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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 162001


  • miles


Vehicle was parked for over four hours when it suddenly caught on fire. Fire department was called, which determined that brake lights housed within tail light assembly shorted out, melting wire and caught on fire. Consumer has contacted manufacturer, which sent out a factory representative.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 162001


  • miles
The brake lights spontaneously ignited while the car was parked in an apartment parking lot.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 011999


  • miles
While driving over a bump and key moved all head lights turned off because of electrical wires shorting out through ignition system. Manufacturer had been contacted, and they said just to move key and head lights will come back on.

- Kalilva-Cona, HI, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998


  • miles
Security remote, door locks, and panic button failed.

- Auburn, ME, USA

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