hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,638 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 012012


  • 80,000 miles


Electrical problems have been abundant in this vehicle starting in 2012. Driver side door locks work randomly. The car responds to the keys randomly even with a new battery. Alarm will sound when it fails to respond to key. Over the last year lights go out monthly. Shifter electronics failed. Repaired in June 2014. Mechanic had no idea why it would go out which was cause for my concern.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 092012

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 70,068 miles
2006 VW Jetta, driving down street 11/09/12 door ajar light comes on, I stop to close doors and light goes off. I pull into work parking lot and get out of car as I click the key to lock the car, nothing. I then proceed to check the car.. nothing is working. Cannot access gas cap to put gas in car, some lights may not be functioning properly, airbag light not on, door will not lock, window will not respond, no car alarm. Drivers side of car has no power at all. I have no idea what is and is not working correctly. Although I did look online and found hundreds of complaints with regard to a "brown wire or wires too short inside the boot to the body connector". most people report that even after a VW fix, problem not resolved. Car not acting properly and with electrical and having been in a VW car fire do not wish to repeat this scenario. I contacted VW customer care who politely told me this is not their problem and refused to escalate to a manager. Since this just happened today I have not had an opportunity for VW to look at it, but will tomorrow as I have to find a way to put gas in car and see if they feel auto is safe to drive. I don't..

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 042011


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the brake light would consistently stay on even when the ignition was turned off, causing the battery to drain. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 104, 000.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010


  • 90,000 miles


The drivers side door electrical system does not work. The locks, windows, mirrors, trunk latch, gas tank latch, mirror defroster et al. In speaking the VW service reps they knew right away that the issue was a broken harness. They indicated it had failed in many other vehicles. However, in speaking with VW customer care they are not willing to accept responsibility for the known issue. I will let the safety experts determine the severity of this design failure but the doors can not be locked or unlocked, the door ajar light remains on and dings all the time, the interior lights are on night and day making visibility at night difficult and last but not least the windows cannot be put down. Please address this as VW does not appear willing and this issue is everywhere with this model year and make. Thanks!

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 032008


  • 59,400 miles
The brake light stays on and will not turn off resulting in a dead battery and a very unsafe condition while driving. I drove for a half a day without knowing the light was staying on. A couple of people honked at me, but I did not know why. I also could not figure out why my cruise control did not work. I figured out the brakelight switch was not working when I came out of home depot after dark and I thought I left my lights on. It turned out it was the brakelight switch. I called a volkswagon repair shop and they said there was a recall on it and I should not have to pay. When I called Volkswagen dealer service to repair it, they denied any recall. I did a little search on the internet and I now see they have a history of brakelight switch failures on Jettas and beetles. They told me my vehicle is out of warranty also as it has 59,400 miles on it and it is a 2006 Jetta tdi. I bought this car thinking it will go 250,000 miles with no problems and am saddened by this type of treatment for a safety issue which they have a history of. I have driven many cars over 250,000 miles without a brake switch failure. It seems Volkswagen does not know how to remedy the failures on the mexican made vehicles on something as simple as a brake light switch which should be designed for a near infinite life since it is a safety issue. It is not like a fan switch. I am probably one of the first to see the failure as I have put on an unusually high amount of miles, but most of them are highway miles. When I get it repaired, I can get the old part. I hope to get it repaired tomorrow.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

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problem #2

Oct 302006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unadjustable aim of headlights on 2006 VW Jetta tdi. Right and left lights are adjustable side-to-side, but I was told by the dealer that "the high and low beams on each side are all one unit and cannot be adjusted up or down separately." I find this completely unacceptable, since the high beams do not add any distance or width to the light field on the road. They do, however, light up the tree-tops nicely. High-beams which are useless at highway speeds and cannot be made functional without rendering the standard low-beam Focus unacceptably short is a safety hazard. Correction seems to require redesigned components. Unacceptable brake light reflection in rear window. Brake light housing at top of rear window is not flush to the glass, but approximately 3/8ths of an inch away. This causes a large red glare in the rear window when brakes are used in dark or near-dark situations. Dealer said " according to design". I feel this is a safety hazard due to the obscuring of visibility to the rear when brakes are in use. Rear-view mirror dimming switch does not align mirror with previous setting. This requires driver to move the mirror after switching to dim upcoming headlights.

- Hanover Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 082006

Jetta 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
One comment I have is regarding the rear exterior turn signal lights. Other than the small orange side mirror indicators which are a marginal backup to the rear turn indicators it was still difficult to see the rear turn signals especially when braking as they are red, the same color as the brake lights. When I followed my son home last night I knew he was braking but without the small orange mirror indicator I had no idea he was turning. Is there any plan to replace the rear turn signal lenses with orange colored lenses?

- Birmingham, MI, USA

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