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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,818 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012008


  • miles


Shortly after I bought car I noticed a noise coming from (sounded like) engine. I also noticed car not changing gears smoothly. Felt as if it was having a hard time shifting especially up hill, I took the car in and was told this is just how a VW shifts and sounds. I told them I did not notice it when I initially owned the car. They ran a diagnostic since now the engine light is on the windshield wipers come on at their own will, the clock looses time constantly, and the noise has got a lot worse and so has the gear shifting. The diagnostic they say showed the dual fans are both burned out. If they are burned out why are they still making a loud noise several seconds after I turn the car off? they have also told me no transmission problem exists but another dealer told me they cannot know that because the diagnostic will not pick up on a bad transmission only a totally failed one. Which the car will be out of warranty then. These cars have obvious transmission problems and electronic problems that are being ignored. After having all this problem I looked on internet and was astonished at the number of people with all the same problems as me. Slow and hard shifts, wipers, car acting as if it is stalling, clock losing time, battery going bad too quick. Brakes constantly bad. This car is just a lemon. Why will the government not do a total recall. There is tooooooo much wrong with tooooo many of them.

- Bryant, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 122007

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,635 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact noticed a strong gasoline odor emanating from her vehicle. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they changed the air filter; however, the replacement was only a temporary solution. She took the vehicle back to the dealer because the smell intensified. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure and could not repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 23,635 and current mileage was 24,000. Updated 01/09/08. The cosumer was informed the smell was from the engine coolant. Updated

- Parkland, FL, USA

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