hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,250 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 272010


  • 55,000 miles


Both radiator fans failed simultaneously, causing car to overheat and stop almost instantaneously in hot weather. Car only has 55K miles on it and has been properly maintained. Both radiator fans were replaced.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 122010


  • 84,000 miles
Car began to stutter and shake like it was running out of gas. Shortly after I had an epc light that would flash on every time I got up to speed and it would start the stuttering sound again. After several costly trips to dealership they discovered it was a coolant migration problem. Where a defective part that VW knows about leaks coolant in to the wire harness. Coolant can migrate throughout all electrical routes throughout the car. This has been a problem since 1998 and VW will not do a recall or reimburse for the work. If you have electrical problems with your VW this is most likely the cause. We have also had problems with taillights blowing very frequently. This can be a cause of coolant migrating through the wires.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 162005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Car is loosing coolant with no external leakage. Many people are reporting egr cooler failures. VW needs to have a recall and address this issue.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 012005

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 60,000 miles
There was found to be a coolant leak caused by the egr (exhaust gas recirculator?). coolant level dropped to the point that car began overheating. I havae looked on VW web forums and many owners have had a similar incident. 2004 Volkswagen Jetta tdi

- Lebanon, PA, USA

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