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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Problems

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Most Common 2008 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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0 Known 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Brakes Problems

4 Known 2008 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.

2 Known 2008 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...
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...

7 Known 2008 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...
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.

1 Known 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Exhaust & Emissions Problem

Popping sounds from the rear of the vehicle may be heard moments after starting the engine, or when slowing to a stop. This noise is from the leak detection pump filling the fuel tank with air, and...

2 Known 2008 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 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance Problems

2 Known 2008 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 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Problems & Complaints

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...
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the valve cover gasket is also common.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
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...
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 ...
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 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...
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
The 2006-2016 Jetta uses FSI and TSI direct injection engine. These engines are subject to carbon buildup in the intake system which can cause power loss, OBD codes and a check engine light, and a ...
Popping sounds from the rear of the vehicle may be heard moments after starting the engine, or when slowing to a stop. This noise is from the leak detection pump filling the fuel tank with air, and...
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 flywheel for the 2006-2008 Volkswagen Jetta with the 2.0L Turbo engine is a non-conventional "Dual Mass" flywheel. It is known to make light rattling noise when the engine is cold, and should s...
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.
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