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Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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 at the engine.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Volkswagen Jetta Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 29, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." CHILD SEAT ANCHORAGES INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE'S REAR SEATS MUST BE IDENTIFIED BY MARKINGS, AND THEIR LOCATION AND USE BE DESCRIBED IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL.

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Brakes, March 30, 2006

Summary: CERTAIN HYDRAULIC BRAKE HOSES, P/N 171.611.107B, SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR 1975-1985 VOLKSWAGEN (VW) RABBIT; 1985-1992 VW GOLF; AND 1980-1992 VW JETTA PASSENGER VEHICLES. POSSIBLE BRAKE HOSE RUPTURE COULD OCCUR WHICH FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 106, "BRAKE HOSES."

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Engine, November 29, 1995

Summary: IMPROPER MATERIAL WAS USED IN MANUFACTURING THE RADIATOR FAN MOTOR SHAFT CAUSING THE SHAFT TO WEAR AND BECOME NOISY.

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Engine, May 22, 1992

Summary: THE FUEL HOSE ATTACHED TO THE FUEL DISTRIBUTION RAIL ON THE ENGINE MAY SHRINK BEYOND THE CLAMP FORCE OF THE FUEL HOSE CLAMPS, ALLOWING FUEL TO LEAK.

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Engine, June 13, 2003

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Volkswagen has recalled certain 1998 Cabrio, 1997-1999 Jetta, and 1998-2003 Passat models because the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. This may lead to fuel leakage, which can result in a fire. Depending on the model, there are different solutions to the problem. Contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 for more information.

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Volkswagen Jetta Questions and Answers

ritbrown, 1990 Volkswagen Jetta, Gasoline, Cupertino, CA

We have managed to disconnect everything per the repair manual but as we try to pull the transmission out, the flange from the Output shaft is catching on the flywheel. No matter what contorted eff...

balerman33, 1990 Volkswagen Jetta, Gasoline, Saint George, UT

car when at stop light when i go to shift goes into gear but drags tried shifting into another gear and does the same 1st and 2nd seem to be the worst but other are following at times could low t...

ganggreen, 1990 Volkswagen Jetta, Gasoline, Saranac Lake, NY

does this car come with anti lock brakes does it come with automatic seatbelts and do the headlights come on automatically

limpper, 1990 Volkswagen Jetta, Hansville, WA

Car has 245.000 miles and nearly stalls when put into any gear. Replaced plugs, cap&rotor, tested coil, fuel pumps also. On very fixed income, what next ?

alexzaremsky, 1990 Volkswagen Jetta, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Columbus, OH

im trying to take my ignition switch out ive done drilled 4 holes in the mount and still cant get it out how does it come out? my fuel pump aint kicking on and the guy that had it before me changed...

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Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

TDI 2006, too many fixes including clutch, door wiring harness, secondary fuel pump, under body rubbers, hoses and motor camshaft

/ water pump has big issues.The water pump impeller is made of plastic and prone to leakage.It becomes highly expensive to replace, since anytime you replace the water pump,it is recommended to replace the timing belt.

Currently at 214,000 miles had minor issues. Two differant hoses, clutch and sensor for the exhaust. Currently the airbag light is on, been reset once after 3 months back on, dealer claims it the airbag controler but they tested it and is came passed all the tests.

I have replaced the engine after the timing belt leaped off. The radio keeps going into safe mode.VW never gave me the code with the radio. They now cliam to have to remove the radio to get the code. I will not be buying a VW ever again. when this one dies I will park it in front of Mayer VW of Larchmont and leave it there.
The car also locked the doors with my nephew in the car with the car off, while he was in the car seat. We had to break the window. VW says the car it fine.

Every component except the Engine and Transmission are cheap and unreliable. Everything from the Fuel system to the Lock tumblers falls apart. It is a never ending money suck. I feel unethical selling this car just knowing that something else is going to break the next time someone touches it.

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