Volkswagen Jetta Problems

Consider These

PainRank (?) Year Model Watch For
3.22 2016 Jetta transmission
11.43 2015 Jetta engine
12.08 2004 Jetta engine

Avoid These

PainRank (?) Year Model Beware Of
31.29 2006 Jetta interior accessories
31.08 2003 Jetta transmission
30.17 2009 Jetta engine

Generation 6

Gen Score

21.41 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. clutch failure in the 2015 at 12637 miles
  2. high pressure fuel pump stopped working in the 2011 at 58749 miles
  3. piston failed in the 2012 at 18641 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 5

Gen Score

24.51 PainRank™

Good Luck Avoiding

  1. ABS module failure in the 2009 at 80168 miles
  2. transmission failure in the 2006 at 111187 miles
  3. engine failure in the 2009 at 77337 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 4

Gen Score

18.38 PainRank™

Beware Of These Common Issues

  1. automatic transmission shifts roughly in the 2003 at 39091 miles
  2. burns oil in the 2002 at 69857 miles
  3. engine failure due to oil sludge in the 2003 at 81000 miles

Areas the Breakdown

Generation 3

Gen Score

6.7 PainRank™

Watch Out For These Problems

  1. axel failure in the 1998 at 25000 miles
  2. burns oil in the 1999 at 86525 miles
  3. shifts hard into first gear (automatic trans) in the 1997 at 91000 miles

Areas the Breakdown

NHTSA Information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency designed to "keep people safe on the roadways." Here's a look at the number of times NHTSA has recalled and investigated the Jetta.

Recent Jetta News

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.

Fix for 2015 2-Liter Diesels Approved

There’s been a lot of talk about diesel buyouts and fixes lately. But one group that’s been left out was what VW calls “Generation 3” diesel vehicles from the 2015 model year. But after 16 months of waiting, that’s about to change:

Volkswagen finally received approval to fix certain 2-liter diesel vehicles to make their emissions systems legal, at least for about 67,000 of the 475,000 illegal 2-liter “clean diesel” vehicles.

VW will remove the “defeat device” software and replace it with something a lot less cheat-y. Then sometime next year, VW will install new software in addition to a diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst and a nitrogen oxide catalyst.

Volkswagen Recalls Cars that can Lose Control

Volkswagen has a BS problem. Wait … I mean an ABS problem.

Volkswagen engineers found a fault inside the anti-lock brake system control module that can cause the module to fail whenever the electronic stability control or ABS system activates. A driver will notice warning lights for the brakes, the anti-lock braking system and the electronic stability control system.

The issue can lead to a sudden loss of control in the 2009-2010 Jetta, 2009 Jetta SportWagens, Eos, GTI, Rabbit, and the 2010 Volkswagen Golf A6.