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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,837 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 012004

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,781 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact brought the vehicle to the dealer yesterday to have the mass air flow meter serviced. The contact stated that this failure has been ongoing for approximately three years and has become costly. The current and failure mileage were 115,781.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 022006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle looses power intermittently, at any speed. The vehicle was seen by the service dealer who determined an oxygen sensor may need to be replaced. The contact is concerned because the dealer was able to determine the cause of the problem without inspecting the vehicle. The dealer informed the contact that oxygen sensor failure was a common problem with the diesel engine. Although, the dealer determined a possible cause of the problem, the vehicle was not repaired.

- Union Springs, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 072005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,852 miles
The contact stated the check engine light illuminated. He took the vehicle to the dealer, who diagnosed a problem with the emission control and the mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor was replaced. However, a month later the same problem recurred. The dealer replaced the mass air flow sensor again. Since the second replacement there have been no further problems. This repair was not covered by the warranty, and the contact paid out of pocket for the repairs. Updated 11/29/2005 -

- Somerset , MA, USA

problem #10

Oct 012004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My check engine light has been on for several months. I have has my oxygen sensors replaced several times, but I am not sure how many. I lost track after 6 times. The dealer (faulkner Volkswagen), has told me everytime that the check engine light is caused by the oxygen sensors. I have been told by other mechanics that this fault in the sensors can cause a fire in the engine at anytime. When my check engine light comes on, I loose power in my car and sometimes it stalls even when I am driving it. With the vehicle stalling while driving, this is a potential hazard to other drivers on the road as well as myself. I have been reading many complaints about the same problem that I am having with my 2001 Jetta. I have not had any accidents or resulted in any injuries due to this yet, however, I feel that this is a matter that should be looked into.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 312004

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I own a VW Jetta 2001 VR6. I have had to replace my rear brake pads at only 20,000 miles to me a very premature wear problem. The dealer refused to repair them at no cost to me due to the premature wear of the brake pads. The repairs to the brake pads cost me $200. The check engine light has come on on the same VW Jetta. To find out I know have to pay $292.20 to have the maf sensor replaced on a car that has only 22,500 miles. I am trying to seek reimbursement from VW of America for these expenses. In addition this year I also had to pay $300 to have the passenger door latch repaired as the spring broke that allowed me to open the door with the door handle. Regardless, my car is kept in pristine condition, and in no way should I be incurring these type of repairs on a vehicle that has only 20K miles on the odometer. Please help me.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

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problem #8

Apr 302003

Jetta Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles
The mass air flow sensor failed four times and was replaced. A recall letter was received, and consumer was not satisfied. Fuel mixture in the vehicle was still defective. Also, frame on the seats broke on seven occasions and repaired by the manufacturer.

- East Windsor, CT, USA

problem #7

Jun 072002

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The maf sensor was replaced on my vehicle about 2 years ago. I replaced part myself after the dealer told me that this part was bad. I did not receive a service report for this troubleshooting. I purchased and replaced the part myself. 1.5 years later I received a warrenty extension letter from VW, stating reimbursment with receipt of charges, including VIN # and mileage. At the time I purchased the part, from a VW dealer, this info was not required to be on a part order. I supmitted this info in Dec 2003. In June 2004, I received a reject for claim because the receipt did not have this info on it. I believe that VW has done the warrenty extension to prevent an offical recall, but it has not been done in good faith. They set a requirement that their own dealers did not start on VIN and mileage on part orders, only on service orders, at the time. They have designed the system to fail. Under a warranty extension they do not have to report the number of rejected claims to you and it can appear that they are addressing the issue. I can understand this requirement for claims dated after the letter, but not 1.5. years before.

- Lebanon, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 262004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
My three year old Jetta had to be towed off of a major highway due to oxygen sensor failure. I already had one oxygen sensor replaced one year after purchasing this car.this has been a problem ever sinse I owned the car. This a major safety concern sinse the car is stalling out while traveing at high speeds. I feel that there needs to be a major investigation into why these vehicles are performing so poorly when they are still new. Everyone I know that owns a Jetta reports the same type of stalling and numeous other expensive problems. This is unacceptable for a $20000 product. On several occasions the dealer has not repaired the vehicle stating that there are no problems. The dealer has informed me that it is going to cost me almost $1000 to fix the problem and it is not covered under the vehicles warranty.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 122004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,253 miles
Check engine light O2 sensor, mass air flow sensor.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The consumer has had on going problems with the mass air flow sensor continually failing. The sensor has been replaced three times. Each time the sensor failed the vehicle lost power. The consumer received a letter from VW of America which extended the warranty of the sensor to 7 years or 70000 miles on Jetta's from 1999 to 2001. The consumer feels this is an improper solution to the problem. The front seat frames continued to break. VW have replaced them on the consumers vehicle 5-6 times under warranty.

- East Windsor, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 122002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Dealer mechanic stated that the air pump rusted and needed to be replaced. The car was garaged every night. Warranty on part expired at 24000 miles I have 31000.

- Rincon, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 022002

Jetta

  • miles
The vehicle sputters when you first start out and after sitting for a while and is started up again. I have taken it to the dealership where I purchased it from on 3 separate occasions. On the last trip to the dealership, they took it the the manufacturer for diagnosis. The manufacturer advised it was my mass air flow sensor. Once that was replaced my vehicle still experienced problems. On today 8/30/02 I took my vehicle to the manufacturer directly and was advised that the wiring that went to the maf sensor needs to be changed. Almost $600 later, spark plugs, fuel fiter, air filter, O2 sensors, mass air flow sensor and wires...........the problem is not as bad, but still exists. The dealer where the vehicle was purchased is upset that the manufacter did the last repairs and guaranteed the vehicle was fixed.........after letting it sit for 3 hours today, starting the vehicle, backing out of my driveway....and turning the wheel.........the sputter was back. I do want to go back to the manufacturer to get the vehicle repaired. But I do not want to pay $75 an hour labor for them to check the same problem over and over again, and pretty much just replace various parts. Has anyone else experienced this problem or one similar. What can I do to get my car repaired and not have to pay for the check out charge for the same problem?

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 242002

Jetta

  • miles
Discovered car was burning oil although it gave no indications. Told this was normal by dealer. Car almost stalled on three occasions under 20000 miles. Oxygen sensor was replaced after car almost stalled on major highway in front of oncoming traffic. Fixed after three seperate trips to dealer. Car has had all sheduled oil changes and maintainence sinse purchase.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

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