definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,575 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 282010


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the wiring that extended from the alternator to the power distribution center burned, causing the battery's inability to hold a charge and the engine's inability to start successfully. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the wires were replaced. Also, the gauges on the instrument cluster failed; while driving, the contact noticed that the gauges were moving around and not stay steady. The mechanic also replaced the instrument cluster and reprogrammed the computer. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000.

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #1

May 102005

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
I was stopped at light and hit the accelerate to find my car had no power and several warning lights came on at the same time including esp, and traction, as well as the exhaust light. There was also a strong odor of something burning in the car. The car would not go over 10 miles per hour and had to be towed to the nearest VW dealership the power issues was fixed the was not the power issue was the wiring harness which was replaced.

- Florence, KY, USA

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