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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,546 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jan 102003


  • miles


Consumer stated while driving at 40mph the engine makes a severe noise and then a vibration is felt as if the engine is loosing power, which was due to a faulty engine coil pack that went bad. Dealer was notified and will change only one coil. Duke gold's speed way Volkswagen dealer, will not replace the coil at least in the following next 3 weeks because there is a national back order.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 042003


  • miles
Consumer stated while driving at any speed and without warning the engine failed and lost power and it was difficult to control the vehicle.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012003

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Purchased new 2001 Jetta in August of 2000, gls 2.0L engine and it has always been burning/losing oil. About 1 qt evey 1000 miles driven. Cannot understand and oil consumption test by vwof a in July of 2002 said it was normal even after breakin period. Car currently has 46,000 miles. I am pissed off still and I am basically putting a quart of oil in every month plus 2 oil changes a year. This normal oil consumtion is costing a fortune and this was never disclosed to me when I purchased the car new. No mention of it in the service manual and vwof a has a tsb out there but I would like to see a new engine.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 092002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles


I had a coil pack burn out on my 2001 VW Jetta - it has 21000 miles. It appears to be a known problem and many people are experiencing this failure. VW (and Audi) will only replace coils when they individually burn out. VW/Audi should recall and replace all coils either at the time of burn out or before it becomes an issue. The number of people who have had this problem suggest that the coils are either defective or the design of the vehicle is faulty. The manufacturer should be responsible for this even if the vehicles warranty has expired.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 182002

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,985 miles
The consumer states that while driving and with no warning, the vehicle jerked and lost power. Dealer notified. Mr the consumer states that the vehicle has had several transmissions replaced in a year-feels that the vehicle is a lemon. Scc

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving down road at 55 mph vehicle loss all power due to a fuel pump failing with no warning. Vehicle is also consuming oil possibly due to -O- ring being misseaded during manufacturing.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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