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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,262 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 292007

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23 miles


Rear brakes I feel their is a defect. Have replaced them once at about under 13 thousand miles and again now over 13 thousand miles the vehicle has the same issue. It is not reasonable for rear brakes to wear down before the front. Now Volkswagen is giving me the run around. It has less than a year since purchase and I have to spend another 5 hundred dollars to get these fixed. I can be going through brakes like that.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 212007

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,500 miles
I have had several problems with my 2007 VW Jetta 2.5 but the most recent and disturbing was a complete failure of the rear brakes due to an improperly adjusted parking brake cable. The faulty E-brake caused the rear brake calipers to seize, ate through the pads, and damaged the rotors. Upon taking it to the dealer I was informed this was a fairly common problem with my model. After doing some research on the internet I came across dozens of other owners who have had the same problem. While mine did not result in an accident not having the use of the rear brakes with no way of telling is definitely a cause for concern. Plus with the brakes seized and dragging my fuel economy has suffered greatly. I took the car in and had the rear calipers, E-brake, pads, and rotors covered under warranty but other owners have had to pay as much as $600 to there local dealers who called it a wear item. Please look into this and force VW to take ownership of the problem and recall the vehicles before someone does get killed due to brake failure.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

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