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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 1 of 3)

problem #48

Feb 052008

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,130 miles


Upon starting the car, it idled loudly and roughly. After driving for 2 minutes the car began to buck (as if there were multiple MINIstalls while driving). When this bucking/bumping began the check engine light began to flash. The car was then driven to a car dealership service repair shop where it was determined that the ignition coil had failed. The owner, despite taking very good care of the car, will have to pay to get this part replaced.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #47

Oct 172005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,391 miles
My complaint involves two separate incidents where I experienced jerking and sputtering from my 2001 VW Jetta glx VR6. In both incidents, following the reduced level of engine power I smelled a burning and was forced to stop the car. Both times, my car was brought in for inspection and repair to two different VW dealerships. Each time, I was advised that the VW ignition coil pack had malfunctioned and had to be replaced. Apparently, the malfunction of this part caused other sensors to malfunction as well. Also, these parts appear to damage environmental protection equipment. In one incident described above, my catalytic converter had to eventually be replaced. Note that the first incident, which is documented, occurred at 34,560 miles. The second incident, which was very similar to the first, occurred at 46,391 miles and is also fully documented. The matter was reported to vwoa and I was informed that any portion of the nearly $2,000 I incurred out-of-pocket would not be reimbursed and there seemed to be no concern by vwoa representatives regarding any damage to emissions devices and/or potential fire hazards, I believe exist due to the malfunctioning of the ignition coil pack. Vwoa, in my opinion, is well aware of the many (possibly thousands) of similar incidents across the us and still seek to marginalize it.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #46

Oct 012007

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 1. coil pack. Models before this had individual coil packs that were recalled due to cracking. This coil pack is enduring the same problems in many Jetta's and has yet to qualify as a recall. Why?? 2. wiper blades stopped working. I have encountered many people who have endured the same problem where the motor stops working.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #45

Jun 012005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 15 mph and the check engine light illuminated. The contact attempted to accelerate, but the vehicle speed failed to increase. After three minutes, the vehicle speed increased to 35 mph without warning. The dealer stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced and performed the repair. Approximately six months later, the failure recurred. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The check engine light illuminated immediately after leaving the dealer. The mechanic stated that the ignition coil needed to be replaced and performed the repair. The contact stated that there was a recall for the ignition coil, but the recall number was unavailable. The dealer stated that her vehicle was excluded from the recall. The current mileage is 150,000 and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #44

Oct 122006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 149,880 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the engine intermittently stalled without warning and the brake lights were inoperative. The contact inspected the vehicle, and determined the spark ignition coil and brake light switch had malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. There was a NHTSA recall, # 04V096000, regarding the brake light switch. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 10/30/2006 -

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #43

Mar 152006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,400 miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta glx VR6. In October of 2004 noticed the engine surging every once in awhile when accelerating. Eventually, the mil went on and there was a drastic loss of power. After bringing it into the dealer, it was deemed to be a $700 ignition coil pack. Research on the internet found that VW released a recall in February of 2003 stating a recall on all 2001 coil packs. I mentioned this to the dealer, and was told that my VIN was not included. I logged a complaint with VW customer care and they did nothing. In March of 2006, the exact same thing happened and once the mil light went on, I brought it into the dealer. This time it was the ignition coil pack, wires and spark plugs and they charged $1200. When I explained I had the same issue 14K miles and 17 months earlier, I was told that they couldn't do anything, as the coil pack was past its 12K mile warranty. The dealer stated they could do nothing for me and again referred me to VW customer care, who could care less as my VIN # was not included in the recall. This is completely unacceptable and unsafe, especially due to loss of power and surging. I am in process of writing a demand letter to VW, which will most likely not do much and will force me to take VW to small claims court to repay me for all of the repairs made.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #42

Jan 122006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles


The evening of January 12, 2006 I was on my way home when a light on the dashboard of my vehicle started flashing and the vehicle began to falter when idle. After arriving home I checked the owners manual and found out that the light indicated a malfunction with the emissions of the vehicle. I scheduled an appointment to have my car serviced on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. I received a call Tuesday afternoon from vic at victory Volkswagen, who informed me that the ignition coil in my car was bad and would need replaced at a cost of over $500. Vic told me that they had the parts in stock as "this happens all the time". I had no choice but to have my car repaired and the total cost was $761.40. Upon searching the web I found a press release from Volkswagen/Audi in which they acknowledged the problem with several makes and models. Within the press release it was stated that VW/Audi will begin replacing all ignition coils in cars potentially affected. I also found a defect investigation on the NHTSA website (#DP05004) which stated that VW issued a csc to instruct their dealerships to replace the coil packs in the vehicles at no cost, regardless of their performance. As I did not receive this information from VW I sent a letter to VW asking them to honor the csc and cover the costs for the repairs to my vehicle. I spoke with craig peters and don moritz, both with VW and they refused to honor the csc. They informed me that even though the press release states that "all VW's equipped with the 2.8 liter VR6" were affected, it was in fact, an error and only certain vehicles were affected.

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #41

Jan 182006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
I am the second owner of a 2001 VW Jetta glx VR6 with approximately 45K miles. I purchased the car in a private sale with 25K miles. Initially, when I bought the car it was diagnosed with a bad coil pack, which did not become problematic until approximately 2 months ago. Last week, I took the car to the dealer and had a new coil pack installed for $836, which includes a $99 diagnostic fee and $560 for the part. During the past week, I have had a case open with VW customer advocacy regarding the coil problem and yesterday I received their response. They have stated that my VIN is not part of the wg coil replacement campaign contrary to the wording of their original press release. Please reference tsb 10005665. As a result of this coil problem, I have had my catalytic converter replaced at 25K miles and have had experienced an engine back fire on the highway twice. At this point, I have paid the $836 to retrieve the car from the dealer and I have possession of the faulty ignition coil that was removed from the car. I have also asked VW customer advocacy to send me a written response to my claim. I am sure I am not the only 2001 Jetta VR6 owner who has had this problem, only to find that VW is unwilling to stand behind their promise to replace faulty coil packs in 2001-2003 VR6 engine cars. The original customer service action was intended to preempt the issuing of a formal recall and VW is not honoring what they originally promised in having issued only 15 tsb's with a much narrower scope than originally intended.

- Charlestown, MA, USA

problem #40

Nov 272005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta VR6. Ignition coil failure. My wife was driving at 65 mph in the fast lane of the freeway - near complete power failure. Just enough power to struggle over to the hard shoulder. Very dangerous situation. From reading the website 'VW vortex' a forum site dedicated to VW owners, this is a very common problem with various VW and Audi models and one which could cause (if it hasn't already) a very serious accident. The car cost $1,200 to repair. My wife's nerves will take a lot longer to fix!!!!

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #39

Nov 012005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The ignition coils on my 2001 V6 Volkswagen Jetta failed. While Volkswagen had announced a recall on all V6 2001 Jettas, my car's VIN was for some reason not included in the recall. I spent $845 fixing the problem and subsequently had to change the ignition wire set - something that was brought on by the failure of the coils. The car was very unstable and I was very scared to even drive it until my appointment with the auto mechanic.

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #38

Apr 142003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I have a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta gls VR6. In April of 2003 I experienced problems with my car where especially in wet conditions, the car would hesitate and misfire then the check engine light would blink on and off. It got to the point where it was difficult to drive because it was losing power. I took it to the dealership and they diagnosed it as the ignition coil pack was bad. They explained that this was an expensive part and that it would cost over $1300 to repair and was not covered under warranty. I did some research and found that many similar Volkswagen were having the same problems and the manufacturer had a recall out on the coil pack. I contacted Volkswagen and they claimed that my engine was not a part of the recall but that they would give me a courtesy and cover the cost of the repairs. In October of 2005 I began to have the problem with my car again. I brought it back to the dealership and again they diagnosed that my ignition coil pack was bad. I again did research and read several articles online that VW was recalling the coil pack for my particular model. I contacted VW and they would not do anything about it because in their system, my car didn't qualify. I explained that there has only been about 20,000 miles put on the car since the last occurance and to no avail would they help me out. They say that because of the age and mileage on my car they would not do another courtesy and because my VIN number does not qualify for the coil pack recall, it will not be covered under the recall. I have had several other friends with VW Jettas the same year as mine and they have had the same problem. Why hasn't VW listed my car in the recall. Having this issue twice in the short lifespan of the car signals that there is a default in the part and it should be taken care of by the manufacturer.

- Pennington, NJ, USA

problem #37

Sep 252005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,400 miles
My 2001 VW Jetta has been in the VW shop 7 times for failed coils they fix it and about 4 months later the check engine light comes on and the engine runs rough. They always say if the part fails they will replace for free, seems everytime we take it in they claim something else caused it.

- Clifton, VA, USA

problem #36

Sep 142005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,500 miles
2001 VW Jetta 1.8T all ignition coils have failed and there are none available in usa today to replace. Apparently this is such a problem for 2001 Jetta's. VW can not keep them in stock. Repeat there are none as of 09/19/2005 in usa to replace this very common problem.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #35

Aug 082005


  • Manual transmission
  • 55,766 miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta ignition coils had to be replaced due to a short. The consumer stated there were several incidents with the check engine light illuminating intermittently and the vehicle running rough.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #34

Jun 152005

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta glx VR6. VW released a recall online stating recall on all 2001 coil packs. My coil pack arc'ed as dealer calls it. Arc burned up ignition wires, spark plugs and engine stopped running. Dealer wanted $900 to replace faulty coil pack and ignition wires and plugs. Coil pack not only went out but took out multiple parts. Dealership didn't care about the problem nor did vwoa. There is a serious problem here I have read 1,000 of similar claims from Jetta owners online. Recall should be made and drivers should be repaid for repairs made.

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #33

Jun 202005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
2001 VW Jetta gls 2.0 w/automatic transmission. The car gets stuck in park and will not change into drive or reverse. I was told by the dealer that the brake sensor or the epc (electronic power control) needed to be replaced.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #32

May 022005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta has a faulty ignition coil wiring harness. The consumer complained engine idle fluctuation and a miss in the engine when accelerating from a stop.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #31

Apr 122005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
(1) at start up (generally cooler, Oregon nights) is when problem occurs, and randomly; (2) car stalls without warning. Have been in dangerous situations when turning left or trying to clear intersection when car stalls for no reason. (3) have taken car to dealer many times - they can't figure out the problem. Car remains dangerous.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #30

Jul 062004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Upon exiting the highway my car suddenly turned off. I had to coast and veer off to the side of the road, just narrowly avoiding being hit by two cars. I was able to start my car again, but was only able to keep the engine running by revving it so that it had a high RPM. The only way that I was able to keep the engine running whenever I reached traffic, a stop sign, or a stop light was to shift from drive to neutral and revving my engine. I had my car towed to Volkswagen, and the problem was an ignition coil failure. This is the same part that the six cylinder Jettas were recalled by Volkswagen for, but was only given a 10,000 mile extension on the four cylinder Jettas. This is particularly troubling because the part "goes" without any warning. I narrowly avoided an accident with my 18 month old son seated in the back of the car. VW charged me a little over $1,000 for parts and labor. I was, and remain, extremely dissatisfied, and have reported the incident to VW's 1-800 number. The representative agreed that the four cylinder Jettas should be recalled as the six cylinders have, but that VW only offers the 10,000 mile ignition coil extension for the four cylinder Jettas in the mean time.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #29

Nov 242004

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,980 miles
This summer my left rear door became inoperable. In late October the turn signals began operating intermittently. On a cold and rainy day this November my 2001 Jetta with 37000 miles stalled while making a left turn. I restarted and completed my turn, thinking I had just let out the clutch too fast. The car was a bit sluggish and a 1/2 mile down the road the check engine light came on. I took the car to the dealer on November 30 and was shocked not only at the problems but that they were not coverered by any warranty. The total repair bill was over $1000 dollars. The ignition coil pack needs replaced for $740. The hazard light switch needs replaced for $77. Just to find out what is wrong with the door requires a charge of $188 dollars. These problems have been mentioned several times on your website. I guess I just hit the trifecta.

- Harvest, AL, USA

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