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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,420 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 152015


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that strong fumes emitted into the interior of the vehicle for an extended period of time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the cabin filter was replaced but the failure continued. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- North Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 172016


  • 110,678 miles
Transmission strained to shift out of first gear. Water pump went out cause car to run hot.. water pump was replaced but blower head gasket.... airbag light comes on and off

- Millen, GA, USA

problem #2

May 162015


  • 159,000 miles
While driving on the freeway my vehicle began to loose power and then just shut off. Looking at the fuel gauge I had a quarter of a tank left in fuel. Pulling to the shoulder of the freeway I attempted to restart my vehicle. After 5-10 minutes of trying to restart my vehicle, it started. I then drove to the nearest gas station and filled up my tank. A couple of days later I was driving on the freeway again and the same thing happened. The fuel gauge read a quarter of a tank left and had to pull over again to attempt to restart my car. This now happens every time the vehicles fuel level gets to a quarter of a tank. I'm left having to fill up my tank at that point, quarter of a tank, to avoid breaking down on the freeway or anytime while driving.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242012


  • 90,000 miles
Car stalls at highway speeds when at quarter tank or less. Parts replaced, still occurs. There is no known fix for this problem, it always comes back, and is most likely a manufacturers defect with the fuel pump system that is being ignored by VW of America. This is happening to hundreds and most likely thousands of Volkswagen Jetta, golf, beetle and gti owners. We have been connecting the dots through online VW forums and are frustrated! there have been accidents reported due to sudden power loss and therefore deceleration due to this issue. Just this morning my Jetta stalled in front of a semi truck doing 65mph on the highway. This is a very dangerous problem, it's happening to a lot of owners of VW's manufactured between 1999 and 2005, and it needs your attention before someone gets seriously injured. Thank you.

- Los Osos, CA, USA

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