
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo48,000
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.
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Engine light stays on all the time. I've had it fixed twice but it continues to come on.
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder95,000
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 :)))
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1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder167,000
Engine sputters when shifting into high rpms.
2008 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder160,000
Check engine light came on and it shuddered when idling. Diagnosed as bad coil. Then 6 weeks later the same symptoms started again but it shuddered when driving as well as idling. Diagnosis code P0303. This time replaced all coils and spark plugs.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder67,000
Tried replacing coil wires and plugs still no idle ce light EPC light non operational
2011 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder380,000
Never fixed despite new ignition coil pack and plugs
2011 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo67,750
After two days of rain in a Southern California drought climate, I saw the EPC light come on while driving on the freeway. When I got off the freeway, the car was shaking severely while idling and had difficulty switching gears. After turning off the ignition, symptoms seemed to disappear. Code revealed Cylinder 4 Misfire. Dealer recommends replacing coil pack, ignition wires, and spark plugs.
2008 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.5L 5 Cylinder125,000
Cylinder 5 constantly melting, still diagnosing
2011 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.5L 5 Cylinder30,000
While driving the car will sometimes miss and sort of bog out. The check engine light will flash and the EPC light will come on. Sometimes the check engine light with stay on for a week at a time and then go off on its own. Sometimes when I try to start it it will start and then die out right away. But when I pop the hood and wiggle the wires that go to the coil pack it fires right up and runs great. I have brought it to VW and they said they cannot find anything wrong with the car.. It's having the issue more frequently now and I'm not sure what to do about it.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo37,000
Coil gone bad
2002 Volkswagen Jetta- 4 Cylinder102,000
Trouble starting the car when it is raining. When it does start, the car shakes and the check engine light comes on. There is a burnt smell. I ALREADY REPLACED THE IGNITION COIL. The problem still exists when it's raining.
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