4th Generation (2000—2005) Jetta Problems

Jetta owners with a 2000—2005 model year have the most problems with the engine (29%), interior (13%), and the windows (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Automatic Transmission Shifts Roughly 9 complaints at an average of 39,091 miles in the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta.
  2. Burns Oil 7 complaints at an average of 69,857 miles in the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta.
  3. Engine Failure Due to Oil Sludge 4 complaints at an average of 81,000 miles in the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta.

What Jetta Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Volkswagen model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 44 6 173 14.8
2004 44 4 121 13.39
2003 68 4 117 31.03
2002 55 7 119 20.14
2001 40 7 116 14.3
2000 80 5 116 18.11

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