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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,232 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Oct 012016

Jetta

  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving through high wind, the driver side mirror plastic protector fell off. The ac unit needed complete replacement costing 1600 and now the ideal while turning on car is very high. Sound almost like it did when I had to take it in for the electrical recall in the last years. Doors are squeak when opening and closing. And while driving a noise that sound like chains rattles through out the car which is a very irritating sound.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #30

Sep 052016

Jetta

  • 79,000 miles
2013 Jetta SE with 79K on it and the key is stuck in the ignition - it's at the dealer now and I'm sure from what I've read it's going to be rather costly to fix a problem that VW is aware of and not willing to recall. I have had many cars and never encountered anything like this - absurd.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 112016

Jetta

  • miles
Ignition switch will not release the key can not turn off engine( three times the weekend of 6 11 2016)

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #28

May 132016

Jetta

  • 51,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Key gets stuck at times and cannot turn the car off. The steerlock keeps the key from operating. This happens when the car is stationary.there is no way to stop the motor when this happens. This was repaired on 5/16/2016 with part #5C6-905-841

- Goldcanyon, AZ, USA

problem #27

Apr 012016

Jetta

  • miles
Takata recall" after I got my last recall fixed that day when I got into my car my locks in my car started to lock by them selves continuously. When I got back to work I called them and they had me go back to the VW dealership where they looked at it wasn't for sure why this was happening and tell me to bring it back at a later date so they can look at it. It it stop doing it again for a while until it got raining and humid. It seems like it gets this way when it's rainy and humid! the door locks continue to click as if I'm pressing them myself to unlock/lock the doors. I read one of the recalls on the airbag electrical recall and was wondering if was tied into that?

- Hahira, GA, USA

problem #26

Nov 182015

Jetta

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 45 mph, the horn failed to sound. The failure occurred intermittently and became permanent over a period of time. The failure was not related to the fuse box. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Stoneridge, NY, USA

problem #25

Oct 152013

Jetta

  • 24,796 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to start. When the ignition was turned to the off position and back to the on position, the engine started and stalled. The engine restarted after 20 minutes. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was moisture in the inner cooling system and it needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred six months later. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 24,796.

- Sheffield, VT, USA

problem #24

Dec 232015

Jetta

  • 43,323 miles
My car was parked. I was checking oil and fluids when I noticed that there was battery acid corrosion throughout the engine compartment. It was on the battery box, radiator hose, master cylinder and on the wire to the battery. The battery connectors and battery posts are clean with no corrosion.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #23

Nov 202015

Jetta

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle spontaneously ignited into flames. The failure happened without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle had an abnormal odor prior to the fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the exterior headlights were the cause of the fire. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #22

Oct 252014

Jetta

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed to turn and release the key. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering column failed not allowing the key to be release and will needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 032015

Jetta

  • 37,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Door locks goes by itself to open and close several times during driving and idle at stop! sometimes won't lock drivers door even pushing lock button

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #20

Jul 032015

Jetta

  • 37,000 miles
Door locks goes by itself to open and close several times during driving and idle at stop! sometimes won't lock drivers door even pushing lock button

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #19

Aug 122015

Jetta

  • 59,500 miles
Traveling down the road my 2013 Volkswagen Jetta would suddenly shut off. It began to happen more frequently the hotter the weather got and my mechanic said it was do to an over heated sensor. He also stated that you don't have to be driving but just sitting in the driveway on a hot day can cause the sensor to overheat. This is a very dangerous situation because the car can and will die at anytime without warning. My mechanic also said that it is a well known problem that happens frequently in the hotter months and Volkswagen refuses to acknowledge or do anything about the issue. It costs just over $200 to repair.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #18

May 272015

Jetta

  • 53,500 miles
The ignition suddenly stopped working and key will not shut or come out of the ignition. I had to disconnect the battery & pull the fuse for the fuel in order to shut the car off. Volkswagen refused to cover the repair and I had to pay close to $500 to have the dealer replace the lock cylinder. The mechanics at VW told me this is a reoccurring that they have seen many times.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #17

Jun 042014

Jetta

  • 4,000 miles
Jetta has odor when ac is turned on. Service department indicates the circulatory (C) must be used at all times. Does not correct issue. First time service department tco'd. 2nd time back to shop, they wanted $150 to repair after 3 months. This is a serious defect. Problem is actually caused by air condensor fluid pooling in valve instead of evaporating. Poor engineering. Causes light head must open windows for fresh air. People with parkinson's and sensitive nervous systems should avoid this car.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #16

Aug 052015

Jetta

  • 45,000 miles
Key will not come out of the ignition, had to pull the fuse for the fuel pump and disconnect the battery for car to shut off. Dealer states need to replace lock cylinder and steering lock. Cost of repair $500

- Succasunna, NJ, USA

problem #15

Mar 052014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 30-60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle would shake violently when the failure occurred. In addition, the contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on over to occasions where the failure was unable to be replicated. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14E007000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 09/02/15 the consumer stated the vehicle continues to stall out at various speeds and places. Updated 12/7/2015

- Belleair, FL, USA

problem #14

May 102015

Jetta

  • 39,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated after numerous attempts, the ignition switch was able to release. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the ignition switch cylinder was cleaned and lubricated. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 39,500.

- West Eovina, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 132015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
While driving my 2013 Volkswagen Jetta gli, a part fell down by my feet hitting my foot. Once parked, the part numbered 1K0953527D was found on the drivers side floor mat. I called my local dealership where I had bought the car (new) and sent them a picture of the part. They said they believed it controlled the column lock while in park, however my wheel still locked in park with the part not in place. The next day, while driving in an alley, my bumped my key chain while scooting forward in my seat and my car turn off, not allowing me to turn it back on until it finally came to a stop and I was able to put it in park. The service team had their most experienced team member on hand open the steering column and said that the part must have fell out; for reasons not known. They also said there was no indication of tampering.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 302015

Jetta

  • 25,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. While stopped at a gas station, the rear axle dislocated from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was serviced under NHTSA campaign number:14V656000 (suspension). In addition, the technician informed that the rear passenger wheel wiring harness, speed sensor, the ABS traction control, and the SRS warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,800.

- Miami, FL, USA

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