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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,880 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 072007

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles


I have a VW Jetta 2002 I wanted to know what should I do about recalls that I had no notice of and paid to have the item repaired. Also what about all those technical bulletins for my vehicle. If there is an issue concerning continuing problems with the malfunction light indicator that continues to come on but the authorized VW repair shop can't find out what the problem is. They say they can not get the car to duplicate the problem when I bring it in. Although they continually test drive it.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 192006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
: the contact stated that the brake light switch failed causing the brake lights not to illuminate. When the vehicle was taken to the dealer, they determined the recall remedy repair for the brake light switch, # 04V096000, were previously performed on this vehicle prior to the purchase. The defect has reappeared.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,000 miles
In August 2005 took the vehicle to the dealer to have the brake light switch replaced, and it did not work. They put in another one. NHTSA recall 04V096000 was issued, but this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN. Noticed when getting out of the vehicle that the brake lights would stay on. This was on July 1, 2005.

- Mexico, MO, USA

problem #2

May 082005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
September 2002 - leased 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T. July 2003 - check engine light came on, ignition coils had to be replaced per recall. November 2003 - plumes of black smoke came out of tailpipe - they determined the oxygen sensor needed replacing. November 2003 - (a day later) smoke still coming out of tailpipe, they determined there was oil in the turbo, they had to remove and install new turbo charger and there was an oil leak, they had to remove and install oil line. November 2003- car making whoosing noise, had to rescure loose intake hose. May 2004 - replace breaklight switch per recall. July 2004 - drivers side window fell - had to have both windows and clamps replaced per recall. (if this had happened after hours, my car could have easily been vandilized, fortunately it was during the day and I was near the dealer so they were able to get them wedged shut before they could get the car in to be fixed.) July 2004 (a day later) - battery died, got jumped and was towed to shop, it was determined I needed a new battery. No problems for almost a year, thought I was homefree... May 2005 - clacking noise in engine, sludge on dipstick and in oil fill cap. No oil light or check engine light ever came on. Had to also have hazard switch replaced per recall. I am currently waiting to see if they will cover the repairs under my warranty. My car needs to have the oil pan removed to see if there is any further damage. I was never told to you use synethic oil in my car and that apparently is the cause of the sludge problem. From looking online, it seems many more people than just myself have had this problem. VW needs to recall this.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 312003

(reported on)


  • 41,400 miles
Upon starting vehicle automatic transmission shift indicator and brake light illuminated on the console. When this occurred driver was unable to remove the gear shifter from park.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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