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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,531 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 042010


  • 20,000 miles


The wiper blades leave a unbearable streak right in my line of sight while driving my 2008 Jetta wolfsburg. The windshield is out of Contour for the factory wiper blades. Both sides leave streaks that are a distraction to my driving especially in rainy weather at night.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 152008


  • 8,000 miles
Driver side front and rear window and passenger side front and rear window leak water.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #6

Aug 032008


  • 3,500 miles
On my first drive in the rain I could not see out the window. I had to pull off the road because the driver side windshield wiper leaves a streak right in the line of vision when in use. Dealer replaced the wiper, the streak is smaller, but the problem remains. In addition, now that winter is here, it is especially dangerous as the snow melts and salt and slush are hitting the window. The wipers will not clean it properly.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 242008


  • 1,000 miles


The driver side windshield wiper leaves a 2 or 3 inch streak right in the critical view of the driver when the windshield wipers are used. VW engineering response was that they don't see a problem with it. Wipers have been replaced and issue still remained.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #4

Sep 152008


  • 2,800 miles
This issues involves the failure of windshield wipers set on the highest setting to remain at that speed. VW has confirmed the problem at a dealership but offers no fix to the problem. Escalation within VW has yet to produce a satisfactory answer to this obvious problem. In heavy rain, driving is unsafe because the wipers vary in speed and to keep a constant wiper rate requires repeated changing of the settings.

- Rochester, MI, USA

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problem #3

Sep 282008


  • 600 miles
The front windshield fogs up, and you cant see anything through it. You need to turn on the air-conditioning, so that it heats the front windshield up. If you don't do that, you will crash because of 0% visibility.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

May 152008


  • 350 miles
Windshield wiper streaking problem: I purchased a new 2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE on May 6, 2008. The first rain the car was driven in (within two weeks of purchase) the driver side windshield wiper was leaving a streak approximately three inches wide at eye level of the driver. The vehicle has been returned for dealership service on numerous occasions. The Volkswagen service department replaced the driver side wiper blade twice and the wiper arm. This has not corrected the streak issue. The service department indicates the streak is indicative of all 2008 Jettas and there is nothing that can be done to remedy the problem. I have contacted Volkswagen customer care. They advised me they accept the dealerships assessment of the streaking problem and I will have to live with the problem. While driving in rain, light or heavy, the streak is present and presents a vision obstruction for the driver. I believe this is a valid safety issue that should be addressed further by Volkswagen. Thanks for your consideration in this matter.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 302008


  • miles
The front defrost system does not work. There appears to be a secret formula need to get the defrost system to defrost the front windshield. I have made several complaints to the dealer and was informed that only 1 other person had complained of this issue. This is a very dangerous defect. Normally I'm driving through a storm, the windshield fogs up and I can't see. I end up pulling over to the side of the road wherever I can.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

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