hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,671 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jul 292015


  • 99,000 miles


I just recently bought the car not even 6 months ago, certified pre owned, I noticed about a week after having it that two of my doors do not lock at all. Also my head lights stay on 24/7 while my car in turned to the on position. When I'm on the highway the car shakes really bad when I hit 60 mph or higher. This car is a piece and I don't recommend anyone with a child to purchase this car. It is unsafe and unprofessionally designed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #29

Nov 032014


  • 120,000 miles
My vehicle has approximately 165K miles. Right at about 120K miles, the transmission started shifting harshly. At times, the transmission would get stuck at 3rd gear, and the transmission indicator panel lights up prnd all at once. This usually happens when driving hills, or stop and go driving. My airbag light is also on constantly. I've had the issue fixed previously, however, the issue has returned. Lastly, my passenger side door does not like all the time. I've tried to remotely and manually lock the door; however, it is not working properly.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #28

Sep 212015


  • 81,500 miles
On September 21, 2015, at approximately 8:00 am in the morning, my seat warmers had burnt out. I was on my way to work; it was a chilly morning so I turned the seat warmer on to 4. the highest it goes up to is 5. soon after, I felt it was a bit too hot. When I looked down, I saw smoke! I could not stop anywhere so I immediately turned off the seat warmer. I remained calm until I arrived to a stop light. When I looked behind me I noticed 3 holes in my seat. Two little ones and one big one. You can see the burnt wires. I was so angry by the time I got to work. I drove over to VW nemer in latham, NY to have them check it out and make sure there was no engine problem. The service rep. Was not sympathetic and not very polite. He kept saying I should have called and I should have made an appointment. I told him I was going to stay there and wait to find out the results. He came back to tell me that the seat warmer burnt out and that was all. He also tried to get me to fix my brakes (I did not come in for brakes). He told me I would need new wiring and seat covers (leather) to fix it. I had an extended warranty and had to pay a $100 deductible. I am not paying that deductible. However, it does not matter, because for some reason my warranty expired, but my car has not reached 100,000 miles yet... I have written a complaint to VW demanding some type of resolution. They need to check their cars very thoroughly. I read that there was another seat warmer incident that happened in Canada and VW did not take responsibility for it. I am afraid to turn on any heating system in the car now, because it too might fail and shock me. I have pictures to show my torn seats. I can send them if needed.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #27

Jun 062015


  • 84,567 miles


As I was driving the vehicle the gear shifted on its own from drive into neutral. Brought the vehicle to a stop. I placed the vehicle back into drive. I drove a short distance and the car will now only go from drive to neutral. The key is stuck in the ignition. Took it to the VW dealership and was told the gear shift box is defective but no longer covered under warranty. Contacted VW Corp and opened a case with the regional case manager. Still waiting to hear from them. I was told at the dealer that it wasn't safe to drive as it is. When I asked since it's not safe to drive will they be replacing it at no cost? stated no since they have no recall under my VIN # and no longer under warranty.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #26

Apr 152015


  • 90,000 miles
Rear driver's side lock failed with no indications that it did not work. We thought the door was locking, either via the key-fob or internal locking, but it was not and we have no idea how long this was the case before the dealer pointed it out. There is no way to lock the door manually. This left our car open for theft, and endangered a younger child we sometimes Transport as the door was not able to be locked.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #25

Jan 052015


  • 95,000 miles
Both back passenger doors no longer lock. Even with child lock on they open freely. Having children in the back seat is a huge problem as they can open the doors at any time. There is no warning the locks have failed. I've researched online and this seems to be a known issue.

- San Antonion, TX, USA

problem #24

Oct 212014


  • 89,000 miles


Ignition switch bushing. There is a nylon or plastic bushing in the key ignition switch to start the car that can become dislodged and prevent the key from going into the pathway. Car cannot be started for this reason. Must be towed. VW has told us that this happens frequently to the VW Jettas. Note: There may be other models affected if they use the same type of ignition switch. Repairs will cost ~$600 for installation of a new ignition switch.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #23

Aug 132014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 59,265 miles
Car shuts off and battery light comes on immediately put on emergency flashers so I will not get hit from behind both times I have been stopped at a traffic signal I put the car in park and have been able to start the car again to get to a safe place I do not feel safe driving the car do to the fact it could stop at anytime first I took my car to my certified VW specialist he ran diagnostics kept my car for three days drove it but was unable to reproduce took my car back then again the next week same thing happened I heard a click car shut down and battery light came on this time I did not feel safe to even get it into the dealership so I called a tow truck to have it towed to the dealership. Feeling frustrated 2nd week renting a car waiting to hear from the dealership to make thing worse I bought my car new off the show room floor from [xxx] that dealership has since closed down I have noticed cracking if the paint on the hood vehicle has never been in an accident I was told from a body shop that repair work was done to the car probably because it was damaged in shipping and if the cost of repair is not at least 6 percent of the purchase price VW does not have to disclose to customer. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 032014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
My 2007 VW Jetta with 37K on it started to indicate on the dash cluster panel that the door is closed when its open. The vehicle also automatically locks the door on its own once I have exited the vehicle. I believe this is a safety issue that can lock my children inside the car, can affect other area of the car and can catch fire while on the road. This issue has been discovered on various Jetta, gti, etc and VW has done nothing about it. On 7/3/2014 @ 10am, VW of America was contacted and were not helpful and did not want to assist or stand by their product die to the warranty being expired. Open road VW of manhattan was contact for information and they confirmed that they have seen this frequently on the above mentioned models and that they estimate the jobs to be from $700 and up. This looks, sounds and is a factory defect. Please assist towards this issue.

- Bogota, NJ, USA

problem #21

Dec 102013


  • 98,000 miles
The airbag light came on one day while driving. Pulled over and shut car off then restarted and light stayed on. Looked light up in manual and it states there is a problem with the airbag system and they may not deploy in an accident. This concerns me as a major safety issue. Secondly my passenger side door lock fails to lock or unlock intermittently. As a result I have to leave my car unlocked at times since there is no way to lock the door manually. Also is a safety concern if the door won't unlock in a crash situation.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #20

Nov 292013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


While shopping on black Friday and intermittently since then the left rear door won't lock. Having a small child that is in the back seat, this is a safety issue for our family. It only takes one pull of the handle to open the door.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #19

Mar 012014


  • 45,000 miles
My VW Jettas sensor for the airbag constantly comes on when I start the car telling me that there is a problem with the airbag and it will not deploy. Problem first started back in 2008(bought the car brand new) and when I contacted VW for repair they told me that none others had this issue and they couldn't help me. When I started doing research I've found there are hundreds if not thousands of people saying the same thing about their VW airbag sensor is not working properly and that the airbag won't deploy in a crash.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 012013

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The door lock doesn't work. It does not lock all the doors which can lead to a fatality if my little children open the door by accident. For what I seen this is a manufacture defect in all these vehicles.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 212014


  • 75,730 miles
My back passenger door doesn't lock, the door latch is out. The diagnostic report states that eventually my drivers door latch is going to go out as well. Two car doors do not lock leaving my car available for possible break ins. Currently can't leave valuable things in my car since it wont lock. Car doors have been acting up, leaving certain doors to open and others not. My passenger front door wont open, and currently only the drivers door opens, this electrical issue changes often and certain doors will lock and the next day it changes again. Called manufacture informed me nothing they can do for me. Called my dealership they told me the same thing. Car currently isn't under warranty, bought it without a warranty. Still making payments and not having a car that will lock and let me in, is an issue.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #16

Oct 012011


  • 68,000 miles
A light came on the dashboard with the icon of the airbag. I looked it up and found that it was a warning light telling me that the sensors in the seat that detect someone sitting in the seat were faulty and could result in airbags not deploying in the event of an impact. Other owners of VW Jettas from 2007 and years before and after have experienced this. There has been no recall although many owners, including myself, think there should be.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 152012


  • 70,000 miles
My crash sensor's went off for no reason. There was no accident at all. This is causing an airbag fault light to be on in my car and from what I understand, the airbags will not work now if the light is on. The previous owner of my car had this same fault fixed (with only about 20,000 miles on the odo). There are numerous complaints out there about these same faults on the same cars (mkv Jetta, rabbit/gti). There needs to be a recall to fix this since it is a safety hazard!

- Galion, OH, USA

problem #14

Jun 292012

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
On June 29 2012 airbag indicator light came. Vehicle was taken to VW and they stated that it was the wire harness under the passenger seat. Since vehicle wa not under warranty I had to pay $375 to get it repaired (or so I thought) July 17th 2013 airbag light returned. On July 22nd 2013 I took car in to VW this time they had my car for two days and diagnosed the problem to be the airbag igniter. I questioned the fact that they didn't catch that the first time and they replied that the scanner didn't catch it(yeah right) the service guy tells me that its $500 for the part and 8 hours of labor, ouch!!! are you kidding me that is a safety issue and should be covered regardless. I contacted vwoa and I'm still waiting for a response. I refuse to pay that money for a safety matter that is clearly a manufacture defect. I will never again buy VW. I'm seeking repair expense paid by vwoa and a refund for the harness since it was not the problem.

- Bogota, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 282012


  • 62,000 miles
As I was driving 65mph on the highway my car completely shut down. I had no lights, no gas, no anything. I was able to pull off to the side of the road. After about 20 minutes, the car started back up, but I only made it about 1.5 miles before it did it again. VW dealership replaced my entire computer module (J519) and then let me leave the lot. I continued to have trouble starting the car. The dealership replaced the relay for the starter because it was overheating. I am now (Oct 2012) having issues with the unlocking of my driver side door.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #12

Sep 022011

Jetta 5-cyl

  • miles
2007 wolfsburg edition Jetta: Experiencing issues latches/locks/linkages/ first with one door lock (rear left) around Sep 2011. Then 2nd door (rear ) warranty already passed, the dealer told me that the locks can go bad and need to be replaced, costing $250/$200 each plus labor $100 hr./3 hrs or $300!! for grand ttl almost $800! replacement. Now I already having problem with driver door!! this seems excessive specially VW should address this quality issue with their supplier now and have them fixed at no cost. This is a safety issue drive for work around some not nice neighborhoods, car can't be lock. I have 2 kids and afraid door can open so easily. I hope something is done before we hear really bad news. This is a serious issue as the locks serve as the first line of defense in anti-theft. I searching online and see others with similar issues, I decided to report, I still have issues with lock. Hope people reads and report the issue. I have bought 2 other VW is past and never had this problem. I don't think will buy a fourth VW.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 062010


  • 65,000 miles
Power door lock system failure. Can not lock entire doors. Key got stuck and could not remove key from ignition. Had to call a tow-truck, pay ($350) and have taken to dealer. Dealer recommended replacing entire power door systems. Cost me about $450...went ahead and approved replacement. $350 + $450 = $800. Power lock failed again...Sep-Oct 2012. Dealer again recommends replacing entire power lock system. What"??" no recall has be implemented or set....

- San Diego, CA, USA

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