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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,200 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #79

Apr 232014

Jetta

  • 103,300 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the wiring harness needed to be modified. A few months later, the air bag warning lamp illuminated again. The dealer charged $125 for the repair and stated that a new air bag may be needed at the cost of approximately $750. The failure mileage was 103,300.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #78

Feb 272015

Jetta

  • 262 miles
Driver seat lower right back overheated. Burnt a hole in the seat and melted the coat I was wearing. Smell of burning in the car and intense heat on my back. Turned off the seat heat. When I arrived at my destination, noticed the burn in the seat and later noticed a burn on my coat. Interior of the car is well maintained, never flooded or abused. Now I have a car driver seat that is badly damaged, a ruined coat and scared to operate the car or to park in my garage in fear of a fire that could burn down my house and car putting my self and family in harms way. I have noticed several VW cars in the past with the same problem in the same spot and was always thnakful that it was not my car. Now it is my car with the same problem. Called the VW dealer and they said that there is not a recall on this. This is a problem that can cause a bad burn on a person. I am glad I had a coat on while driving, otherwise I would have had to seek medical treatment for the burn. Would like to see VW correct the problem and replace the seat at no charge to the owners. This is a preventable problem that needs corrected.

- Shickshinny, PA, USA

problem #77

Feb 272015

Jetta

  • 262,000 miles
Driver seat lower right back overheated. Burnt a hole in the seat and melted the coat I was wearing. Smell of burning in the car and intense heat on my back. Turned off the seat heat. When I arrived at my destination, noticed the burn in the seat and later noticed a burn on my coat.. interior of the car is well maintained, never flooded or abused. Now I have a car driver seat that is badly damaged, a ruined coat and scared to operate the car or to park in my garage in fear of a fire that could burn down my house and car putting myself and family in harms way. I have noticed several VW cars in the past with the same problem in the same spot and was always thankful that it was not my car. Now it is my car with the same problem. Called the VW dealer, and they said that there is not a recall on this. This is a problem that can cause a bad burn on a person. I am glad I had a coat on while driving, otherwise I would have had to seek medical treatment for the burn. Would like to see VW correct the problem and replace the seat at no charge to the owners. This is a preventable problem that needs corrected.

- Shickshinny, PA, USA

problem #76

Aug 012014

Jetta

  • 101,000 miles

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

There is no power to the driver's side front door.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #75

Jun 012014

Jetta

  • 150,000 miles
First noticed that the sunroof on my '06 Jetta tdi would intermittently open and (sometimes) close on it's own. Since then my door locks no longer function on the drivers side front and rear doors. I cannot use the key to lock all of the doors and activate the car alarm. The rear driver side door never locks even with the key and cannot be opened from the inside by the passenger. The alarm system will not engage and the rear windows will only operate from the driver's door. Initially these issues would come and go but have now become a continuous problem. The car cannot be secured. These issues pose a safety hazard to my family and my personal property. I was planning on passing the car down to my son when he becomes old enough to drive (in 2 years) however with these issues I do not trust the safety of this vehicle. After researching the complaints in this database I am shocked that VW has not been made to fix the problem under a recall. This is a common, recurring problem that needs to be addresses by the manufacturer.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #74

Aug 012012

Jetta

  • 80,000 miles
Electrical problems have been abundant in this vehicle starting in 2012. Driver side door locks work randomly. The car responds to the keys randomly even with a new battery. Alarm will sound when it fails to respond to key. Over the last year lights go out monthly. Shifter electronics failed. Repaired in June 2014. Mechanic had no idea why it would go out which was cause for my concern.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #73

Sep 082010

Jetta

  • 86,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the headliner fabric detached, which distorted the contact's vision whenever the vehicle was being driven. In addition, the doors would only unlock manually. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously and the horn would not activate when engaged. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #72

Sep 202014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 97,639 miles
Lost power to drivers side door. I can't get window, lock, door light to operate also no interior lights on with door open.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #71

Mar 032014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The windows, gas door, mirrors, trunk no longer work because of a faulty wiring harness that VW has acknowledged. They are only fixing vehicles with less then 100,000 miles or 8.5 years of service. It is a safety concern because the back two windows can be rolled down by children. I have 2 small children and one with downs syndrome that keeps rolling the windows down because the wiring harness has failed and VW is not going to fix the cars and instead let small children die because they can roll down the windows. Also, everytime I have to open the gas lever I scrape my arm on some pointing screws. This is ridiculous that a recall has not been issued on the VW Jetta wiring harness.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #70

Sep 182013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Window on driver side sometimes are inoperative. This can be because of wires inside the drivers side door are too short. Can be a problem if in an emergency my window must be rolled down. If I'm trapped, what happens if I can't roll down my window to get out! also, ceiling headliner is coming down. Can no longer see through my rearview mirror! the headliner liner was cut too short so I can't fix it. Please help. Thank you so much.

- Springhill Hill, FL, USA

problem #69

Aug 062014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 88,000 miles

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

The wiring harness in the passenger front door has broken. The windows, locks, and blinker on mirror do not work at all or will work sporadically and the airbag light in the dash turned on indicating the airbags are disabled. A mechanic confirmed it was the wiring harness and it was temporarily fixed so the windows could be rolled up to prevent any damage inside from snow and rain. I received a letter from a settlement company in regards to the wiring harness needing to be replaced. The letter states "..the left front (driver's side) door or any wiring or connectors that needed to be replaced when replacing such wiring harness, ..." I called the number to ask about the replacement of my wiring harness, and was told because it was the passenger door it did not meet the qualifications. I have since researched the recalls on the 2006 VW Jetta wiring harness and what I was able to find, it did not specify a particular side, but stated the Jetta's made in that year where manufactured with the wiring harnesses being to short, causing the wires to break. This is what has happened to mine. Any information regarding if I meet any guidelines to have this fixed with no cost to me would be greatly appreciated. The safety of my son and I is very important. Thank you for your time.

- Presque Isle, ME, USA

problem #68

Aug 302014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Upon research on blogs and reviews the 2006 Jetta has several of the same issues. Car has 54K miles and cv boots are cracked and needing replacements. The headliner dropped while driving impairing visibility of road ways and hinders view out back windows. Drivers side wiring harness.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #67

Mar 052014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
The indicator lights on the driver's door console turns off when the door is open slightly more than halfway. If the door is closed the power window does not work sometimes, so I have to open the door slightly for it to work. Driver side door works occasionally as well as the trunk with the key less entry. I did some research on the internet and I now believe that it's the wiring harness causing the problems.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #66

Jul 212014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Passenger, driver door and sunroof wiring harness short. Affects windows and locks, window will intermittently not roll up or down and the door locks will not lock. Jiggling the wiring harness gasket seems to resolve the issue each time it occurs. Sunroof will open to vent automatically without any buttons being pushed.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #65

May 272014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 105,231 miles
The driver side door wiring harness has failed and with it the driver side controls do not work. The door will not lock, the window will not roll down, the gas cap release does not work and the trunk release does not work. It also seems to have caused a short the rear driver side door as the window is stuck down and will not roll up. The airbag light also came on. I have checked all fuses and have found no problems.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #64

Jul 072014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 125,600 miles
The driver side door wiring harness has failed and with it the driver side controls do not work. The door will not lock, the window will not roll down, the gas cap release does not work and the trunk release does not work. The airbag light also came on. I have checked all fuses and have found no problems. After I had a certified mechanic check the vehicle, it was discovered all the wires in the driver side wiring harness are all broken.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #63

Jun 022014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 105,898 miles
The driver side door wiring harness has failed and with it the driver side controls do not work. The door will not lock, the window will not roll down, the gas cap release does not work and the trunk release does not work. It also seems to have caused a short the rear driver side door as the window is stuck down and will not roll up. The airbag light also came on. I have checked all fuses and have found no problems.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #62

Aug 012013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Driver's rear door lock stopped responding to the buttons on it, and on the main control, and on the remote. It intermittently worked for a month or so and is now dead. The car cannot be locked and that is a safety issue.

- Newton, NC, USA

problem #61

Dec 202013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 118,000 miles
Driver's rear door lock stopped responding to the buttons on it, and on the main control, and on the remote. It intermittently worked until March and is now dead. The car cannot be locked and that is a safety issue.

- Sarasota , FL, USA

problem #60

Sep 102013

Jetta

  • 116,000 miles
Purchased the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta in August 2014 with 116,000 miles. One month later the horn was not working. Upon doing an internet search, discovered an inordinate number of complaints that these horns become inoperable even with fewer miles. The problem comes when pressing the horn pad on the steering wheel, it does not make contact to sound the horn. The airbag assembly is located here as well so I don't feel it's safe to try to replace it myself. The quote to have this repaired was $900. Volkswagen should issue a recall on this part immediately!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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