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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,150 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 292007


  • 64,000 miles


The fuse for the rear window defroster melted into the fuse box. I called VW and they informed me that when they manufactured the vehicle they placed a 25 amp fuse in the fuse box and it should be changed to a 30 amp. They informed me that I can do this myself since there was a technical service bulletin placed on this. I told them there was no way that I can get the fuse out since it is melted into the fuse box, and they informed me that I would have to pay to have the fuse box replaced. I do not understand how I am responsible for something that I never did. I cannot use my rear window defroster, heated seats and my heated windshield washers don't even work. I have went the rounds with Volkswagen and they stick to telling me that I am responsible for the costs in replacing the fuse box. Its like they are telling me that I built the car and I placed the wrong fuse. If I did build the car and place the wrong fuse in the car I would pay for the damages associated with this, but I did not build it VW built it and I feel they need to take responsibility for placing the wrong fuse in the fuse box.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

May 012007

Jetta 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Volkswagen Jetta bucks and shakes while driving. Consumer states that the vehicle sounds like it just wants to shut off and not run. While vehicle was in the shop the loaner got hit and dealer would not return her car until payment was made. The consumer stated the first time the problem happened, she had come to a full stop. When she went to accelerate, the vehicle almost stalled, starting bucking and was sluggish. Immediately afterwards, the engine light illuminated. The dealer stated the reset a component, however 1 month later the problem re-surfaced. The consumer was told the problem was several different things, but each time the components were replaced, the problem would come back.

- Pomona, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 022007


  • miles
There are multiple problems with electrical system on this vehicle specifically the rear brake lights, directional signals, remote entry to vehicle, making it unsafe at to drive" tried to make an appointment with local dealer and they advise they are booked out for 12 days - not sympathetic to the fact that these problems are safety related and need to be corrected immediately? either dealership has more problems with vehicles than they can handle or they are under staffed" would not recommend this product line due to poor service and unwillingness to address safety concerns promptly!

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #5

Nov 092006


  • miles


2005 Jetta caught on fire while driving. The dealer informed the consumer, that a lot of vehicles were having a lot of electrical problems with the taillights.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 092006

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Call stalls out.. my VW2005.5 Jetta while drive turns off with no warning signs.. very dangerous.. on the highways. Been to gunther VW coconut creek fl for 2 times for the same problem.. the first time the car was brought in Aug 30. 2006 for the car stalling.. service advisor dean took in it.. my car was ready Sept 1 2006 I brought the car home and it stalled. So I brought the car back in for service they seem not to believe me until they drove it and it cut off on them while driving now its in the shop and no one has any idea what's going on..

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 172006

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,200 miles
When driving on the interstate at 65 mph my car suddenly lost all its power and was I could not go over 25 mph. We were very lucky to not get hit from behind. When this happened the traction control light, engine/exhaust light, esr light, esp light all came on. It also stalls out when sitting at an intersection. VW unable to fix as of yet, been in for repairs 3 times already for the same thing. Very dangerous problem, car very unreliable!!

- Austinville, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the vehicle caught on fire. The contact's son was driving and he felt that the vehicle was not getting any fuel. He pressed the gas pedal and then it stalled. He depressed the gas pedal while trying to restart it, and it started smoking. He got out of the vehicle and lifted the hood and it burst into flames. By the time the fire department arrived the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle was totaled, according to the auto body shop the only thing that remained were the head lights. There has been no investigation as to where the fire started. She contacted Volkswagen, and they told her there was a recall for a faulty fuel clamp. But she never received a recall letter. There was a police report 5021483 was taken at the scene.

- Martinsville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 142004

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My alarm on my 2005 Jetta tdi is malfunctioning. I have had several other electrical problems, including faulty controls in the steering colum, and faulty components in the esp. I have been told that to repair the alarm, the radio must be replaced, however the radio is on 'backorder', has been for six weeks, and I do not as of today, know when I will have this repaired. These problems, along with the extended delay in repairing the radio have caused me to consider the possibility of a more significant problem with the vehicle itself and I am concerned.

- Sharpsburg, KY, USA

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