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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,350 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.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta lights problems

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 122007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 270,447 miles


- the contact has a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta and the brake light switch malfunctions causing the brake lights not to turn on when one applies the brakes. The contact wants the safety recall on Volkswagen brake lights to apply to all of the Volkswagen vehicles.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #5

Jan 022007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,900 miles
Brake light failure.

- Aberdeen, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 122006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph, the vehicle was pulled over by police and informed the tail lights were not illuminated. The 3 brake lights failed to illuminate in rapid succession and required that the bulbs needed to be replaced in August. The cruise control failed intermittently, as well as, the lighting in the instrument panel by the heat switch. The manufacturer was notified, but informed the contact the vehicle was not included in recall # 06V183000 for the exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch due to the VIN, although the problems were similar.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #3

Nov 272004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,750 miles


Tailights burn out frequently. Component caught fire.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 262002

(reported on)


  • miles
Brake lights stay illuminated while driving.

- Reno, NV, USA

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problem #1

Jun 242002

(reported on)


  • miles
In Dec. 01 the brake and ABS panel lights came on. The car manual said to take to mechanic immediately. I have relocated from NJ where I purchased the car to V.I. I was told by salesman, gary, that Volkswagen would cover waranty expenses just send receipt. When I called VW about the problem I was told to ship the car to pr which would cost me $1600. The property damage figure I can't afford the pr dealer is the closest I spoke to them they said master brake control unit or the la bomba need replacement cost $600 dollars and 400 respectively. They said perhaps they would send mechanic if I paid transportation and room. If the parts special tools (loaned) and instructions are sent my mechanic could do the job. What are my options? this is a brand new car which I paid over $20,000.

- St. Thomas, VI, USA

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