hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,467 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152011

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure would occur intermittently. The engine would also misfire and the vehicle would jerk and decelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised the contact that the B valve, the glow plug and the glow plug harness would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to a second dealer for diagnostics where the technicians stated that the direct shift gearbox unit would have to be replaced. The contact referenced a recall for the 2009-2010 models under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V333000 (power train:automatic transmission) but was advised by the manufacturer that the recall did not include the 2005 model vehicles. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Updated 04/02/12

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #2

Jul 052007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,400 miles
I own a 2005.5 Volkswagen Jetta. Just prior to the 40K service the car developed a dangerous power loss problem which rendered the car powerless and the only way to clear the problem was to pull over, shut the car off and restart. We took the car into the shop for our 40K service and no problem was found. In July we took the car on a road trip to Santa Fe nm and the problem became chronic. We took the car to premier motorcars in Santa Fe 505-428-5521 on July 5th, and as of today, August 24th the car is still not repaired. I have also joined a forum where I have met others with the came car, having the same problem and their cars are not being repaired. I have their names, ro numbers and VW claim numbers upon request. There appears to be a serious problem that so far appears to affect the 05.5 Jetta tdi models. The problem causes the car to enter a "limp mode" where basically the horsepower is reduced dramatically and can happen unsuspectingly causing the driver to not be aware of an unsafe condition entering traffic. To make an example the first time it did this to me I was at a stop sign at a busy highway. I had sufficient clearance to cross but unknown to me my car had lost power but I didn't realize this until entering the intersection causing me to barely miss an oncoming car. VW has been very uncooperative with all of us as far as letting us share our information with them. I have compiled the service info for all of these people and shared it with each and when we speak to VW they refuse the information. It appears that VW has no idea what is causing this problem leaving many of us without our cars for months.

- Bastrop, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 222004

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The consumers vehicle began to smoke when he applied the accelerator. This caused soot build up on the inside of the car. The soot was worse in the back of the station wagon. Soot affected the whole vehicle. The car was taken to the repair shop five times for this complaint. Consumer stated that it was six times, but the dealer did not log the first complaint in the computer. Consumer stated that the dealership was not acknowledging the first complaint. The dealership told the consumer that there was nothing they could do about the emission problem because this was a new type of diesel engine. The type of engine had a pump made to use euro diesel which will not be available in the United States until 2007. This information was not made available to the consumer before the purchase of the vehicle. The consumer didn't wish to pollute the environment. He also stated it was not safe for breathing. Soot could cause black lung disease. Manufacturer has been notified and claimed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, and it will not pollute the environment until 2007 when the diesel was converted. The consumer had a meeting with the Volkswagen representative. They offered to refund the cost of cleaning the car from the soot on the inside. The dealers phone number was not provided.

- Oak Island, NC, USA

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