hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,800 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta body / paint problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 252014


  • miles


Volkswagen Jetta 2006 sagging headliner fabric from headliner. The separated headliner fabric creates a visibility obstruction and possibly a danger to the drivers visibility. It should be a safety issue. I contacted Volkswagen customer service but was told that warranty had expired, repair would be up to me. Cost to fix it at the dealer is however over $1000.

- Woodside, NY, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Feb 022011


  • 101,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2006 VW Jetta tdi sedan. I purchased the vehicle used in a private sale in 2009. By 2011 I was having numerous problems with the vehicle. The dual mass flywheel failed just after I had my car at the dealership for the timing belt service (approximate mileage 106,000). I had to have it towed (at my expense) to the dealership since it wasn't safe to drive the 130 miles. Dealership said it was a known problem but Volkswagen of America has not offered any assistance. Apparently someone has to die to get their attention. Approximate cost of repairs: $1,800. 2nd big problem is electrical. Wiring harness in the driver door failed soon after I purchased it. It started with the driver window switch not working. Then the lock/unlock button quit working. Then the interior/exterior safety lights. I have heard that it will progress to the trunk lid, the other windows, the fuel door, ect. Once again an extremely common problem due to a poor design. Once again Volkswagen of America has refused to offer assistance - the dealership quoted me just under $500 in parts and labor. Why would a harness cost $205!!! third problem is cosmetic issues. The paint is flaking off especially near the seams and at the wheel wheels. Rust formed where the paint bubbled up at two of the four wheel wheels. There is a service bulletin for paint problems in the generation before this vehicle and a 10-12 year corrosion warranty that VW refuses to honor. Additionally, problems with poor manufacturing practices and materials abound in this vehicle. The headliner pulls away from the pillars at the seams in the rear due to defective materials. It will separate from the roof and become a hanging visibility hazard. The plastic dash pieces don't fit together - shrinking and pulling away at the seams. Stereo buttons (as well as door switches) bubble and flake off.

- Huron, SD, USA

problem #2

Jun 292013


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the headliner upholstery near the rear window was splitting. The vehicle was taken to an upholstery center where they advised her that the entire upholstery would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 212011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the rear trunk would not remain locked and would periodically fly open. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that there were no recalls and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Salinas, CA, USA

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