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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,665 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Dec 092015

Jetta

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We have a 2005.5 VW Jetta and have been experiencing hard shifting while driving for about a year and half. More recently the gears are stalling to shift we were driving in a local street when our car would not shift into 4th gear the engine would rev but would not shift. It is very unsafe for this to happen when you are on busy roads or merging on to highways etc. We have not used our car since and our mechanic told us it was U safe to drive. I can't believe VW has not taken ownership for there mistake and make a recall. Our car just passed 100,000K and should not be having this problem. To fix the problem we were told its the valve body and the part itself is $1,200 not including labor cost.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

problem #36

Jul 142015

Jetta

  • 87,000 miles
I have an early model mkv tdi Jetta, with around 87,000 miles on it. Yesterday, on the way home, the dsg dual mass flywheel let go with pieces of metal coming out onto the road and traffic. I looked up this on the tdiclub site and found numerous issues with this part in early production, which is not part of maintenance. Is there a safety recall or other tsb on this? I cant drive the car and just made it home. It was scarey.

- Ashford, CT, USA

problem #35

Oct 272005

Jetta

  • 61 miles
The reason for the late post is that I just discovered this site. I purchased my 2005 VW Jetta brand new in 2005. It had 61 miles on it. I had the car for about 5 months when it was shifting very hard and nearly snapping my neck. I took the vehicle to the VW dealership over 30 times within a years time and they continued to tell me nothing was wrong. They kept the car and drove it and it of course it would not happen while they drove it. They actually told me I was driving the car incorrectly (what that means I don't know). I was unaware of the lemon law at the time. The car continued to shift extremely hard. Finally after it went back for the 30th time I demanded that they keep the car and drive it until it happened. Finally after 2 weeks (they actually gave me a loaner) the mechanic called me stating that it nearly snapped his neck and that they would put in a new transmission (rebuilt mind you). After getting it back about 2 weeks later the car would not go in reverse and was making the worst noise ever but I continued to drive it to the dealership. They had to replace the transmission once again (another rebuilt transmission). The other issue I had was the locks on the car. Some of the doors lock with the key fob while the back doors don't work with the fob or the switch on the door panel. This is frustrating when you have children and need to lock and unlock the car and get them in and out.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #34

Dec 022014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is a problem with transmission of Jettas once I was on the highway and my vehicle stalled I was lucky as there were no vehicle behind me other wise that would have been a catastrophic situation for both me and the driver behind me. I pull over the shoulder and waited and started the vehicle I was able to drive after some time. This is a known issue for all the Jettas Volkswagen knows about this and they extended the warranty for sometime. This problem with transmission valve body happens after certain miles. I am out of this coverage and this is a safety issue and I would request that there should be a safety recall so that this should not happen with any one else. Please take action as soon as possible.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #33

Nov 282014

Jetta

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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problem #32

Mar 012012

Jetta

  • 76,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle failed to shift gears. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the valve body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,500.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

problem #31

Mar 072012

Jetta

  • 124,540 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I bought the car in March of 2012 and on the way home I noticed that the car wasn't shifting at the appropriate times and there was a transmission issue. After I got home I called the dealer and ask them of the car had any previous issues with the transmission, he said no and naturally I had to replace the transmission that was compatible. 2 years later I am now having the same issue with the car and I did research and noticed I am not the only one there are hundreds of people I have my car and are having the same exact issue I am. That being said this isn't a coincidence and I am in the same situation I wasn't two years ago having to pay $1200 for a fixed or a new transmission. The reason I know this is when the car is in first it doesn't want to shift to second and has a bump at every other gear.if it was just me I would understand but there are multiple forums this issue has caused people. I can't tell you how to dissatisfied I am about this because I love my car and I can't keep affording to replace the transmission. I hope this can be fixed in the favor of the hundreds of people experiencing this thank you.

- Cape Coral , FL, USA

problem #30

Oct 102014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I have been having issues on my 2005.5 VW Jetta for the last several months with it shifting hard or not going into gear. It happens every time the car is driven, so much to the point that I will not let my daughter or wife drive the car as I do not feel it is safe for them. They have been stuck in the middle of the road and the car would just sit there and rev, but never engage in drive or it would shift so hard that they felt like they had whiplash. I took it to a repair shop and they told me it needs a new transmission with the price somewhere between $3-5K, probable close to $7K if you go to the dealer. After doing some research online, it appears this is a common issue and VW is aware of the problem, but so far not willing to do something about it. It is a safety issue and should not take a person dying for them to correct the issue. I have been a loyal VW owner for years, but am not willing to risk the life of my family for a company who does not care about their consumers. This is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #29

Feb 122014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I brought my car in for an early 65K mile service because I noticed my transmission was not shifting properly & was getting progressively worse. I thought having the 85K service done would take care of that, it didn't & it got worse, so I brought it back to the dealer. The dealer indicated that the valve body was faulty & that it would cost $1000+ to fix. I just paid over $1000 for the K maintenance & other repairs; I can't afford the additional expense. [xxx], in the service department, stated that the issue was "?not that bad, ...that they see much worse, ?won't be a problem to keep driving it...". I wasn't convinced that a malfunctioning valve body wouldn't cause additional problems, because when I am driving it feels like the transmission is about to drop out of the car & the car hesitates to the point that it is not safe! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #28

Jan 132014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 89,012 miles
I was driving on the freeway when an accident in front of me caused me to abruptly stop. In order for me to back up and go around, I had to get out the vehicle and push it backwards during rush hour traffic.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 112013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The car would buck and buck then go into gear, then it would buck get stuck in 3rd or 4th gear I would have to turn the car off let it sit then turn it back on. The prnds panel would all light up and stay on and sometimes go off if the car sat for like 2-3 days but the light would stay on and the car would do the same thing. The transmission went out the mechanic stated the 3rd or 4th gear was stripped and that it will cost me anywhere from 4K to7K to get it fixed.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #26

Dec 182013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I have a VW Jetta 2005 that has the 2.5 engine. For the last three months, the automatic transmission has started shifting gears by itself in hard shifts, mostly from 1st to 2nd at odd times. I was told this was a known problem in the vws and required a transmission rebuild. (I've heard that a number of time). I had to have the transmission rebuilt at a cost of $4,000 to end the problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #25

Oct 222013

Jetta

  • 124,000 miles
I wrote to you about a month ago about recalling the 2005 Jetta. Nothing came out of it. It is my firm belief that there is something wrong with the transmission. Google the problems with the 2005 Jetta and you will see tons about complaints regarding their transmission woes. Please be objective in your investigation.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #24

Sep 162013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 123,200 miles
We bought this car from a first owner in 2010 for my daughter who was then a senior at uc davis. No problem for the first 2 years but 2013 seems to be the beginning of some problems. The most major one is the transmission. There is a slippage on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears. There is a jolt accompanying the slippage and if there is a baby onboard, I probably feel the baby will be suffering some kind of pain. Checked the internet for similar complaints from owners of the same model and seems this is a common problem with the 2005 Jetta but there was no recall. Please investigate.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 072013

Jetta

  • 93,000 miles
07/22/13 I brought my car in for an early 100K mile service because I noticed my transmission was not shifting properly & was getting progressively worse. I thought having the 100K service done would take care of that, it didn't & it got worse, so I brought it back to the dealer. The dealer indicated that the valve body was faulty & that it would cost $1000+ to fix. I just paid over $1000 for the 100K maintenance & other repairs; I can't afford the additional expense. [xxx], in the service department, stated that the issue was "?not that bad, ...that they see much worse, ?won't be a problem to keep driving it...". I wasn't convinced that a malfunctioning valve body wouldn't cause additional problems, because when I am driving it feels like the transmission is about to drop out of the car & the car hesitates to the point that it is not safe! I did some research, found that there was an extended warranty on the valve body, however, I never received any notification in anyway regarding this, even when my car had been in for service. I contacted VW headquarters & spoke to [xxx] 8/30/13 who indicated that there was an extended warranty on the valve body, apologized that I didn't received notification, then indicated that VW could not help me. This is a safety issue & should be covered by VW. Please have someone contact me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elmhurst , IL, USA

problem #22

Aug 252012

Jetta

  • 118,000 miles
2005.5 Jetta--vehicle has rough shifting between 2nd and 3rd gears. As well as downshifting. While driving on a mountainside, going 65 mph, the car suddenly downshifted to 3rd gear and would not accelerate. I had to pull over on the side of a mountain, with cars flying by me. The car would not shift gears until turned off and on again. This is now happening during regular acceleration at low speeds. This is a huge safety concern, as I could have been rear ended by another vehicle due to loss of power/speed.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #21

Dec 102012

Jetta

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the vehicle lost acceleration power while attempting to merge into highway traffic. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the transmission valve body had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 86,000.

- Easton , PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 122012

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 97,350 miles
My 2005 VW Jetta gli stalled suddenly while I was driving @ 35-mph. After pulling over and opening the hood to assess damage, I turned the ignition key but all I heard was the starter being engaged. Once the car was towed to an independent repair shop, the technician informed me the timing belt broke/snapped. I was skeptical because my owner's manual says timing belts should be replaced at 110,000 miles according to VW's recommended maintenance schedule. During repairs, the technician said that my valves were bent because the 1.8T is an interference engine which means that cams, rockers and lifters must be removed in order for the cylinder head to be sent to a machine shop for additional repairs. Total costs = $3,865.66. There was a class action lawsuit against VW timing belts but I was denied reimbursement by the administer/custodian claims were no longer accepted after 2009. I spoke with [xxx] at VW customer service 1-800-822-8987 who said there are no timing belt recalls for my vehicle. Please investigate this concern and see other identical complaints at www.topix.com/forum/autos/Volkswagen/T33rhdpdvbrpo8D2P/P3 for more information. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 122012

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 80,375 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that she noticed the trunk failed to close. The contact had to slam the trunk several times in order for it to close properly. Additionally, the front driver side door failed to lock and the open door warning light illuminated constantly. The contact also stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle jerked forward. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,375.... updated 02/28/13 updated 03/11/13

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 212012

Jetta

  • 68,235 miles
Hi, so my 2005.5 2.5L Volkswagen Jetta started making noises upon acceleration and the engine would shift quite heavily during idling. The check engine light went on and I took the car to dealership. Apparently, there is an issue with the timing chains of the engine. Never missed a maintenance, after only 68,000 miles it doesn't seem okay that timing chains are already affected. After looking at a few forums online, it seems that this is a very common problem for Volkswagen Jettas from that time. Please investigate! thank you.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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