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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
55,240 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. charged the battery (1 reports)
  3. replace battery (1 reports)
  4. requires new radio to prevent electrical drain (1 reports)
2010 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

electrical problem

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 152015

Jetta Wolsburg 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,000 miles


Radio dies - screen went black and unresponsive in August 2015. Then - battery died and would not start after two days. Had numerous breakdowns - including airport garages (Argh).

I have installed two new batteries in my car between August - November, replaced fuses - and now = VW recognizes that the dead radio is the source of the problem..because other owners have suffered from this in mass.

So I owe VW $820 to repair a well documented and known problem with VW radio/electrical system....and I wasted time and money on pointless battery replacement.

Why couldn't they notify owners of the problem?

VW has a credibility problem of epic proportions.


problem #4

May 132015

Jetta SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

radio/bluetooth died, eventually lead to draining battery

Radio died. Thought nothing of it, would replace later. Then the car wouldn't start, battery was dead. Didn't leave any systems on. Took it in for a "recall" on a different fuse, replaced battery and thought all would be ok. Parked car for 2 weeks while on vacation, came back car was COMPLETELY DEAD. Almost bought a $280 alternator. Kept reading of this issue online (seems like a humongous problem), and read what others wrote. I have removed the radio and this for the moment has seemed to solve any issues I have had with the battery. Plan on replacing the radio. Removing the radio is SIMPLE. Get a plastic tool to remove panels (auto parts stores have them), removed a total of 9 screws (need to have a T20 Torx screw. NOT PHILLIPS OR FLATHEAD). All the wires are harnessed and simple connections to remove.

- , Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 122013

Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0liter_f.I._turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I came out of work to face a dead battery. This time Volkswagon was called and a diagnostic test was scheduled for the 23 of July. this test was done at my expense. the charge was $86.00 per hour. The technician stated they detected I had a dead battery 3 times. No kidding. I knew that. what is causing my problem? I did not need to spend a $100. to be told this. I was told to take the car home and that was that.

- , Drifitng, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 002012

Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0liter_f.I._turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

This incident was fairly insignifigant at the time. In the future it will prove to be quite foretelling.

- , Drifitng, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 202010

Jetta Tdi

  • Manual transmission
  • 200 miles

Car was dead one morning when I was ready to go to work. Battery died within the first month of getting the car.

- , Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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