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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,250 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 222008


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that he had an emissions control device replaced because of a recall, specifically regarding the egr cooler in September of 2006. The vehicle began to leak coolant so he took the vehicle to a different dealer. The dealer stated that the first repair was not performed correctly and was directly related to the leak. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 77,866 and failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Belmont, WI, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Engine coolant level drops approximately 1 cup each week. Dealer replaced the egr cooler.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 202006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Developed large internal coolant leak @ ~47,000 miles. This is probably due to internal failure of the egr cooler. Dealer cannot id problem, but this appears to be widespread with this engine. This could result in engine failure and accident.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles
2004 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. Engine will stall at times due to coolant leaking internally into intake manifold through faulty egr cooler. Causing vehicle to lose steering and brake assist.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

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