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Volkswagen Jetta Problems

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Most Common Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
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 m...
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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1 Known Volkswagen Jetta Brakes Problem

The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

4 Known Volkswagen Jetta Drive Train Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

4 Known Volkswagen Jetta Electrical & Lights Problems

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 a...
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacin...

14 Known Volkswagen Jetta Engine Problems

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 m...
A damaged water pump impeller may cause an engine overheating condition. Our technicians tell us the repair should include replacement of the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the cooling system.
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.

9 Known Volkswagen Jetta Exhaust & Emissions Problems

Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.
The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a faulty oxygen sensor and/or coolant temperature sensor. Proper diagnoses will be required to confirm the fault.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.

2 Known Volkswagen Jetta Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

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 ...
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

0 Known Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance Problems

2 Known Volkswagen Jetta Miscellaneous Problems

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Drivers of the Volkswagen Jetta and GLI may experience a clunking noise associated with acceleration from a stop, or downshifting for hard acceleration. This will also be accompanied by a light imp...

0 Known Volkswagen Jetta Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known Volkswagen Jetta Problems & Complaints

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 ...
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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 m...
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Throttle body failure is not uncommon and can lead to shifting issues with the automatic transmission and other drivability concerns.
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 a...
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
2.0L turbo charged engines may develop a hesitation on acceleration and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light due to a failed high pressure fuel pump or a worn camshaft follower or camshaft. To...
The driver door wiring loom cracks and degrades with time due to weathering and frequent opening and closing of the door. This problem affects the normal operation of all electronic components of t...
One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacin...
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.
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