hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,906 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 082010


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the headliner fabric detached, which distorted the contact's vision whenever the vehicle was being driven. In addition, the doors would only unlock manually. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously and the horn would not activate when engaged. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #11

Apr 092014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 102,550 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that both the driver side and passenger side rear doors failed to open and the passengers were unable to exit the vehicle using the rear doors. The contact indicated that the doors could not be opened from inside or outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 102,550. Updated 9/18/14

- Lockhart, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 202013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 118,000 miles
Driver's rear door lock stopped responding to the buttons on it, and on the main control, and on the remote. It intermittently worked until March and is now dead. The car cannot be locked and that is a safety issue.

- Sarasota , FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 212014


  • 136,000 miles


After using the fob to lock the doors we noticed the rear doors would not lock. If the car is just sitting the rear locks will not lock leaving the door open to children or would be thieves. We also noticed the rear doors would show they were locked once we were moving, but were actually unlocked allowing the rear passenger to be able to open the doors at highway speeds. Extreme safety issue! Volkswagen needs to address this issue asap.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #8

Jan 242013


  • 180,000 miles
First, vehicle's electronic locks stop responding to depresses from both remotes. Replace the batteries to the remote and still the car will not respond. The only way to open the door is by manually inserting the key into the drivers side, which is the only manual keyhole, and turning left twice. Once turn unlocks the driver's side door, another turn unlocks the passenger doors. After some time passenger doors stop responding to second turn. Passenger doors do no lock when manually turning key the right from the driver side door, which is the only manual keyhole. The passenger doors that do not lock cause the alarm to go off when opened. Depressing the silence alarm button on key fob does not silence alarm. The only way to silence alarm is by closing passenger door, closing driver side door and turning key right once to lock and left to unlock. Doing so only control driver side door. After some time dashboard shows "door open" symbol even when all doors are securely closed and indicator light on door is off. Dome light stays on while driving as if the doors are indeed open even though they are securely closed. At this stage the alarm system no longer works either by key fob depress nor by manually turning the lock in the drivers side door as described earlier. Doors must be locked by opening each one manually and pressing the lock door button located on each passenger door. Pressing the drivers side door lock does not lock passenger doors. All fuses are intact and no electrical issues reported.

- Laurel, MD, USA

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problem #7

Feb 122011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Ignition key will not go in the key hole. It is as if you are trying to start some other car. It happened at parking lot without any warning.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #6

Jul 112010


  • 44,000 miles


Bought used Volkswagen Jetta turbo. After one year of perfect functioning, the interior lights and air conditioning have totally stopped functioning. Mechanic can't figure it out. Additionally, trunk latch would not latch upon opening trunk.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #5

Dec 062009


  • 75,000 miles
The trunk of my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta turbo will randomly open while driving and/or parked. This has happened while I have been driving on several occasion blocking the visibility from my rear view mirror. The trunk will also close, however, the car/dashboard recognizes the trunk as being open; disabling the ability to opening the trunk with the keyless entry and within the car. I notice this issue usually occurs more frequently when the weather is colder.

- Fox River Grove, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The car doesn't recognize that the door is open. The interior lighting does not come on and the notification that the headlights remain on is not functional. This has left me with a dead battery twice. Also, the car alarm rearms itself if the engine is not started within 30 seconds. I believe this is a safety issue in that the lighting is not functional which is a security concern at night.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #3

Dec 042010


  • 40,324 miles
2006 VW Jetta trunk will not latch shut, trunk button on key doesn't work to open and the trunk light on dash states that its open. When went to shut the slamming it really doesn't help, it'll latch when it eventually. The trunk open light on dash will be on when the trunk is closed and I can't open it. Middleton Ford stated that its part of the issue with Jetta's and will not cover it, even though I just bought the car from them two months ago. There should be a recall on all Jetta's to get this fixed and for it to be covered considering its a design flaw of VW.

- Milton, WI, USA

problem #2

Dec 152008


  • miles
This vehicle design allows for poor rear visibility in general; however, it is amplified in low light situations with the combination of high rear head rests, a glare on the back glass from the third brake light, and if you have a rear spoiler this makes for a really bad combination. Nighttime visibility in a Jetta is the equivalence of wearing a blind fold. Oh and the salesman neglected to mention that the all weather package included a trunk that will not shut or stay shut in cold weather. Even the replacement latches need replacing. VW is making big bucks on the consumer hoping to save a few dollars with fuel economy. VW not only fails to address or acknowledge the defects with these vehicles, but to exacerbate the situation they attempt to lock you -the consumer into their monopoly, for example:keyless remotes in which the batteries are only replaceable by VW dealers, a synthetic VW oil, a very costly trunk latch, that with my experience you end up replacing annually...the list goes on. Whatever happened to old fashioned customer service? to sum it up my Jetta has alot of bugs...not to worry, I'm sure VW has patented the pesticide, just hope I'm able to afford that-can use the money I'm saving in fuel economy.

- Clifton Forge, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 052008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 55 mph on normal road conditions, the trunk door unlatched unexpectedly and without assistance. The driver pulled over to the side of the road, but the trunk failed to close tightly. The failure occurred intermittently and more frequently in cold weather conditions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the failure was related to a defective latch system. The technician stated that the latch defect was a common failure with this vehicle. The failures occurred on forty separate occasions. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Clifton Forge, VA, USA

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