Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012002

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The front disk brake rotors were undersized in diameter. This allowed the disc brake pads to wear in a manner that allowed the pads to contact outside of the rotor and result in reduced pressure on the rotor. Photographs of the problem are available. Brake fading and loss of breaks from overheating on mountain roads then occurred. The car model is a Volkswagen Jetta tdi model year 1998. The car was bought used but it would be unlikely that the disk rotors would have been replaced with less than 80000 miles.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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