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6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,906 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.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 072003

Jetta

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

I was driving in the city. Heard a grinding noise in the rear of my vehicle. Brought car to mechanic. Was told rear caliper froze due to wearing of brake pads. The calipers had damaged the rear rotors. The car had to be towed to dealer. Rotors were replaced for a cost of $500, and I was told none of the repairs were covered under warranty.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 222004

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The brakes started grinding. After dealer inspected the brakes the rotors and calipers were replaced.

- South Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 272003

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,440 miles
Rear brakes and rotors were badly worn and required replacement at 23440 miles. Rear shoes were replaced at an independent garage as vehicle was out of warranty.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #4

Oct 202003

Jetta

  • miles

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

Vibration and grinding when coming to a stop the rear brake pads had to be replaced and the rotors.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 282004

(reported on)

Jetta

  • 18,900 miles
Consumer complained about a rear brake problem. Consumer heard a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. It was metal to metal grinding of the brakes. Pads and rotors were completely worn out.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 212004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After only 20,000 miles on my 2001 Jetta, a loud grinding noise began from the rear driver side wheel. There was no warning light, and no squeel prior to the grinding. After taking it to the dealer, they informed me that the rear pads and rotors would need to be replaced, at a cost of $375. They seem to want to blame it on me using the brakes too much. This is ridiculous. I also own a Toyota with 75,000 miles on it. The brakes on it are still the original.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 012002

Jetta

  • miles
Back brakes were grinding and rotors were replaced. Dealership mechanic told consumer that rotors were warped.

- Garden City, NY, USA

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