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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,500 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.

2003 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 142006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving in a rural area going 50 mph, the battery light illuminated. The contact pulled off the road to call a tow truck. Before the contact could get the call made, the vehicle caught on fire, and burned to the ground. The fire department extinguished the fire, and determined the fire originated from under the hood. Prior to the incident, the contact detected a faint smell of rubber burning. There were no problems with the vehicle prior to this incident. The dealership was not notified, but the contact planned to notify them soon. Updated 10/17/2006 -

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 092003

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
My brake light swich has been replaced 3 times on my 2003 Jetta tdi VW. Failure of this switch causes brake light's to either stay on consistently or not turn on at all. Loss of turbo in vehicle and can cause loss of power due to battery shut down.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

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