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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,810 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 282006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,000 miles

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

After receiving the vehicle from an auto shop the battery was dead. I had them jump start it and the airbag dummy light came on as soon as the car started. It beeped and said airbag fault on the dash. Then the turn signal system started to simulate the sound of the turn signal as if it was on. First it was after I completed the turn it would stay on and speed up or slow down the clicking noise. Within a month it started doing it while I was driving straight down the road. I am unsure if the turn signal system is working properly. Sometimes the flashers don't seem work at random as far as I can tell from the drivers seat. I had a dealer reset the airbag fault but they said that they "think" that we need to replace the multi-function switch on the side of the steering column. I'm not about to spend 500 dollars on something that the dealer isn't even sure of themselves.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #9

Feb 052007

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,500 miles
Turn signal on 2001 VW Jetta operates at random or not at all. This condition began occurring following the repair of a malfunctioning brake light switch (recalls 06V183000 & 04V096000). Signals failed to turn on, or turned on with sporadic functioning. Volkswagen service indicated this was caused by a shorted hazard switch. Hazard switch was replaced for a cost of us $131.55. Dealer indicated a recall was issued for this problem (recall 04V584000) however indicated vehicle does not qualify under the recall despite having an identical issue. If find it utterly ridiculous that Volkswagen will not cover the cost of repairs given that the identical problem is recalled for other Jettas. In addition I find it morally unacceptable as Volkswagen is putting drivers at risk as intermittent or inoperative turn signals is a safety concern: Failure to provide the proper signal when turning or performing a lateral move could lead to a crash without warning.

- Madison, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 012005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta developed problems with the turn signals. The consumer experienced the same problem as outlined in recall 04V584000. The emergency light switch was replaced under warranty, however when the problem continued, the dealer told the consumer the turn signal light clicking on without his control was not covered under warranty.

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

problem #7

Mar 092005

Jetta 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,973 miles

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

Turn signals would not work, taken to dealer, and they said it was the hazard flasher. They replaced this part. This is now working. Consumer received recall notice and send in paper work for refund. Now they insist that she take her car back to the dealer for inspection before they will refund her.

- Decator, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 102005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Turn signal/emergency flash light failed, airbag warning light turned on and stayed on.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

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problem #5

Jan 012005

Jetta

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The flasher and warning lights are inoperative due to the hazard warning switch recall defect 04V584000. The VIN is not included.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 102005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,555 miles

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

My 2001 VW Jetta, VIN 3vwsb69M100479, experienced turn signal failure due to a defective hazard warning flasher/switch. This switch is subject to recall id 04V5840000. Volkswagon has told me that there is no recall for my vehicle for this problem. The failure is exactly as described on the web posting for this recall. Is there any criteria related to this recall which excludes my vehicle?

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 142005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Paaseneger side turn signal malfunction in December was repaired by dealer. All turn signals and hazard lights dead as of February 11, 2005. I saw some postings about a recall on an internet site. The dealer has no knowledge of the recall and the manufacturer has not recalled the vehicle yet. The NHTSA web site lists this problem to be recalled this month.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 102005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer contacted the dealer and the manufacturer and was informed that NHTSA recall 04V584000 on the hazard switch does not exist.

- Crestline, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,075 miles
The turn signals, once activated, would stop working even though they were in the active mode. I took it in to the dealership on November 5, 2004 and one of the mechanics in the service bay said it sounded like the hazard switch relay and that a lot of people have had a problem with that. They wanted to charge over $100 to replace-- because they said it was not under warranty. I only have just over 33,000 miles on the car. I looked online and it appears that many people have experienced the same issue. Furthermore, the part will cost me $19 at a local auto part store and is apparently very easy to replace.

- Portland, OR, USA

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