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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,776 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace camshaft lifters and all associated parts (1 reports)
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052014

Jetta Tdi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,552 miles


VW stated that this is not a known issue, but as I have read it seems to be very well known. My car has been serviced only at VW dealer with all verifiable repair history. $8053 was definitely not part of the budget and actually more than the car is worth!!! My vehicle is in excellent condition with the exception of this problem.

- , Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 032007

Jetta TDI 1.9L Tdi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Standard VW camshaft problem. It has happened a total of 3 TIMES!

First time dealer blamed it on a "broken" clip which caused the timing belt to fail which seized up the engine. Repairs included new camshaft and a host of other engine parts. My father-in-law, a 45-year diesel mechanic, strongly recommended I demand a new engine - he claimed the problem would re-present itself over and over again.

Camshaft began failing again at 150,000 miles. VW wouldn't cover any costs. At 190,000 it lost all power. Repaired out of pocket.

Camshaft began failing again at 290,000. Again VW acts like there is no connection. Each repair costs $3,500 to $4,000, but the real issue is an unsafe vehicle. A symptom is it loses power in high-speed traffic, shuts off the cruise and allows trailing tractor-trailers to sit in your back seat.

This Jetta TDI with the 1.9 engine is a death trap and has been since day-1. I now suspect that the first engine failure at 42,000 miles was camshaft related and was "duct-taped" to get the engine past the 60,000 mile warranty restriction.

By not stepping and being truthful with me about all the similar problems with this 2006 Jetta 1.9 TDI engine VW has put me and my family in danger because of sudden loss of power. They put dollars and profits in front of consumer safety.

It is well beyond the time to call for a Federal government investigation.

Update from Jan 17, 2015: I contacted 5 dozen service managers, vw salespersons and vw technicians - they claim that what has happened to my vehicle has been abnormal. 3 failed camshafts.

- , Berkeley Springs, WV, USA

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