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.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,706 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 172004

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


I have a Volkswagen Jetta 2001 VR6 with a bad coil. I found an article from Feb 2003 released by VW saying all 2001 and some 2002 & 2003 models were being recalled for the coils. When I called VW they said in does not apply to my model. While searching the internet it seems this is common for those year and obviously the coil is faulty.

- Crystal Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 052004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,822 miles
Regular usage of car resulted in having to repair and replace the spark plug cables on my car.

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 142002


  • miles
Smoldering fire put out with fire extinguisher. May be related to antilock brake system recall. Will contact dealer and manufacturer.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

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

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