definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,028 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Dec 272002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,700 miles


Electrical ignition coil failed while traveling in a remote area.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 302002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I own a 2001 Jetta 1.8T wolfsburg. The car had a coil pack failure on November 28, 2002 and again on December 30, 2002.

- Gales Ferry, CT, USA

problem #6

Dec 092002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I had a coil pack burn out on my 2001 VW Jetta - it has 21000 miles. It appears to be a known problem and many people are experiencing this failure. VW (and Audi) will only replace coils when they individually burn out. VW/Audi should recall and replace all coils either at the time of burn out or before it becomes an issue. The number of people who have had this problem suggest that the coils are either defective or the design of the vehicle is faulty. The manufacturer should be responsible for this even if the vehicles warranty has expired.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 202002


  • miles


While driving ignition coil failed causing vehicle to break down creating a safety hazard. Manufacturer is aware that coils are defective but will not replace until component fails.

- Everett, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 182002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Ignition coil failures on my 2001 Jetta gls 1.8T. 3 coils failed leading to a very dangerous driving situation where I could not accelerate out of a potentially dangerous situation. VW changed only 3 coils, saying they were having problems with ignition coils, but will not change a part unless it fails. The 4th coil failed yesterday, 12/17/02 and VW is out of coils nationwide. I spend quite a bit of time on many VW and Audi car owner web-boards and the problem is running rampant. Check www.vwvortex.com, www.audiforums.com to name a few, then do a web-search in archived items in the Audi forum or specific chat rooms in the VW forum. This problem will costs lives if it is not addressed immediately.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 092002


  • miles
While traveling on the highway the check engine light appear on the dashboard. Causing the coil pack to leak oil. Please provide additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 252002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles
The number of misfires and failed coilpack's on my '01 VW Jetta 1.8T is ridiculous. I know of several people going through the same thing. When the car was under warranty is was in the shop at least 3 times for the same misfire problem and now that I'm out of warranty the problem is still very persistent. VW needs to officially recall these coil packs with something that works properly. This problem is going to affect my ability to pass my state emissions testing and seriously effects my driveability and reliability.. VIN # [xxx]... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sumner, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 022000


  • miles
Dealer has replaced several parts "4" different times within less than 3,000 miles. We believe that they are unsure what the problem is. We have had the coil pac replaced 2 weeks later ground wires cleaned @ coil pac, third time in it had "10" faults pulled "mainley short to ground with spro misfire in all cylinders" replaced lower fuse panel & fuel pump rely. Milage @ third visit 2,274 mileage 2nd visit 1,270.. 4th visit mileage 2,893. They claim the spark plug wire was missing insulation which caused it to arc causing engine light to come on 4th time. Dates of service 12/4 00 845. Miles 12/20/00 mileage $1,270 1/25/01 mileage 2,274. 4th visit 2/4/01 mileage 2893.

- Benicia, CA, USA

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