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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
260 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.

2004 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 262004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles


While applying the brake pedal, the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. The consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pulled over. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the consumer that the front rotors need to be replaced.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 082004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Recieved the car with 9 miles the rotors were warped and had to be replaced under warranty. Around 1,500 miles (2 months old) the crome trim on the rear passanger door came up on its own scratching the front passanger door and trim. VW is painting the door and replacing the crome under warranty.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 092004

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 181 miles
Purchased 2004 VW Jetta gli on 3/5/04 with delivery on 3/7/04. Car had 41 miles at delivery. By Monday, 3/8/04 noticed burning smell on driver's side of car while shifiting between 1st & 3rd gears. Also noticed vibration in brake pedal at idle and vibration in steering column while braking. Complained at dealership that car was failing with 181 miles on the odometer. Service tech test drove the car with me. Could not identify burning smell, but suggested I try driving the car without the seat heaters on to see if it made any difference (it didn't). Don't understand why there'd be a connection between RPM's and the seat heaters. Will have to go get a fire extinguisher to carry in the car as a precaution, I suppose. Major problem was the vibration in steering wheel upon braking. Turns out all 4 brake rotors were warped (at 181 miles"?"). technician replaced all 4 brake rotors and front brake pads. Vibration in brake pedal at idle was explained as brake vacuum pump regenerating pressure. Sales manager I spoke with couldn't understand why I was upset since they were willing to fix the car.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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