Close

1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problems

Find the most common issues based on 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI owner complaints.
Tap theto learn more about the most common 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI problems.

Most Common 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more

Common 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Repair Estimates

Looking for a particular 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI problem?

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Brakes Problems

2 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 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.

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Electrical & Lights Problem

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...

3 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Engine Problems

Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Exhaust & Emissions Problems

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

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

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Maintenance Problems

1 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Miscellaneous Problem

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

0 Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Suspension & Steering Problems

8
Known 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problems & Complaints

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.
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...
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
Researching a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?
Get maintenance costs, reviews, recalls and more.