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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012012

Jetta 4-cyl

  • miles


The interior of my 2004 VW Jetta emits a very strong "crayon like" odor. Breathing this odor for a long period of time makes my throat hurt and causes discomfort when I inhale. I worry that repeatedly inhaling whatever chemical causes this will cause permanent respiratory damage.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 212011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Last year I was driving home from school one night it was cold out so I turned on my heated seat. My seat started to get very hot in an isolated area so I turned it remembering the recall I received in the mail. The recall stated that the heating element in the seat could be faulty and the seat could catch fire. I called my dealership and they expressed to me that the recall was expired! what how could some thing that could cause injury have an expiration date? well after that I no longer used the seat but one day my son who wanted the car to be warm for his mother started it and turned on both heated seats by the time I went out to the car it was filled with smoke and a hole burned through my seat. Another issue I have is I got a recall on my sun roof saying it causes the drivers side back and front floor to flood. When it did I took it in to my dealer they "fixed it", well last week it poured terrible the next day I went out to my vehicle to find 4 inches of water on the floor of my drivers side back seat. Today 09/18/2012 I took it in to my dealer to be repaired and they wanted to charge me $100 for diagnostic fee. This is outrageous I have a child and to have water sit in between the metal of the car floor and the carpet I am disgusted!!! it smells so bad I had to sprinkle baking soda on the floor to keep the smell at bay. The water is still squishing between the carpet and the metal and it is supposed to storm again today!!! I am completely fed up with Volkswagen!

- Riverside, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 012009


  • miles
Car is flooded after a rain; had sunroof drains cleaned by mechanic @ $245; did not solve the problem; rugs smell of mildew causing respiratory distress. The last considerable rain storm we had produced measurable water buildup. Had to use wet vac.

- Havertown, PA, USA

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