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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,072 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 232016


  • 168,000 miles


Engine shuts off while driving. When pushing the accelerator, engine will sporadically shut off and the car will need to be stopped and restarted. No error codes come from the computer and the problem is not replicable at the dealership or at auto shops. The vehicle is either stationary or in motion, the deciding factor is the accelerator being pushed.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #15

Sep 012005


  • 25,000 miles
Engine continually would not start with numerous documented car electrical the problem is a Volkswagen faulty electrical design caused my wiring to burn up as a result when they placed the wiring fuse box on top of the battery causing both heat and chemical corrosion stress on the vehicles's electrical systems. Currently, no pun intended, the vehicle is unsafe to repair or drive what should I do? I cannot safely repair the car and sell it to an unsuspecting would-be owner nor does the local VW want to help me out thanks

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #14

Jun 042015

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 40 mph, an abnormal sound emitted from the engine compartment and the vehicle shut off as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the timing chain and timing chain tensioner needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. MA 08/06/15 updated 8/14/15

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 142015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 152,000 miles


Car began to stutter and lose power while on I95 doing highway speed. Proceeded to do it multiple times. Once I got off the highway it lost power and shut down completely. I let the car sit for an hour and it started back up working fine. Happened again 3 hours later. Happened the entire week in Florida on vacation. Once the car got back into cooler weather problem went away until two days ago when it was about 70 degrees out. Happened on I97 doing 60 mph. I managed to get off the highway once again to have my car die in the middle of route 2. it did not do it for my mechanic who had it for 2 weeks. Other VW owners say this is a common problem with no known fix. This must be looked into, someone could be killed!

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #12

Dec 232014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • miles
Over the past 3 weeks the check engine light has cycled on/off. Took the vehicle into the dealership today and they concluded that my timing chain needs to be replaced at a cost of $3700(parts&labor). I have had the car for 9 years and have approx 65000 miles on it. I have had oil changes every 5000 miles as well as all recommend factory maintenance. Since my car is no longer under warranty and Volkswagen of America states that the timing chain should be replaced every 10 years/100,000 miles they refused to help with covering any cost of the repairs. Upon searching the internet it has become clear that this is a known issue with the 05/06 Volkswagen engines yet they refuse to admit it. Timing chains should not be failing at 65000 miles and Volkswagen of America needs to take responsibility and do right by their customers.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #11

Sep 222014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Check engine light came on. Took car to have checked at advance auto. Technician found fault failure cam shaft positioning sensor. Car taken to VW dealership, told it was the timing belt, estimate repair $2700 not guarantee that would fix the problem. Total engine replacement $6400. Timing belt should not fail on a car with 109K miles, car has been keep on routine maintenance since purchased 5 years ago.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 112013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


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 #9

Oct 032013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 131,000 miles
Vehicle had a sudden loss of power (misfiring very badly) and would not maintain speed. The service engine light never came on, and there were no trouble codes stored. Vehicle was brought into VW dealership for diagnosis and they confirmed the camshaft was completely worn and "several lifters had caved in." Internet searches confirm this model vehicle (tdi with a brm engine) has a known history of camshaft failure. Aside from the cost of replacement ($2900 at the dealer), this could have caused a potentially life threatening crash.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 272013


  • 113,999 miles
Driving on interstate vehicle suddenly lost all power just like ignition turned off. Almost was rear ended due to sudden slowing down. Had to pull over to left lane on very busy interstate because I was in carpool lane. Had limited shoulder area to stop. No power steering or brakes. Once stopped tried to start engine. It would turn over but not start. Continued attempts caused engine pressure warning. Had to be towed from busy interstate left lane. Now the car has failed like this while on the road 3 times. There is no warning or indication of failure. Car just dies. All three incidents where while driving down the road. 2 were on hills near stop sign and I had to roll vehicle back around other cars to safe place.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #7

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 for more information. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 212012


  • 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

problem #5

Nov 152012

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Check engine light came on in the morning. Noticed rough idle and poor acceleration on my morning commute. Check engine light was on for misfires on cylinders 2 - 5. took the car into the dealership that evening. Dealership performed $900 of repairs on the car and then declared that the timing chain had stretched, causing the misfires). This issue occurred suddenly and would have been very dangerous had it occurred on a highway, instead of surface streets. This appears to be a common issue with 2005/2006 Jettas (documented at: as well as many other forums). I strongly believe that this should be recalled. Volkswagen customer care offered no assistance since the vehicle is 16,000 miles out of warranty. A timing chain failing at 76,000 miles is completely unacceptable and is not listed with a service interval per the owners manual (later added at 105K miles on newer cars). Vehicle failed just under 76,000 miles.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 082012

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 202,000 miles
I tried to pull across a busy intersection and the engine died. It was bucking and kept stalling out when I tried to move the car across to get out of on coming traffic.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 242012

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
At roughly 7500 miles my check engine light came on. Brought it to dealership to check out. Found out that the timing chain had jumped, or stretched, resulting in poor idle and a $2700 estimate to repair. Looked if other people had this issue. Timing chain should last 2-3 times longer. Since I'm out of warranty period I am out of luck. Timing chain should last the lifetime of the engine not to fail around 75000 and I checked the other complaint and it looked like alot of other 05 to 06 owners has the same issue.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 292011

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 111,500 miles
Car has thrown a cel of P0016. Timing chain tensioner is shot and needs to be replaced along with chains, guides, and possible valves. This is a problem with 2005.5 and 2006 Jetta 2.5 engines.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 102010

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 166,071 miles
2005.5 new Jetta tdi shaft defect. Worn lobes and cylinder head damage. Replaced timing belt as well.

- Spring Lake, NJ, USA

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