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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
151,102 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. moisture getting in ignition cap - replace (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1996 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 052005

Jetta GL 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,203 miles


Car won't start when it's wet, especially when it rains or I wash the car. It will crank but it will not fire up or run. Come to find out from my VW tech, that when moisture got into my old ignition cap it would stop the ignition from working. He also said that the new Bosch ignition cap comes with a black plastic cover that should be taken off and thrown away. This protective cover apparently does more harm than good and traps moisture which causes the whole problem to occur again down the road. It runs and starts fine in the wet now.

- , Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 032007

(reported on)

Jetta GL 2.0

  • Manual transmission
  • 200,000 miles

When raining, the car cuts off while driving. May run but then dies. Have replaced the purge valve. The OBD2 scan shows pending O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response(Bank1 Sensor1) & System too Lean(Bank 1). Could either be the problem. NEED ANSWER. THANKS

- , Gladys, VA, USA

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