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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,082 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta fuel system problems

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 292012

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles


I drove through little stagnant water about 6 to 8 inches on perimeter rd. West. After driving through the water, the car began running and idling roughly. The car eventually stalled on perimeter rd. West, immediately South of the blue plains tunnel site. A passing driver honked and yelled to get out of the car because it was on fire. We witnessed flames coming from the underside of the vehicle.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 172011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles
My car smells like gas so bad that I get a headache. Dealership says they do not know what is wrong. No incident but I know most Volkswagen vehicles have this problem. The gas smell must be toxic, so this seems like a safety problem.

- Lincoln , NE, USA

problem #5

Mar 222010


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen golf. When driving at various speeds, the contact would notice a strong gasoline odor coming from the rear interior seat area. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the fuel pump was replaced. The failure and current mileages were 95,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009


  • 101,000 miles


The check engine light came on and every time you fill the gas tank up all the way, fuel spills all over the place. The engine light was diagnosed at the mechanic who stated the leak detection pump needed to be replaced. I contacted the vehicle dealer to obtain the pump in early August 2009. They did not have one in stock so I placed an order for one. The dealer said they put a rush order on it; however, it is now December 2009, the part remains on backorder according to the dealer and I am unable to resolve the pump failure. We are still unable to fill the fuel tank with gasoline pouring out all over the ground.

- Holliston, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 282005


  • miles
My 2001 Volkswagen Jetta has always had a burning crayon smell and has been getting worse. I thought it was only my car until I looked online and saw that there are many complaints on different forums about the same thing. The main concern is if this smell is toxic. On days that the smell is worse I tend to get a headache. Please help.

- Allen, TX, USA

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problem #2

Apr 242008


  • 70,574 miles
Smell of gasoline inside vehicle for 2-3 days. Noticed gas mileage was extremely bad - had traveled 100 miles and used 1/2 tank of gas. Took vehicle in to dealer for diagnostic. Dealer stated fuel line was completely corroded, fuel pump to sending unit - gas leaked into car's trunk & rear seat carpets. Dealer replaced fuel pump, filter and cleaned carpet - total charge of just over $1300. Requested old parts but dealer claimed they were thrown away.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 292003


  • miles
Mil light on with rich fuel mixture odor fuel pump relay was replaced driver side mirror defrost not working O2 sensor was replaced again air mass meter replaced again.

- Augusta , GA, USA

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