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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,137 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta wheels / hubs problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 212011

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


I purchased a 2006 VW Jetta in late 2008, early 2009. The car was brand new and sat in the showroom for two years. After of driving for 1 1/2 years, the tire sidewalls began to separate. Continental made the adjustment and I replaced the tires thinking that sitting in a showroom for that much time, they probably dry rotted. Today, I am having to replace all four tires again after 13 months for the same reason, sidewall separation. Reading the complaints on this site and others, it appears there is a serious issue here for sidewalls on Continental tires. The size is 225/45R 17. The tires are contipro contact.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 082009


  • 25,000 miles
I noticed that the side walls of my Continental tires on my 2006 VW Jetta were cracked(there were 25K miles on the tires). I reported this to Continental -Mr. Carl walker. I replaced the tires with bridgestones. I still have the originals. I was told to take the tires to merchant's tire on woodfied road in gaithersburg, md and have them inspected and the tread depth measured. I did this immediately after speaking to Mr. Walker. The sales rep. At merchant's called Mr. Walker after inspection while I was present and told him that the sidewalls were indeed dangerously cracked on all 4 tires and that the tread depth was almostlike new. I was promised 60% compensation for the Continental tires by Continental's rep.carl walker ( claim # 244382) - phone #7045834819 -in October but have received nothing. These tires are unsafe and it is only luck that prevented a serious accident due to their failure. VW says they have no jurisdiction over Continental even though they supply tires to thousands of VW vehicles. It seem that VW and Continental want to ignore the problem for me and I assume all other owners of these tires.

- Laytonsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 182008


  • 29,123 miles
Continental conti pro tire failure. Between 12,000 and 30,000 all 4 of our conti pro tires have failed. All they say is sorry we cant help. Someone needs to get Continental N/a attention and have them recall these tires before someone dies or is injured for life. We have tired several times to reason with Continental to no avail, and even VW has tired, with no luck. Please take a look at all your tires.

- Cumberland Furnace, TN, USA

problem #2

May 102008


  • miles
I own a 2006 VW Jetta tdi and have 30,000 miles on the vehicle. I noticed at about 25,000 miles the vehicle developed a vibration in the front end. I took it to the VW dealer and had the front end inspected for problems, but none noted. I had the wheel rotated and balanced and that did not help the problem. The tech at VW dealer noticed wear in the middle of the tire. He stated that my tires (turanza el 400-02, 205/55R16) are more than likely the cause of the vibration and there is nothing they could do except replace all the tires. Will be taking the vehicle to a Firestone dealer soon to fight the battle with them.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 262006

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,561 miles
The original accident happened while we were traveling for christmas (Dec 26, 2006). In a brand new car with "up graded" Continental tires going about 60 mph the tires disintegrated, the car spun out of control and hit highway wall. It was a clear tire malfunctioned and after sending tire to Continental North America in charlotte, nc they said that their "inspectors" found no fault. We asked them to reconsider and ended up getting a $1,500 goodwill offer from them. Needless to say we had a rental car for 8 weeks while out car with $6,000 in damages was fixed. Just this week as we were about to counter offer and get at least out of pocket expenses, since its going into the 2nd year, another "upgraded tire" shredded. This time with our 4 month old son in it. The only thing extra they added to the claim was to pay for new tires for us. They have not bargained in good faith and they are using their corporate power to deflect the liability of producing inferior products. Of the original set of 4 "upgraded" tires, 3 have been replaced with 2 completely shredding through the middle.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

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