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Volkswagen Jetta Odor From HVAC Vents

 
Volkswagen Jetta Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Average Mileage: 51,598 mi (6,000 mi - 107,000 mi)

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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.

  •  Rookie

    I thought it was just me...but since we had this car when you turn on the air it smells just like dog shit....I am fed up with VW

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    Car began to have smell of sour feet pour out of vents, a little.. at 15k miles. Avoided using a/c much until smell was horrible at 27k miles. Had dealer replace cabin/pollen filter @ that time. Smell still occurs and is WORSE @ 48k miles. I had dealership replace another filter 11/22/11. TODAY,11/29/11 went back to dealer b/c of smell... stronger and nasty. They refused to fix or look at car w/out committing to $98 hourly fee to diagnose. I called VW and was told the same thing!! They didn't fix it while under warranty and won't take ownership of their issue and correct it now. We will have to trade in our 09 Jetta to get away from the STINK and NEVER buy a VW again. That's pretty sad, when you buy a car b/c of a reputation they can't hold up to.

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  • Visitor, , 63,000 mi

    When you run the air conditioner, the initial air flowing into the car smells. I've replaced the cabin filter and the problem still occurs.

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  • Visitor, , 41,600 mi

    the smell seems to go away after a few minutes but comes back if either heat or ac is turned off then on really suck amd smells bad i wish i knew what to do

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  • Visitor, , 38,000 mi

    Just bought the 2009 Jetta 2 days ago from a dealer. The guy told us it was the wet carpets when we test-drove it. But since then we've tried airing it out and drying for hours with sun and wind, plus disinfectant, baking soda, vacuuming, cleaning carpets, with no improvement. As soon as you close up the car and get back in, it smells like a dead rat. Car is very clean in and out and detailed. So sad to spend $14,000 on a beautiful car and have it smell so bad!

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  • Visitor, , 20,000 mi

    Air conditioning smells musty almost all summer!

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    mildew smell coming through vents.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    Replaced air filter, smells like something died inside there, it comes on with heat and air

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    Just stinks when the a/c is turned on.

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  •  Rookie

    Heater Trick! I clearer the debris, there wasn't any. I changed out the cabin filter, and the smell came back the same day. So, now, until I sell the car, I throw on the heater full blast for about 5min. That cures the musky smell issue until I use the AC again.

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