The Worst 2006-2010 Jetta Problems

Clock Spring Failure

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Volkswagen owners continue to have clock spring problems years after the parts were first recalled. The failed recall is under investigation, but in the meantime VW owners are staring at a disabled driver's side airbag, horn, and steering-w…

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Jetta Radio Problems

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There's a trend popping up where VW radios are fine one minute, then 'popping' before falling silent. This is particularly true in the 2010-2011 Jetta and once they're gone, they're gone for good.

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Defective Timing Chain

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Volkswagen’s EA888 2.0-liter engine has a history of tensioner problems that can lead to a loose timing chain and catastrophic engine failure. A series of lawsuits eventually led to a settlement that offers an extended warranty and potentia…

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Diesel Emissions Scandal

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Volkswagen has admitted to using a defeat device on its supposedly 'clean diesel' vehicles. The reason? To skirt around US emissions standards. This doesn't sit well with ... well, just about anybody. In fact, the only group who seems reall…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

5th Generation Jetta in the News

What Jetta Owners Say About This Generation

I was recently in an accident where I rear ended another car. I had enough braking distance to stop and I was driving at a reasonable speed, which was below the speed limit as I was nearing my exit. However, when the car in front of me stopped on the parkway, despite flooring my brakes, my car slid into the car and the ABS did not kick in at all.

By the Numbers

  1. 5 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 445 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 45th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 45 eligible generations.