definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,500 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 212008


  • 44,500 miles


I have a 2005 VW 2.5 Jetta. My first incident was at 32,000 miles when the back brakes went out. Following that, my brake lights became faulty. After replacing my brake lights, they went out again. I took it to the dealer who charged me $38 to change them again. They went out once again before the dealer decided to inform me there was a defect which was covered under warranty. The next problem was when I was driving on the freeway when my car lost power and the check engine light came on. I was towed to the dealer who told me my spark plugs were wet from the rain. They suggested the 40K mile maintenance at $500 to fix the problem. I agreed to do this only to have the light come on after I left the dealer. This happened about 4 more times until the dealer finally revealed they are aware of a problem with the coils. They were dying electronically one by one and they had to order 5 new updated coils from Michigan for my specific VIN. 6 months later the check engine light came on again at 50 miles. Now I am being told the A/C fan motor has died. There is no sensor for this so the fan motor has to be replaced at $780. I was also informed that the larger fan is working, but it is weak and might need replaced as well. The car jerks and runs very rough. My car also makes a loud noise when I start it. When I am sitting at a stop sign or red light the whole car shakes. This does not seem right for a car that has 56K miles currently.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 232008


  • 35,000 miles
2005 Jetta somewhere under hood spontaneously burst into flames with car parked in a driveway and engine turned off after driving for approximately 20 minutes. Fire consumed entire engine, electrical system, and resulted in a total loss according to insurance adjuster. There were no occupants in the vehicle when the fire started. City of plantation (fl) police and fire departments responded and were able to extinguish fire after 15 minutes.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 212008


  • 60,000 miles
Small radiator cooling fan stopped.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

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