definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,570 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Oct 112004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Check engine light stayed on, and vehicle stalled. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for check up, but the cause was undetermined.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 282004

Jetta Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Check engine light comes on while driving down the road. I have taken it to the dealer on 3 separate occasions for a total of 14 days in diagnostic. I have also taken it to a independant VW mechanic twice who tells me this is common. Nobody can find the problem. The diagnostic code is for glow plug malfunction. I have had replaced the temperature sensor, the glow plug relay, all 4 glow plugs as well as additional costs of diagnostic. The check engine light has come back on, it is still a glow plug malfunction. I have paid $800 for unnecesary repairs that the dealer tells me is the problem. This does not include the repairs on the door locks and wondow regulators, as well as the ac modulator, middle consul latch, glove box hinge, rear seat ash tray. This year of Jetta is a true lemon! if VW is unable to fix the problem then legal action will be required to recover my losses.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 212004


  • Manual transmission
  • 31,346 miles
Engine check light kept coming on. Consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer on several occasions, and they have made many attempts to rectify the problem. However, problem had not been resolved. Consumer had to call the dealer back just 35 minutes after picking up the vehicle from the dealer because the engine check light came right back on.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #9

Jul 102004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,900 miles


Loss of 3.5 quarts of oil in 17 days after purchase. Oil consumption test showed nothing. This Volkswagen Jetta 2001 is using about a quart of oil under 1,000 miles of driving. I am told this is "normal". my question to the service people, where has the oil gone, it's not on the ground. It is in the shop for the third time for the oil consumption test. I would like a copy of the oil consumption tsb bulletin. I am concerned about engine damage.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 202002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
While the vehicle was turned on or off a loud noise was heard. Vehicle was taken to the dealer four times, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012004

Jetta 6-cyl

  • miles
Replacement of coil pack on my 2001 Jetta glx. The consumer requested reimbursement. There were also electrical problems.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #6

May 192004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


Before I picked up the car- it needed a new fuel tank because the dealer was unable to put gas into the car. At 60,000 miles the crank shaft broke off and a new engine was installed. My driver side window fell down. Two plastic things keep falling out of the sunroof and I put them back up. Numerous oxygen sensors have been changed but my check engine light remains on. Finally, at 107,000 miles my transmission went out and VW refuses to help with any of the cost because it is out of the warranty.

- Clarkson, KY, USA

problem #5

Nov 062003

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,880 miles
The check engine light and the driver assisted light came on and remained on in my car. On my way to the dealership to have the car looked at, thr car completely shut down. The dealer repair facility ran the car on their diagnostic computer and said there were multiple faults. I was told that the car had a vacuum leak and it was allegedly fixed.I was also told that the light might come back on because of something else. This was on Thursday, November 6, 2003. While driving to work on Friday, November 7, 2003, the engine light came on again. This first "repair " cost me $133.60. On my way home I stopped at the dealership and was told in essence something else might be wrong. Simply put, this is a relatively new car and should not have these kinds of problems. Through research on this site and others, I have found out that this seems to be a prevalent problem with the volkswagon jeeta 2001. As a consumer and a taxpayer, I demand that something be done. This problem with these cars is dangerous and could lead to a serious accident or death. I am also going to write to VW. However, I feel that there should be a full investigation of this matter.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #4

May 192002

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
2001 VW Jetta - numerous build issues. Excessive oil consumption - 1 quart in 1000 miles. Vehicle re-ringed at 19K. Current mileage 47K - last oil change down 2 quarts in 5ooo miles. Window regulators - recall. Shifter shaft replaced for serious vibration in 2nd and 5th gears. Both front seats feel like they aren't locked in place! diagnosed as faulty weld at time of manufacture.

- Montague, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 292003


  • miles
Consumer stated safety chip failed causing engine to lock up. Dealer notified.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 292003

(reported on)


  • miles
Ignition coil failed and the engine shut down causing lost of power steering. Please provide any additional information.

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 092002


  • miles
The vehicle shut down without prior warning and heststate. Please provide additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Old Ridge, NJ, USA

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