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There are 1023 complaints over 32 Jetta model years. These can be broken down into 5 generations.

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Recent Jetta News

Two Jettas Have a ‘Freaky Friday’ Moment, Swap VINs

Did Volkswagen just have a Freaky Friday moment? According to CarComplaints.com, a pair of 2017 Jettas need to be recalled because their VINs don’t match up.

A VIN, which stands for vehicle identification number, is a unique 17 character code given to each car in the USA. It is used for tracking recalls, registrations, accident reports, theft claims, and insurance coverage. The VIN is displayed on multiple points on each car so they can always be checked against one another.

For two Jettas, however, their VIN markings don’t match the VIN plates near their windshields. Presumably because the two cars mixed up their plates. That is a legal no-no.

There’s no need to freak out, however. To VW’s credit, the automaker has already replaced the affected cars.

NJ Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue After VW Was Denied a Motion to Dismiss

Car owners think the time is right to hold Volkswagen accountable for their defective timing chains.

And despite VW’s best efforts, a timing chain lawsuit will continue in a New Jersey court after the judge denied the automaker’s motion to dismiss. The case is a combination of two other lawsuits in the state, both of which allege VW is concealing known timing chain defects that lead to premature engine failure.

Timing Chain Lawsuit Will Continue in Court. Image by Claire Anderson on Unsplash.com

You know that stack of papers they have you sign when you buy a car? Volkswagen’s argument for dismissing the case was a hidden clause that says all problems must be taken into arbitration and not in front of jury. Which, let’s be honest, is a shady thing to throw into a purchase contract. Luckily the judge ruled those agreements are between the consumer and the dealership, not the automaker.

While a few of the lawsuit claims were thrown own, this is overall good news for consumers who have dealt with (or are worried about) timing chain failure

Two 2017 Jettas Recalled for Seizing Engines

Whenever a recall is announced, there’s good reason to hold your breath. Especially when you hear Volkswagen is recalling the 2017 Jetta because its 1.4-liter engine can seize up. Well, breath easy friends – because this recall is for two vehicles. Yes, two.

Well breathe easy unless you’re one of the two unlucky ones. Then you should probably breathe fire.

Volkswagen is giving two choices to the two owners (or one owner if they own both Jettas): VW will replace the engine block in the vehicle or buy back the vehicle. However, Volkswagen didn’t say what will be paid for the new Jetta.

And while you’d think this would be the smallest recall in history, Kia says step aside, amateurs.