really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,086 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #63

Aug 012014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


When the dsg transmission shifts from 2nd to 3rd it does not engage, the RPM gauge almost redlines, then when it engages to 3rd it jerks and the wheels pill out, this is very dangerous and life threatening to me especially since this is my only vehicle I have to get to work! Volkswagen will not fix my vehicle because they said the dsg transmission is sealed. I would like Volkswagen healed responsible for manufacturing an inferior product and selling it to americans putting me in danger. I would like your attorneys to file a class action lawsuit against VW for 1 billion dollars on behalf of the american people, I believe that will make them up, you all have a blessed day and don't buy a Volkswagen.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #62

Aug 032014


  • 180,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 40 mph, the mounts snapped that secured the engine and transmission. As a result, the engine and transmission detached from the vehicle. The vehicle stalled and was unable to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who stated that the transmission and front driver side axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Frostburg , MD, USA

problem #61

May 102014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The direct shift gear transmission failed. The car could no longer get out of neutral.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #60

Mar 132014


  • 192,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who replaced the "mechaeron". the manufacture was made aware of the failure however, declined to provide a remedy to fix the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 192,000.

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #59

Sep 222013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
At approx 80-90K I started hearing a clattering noise from the engine and extra noise when idling. Also, the car has a hard time shifting (automatic trans). After taking the car to a mechanic, I was told that it's the dsg dmf coming apart and rattling. After doing some research, I find it's a common problem. It started happening shortly after my car went out of cpo warranty, which expired at 74K. I didn't really pay that much attention to it until it got worse. This is a 06 tdi mkv with auto dsg, brm engine. Also experiencing difficulties with soot in fuel filter, likely due to faulty seal in fuel injectors under cam shaft. Once again, common problem according to mechanics and online forums on this model. There's a recall on the dmf for this model in australia, needs to have one for us.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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problem #58

Jan 192014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 78,400 miles
Dual mass flywheel failed catastrophically and without warning while driving on the freeway. Flywheel failure sent metal shrapnel into transmission, cracking the bell housing and the transmission to shift erratically. The car was mechanically totaled and Volkswagen of America refused to take any responsibility for the premature failure of the vehicle, despite it being a documented and known issue. Others have reported that this part was recalled in australia but not the United States. Cost of repair was beyond value of vehicle and car was deemed a total mechanical loss.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #57

Dec 162013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 95,000 miles


Our Jetta experienced a "false neutral" problem back in December, 2013. (95,000 miles) I did some research and found that it could be due to a low voltage condition. I checked the electrical system and found the alternator to be faulty. I replaced it and kept driving the car. Everything seemed fine until mid January, 2014 when we experienced another fn event. We were able to switch the car off and then back on and the condition went away. I called our local VW dealer and scheduled an appointment for a diagnostic. The results of this test came back and they said we needed a new mechatronics unit (this controls the transmission) at a cost of $2300 I am familiar with these cars and also familiar with the fact that VW has already investigated this issue in later year cars. This investigation (NHTSA action# PE09035) resulted in a recall campaign (NHTSA# 09V333000) where VW replaced defective mechatronics units and extended the warranty on the affected units to 10yrs/100,000 miles. Less than 24 hours after receiving this diagnosis, the transmission completely locked up while driving down the road, luckily it was at an intersection and the speed was less than 15mph. I had the car towed back to the VW dealer, the transmission must now be replaced ($6,000) I content that this is the same or nearly the same issue addressed in the previous campaign and that VW did not find the root cause of the mechatronics and subsequent transmission failure. A new investigation needs to be opened to address this problem, it is a safety issue which has already been addressed for some of their vehicles. VW needs to be made to address it for all dsg equipped vehicles, especially ones manufactured before the previously investigated lot. I contacted vwoa and even though my vehicle is still within the mileage range of the warranty extension they will not offer any assistance in the repairs.

- Wilmer, AL, USA

problem #56

Jan 182014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 118,395 miles
Been to multiple dealerships claiming in fox valley il rockford il glenview il that either my mechunit is bad/faulty or dual mass flywheel is bad/faulty. Was driving where either my car would shift very rough as if someone who is very inexperienced would let go of the clutch late and shift hard/rough into 1-2-3 with clicking noises. Car just recently shifted from 2 to neutral and scared the crapout of me. The car has extreme vibration and uncontrolled shift patterns. Was turning onto my street and car went from 3-2 to neutral while my car was still in drive and went into a snow bank on side of road. Would just like to have Volkswagen contact me to either replace or fix this problem. This is very dangerous owners of a 2006 VW tdi or any automatic with dsg mechunit beware and please be careful.

- Genoa , IL, USA

problem #55

Jan 062014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 117,100 miles
Traveling along at 55 mph and the gear display started flashing/blinking as the car just shut off. It would not restart. Battery is fine.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #54

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 #53

Aug 042008

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 30,000 miles


Volkswagon has a problem with a faulty dual mass flywheels, the springs break inside the flywheel you hear a rattle when the car is at idle and the goes away when in gear.from reading about this problem I finally foud out what this noise is.I have asked the service tech to see if anything is loose and they always come up empty.I finally read about this on the VW tdi forums online.they said VW recalled this problem in austrailia but not in the United States.I have called VW customer line but all the tell me is we have not issued a recall on this problem so they can't help me.one of the springs already broke a hole in the cover for the transmission. I hope you can help!

- Beacon Falls, CT, USA

problem #52

Jul 302013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 87,850 miles
#1 July 262013 Jetta sedan 2.5L automatic transmission 87,850 miles a D V E R T I S E M E N T S I recently purchased a used 2006 VW Jetta with a dsg transmission and 2.5 L motor. The vehicle lurches and loses power as if gas had been switched off or the transmission has bogged down and seems to occur when shifting. It also happens from a dead stop, with the vehicle lurching forward with considerable force when the transmission engages. This has occurred on both very hot days, 100+ degrees, and also during evening and nighttime while driving on surface streets and on the interstate though on the interstate it doesn't lurch forward when power is restored. The vehicle usually regains power 3-5 seconds after loss of power most times this occurs but there were a few times the vehicle stalled. Once this happens this condition continues to occur more with increasing frequency until the vehicle is not drivable. Once the vehicle has cooled off for a period of time, 2 or more hours, it drives with out this problem for the same amount of time, or less, as when driven from a cold start. This has also occurred while passing and forced me to cancel my pass of a slower moving vehicle and merge into the traffic which on one occasion had closed ranks leaving me no room to merge. I have only been driving this vehicle for about a week. This statement was posted around 8-5-2013. The problem is still the same.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #51

Jul 112013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
In the morning I went to start my car and I shifted it into reverse and there was a loud noise. I then went to drive it and the transmission would not shift out of third gear.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #50

Apr 172013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 82,753 miles
The dsg clutch on the 2006 VW Jetta tdi lost structural integrity and came apart completely while driving, destroying the automatic clutch and potentially the transmission. The springs are so damaged that they were ejected from the casing onto the engine protection matt underneath the vehicle. There is extensive damage to the clutch which will need to be replaced completely and potential transmission damage.

- Hanover, MD, USA

problem #49

Dec 302012

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 149,000 miles
My wife and I were driving home and suddenly my car started jerking and made a "knocking" sound, without any warning (I.e. check engine light). We were close to home and decided to continue on; however, in the next couple of miles, the problems persisted, still with no check engine light or any indication of what was wrong with the vehicle. Over the next several days, while parked on a secured premise, I started the car up and it had an erratic loping sound. I proceeded to call a nearby Volkswagen dealer and spoke to two certified VW mechanics, who failed to acknowledge the issue that there was no warning indication before the car started to act up and said to bring it in to swap out the engine at approx. $7500; they dismissed the problem as "normal wear and tear". I researched the problem on the internet and it lead me to believe that it was a problem with the cam, which I had confirmed by an auto-mechanic after towing the car in. He told me the entire engine was warped due to the cam going out. Other 2006 VW Jetta tdi owners have commented on the same issues, which at this point leads me to believe that it is not "normal wear and tear", but a manufacture defect.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

problem #48

Dec 312012


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated while driving 70 mph the transmission disengaged and the vehicle would not accelerate. The transmission position lights were illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. A dealer was notified of the symptoms and stated they knew the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 146,000.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #47

Dec 152012


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the clutch failed and the contact was unable to shift gears. The vehicle was shut off and towed to a private mechanic, where it was determined that the driveshaft failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V164000 (power train:driveline:driveshaft). The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #46

Nov 142012

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 98,000 miles
While traveling on interstate 4 at 65 mph the automatic transmission went from drive to second gear by itself even though the gear selector was in drive, nearly putting me through the windshield had I not had my seat belt on. I managed to get onto the burm of the highway and stop. At this point transmission fluid was dumping all over the road and the car would no longer move and the digital gear selection light was flashing on and off continuous(prnd). Had it towed to my VW mechanic and they found that the electronic valve assembly had quit working and that the mech tronic clutch assembly was destroyed by it going from drive to 2nd. After researching on the internet, I found that VW has known about this problem and has sent out letters to customers that have 2007-2010 vehicles with this same transmission that they would replace their defective transmissions under an extended warranty or re-imburse them for repairs if done prior to this letter up to 100000 miles. I contacted VW usa and asked about my car and was told because my car was a 2006 it wasn't covered even though I got them to admit that it was the same transmission that was used for 2005.5 through 2010.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 122011

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 129,000 miles
I was on a freeway that was merging with another freeway, and the gear lights started flashing, the transmission quit, and I couldn't accelerate to get out of other vehicles way. I was doing 10 mph, and I had to cross two lanes of traffic doing 65 mph. Nowhere to go but that. I was so scared and was really lucky that no one hit me, although they did have to hit their brakes hard and swerve to avoid me. This is something I've seen on different forums now, and everyone says it is a mechatronic unit gone bad.

- Dallas, WI, USA

problem #44

Oct 112012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, the transmission failed. The contact stated he heard a loud noise underneath the engine. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop for inspection where the mechanic stated the dual mass fly-wheel and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Towson, MD, USA

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