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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,472 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #2

Jun 262012


  • 850 miles


After less than 3 minutes of operation, the vehicle can stall under a specific set of circumstances. The incidences (13 and counting in 2 months) always occur when in second or third gear at ~30-35 mpg. The driver is slowing down (as to stop at a red light) and then accelerates (light changes to green). About 2-3 seconds after acceleration begins the engine stalls and must be restarted. The engine just cuts out during acceleration.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #1

Mar 092012


  • miles
On 9 March 2012, I bought a VW tdi Jetta sportswagen with automatic transmission. From the time I took possession of the vehicle, the transmission bucked, hesitated, and lunged. I took the car back to the dealership on 26 April to have it examined, but they said that it was "normal" and there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. I told them that if that was normal, I was surprised that anyone would want to buy one. After 2 months of this, I took the car back and exchanged it for one with a manual transmission. I believe the so-called automatic transmission (which is really a manual transmission with 2 clutches controlled by a computer) is inherently dangerous.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

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