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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,347 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #21

Sep 062011

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • miles


My cars transmission did not respond to the accelerator input- the car seemed to be stuck in neutral but the indicator was in the drive position - this happened while at speed and I had to maneuver out of traffic to get off to the side of the road - I was almost hit as I could not accelerate the car because of this problem. The car needed to be towed away for repair.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #20

Jan 052011


  • 61,144 miles
Our VW has a dsg transmission. We have heard a strange sound since about October, 2010. It was finally diagnosed as a dual mass flywheel failure. The dealer refused to do anything. VW finally agreed to pay for 1/2 the repair parts and we had to pay all of the labor. We obtained data on the internet that due to problems with this dsg transmission, VW had extended the warranty on all dsg or S-tronic transmissions for 10 years/100K miles. The dealer told us we were wrong! we believe that we have a VW with a defective transmission and ask that you require VW to make the repairs under warranty and that you, please, add this complaint to those that you may already have.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #19

Apr 282011


  • 104,562 miles
When driving down road, transmission went into neutral and engine nearly redlined. Car would no longer move forward or reverse. Car had to be towed to a service center. The mechatron controller for the transmission had to be replaced. The car had a dsg transmission. We were lucky it was not on a busy road and highway speeds when it occurred.

- Huxley, IA, USA

problem #18

Apr 082009


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. While accelerating from a stop the vehicle began to violently jerk momentarily before shifting into gear. Once the vehicle shifted into gear a cloud of dark black smoke was seen coming from the exhaust. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred intermittently. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #17

Mar 232011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Vehicle has 74,000 & the transmission failed on the highway with no prior issues or warnings. VW of America has refused to help because it is out of warranty however I know they are having serious issues with the typtronic and many transmissions have failed between 50K-70K miles. I was told this vehicle was already recalled in austrailia.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

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problem #16

Oct 282008


  • 29,476 miles
While driving on a divided highway changed from 3rd to 4th gear. Vehicle clutch engaged odd and upon slowing to a red light vehicle would not shift properly. Attempted to go at green light and clutch gave out midway through intersection and stalled car. Got vehicle going before a collision. Had vehicle towed to local VW dealership (performance, omaha) who told me that the luk clutch was not a warranty item and the recalls only applied to sacs. VW of America (the rep had only worked with VW for 3 months) seemed to be clueless and only backed up dealers assessment. Dealer informed me that many VW come in with less than 30K miles and clutch problems which is a poor and dangerous design to have it fail before 80K miles. Clutch linkage was found to be the problem and was broken, one hard shift due to a broken linkage caused the clutch plate to shred. Total charge quoted $2200 out of pocket for a manufacturer design flaw.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #15

Feb 162011


  • 132,000 miles


Vibrating noise was heard from motor at idle and would stop under acceleration. Stopped vehicle and motor rattled loud. Turned motor off and it would not start. Broken springs were noted laying on undercover.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #14

Feb 172010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Sudden deceleration or loss of power mainly at highway speeds but occasionally in town. This lasted for only a few seconds and the car regained power. There were scary situations on the interstate highways but no accidents or injuries occurred. This occurred intermittently over several months but the dealer was not able to either duplicate the problem or identify any components that were faulty. After much persistence and frustration on my part, the dealer eventually identified a faulty ┐tandem fuel pump┐ and a faulty component of the transmission (mechatron). Both components were placed on February 17, 2010 and I have had any problems since that time. Jetta tdi.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 022011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 60,850 miles
The dual mass flywheel has failed on my car. If this would have happened at high speed it could cause the transmission and engine to seize thus locking the front wheels and causing loss of control/serious vehicle damage. There is widespread information about this on the internet documenting the failures, some of which have destroyed the vehicles transmission and engine in the process. Volkswagen of America is aware of this problem and has issued a recall in europe but refuses to do anything about it in the us. I am forced to replace this part myself since VW will not cover this part despite the fact that they now have an upgraded replacement part as they know the original is defective.

- Estacada, OR, USA

problem #12

Jan 022010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, the clutch suddenly failed by depressing to the floor board and causing the vehicle to become inoperable. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Forrest, VA, USA

problem #11

Dec 082010


  • 97,000 miles


2006 VW Jetta tdi with dsg automatic transmission, dual mass flywheel failing, VW dealers keep in stock because high number of failures, mechatronic unit failing when driving, vehicle will reach 3rd gear then suddenly downshift to 1st gear. Resulting in a hard jerk. Gear shift indicators on dash will start to flash, shutting off vehicle and restarting will reset unit but as soon as you get to 3rd gear problem reoccurs. Known issue with 2007 -2009 dsg transmissions VW extended warranty to 10 years or 100,000 miles on these transmissions but fail to acknowledge the issue with 2006, contacting VW will respond with only we're sorry. Also expect long delays in getting a mechatronic unit.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #10

Aug 222007


  • 16,257 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle experienced various recurring failures since the date it was purchased. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions where the battery was replaced, throttle valves were cleaned, the recirculation valve was replaced, the engine fan control module was replaced, the fuel pressure sensor was replaced, the crank case breeder valve was replaced, the high pressure fuel pump was replaced, and the cam shaft follower was replaced. The vehicle was also repaired under the recall 09V164000, power train driveline, driveshaft and had the sunroof drained due to water leakage. The failure mileage was 16,257 and the current mileage was 47,000.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 122010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The transmission shifted into neutral gear while driving. The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in recall 09V333000 power train: Automatic transmission. The vehicle will be repaired. The failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 91, 5000.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 122010


  • 57,119 miles
Volkswagen Jetta tdi dual mass flywheel coming apart on direct shift gearbox transmission. Prior to possible loss of power accident, replaced the dmf. This is a known problem in europe and australia; the dmf was a recall item.

- Smithfield, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 022009


  • 85,198 miles
12-31-09 ODI 2006 VW Jetta tdidsg mechatronics malfunction Monday, November 2, 2009 Volkswagen 2006 VW jettatdi dsg went to safe mode (felt like neutral) while accelerating on street (just exited K-96 in wichita, a 65 mph 4-lane and was accelerating following right turn from complete stop). Shift indicator lights flashing. Was able to turn off road and manually downshift to 1st gear. Limped home at 15 mph. Could not place vehicle in reverse until symptoms reset (shift indicator no longer flashing). Test drove after reset. Recurred as turned and applied brakes to park. Let it sit. It reset. Drove back home. Recurred while turning right near home. Queried "just ask." Tuesday, Nov 3rd called VW loyalty care, filed report, and then with engine cold, drove to 4.6 miles to autozone for diagnosis scan. At 3.5 miles, the dsg malfunctioned again. Same symptoms. Scanned. Let it sit. Did not reset. Limped 1 mile toward VW dealership. Called for tow. Updated VW loyalty care file. Mileage in: 85,198 with shift indicator lights flashing. Matches description of dsg trans software update recall ('09-'10). Also matches the VW mechatronics unit symptoms for some 45,000 VW 2007+ models (replaced at no charge and warranty extended on dsg to 100,000). Problem area: Numerous dsg temperature sensor malfunctions and thinks incorrectly that the dsg oil is overheating and places transmission in safe mode. Diagnosis: Replaced mechatronics unit at $2,433.48 note: Filed with VW loyalty center on Nov 3, towed and repaired at local VW dealership Nov 3-12. Updated VW loyalty center file on Dec 16, 2009 and requested VW to advise if this late year '06 production overlapped with those 2007's with same problem and given extended warranty/repair at no cost/reimbursement. Have not received a response from VW. Vehicle was one of the last 2006 tdi's to be delivered to the us until the 2009 models were allowed back in.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009


  • 64,000 miles
2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi -- dual mass flywheel failure. Part has been recalled in australia, but not the us. VW dealers refuse to take concerns seriously.

- Scott Depot, WV, USA

problem #5

Jun 152009


  • 60,114 miles
I have a Jetta tdi 2006 dsg. The dual mass flywheel ripped apart. This took out the transmission and caused the car to be inoperable. It coasted to the side of the road. The was no indication of a problem prior to failure. The failure was sudden and catastrophic. VW replaced the dual mass flywheel and transmission. They told me the old part was going back to germany for inspection. I have no idea of when it will fail again, next time it may cause a crash or death. I have been reading about this, and a lot of drivers of this type of vehicle have this issue of the flywheel ripping apart. A flywheel ripping apart under the stress of the drive train should be rare, but in this vehicle it is not. It seems the high torque output of the diesel engine is causing additional stress on the flywheel, thus breaking it apart. There should be a recall. Also, the dsg transmission is a hybrid trans, it operates like an auto transmission, but mechanically is more like a manual, but it is not the manual version which is also offered in the Jetta tdi.

- Woodhaven, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 022009


  • 118,000 miles
Dual mass flywheel failure on 2006 VW Jetta tdi with dsg transmission. Research shows this is not an isolated incident. Recalled in other countries. Dangerous and very expensive situation. Worthy of investigation and recall. Thanks

- Afton, MN, USA

problem #3

Feb 132009


  • 94,000 miles
I paid $1300 in repairs even though complaining of symptoms leading up to my failure while still under warranty. After repair I have discovered this is a common failure for my vehicle which could easily lead to catastrophe should failure occur at speed. I first reported a shudder when clutch engaged which dealer claimed was within VW's specs. The shudder grew worse then a "loose pebbles" noise was heard at idle. When the dealer heard this noise, they referenced a tsb and diagnosed an impending dual mass flywheel failure. I was fortunate to discover before the failure(which was immanent) as the failure would have destroyed the $6000 dsg transmission and if it occurred at speed could lock up the drive train.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #2

Oct 122008


  • 50,000 miles
On a return trip from New Hampshire to Connecticut on interstate 91 in my 2006 VW Jetta tdi, I depressed the clutch and the pedal became stuck at the floor. I worked to free it, but being unable to do so, coasted to the side of the road. With no ability to put the vehicle in gear, we (myself and my family) were stuck in a dangerous location. I was able to free the pedal, but the clutch no longer worked and we had to wait there for assistance. The vehicle had less than 50,000 miles and I was told that the clutch assembly needed to be replaced, though there was little wear on the clutch surface. With some investigation on the internet, I found that this appears to be a very common problem and I believe it is a safety problem that should be corrected by VW.

- Canton Center, CT, USA

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