really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
128,022 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace camshaft lifters and all associated parts (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2006 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 102016

Jetta 1.9L Tdi

  • Manual transmission
  • 118,536 miles


I've owned my TDI for 4 years. Always carefully maintained it and had the timing belt replaced at 75,000 Mi. Really enjoyed the fuel millage and averaged over 44 MPG. Suddenly it wouldn't start or run without a lot of coaxing, lots of smoke and no power. Did I mention LOTS OF SMOKE? Various codes would show up, none that made sense. I replaced several items including the mass flow sensor. VW dealer in Chico analyzed the problem as worn out cam shaft.

However they say that the cylinder head and all associated parts must be replaced. They said that this is a "KNOWN PROBLEM" Their experience is : CAM SHAFT REPLACEMENT ALONE WILL USUALLY ONLY LAST A FEW THOUSAND MILES. My experience with this dealership has been very good, also I'm a certified aircraft mechanic and a retired Research engineer. Had a long talk with the VW customer care center. 800-822-8987 "Too bad Flounder", you "shouldn't have trusted us".

Looks like the 2.0 l engine solved this problem only to create the "Emissions Fiasco"

I'm having the Chico dealer fix it for about $5,000.00 Its worth maybe $6,500.00 and considering what I've paid for it including maintenance and repairs ?? I'll give it to one to my grand children or donate it to charity.

- , Quincy, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 082015

Jetta TDI 1.9L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

This is a problem that should not happen. I bought the car for the diesel engine which should run for 350,000 miles without any overhauls.

The cause of the problem is that the injector seals leak and diesel fuel (an oil dilutor) leaks over the cam during run time and causes a lack of lubrication on the cam and lifters. I replaced the cam and lifter along with the injector seals.


- , Clarksburg, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 052014

Jetta Tdi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,552 miles

VW stated that this is not a known issue, but as I have read it seems to be very well known. My car has been serviced only at VW dealer with all verifiable repair history. $8053 was definitely not part of the budget and actually more than the car is worth!!! My vehicle is in excellent condition with the exception of this problem.

- , Goodyear, AZ, US

problem #1

Jul 032007

Jetta TDI 1.9L Tdi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Standard VW camshaft problem. It has happened a total of 3 TIMES!

First time dealer blamed it on a "broken" clip which caused the timing belt to fail which seized up the engine. Repairs included new camshaft and a host of other engine parts. My father-in-law, a 45-year diesel mechanic, strongly recommended I demand a new engine - he claimed the problem would re-present itself over and over again.

Camshaft began failing again at 150,000 miles. VW wouldn't cover any costs. At 190,000 it lost all power. Repaired out of pocket.

Camshaft began failing again at 290,000. Again VW acts like there is no connection. Each repair costs $3,500 to $4,000, but the real issue is an unsafe vehicle. A symptom is it loses power in high-speed traffic, shuts off the cruise and allows trailing tractor-trailers to sit in your back seat.

This Jetta TDI with the 1.9 engine is a death trap and has been since day-1. I now suspect that the first engine failure at 42,000 miles was camshaft related and was "duct-taped" to get the engine past the 60,000 mile warranty restriction.

By not stepping and being truthful with me about all the similar problems with this 2006 Jetta 1.9 TDI engine VW has put me and my family in danger because of sudden loss of power. They put dollars and profits in front of consumer safety.

It is well beyond the time to call for a Federal government investigation.

Update from Jan 17, 2015: I contacted 5 dozen service managers, vw salespersons and vw technicians - they claim that what has happened to my vehicle has been abnormal. 3 failed camshafts.

- , Berkeley Springs, WV, USA

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