definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,904 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Mar 212015

Jetta 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


The ABS light came on and the brakes soft as a marshmallow not warning notice got stopped and there was a hissing noise but no brake fluid on any of the brakes...... I've also been having issues with after replacing the water pump it keeping fluid in it also using the geico discount equipment to see how my driving is the engine light and the one above that the looks like a triangle.... did the diagnostic came up with a 1000 code and one other the deal didn't find the 1000 code but reset with no luck turning them off after service.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #43

Aug 132013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 85,673 miles
Raining not hard. Wipers slow down. Complete stop of wiper action. No prior notice of bad operation first thought was fuse. Was not the fuse.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #42

Mar 022012


  • 36,000 miles
I bought this car used in 2003 and had problems with it since. ESC light comes on all the time. Replaced ignition coils, mass air flow sensor, oxygen sensor, and spark plugs multiples times to try and fix the check engine light that keeps coming back on. It keeps spitting out random cylinder misfire codes. Passenger side window broke. The arm rest hinge broke. The glove compartment hinge broke. Brake lights need replacing constantly. Water pump broke while driving in the middle of freeway and the temperature gauge shot through the roof. A random tube/hose in the engine broke. Transmission problem, could not shift from park to drive. Interior cabin smells like crayon. Very rough idle, need to warm up the car for at least 5 mins every morning or else the car will stall. I noticed if you do not warm the car long enough, you have to press the brake pedal very hard to get it to stop. I can cope with all the above issues but I cannot tolerate the car randomly stalling/engine dying while driving around the city. Lately the car is making weird noises like it ran over a pothole. I gave away the car and will never again own any cars made from Volkswagen.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #41

Dec 282010


  • miles


Lock unit for central locking drivers side front VW part F220 switches indicating a "door open" status fail on a regular basis on units manufactured between 1999 and 2001. VW redesigned the part in 2002, but offered no corrective action for vehicles with the flawed design. When the switch is inoperable, the lamp on the door does not illuminate when the door is opened, making it invisible to oncoming traffic. In addition, the dome light does not illuminate when the door is opened. Finally, since the car does not sense that the door is opened, it will re-lock itself after 30 seconds, potentially stranding a driver outside the vehicle.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #40

Apr 212011


  • 124,000 miles
My Jetta will not start after no signs of an issue. I've had it towed twice because of this issue to pep boys (per warranty company) and was able to drive it home but that is it. They told me that it seemed as if something was draining the battery. I've taken the battery to place of purchase and results were good and the battery is fine. Pep boys recommends I take car to VW dealer. This is tough on my family and I because this is our only car and no one can tell us the reason why our car doesn't work. Car was purchased 7/24/2010.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #39

Dec 202010


  • 160,000 miles
While driving at a steady speed the accelerator pedal will depress by itself making the vehicle accelerate. The problem goes away when the brake pedal is depressed (so far). This started happening about a couple of months ago. It's done it maybe 4 or 5 times.

- Winchendon, MA, USA

problem #38

Mar 082008

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Engine idles erratically up to 5000 RPM then loses power while driving. Close collisions (rear end) for 2 years. The check engine and epc lights come on and engine malfunctions. In and out of repair shops, including dealership, cost approximately $2,000 in repairs.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #37

Jan 022010


  • 79,438 miles
Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) : the malfunction indicator light never go off after started the engine.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #36

Jul 132009


  • 102,000 miles
Slight smell of smoke in 2001 VW Jetta while driving. Parked car at home and returned to car aprox. 30 minutes later to find cabin full of smoke/smoldering from area behind right rear seat. Disconnected battery positive terminal and put water on smoldering area to extinguish fire. 8-10 inch hole burned completely through right side of rear deck. Upon my initial inspection it appears to have initiated from the center brake light wiring.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #35

Mar 092009


  • miles
There were no events leading up to the failure. The epc light comes on sporadically, thus making you lose power in the middle of traffic. It is very scary when you have no power in rush hour traffic and you have to pull the car over and restart hoping the light will go off until you can get to your destination. The check engine light stays on all the time for apparently no reason. We have had it diagnosed but with no results. Help!!

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #34

May 062008


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact started the ignition and the engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic ten times and they stated that the failure was related to the air filter sensor. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 42,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #33

Jul 302008


  • 87,000 miles
2001 VW Jetta epc light comes on alot. This should be recalled by the manufacturer. Car slows down to 20 mph or less. Have seen complaints that the car completely shuts down. This is unsafe or myself and my 2 small children.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #32

Jun 102008


  • miles
I own a 2001 VW Jetta gls VR6. Since I have owned this car I have had problems with it. I am a young woman in the military and am in full time school, so I don't have the money to run around and fix it as much as I have been forced to do. First my gas gauge went out three months after buying it $600(under warranty) then a month later O2 sensor $300(non warranty). Then it was the catalytic converter$1500(non warranty) wiring system$1000(of course non warranty) windows wont roll up without rolling down again and sometimes get stuck$700(non warranty) cruise control went out$845 (non warranty), windshield wiper motor... stationed in Alaska and couldn't go without that $750(non warranty) now my secondary air pump is out and I was quoted $1294 from private mechanic and $1400 from VW. Also the cruise is still out and the windows are doing the same again. I have talked to many people in the same boat I have been in with so many repairs. Is there anything that can be done to stop VW from making faulty parts and charging an arm and a leg? I feel though that if it is brought up to you that my voice will be heard, because when I call the volkwagen customer service and complaints I get nowhere.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #31

Jun 152001

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Numerous problems with 2001 VW Jetta, purchased new in June, 2001.including : windows sporadically malfunctioning (when I called VW corporate as well as my local dealer, I was told that after the dealer evaluated problem I could be responsible for the labor charge depending on the outcome of their diagnosis!!); trunk latch has been replaced once (out of warranty) and now latch does not respond to remotes nor to the inside release on driver door; driver door lock does not respond to remotes nor to control on driver door (the other three door locks are presently functioning); interior coating on plastic door handles and center console began to peel within six months of delivery; center console latch broke long ago; check engine light comes on/off sporadically (brought car to certified mechanic but problem undiagnosed); a wax substance was constantly running into doorwells; VW dealer replaced coil, cables and buffer in response to rough engine idle complaint and I incurred all costs and inconvenience of car in shop, this at 72,000 miles, hazard lights malfunctioned; turn signals malfunctioned; now I hear of a brake light recall and an emergency light switch problem. I am just realizing recently that I am not alone with my Jetta problems, that numerous jjetta owners are having the same problems ( I researched on internet). VW customer service not helpful at all in resolving these problems.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #30

May 282005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My brake lights are constantly going out. I will replace the left and then a month or so later I have to replace the right, or the center brake light or the license plate light. I am replacing about 4-5 lights per year on the rear of the vehicle. Also numerous electrical problems. 1/2 of the interior lights are no longer working, and when I unlock the car it will automatically lock on me within 15 seconds unless I start the engine.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #29

May 152007

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta customer wants to know if it has recalls on it* the consumer stated the vehicle has been repaired 3 times for a light that keeps going out.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #28

Jan 242007

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,205 miles
While leaving to run errands with my 1 year old child in the carmy 2001 Jetta glx VR6 started losing power as if it would stall. The check engine light and emissions warning lights came on. When the vehicle was taken to mckenna VW they said I had a bad ignition coil, wires, and spark plugs. While researching the problem I found that this is an epidemic level issue with 2001 Jettas. A VW press release contained information that they were issuing a recall, however VW refused to include my car in the recall for reasons they will not disclose. They are selectively choosing which cars to fix, although this problem is very wide spread among all their vehicles. Please investigate this issue as consumers are getting faced with $1100 bills for each ignition coil defect - I believe mine has 6. this is only the first one, however I've read other complaints that multiple coils are failing causing near-accidents.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #27

Aug 162004


  • miles
Owner was driving the Volkswagen and observed smoke coming out of the dash vents and from underneath the dash. Vehicle caught fire and fd responded and extinguished fire. Fire then erupted again and fd personnel cut the battery cables. Fire originated at center of dash behind radio and climate control panel.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #26

Mar 072004


  • miles
Owner was driving Volkswagen and noticed sparks coming from the glovebox area. He pulled over, opened the glovebox, but saw only smoke. He then opened the hood and observed flames on the left side of the bulkhead/firewall. Fire burned throughout the passenger compartment, the front undercarriage, and part of the engine compartment. Cause undetermined.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #25

Sep 182006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
We purchased our 2001 Jetta 1.8L turbo wolfsburg edition in Jan of 2003 from a certified used VW dealer. When we drove off the lot, not 5 minutes later, the turbo seemed to fail and we began to lose power, epc light came on, check engine light came on. We immediately took car back to dealer and they fixed problem. Everything ran fine until Sept 2003 our check engine light came on, shortly after we received notice that there had been a recall regarding ignition coils. We took our vehicle to a local dealership where they replaced the coils free of charge. This solved the light issue for a couple of months, then it came back on again, this time when idling fluctuating between 700 RPM and about 1500 RPM and stalling on occasion. We took the car to a local garage and they ran a diagnostics, cleared the failures to see if that solved the problem, which it did temporarily...ever since we have been running diagnostics trying to determine why our check engine light keeps coming on, each time the problem is temporarily solved. At first the mechanic thought it was the airflow sensor, but once they looked closer determined it was a different problem. We have had corrosion removed, connections cleaned, and our lambda sensor replaced. Now our car continues to run and idle poorly and sporadically, the car stalls when you slow, the turbo works on occasion, losses power when accelerating, when car first starts it barely moves with accelerator floored, brakes are very sluggish, sometimes really having to push to get car to stop. No one seems to know what the problem is. Everytime we take it in multiple errors pop up, last time there was 17 fault codes, mechanic keeps going down the list of what to check hoping to find the problem. The bill just keeps getting bigger and nothing has been solved. Recently think that the original issue and current issues are one in the same as symptoms are becoming more similar. Help!

- Apo, AE, USA

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