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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,708 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 Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 012010

Jetta 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 13 mph the ABS light and the traction control light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that there was a problem with the control module for the anti lock braking system. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that NHTSA recall campaign id number 02V031000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Anti lock) was related; however, the VIN was not included. A complaint was filed with the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. Updated 02/14/11 updated 02/22/11

- Roslyn, NY, USA

problem #11

May 262008


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact purchased a used car and, within the same week, it began to stall. The dealer could find no failures. She took the vehicle to another Volkswagen dealer and they gave her a list of all the failures. The list included the transmission, rattling in the engine, and the brake sensors. There are four different tires on the vehicle and each are the incorrect size. The contact stated that she does not have the money to repair all these failures. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Paris, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 092008


  • 61,100 miles
ABS/asr lights came on. Dealership said that I need a new ABS module and pump. After reading online, I have read that this is a common problem. Car only has 61,000 miles on it.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #9

Apr 032008


  • 120,000 miles


2001 Jetta. In traffic, a car stopped suddenly two cars before me.... I stopped in response and my brake pedal went to the floor - brakes failing, anti-lock system failing - and hit the car in front of me. My car was totaled.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

May 182008


  • 39,000 miles
We have a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta tdi that we bought in daytona beach, fl. The car has 39,000 miles on it. We recently experienced a problem with the brakes. We were on RT92 when the car started slowing down and would not go any faster; this is in a 50mph speed zone. My husband was driving and as soon as traffic would let him he got over in the right hand lane and all the time the car is going slower and slower. He decided to check the brakes and found the brake pedal down, putting his foot under the pedal he got it back up and then the car started moving faster. This car had applied the brakes all on its own. Then we stopped at a traffic light and the brakes would make a noise sounding like air brakes. We drove the car home (20 miles) that day and parked it in the garage afraid to drive it.

- Edgewater, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 182006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
We purchased our 2001 Jetta 1.8L turbo wolfsburg edition in Jan of 2003 from a certified used VW dealer. When we drove off the lot, not 5 minutes later, the turbo seemed to fail and we began to lose power, epc light came on, check engine light came on. We immediately took car back to dealer and they fixed problem. Everything ran fine until Sept 2003 our check engine light came on, shortly after we received notice that there had been a recall regarding ignition coils. We took our vehicle to a local dealership where they replaced the coils free of charge. This solved the light issue for a couple of months, then it came back on again, this time when idling fluctuating between 700 RPM and about 1500 RPM and stalling on occasion. We took the car to a local garage and they ran a diagnostics, cleared the failures to see if that solved the problem, which it did temporarily...ever since we have been running diagnostics trying to determine why our check engine light keeps coming on, each time the problem is temporarily solved. At first the mechanic thought it was the airflow sensor, but once they looked closer determined it was a different problem. We have had corrosion removed, connections cleaned, and our lambda sensor replaced. Now our car continues to run and idle poorly and sporadically, the car stalls when you slow, the turbo works on occasion, losses power when accelerating, when car first starts it barely moves with accelerator floored, brakes are very sluggish, sometimes really having to push to get car to stop. No one seems to know what the problem is. Everytime we take it in multiple errors pop up, last time there was 17 fault codes, mechanic keeps going down the list of what to check hoping to find the problem. The bill just keeps getting bigger and nothing has been solved. Recently think that the original issue and current issues are one in the same as symptoms are becoming more similar. Help!

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #6

Nov 152003


  • miles


Besides having many, many, many problems with my VW Jetta, I have found the absolute biggest one. While driving for a while...say 45 minutes or so depending on the day...the rear brakes lock up and stay on while still driving. It has been to the dealership three separate times to have this fixed and they say they can't get it to demonstrate the problem on their lame 10 mile test drive and has yet to remain fixed. They also tried to make me fix some other meaningless problems with the car under the guise of fixing the brakes which I did not agree to. I no longer feel safe in the car and refuse to drive it.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 302003

Jetta 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
"when the brake pedal was depressed from a cold start position, the vehicle failed to stop, which resulted in extended stopping distance.. the consumer stated there was damage to the vehicle as a result of the vehicle not stopping.

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #4

May 222003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The gear was hard to shift out of park and the brake sensor needed to be replaced.

- La Grange, NC, USA

problem #3

May 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,400 miles
My 2001 VW Jetta just rolled 30000 on the odometer. I have heard that there are problems with the brake pads on the rear of the car. I had to pay $350 to get the pads replaced and get the rotors refinished. I don't drive the car unusually hard and did not expect the brakes to go so quickly. Also, this past winter, all of the spark plugs were shot. This not surprisingly occurred right after the warranty expired. I have had numerous little problems with the car since I bought it. I am leaning toward never looking to purchase a Volkswagen again.

- Norton, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 022003

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Back brakes and rotors had to be replaced on my 2001 Jetta glx V6 which was purchased 08/01. I only had 23,000 miles on the car! at my 20,000 mile service no problems were mentioned. My check engine light came on too. I had to have my O2 sensor replaced under warranty. The warranty did not cover the brakes. I do not ride the brakes. 1 month after I bought the car I noticed that when I start it in the morning it makes a sound like and old junky car would. I had it to the dealer twice for this and they said its nothing and that's the way a V6 sounds! it only does it on the first start of the day. I am afraid it will end up being some very expensive problem in the future. 9 months after I had the car the arm rest came apart and had to be fixed under warranty. I will never buy another Volkswagen again and I would not recommend them to my friends who are md's and rn's and can afford nice cars.

- Towson , MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 242002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving the vehicle into her drive way she proceed to stop and brakes fail.consumer says that there is a recall out but does not include her VIN number.

- Chester, VA, USA

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