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Volkswagen Jetta Ignition Coil, Ignition Wires, and Spark Plugs May Fail

Volkswagen Jetta Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2011

Engines Affected: 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

Average Mileage: 107,555 mi (48,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 84,254 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 52,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 5 Cylinder, 91,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 166,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 124,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 85,000 mi

    coils continually failed, finally got rid of the vehicle

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  • Visitor, , 67,000 mi

    Engine light stays on all the time. I've had it fixed twice but it continues to come on.

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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 95,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 48,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 91,996 mi

    Whenever I stepped on the gas quickly the car started jumping. Engine light came on and off and if I didn't let up the EPC light would come on. The problem continued to get worse and worse until anytime I stepped on the gas it would sputter. Had to replace the ignition coil replaced and ground wire. After one dealer told me it only needed an injector cleaning service.

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