definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,504 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012015


  • 119,000 miles


Fuse box on the top of the battery caught fire and melted the fusible link from the alternator to the battery connect. Going at 40 miles per hour and car shuts off, no brakes no power all electrical systems off dash lit up like christmas tree. Thank god for the ditch and that we weren't on interstate otherwise someone could have been killed or injured such as my pregnant wife.

- La Vista, NE, USA

problem #6

Aug 252012


  • 118,000 miles
2005.5 Jetta--vehicle has rough shifting between 2nd and 3rd gears. As well as downshifting. While driving on a mountainside, going 65 mph, the car suddenly downshifted to 3rd gear and would not accelerate. I had to pull over on the side of a mountain, with cars flying by me. The car would not shift gears until turned off and on again. This is now happening during regular acceleration at low speeds. This is a huge safety concern, as I could have been rear ended by another vehicle due to loss of power/speed.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jan 152012


  • miles
As I try to accelerate the gears jump erradically.

- Glen Rose, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 082007

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


The contact leased a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle is a drive by wire vehicle and there is no mechanical connection between the accelerator and the engine. The drive by wire is part of the cruise control. The contact is a two foot driver and the vehicle was not modified. While accelerating, the vehicle fails to move forward. The dealer stated that the failure occurred due to an intentional computer program, which prevents simultaneous braking and accelerating in order to prevent strain to the drive train. The dealer also stated that there was no repair available to prevent this from occurring. On occasion, while attempting to make a left turn against traffic or trying to merge, the vehicle fails to move forward. When the vehicle does move forward, it accelerates at high speeds, approximately 50 mph and can be difficult to control. There have been 15 or more near crashes. The manufacturer informed the contact that the computer interlock between the accelerator and brake pedals were federally mandated. This delay is to prevent a crash if the accelerator sensor fails in the open position. On November 7, 2007, the representative from the Volkswagen manufacturer drove the vehicle and duplicated the failure. The failure continued to occur when driving with two feet or one foot. The failure mileage was 2,000 and current mileage was 13,850. Eq-10209410-4200. 12/12/07. Updated 12/12/07

- Long Meadow , MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 282006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,600 miles
: the contact stated when the accelerator pedal is depressed, after being stopped at a red light, the vehicle will move for a split second then stop. If the vehicle is turned off for 15 minutes, it will go for 10 miles. This is an intermittent problem. The vehicle has been towed to the dealership four times. The dealership is unable to determine a problem, but has replaced multiple components. The dealership has reset the codes, replaced the throttle body control valve module, the throttle position sensor, the wires connecting the ECM, the accelerator pedal, 18 connectors, the wires to the pedal, bolts, and installed a harness. These efforts have not repaired the problem and the vehicle is currently at the dealership.

- Richland, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012005

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact stated when accelerating between 25-30 mph the vehicle hesitated and lurched forward. This problem was intermittent in nature. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer numerous times. However, the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. No repairs have been made.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 032005

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 928 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. He is having problems with the accelerator pedal. The vehicle will not accelerate when he needs it to. When he turns the car off and lets the computer reset then start the vehicle it will accelerate. He took car to a dealer, and since the problem was intermittent they could not figure out the cause of the problem. Dealer could not duplicate the problem while having the car for eight days.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

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