Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: VW updated the Jetta's interior and added new features like backup cameras to certain trims. Time will tell if these adjustments start falling apart.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,413 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Apr 192013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 1,700 miles


Jetta hybrid. Loss of traction while ascending steep driveway. Never happened before even with another hybrid.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 212013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • miles
A two week old 2013 VW Jetta became stuck in reverse after being in park and then I tried to put it in drive in the middle lane of an extremely busy street in brooklyn, NY. The car would not move from reverse and had to be towed away. I heard from others this is a known defect and I want to know why it is not a registered recall with NHTSA and why I had to experience a life threatening situation for a known defect. I am not sure it will be fixed as it is currently in the VW service center.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 032012

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 350 miles
Dsg transmission issues: When making a left hand turn across traffic, I coasted up to the light when it was my turn, then I pressed the accelerator and the car had no power. It crossed through the intersection at approximately 1 to 2 mph. It took 5 to 10 seconds for the power to return. It felt like if you are driving a manual transmission and have the car in 4th or 5th gear when trying to start moving. This has happened at quite a few intersections. Also it happened when I was accelerating then had to release the accelerator due to a vehicle slowing in front of me, I re engaged the accelerator and there was no power for 5 to 10 seconds.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 082012

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 110 miles
We just bought a new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta sports wagon with diesel tdi engine and dsg transmission. Driving the car home from the dealer the transmission failed at 110 miles on the odometer. It has been towed to the dealer and they tell me that the mechatronic unit has failed. The symptom of the failure was that the transmission seemed to shift into neutral with no notice and the car had severally reduced power available (less than 10 mph). Research on the internet shows that Volkswagen has had problems with this before. It seems very serious to me to have something like this fail on a brand new vehicle.

- Willis, TX, USA

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