really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,060 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta transmission problems

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #16

Dec 152008

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


VW dealer at last service says my 2006 VW Jetta tdi needs to have dmf, dual mass flywheel replaced. After researching on-line it appears to be a problem with many VW's with dsg transmission, and worthy of possible re-call. The car has an intermittent accelerator hesitation. It can occur when the engine is cold or hot. It seems to occur when it is rolling free at near 5 to 10 mph, and when the accelerator is pressed nothing happens for a couple seconds, then it catches and goes. I have had a couple near miss accidents and do not let other family members drive car because of safety and reliability concerns. Updated 06/08/10 the consumer stated since filing this complain in Dec 2008 on the dsg transmission, he also had to replace the dual mass flywheel for $1,681.62 at aamco transmission. He also learned that the mechatronix unit in the same dsg transmission needed to be replaced as well. Updated 06/09/10.

- Afton, MN, USA

problem #15

Dec 032008


  • 82,000 miles
Took my 06 Jetta tdi w/ dsg transmission to my VW dealer due to vibration and noise issue. Dealer diagnosed dual mass flywheel catastrophic failure which punctured transmission housing. Damage estimated at $7500. Mileage is 82K.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #14

Nov 172008


  • 92,800 miles
Car had a defective flywheel, a dangerous situation if failure were to happen at highway speeds! other country has recalled same problem!

- West Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #13

Oct 302008


  • 74,500 miles


The volkwagen tdi 1.9L engine when coupled to the dsg( direct shift gear) transmission has an extremely high failure rate of the dmf (dual mass flywheel). Failures have occurred between 10K and 100K miles. The internal construction of the flywheel is improper and will separate leading to the total failure of the unit. When the unit fails it causes a very specific and potentially deadly set of circumstances. The dmf can separate and then fracture into large shrapnel type pieces. This shrapnel will the cause the transmission and possibly the engine to seize. When the seizure occurs is causes the front tires to lock and subsequent loss of control of the vehicle resulting in possible injury or death. The shrapnel can also cause the failure of the transmission case resulting it the loss of pressurized transmission fluid. This fluid can contact the turbocharger and result in an under hood fire. Catastrophic engine failure is common as well. Vwa(Volkswagen of America) is aware of this problem and has redesigned the dmf. The new design has not failed. The dmf has been recalled in the european union as a safety concern. Vwa has been successful in not covering this repair under even it's standard warranty. No voluntary recall has been issued. I currently have an example of the failed part available. This model has the potential to cause injury or death on a large scale if not addressed.

- Newark, TX, USA

problem #12

Jul 152006

Jetta Diesel

  • 7,000 miles
2006 VW Jetta tdi (turbodeisel) with dsg transmission: When car is parked on inclined surface with front end lower than rear end, car will not smoothly engage reverse gear. Vehicle transmission will either not engage reverse gear at all, or without any warning will abruptly engage and catapult vehicle in reverse 4 to 5 feet even when gradually increasing engine revs. This is dangerous safety issue when backing out into parking lot lanes with oncoming traffic. Also, vehicle continues to roll forward or reverse approximately 6 inches depending on incline when placed in park position and after brake released.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 082008


  • 14,000 miles
My 2006 Jetta 2.5 has an intermittent accelerator hesitation. It can occur when the engine is cold or hot. It seems to occur when it is rolling free at near 5 to 10 mph, and when the accelerator is pressed nothing happens for a second or two. Then it catches and goes.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 152008

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


At temperatures less than 15 degrees Fahrenheit, my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi with dsg transmission surges forward upon starting. This surge happens if the car is in park (P) or neutral (N). The surge is noticeable even with the parking brake set and standard braking system applied. This surge does not allow the car to start normally (e.g. stalls the engine). The surge happens only once during a cold start. Afterward, the car starts and runs normally.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 272006

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 3,300 miles
At 15F degrees or lower temperatures the Volkswagen dsg transmission will impede the diesel engines ability to start, leaving the vehicle inoperable. Vwag and vwoa has knowledge of this system defect providing no solution. Vwoa continues to sell these defective vehicles.

- Vail, CO, USA

problem #8

Aug 252007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Dual mass flywheel failure in transmission of 06 VW Jetta tdi. The dmf has broken and is damaging the transmision of the car. Attempting to get problem fixed. Updated 01-16-08. Updated

- Machesney Park, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 032007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,400 miles
At 65 mph there was a brief lockup of the front wheels, stalling of the engine followed by a loud mechanical grinding noise. Stopped vehicle, popped hood, noted engine to shake violently to the extent that the oil dipstick came loose. Brought vehicle to dealership. Informed by service that failure is due to disintegration of the dual mass flywheel located between the engine and the automatic transmission. Debris from the flywheel lead to destruction of the transmission housing. Later, when talking to a mechanic, found out that this is the second Jetta with the dsg automatic transmission that had a dmf failure in addition to three catastrophic dmf failures on manual transmission Jettas). As this has the potential to lead to complete lockup of the front wheels at highway speeds with potentially dire consequences, I believe that this is a safety relevant issue that might warrant being addressed by NHTSA.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #6

May 032006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles


- the contact stated that after driving the 2006 Volkswagen tdi diesel and coming to a stop she put the vehicle in park and the vehicle continued to roll about 4-6 inches further. The contact stated that this was a safety problem, if someone were in front of the vehicle it could hit him/her. This was noticed after buying the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealership and was informed that there was no adjustment to be made on the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to another dealership called wallace Volkswagen in Tennessee. He stated that the service manager was waiting for a Volkswagen representative to come in to the dealership and have him look at the vehicle. The sales manager informed the contact that this was a problem. The failure mileage was 40 miles and the current mileage was 24,800. Consumer states while getting oil change the dealer was notified of the problem by adjusting cable on gear shift but to no avail the problem is still yet to be fixed. 4/23/07

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #5

Feb 072007

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
When starting in drive, at a stop light, car does not accelerate as it would normally would, but just creeps forward from 3 to 10 seconds, then it begins to accelerate normally.

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 022006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140 miles
2006 VW Jetta tdi automatic. Stopped at stop light. When light turned green the car would go but would not shift. Pulled off road and tried to restart. After restart car would not move. Car has been in shop for 20 calendar days at this point.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 252006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
There is a design flaw in the engine/transmission of my 2006 Jetta tdi. Always when rolling slowly and sometimes from a standing stop, pressing hard on the accelerator to pull out into traffic there is a 1-2 second lag before anything happens. It is as if the engine totally bogs down and then catches sometimes throwing your head back, but more importantly delaying the acceleration. I had purchased this vehicle for a 16 year old child, but cannot let him drive it for this reason.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 042006

Jetta 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,207 miles
I have a 06' Jetta it has 10,000 miles on it and has had several problems. 1. stero broke after 2 mo. And 6 cd's were stuck in damaged cd player and I still have not recieved them back like I was told after 4 months of being fixed. 2.paint was peeling off front bumper, was repaired. 3. back center console would not stay in place. 4.steering wheel makes sqeaking noise when turned to the right. 5.hazard button fell into dash. 6.paint is now peeling again. 7.chrome on wheel is peeling. 8.a brand new transmission had to be put in after 3 attempts of fixing it VW tech support told the valencia service department to just replace it. 9.when replacing the transmission the service department noticed that the drive shaft which is holding the axel spinndeles and wheels altogether to the steering wheel. The bolt was stripped and tech support said it was a factory malfunction and unsafe to drive unless fixed.we came to find out the squeaking noise from the steering wheel was due to this problem.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 262006

Jetta Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,477 miles
Afer 1477 miles, the transmission on my 2006 tdi Jetta failed. It has been in the shop for 1 week and the dealer tells me it will take another 2 weeks before the parts come in. I called VW and they said they would discuss arbitration after the car was fixed. They would not take the car back. That's VW quality and service for a $27K car.

- South Riding, VA, USA

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