hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,316 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 282006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,000 miles


After receiving the vehicle from an auto shop the battery was dead. I had them jump start it and the airbag dummy light came on as soon as the car started. It beeped and said airbag fault on the dash. Then the turn signal system started to simulate the sound of the turn signal as if it was on. First it was after I completed the turn it would stay on and speed up or slow down the clicking noise. Within a month it started doing it while I was driving straight down the road. I am unsure if the turn signal system is working properly. Sometimes the flashers don't seem work at random as far as I can tell from the drivers seat. I had a dealer reset the airbag fault but they said that they "think" that we need to replace the multi-function switch on the side of the steering column. I'm not about to spend 500 dollars on something that the dealer isn't even sure of themselves.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #5

Sep 102005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
2001 Volkswagen Jetta tdi diesel. The right front turn signal, shorted out and malfunctioned. There is a burn make on the socket and on the bulb itself, the bulb did not burn out but the socket did. The consumer was able to take the bulb out and then insert the bulb and it worked short period of time. The vehicle is at the dealership now being fixed, they told the consumer they would not cover the cost of replacement of socket. There is a recall on related component, which is a flasher relay, the recall id is vx. Updated 11/30/2005 - the dealer would not replace the damaged socket. The turn sign is now working with new bulb but the consumer suspects it will fail again due to the damaged socket.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 212005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 109,895 miles
I signaled with my right turn signal for a right-hand turn, suddenly the turn signal stopped flashing (not the quick flashing & clicking for a burnt out bulb), the light stayed on. Tried the left turn signal and the same thing happened. Kept trying them and would not work. Suddenly began operating. The hazard lights did not work either. After repeated attempts, the lights unexpectedly began working. I continued driving, when I signaled another right-hand turn the again the signal repeated the previous failure. I immediately contacted the auto repair shop that I use and setup an appointment for service three days later. The problem occurred intermittenly between the first occurrance and the service appointment. The service technician could not duplicate the problem immediately but the headlamps would not go to bright. He did eventually have the problem with the turn signals. The end result was to replace the switch: Headlam dimmer/turn signal/cruise switch 8L0953513J01C (part #). this is an integrated switch. I have listed the three components separately on the complaint list. This same shop had changed the same switch on an Audi. I do not know if the replaced part would still be available.

- New Richmond, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


My blinkers on my Jetta blinked slowly for a second or two then stopped working, consequences could have been severe as I couldn't signal my turns. I took it to a VW dealership who replaced the emergency hazard switch.

- Bethel, CT, USA

problem #2

May 152004


  • miles
The turn signals of my 2001 Jetta gave out and I've seen on forums where it says that the emergency light switch is at fault. It seems to be a common problem and I am not a fan of paying money for something that is obviously not my fault.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

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problem #1

Jun 012003

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The turn signals have an intermittent failure. They have turned off, turned of, F and then resumed a few seconds later, or failed to turn on at all. The vehicle is a 2001 Jetta gls with 40K miles.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

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