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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,328 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 152001

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Numerous problems with 2001 VW Jetta, purchased new in June, 2001.including : windows sporadically malfunctioning (when I called VW corporate as well as my local dealer, I was told that after the dealer evaluated problem I could be responsible for the labor charge depending on the outcome of their diagnosis!!); trunk latch has been replaced once (out of warranty) and now latch does not respond to remotes nor to the inside release on driver door; driver door lock does not respond to remotes nor to control on driver door (the other three door locks are presently functioning); interior coating on plastic door handles and center console began to peel within six months of delivery; center console latch broke long ago; check engine light comes on/off sporadically (brought car to certified mechanic but problem undiagnosed); a wax substance was constantly running into doorwells; VW dealer replaced coil, cables and buffer in response to rough engine idle complaint and I incurred all costs and inconvenience of car in shop, this at 72,000 miles, hazard lights malfunctioned; turn signals malfunctioned; now I hear of a brake light recall and an emergency light switch problem. I am just realizing recently that I am not alone with my Jetta problems, that numerous jjetta owners are having the same problems ( I researched on internet). VW customer service not helpful at all in resolving these problems.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #7

May 252007

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 132,500 miles
I have recently had the ignition coil on my 2001 volkswagon Jetta gls VR6 go bad again for the third time. This causes sudden power loss while on the road and could be extremely dangerous on highways or other high traffic areas.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 162005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Yesterday my 2001 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 started shaking slightly when I started it and at first I thought nothing of it, but as soon as I got out of the parking spot I was in the mil light (malfunction indicator light) came on and emission workshop started blinking on the little screen on my dash. There was a major loss of power when driving the car, I had to nurse it home! I have been reading up on these issues and apparently for vws and Audi's (certain models) of the years 2001-2003 have been having the same problem with the ignition coil. The sad thing is, when you actually call the VW service number they ask for your VIN and if your vehicle isn't in the span for that recall they do nothing to help you. Yet they are supposed to be working on fixing the ignition coil problem with all 2001-2003 models.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 162005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 51,120 miles


When I started my car to go to work, it started to misfire and run very badly. My husband took it to the dealer to have it checked out. It turned out to be a bad coil pack, #2 cylinder not firing. The technician told my husband that this is a very commen problem for VW. I did an internet search to find out how commen this was. To my suprise, this is extreamly common to VW. There was a recall on the 1.8 turbo motors but none on the 2.8 V6 motor. My concern is why no recall on 2.8 motor if this is so common on this model. Please reply. Thanks katja herrmann

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 082001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Consumer lost power when starting the vehicle. Also, when driving vehicle hesitated. The ignition coil was replaced at least twice on recalls. Manufacturer told the consumer to change the gasoline. However, vehicle still operated in the same manner.

- Clayton, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 312004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While starting up the vehicle engine check light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. This caused the vehicle to stall. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the ignition coil needed to be replaced.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 152003


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving and with no warning vehicle will stall, and it will be hard for the consumer to control the vehicle. The ignition coil has failed. Dealer notified.

- Southfields, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 102002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Number (4) coilpack on my 2001 VW Jetta wolfsburg went bad and the car was rendered undrivable until I used another form of transportation to get to a nearby dealer to buy a replacement

- Bound Brook, NJ, USA

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