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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,882 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.

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Sep 272001

Jetta

  • miles

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

I've come to my car several times and have found the brake lights on. After depressing the brake pedal several times, they come off, but managed to come on again after closing the door. More disturbing, however, is the fact that when the vehicle is on, your foot does not have to be applied to the brake pedal to shift out of park; it assumes your foot is on the brake. This is definitely not good; not to mention the drain on the battery. Have there been similar problems reported?

- Schwenksville, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252001

Jetta Diesel

  • miles
ABS light came on at startup, contacted dealer service and told them of the problem, asked if safe to drive. They replied yes without ABS. Drove 30mi home, stopped and shutoff car, 1minute later, large amounts of smoke from under hood and in cabin. Fire dept responded. No visible flame, but burned wiring was evident. Dealer has only confirmed so far that the ABS controller, pump and wiring harness has shorted out.

- Plainville, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 072001

Jetta Diesel

  • miles
The vehicle experienced a total brake failure. The pedal offered little resistance, and sank to the floor. An accident was avoided by emergency procedures. The throttle was also inoperative. After bringing the vehicle to a eventual stop, the brakes slowly returned to normal, mushy at first, then to original feel. Not an expert at diagnosis, but it would appear that the "brain" that controls throttle and the ABS systems experienced a temporary failure. No indicator lights were dispalyed to indicate any form of failure. Needless to say, this was an "exciting" experience for a couple of minutes!!!.

- Panaca, NV, USA

problem #3

Aug 072001

Jetta Diesel

  • miles

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

The vehicle experienced a total brake failure. The pedal offered little resistance, and sank to the floor. An accident was avoided by emergency procedures. The throttle was also inoperative. After bringing the vehicle to a eventual stop, the brakes slowly returned to normal, mushy at first, then to original feel. Not an expert at diagnosis, but it would appear that the "brain" that controls throttle and the ABS systems experienced a temporary failure. No indicator lights were dispalyed to indicate any form of failure. Needless to say, this was an "exciting" experience for a couple of minutes!!!.

- Panaca, NV, USA

problem #2

Feb 212001

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission replaced on February 8, and ABS sensor replaced on February 21. Brakes had failed.

- Orange, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 142000

Jetta

  • miles
While driving down at steep incline vehicle would not stop. Also, expierenced a problem while traveling at 50 mph, consumer tried to brake, and pedal went to the floor.

- Hertford, NC, USA

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