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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,235 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 212008

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Multiple failures of radiator fan, leading to multiple replacements; multiple failures/replacements of oxygen sensor and mass flow sensor; misdiagnosed replacement of catalytic converter; water leakage into interior of car; incidents starting occurring in 2004, latest in March 2008; number of failures is an average of 3 for each noted problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 162007

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,322 miles
My catalytic converter has gone bad and VW has an extended warranty for this however because my car has the V6 engine I am told that I am not covered when my VIN number is included in this campaign. Dealer has verified the problem but declined service based on engine size.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 162007

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I received last month a recall notice dated May 2007 from Volkswagen America for the 2001 Jetta V6. It was for a problem with the electronic control module (ECM) software for the catalytic converter monitoring system. I was instructed to go immediately to a Volkswagen dealer for repair. I made an appointment and brought the car yesterday to the local dealer, santa monica Volkswagen. The service team informed me that Volkswagen, had unannounced to owners, closed the recall because it had yet to work out a permanent fix for the problem. Volkswagen America should have sent owners who'd received the original recall notice a letter informing them not to act on the recall, not to bring their cars in. This problem with the ECM software has resulted in the vehicle for years, having the check engine light permanently illuminated. Volkswagen never informed owners of this. As a result, I spent several hundred dollars with my own mechanic, not Volkswagen dealer, trying to solve the problem. Overall, I have been highly dissatisfied with this recall. I continue to drive a car with this defect. Wasted a morning yesterday at the Volkswagen dealer because of an erroneous recall notice sent to me by Volkswagen, and I have already incurred significant expenses trying to solve a problem that Volkswagen has known about, evidently, for many years without acting.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 202007

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,200 miles


- the contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta gls. The engine light stays on constantly and the dealers stated that the oxygen sensor and the spark plugs are the cause. The contact stated the sensors were repaired prior to the failure and a week later the engine light has been on since the repair. The contact stated that there is a safety recall, which it does not include her VIN. The vehicle is currently at the dealer and the contact is requesting a part malfunction investigation with the manufacturer.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 212005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,300 miles
82,5310.00 just replaced the catalytic converter. We have always had some type of an electrical problem from the beginning. Cd player and stereo. Cd lcd panel would say no cd in which you would have a cd in the jacket if you kept pushing the button sometimes it would work. At times you can only read half the call letters for stations. Rolling down back of the windows you would hear a very loud pressure thumping noise. So loud you could not roll down the window in the back. When you would take the car in. Mechanic's always said, it was basically our imagination.

- Round Hill, VA, USA

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problem #2

Jan 032005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
I just recently had to replace my catalyst system on my 2001 VW Jetta. The car stauled on my way to work, so I had it towed to the nearest VW dealer - cooley Volkswagen, in N. greenbush NY. They found misfire codes and catalyst system. They also advised me that the coil pack and tune up were needed to correct misfires. My question and concern is: Why did I not receive a warning light on some signal to advise me of any problems that might be occuring. This would have possibly alerted me to get the car into a VW service shop as soon as possible.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

problem #1

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

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