fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,832 miles

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 032006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 96,821 miles


Glow plug control unit fails on 1998 VW Jetta tdi, but there is no part for the last 5+ months available from Volkswagen. Also, there is no estimate of when Volkswagen will have a part available. This is nationwide. The control unit is essential for the starting of the car.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 222004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1998 volkswagon Jetta, wolfsburg edition. I've been stranded a total of 6 or 7 times (losing count) on the interstate by this vehicle. Purchased this vehicle from a private owner less than a year ago and have experienced numerous mysterious problems ever since. I work for the state of Indiana, communte into indianapolis 5 days a week, I am an interstate traveler. I have forgiven most of the problems this car has had, but recently have reached the limit. Just last week I was once again stranded on the interstate during rush hour and my car suddenly stopped running and smoke began to rise from my steering column. This situation terrified me. Not only did I have to urgently coast to the shoulder of the interstate, but I was in fear that the car would be on fire due to seeing this smoke. The car was towed and the ignition coil was replaced; although the service man didn't think that was the source of the smoke from my steering column. I know from reading other complaints that the bad ignition coil in these vehicles is a common problem. There are existing recalls on some volkswagon ignition coils. This seems unjust considering they used the same ignition coil in the 1998 that they did in other vehicle years. This repair cost me $400, which is just icing on the cake for me right now. Now my airbag light is on and the serviceman who replaced the ignition coil says all is connected and he thinks the smoke in the car was coming from the airbag wiring. He said there's no way to disconnect the airbag (to stop any chance of it exploding out on me while driving). If it comes out while driving..I am dead.if it fails in an accident.I could be dead. I am afraid to even have my family in the car. I honestly think it's entire electrical system is wired incorrectly. Please assist me in getting justice served. I've heard of so many others who are mistreated and ignored by volkswagon. This vehicle's repeated failure should be noted. I appreciate anything you can do.

- Fortville, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 122003


  • miles
Ignition coil problem.dealer notified.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 281999


  • miles


My lights, wipers and heat wouldn't work, discovered it was the ignition switch. Contacted VW, and dealer, they want to charge me too much to fix it. I know 3 other people with Jettas that had the same problem. Obviously VW is installing defective ignitions. My emergency brake wasn't releasing, took it to dealer and they informed me that I had a torn brake cable boot that was allowing moisture to get in and freeze my cable. The 2 yr/24,000 mile warranty was expired. My check engine light started going on and off, when I took it to the dealer, it took them 3 times to figure out it's the rear oxygen sensor. This is the first brand new car I have ever purchased and I have had more things wrong with it than I ever had with previously owned vehicles.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 062001

(reported on)

Jetta Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Total failure of lights and door buzer.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #2

May 052000


  • miles
I have spoken with VW and the dealership a number of times.. no one will help.

- Angel Fire, NM, USA

problem #1

Dec 311998


  • miles
Vehicle serviced several times due to engine light illuminating, replacement of the oil and ignition cable that had shorted out did not rectify problems with the intermittent engine light coming on.

- Wall, NJ, USA

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