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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1998 Volkswagen Jetta:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have been trapped inside the front seat of this vehicle. Both front doors will occasionally not open from inside or outside the car, even with the doors unlocked. This is an intermittent and unpredictable problem that I feel is quite dangerous. These vehicles should have been recalled and had the door locking mechanism replaced.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #5

May 012006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1 miles
Like others, I have had the ignition coil replaced. This happened after the warranty expired, of course. I have also had electrical problems with the windows (regulator and motor) for all of them. Now, my check engine light is flashing and the car is sputtering. I know the secondary air intake valve needs replacing but it did not cause problems. Now I'm wondering if something new is wrong"?" also, I was having problems with losing coolant and had to continuously replace antifreeze. After fixing what I thought was a small leak the entire system will not produce cool air! this car has been nothing but problems and VW should look into all of these complaints.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 102004

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph driver noticed that the front left tire was flat. Suddenly, the vehicle stalled. Driver was not able to restart vehicle, and noticed fluid leaking from underneath. Vehicle was towed home.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 011998

Jetta

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving headlights were dim. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer. Consumer found there were alot of complaints regarding the headlights. Consumer had to replace the bulb with higher waltage. There was also a problem with the passat. However, the problem was electrical.

- Saint Thomas, 00, USA

problem #2

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning the ignition on electrical components do not work. The headlights don't come, and heater doesn't work. Consumer believes it is an electrical problem.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

May 231998

Jetta

  • miles
Vehicle has experienced two electrical system failures.

- New York, NY, USA

Not what you are looking for?