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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,715 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta exhaust system problems

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 042008

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,715 miles


Purchased a used 03 VW tdi on 04/05, had the warranty transferred and registered to me at VW. Brief random incidents occurred where throttle would not respond for 1-3 seconds when starting from a stop sign. (this could be detrimental to your health) VW dealer could do nothing without a fault code. This continued for 2 years and 24000 miles. On 02/04/08, I shut the engine off, did an errand, came out and restarted the engine only to have it idle rough then die out, during this time there was no throttle response. I restarted engine 6-7 times, on the 8th time it ran normally. Next day same happened to wife. I loaded car onto a flatbed and delivered to VW dealer 60 miles away. They found the egr throttle valve stuck, removed it, cleaned out built-up carbon. This cost $370 we do not know if these incidents are related.

- Deming, NM, USA

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