really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,759 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #9

Jul 012010


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 65 mph she heard a throbbing noise coming from the speakers and all of the interior lights stopped functioning. She was also unable to use the radio. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane and shut off. Upon restarting the vehicle it would function normally. The failure continued to occur intermittently. She also stated that she would attempt to change the radio station but the radio would intermittently display a message reading "no cd" or "no magazine". a few months later while driving approximately 10 mph the vehicle stalled. Upon restarting the vehicle it functioned normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on 3 occasions where they were unable to diagnose the failures. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100 and the current mileage was 10,000.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #8

Aug 122010


  • 20,746 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they were not able to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The failure mileage was 20,746 and the current mileage was 32,978.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Oct 202010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
2010 VW tdi Jetta sportswagen currently has 18675 miles, however, problem started at approximately 5000 miles. Engine feels like it loses power and starting to stall when in 3rd/4th gear and between 30 to 40 mph. At times it is like a small hiccup at other times it is quite severe and causes the car to lurch violently - has locked the seat belt up when this occurs as I am thrown forward hard. Occasionally same thing will happen in higher gear, but pretty much every day in 3rd or 4th gear. Have taken the car back to the dealer multiple times and complained about problem each time. Response has been they cannot duplicate and can find no problem. On last service they replaced the fuel filter said it "might" be clogged. No improvement - problem still happening. Buy my diesel fuel from the same stations all the time and the same stations I purchased diesel fuel for my 2004 golf tdi with 150,000 miles on it and never had any problem with that car.

- Smyrna, DE, USA

problem #6

Oct 092010


  • 200 miles


2010 Jetta tdi sportswagen with manual transmission stalls easily at low rpms. The engine shuts off without warning, causing a risk of being hit from behind by another vehicle. I have owned many manual-transmission cars in my 30-plus years of driving experience, and have never experienced this problem with other cars.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 232010


  • 38,250 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta sportswagen. While the contact was driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the speed rate reduced to 35 mph. An unfamiliar warning light illuminated on the instrument panel and the engine exhibited an extremely low power response during acceleration. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road. The dealer was notified and they advisedthe contact not to turn off the engine and to continue driving. The failure reocurred five miles later, followed by the illumination of the coil and check engine warning indicators. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they informed the contact that the engine speed sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for the identical failure for diagnosis. The manufacturer advised that the dealer should replace the computerized system. The failure mileage was 38,250.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 262010


  • 4,300 miles
Brand new Volkswagen Jetta sportwagen tdi has stalled at speeds from 25-65 mph with absolutely no warning (no warning lights or messages and no change in driving performance). This has occurred 3 times at approximately 4K miles. The 3rd time the car had to be towed from a major expressway since the engine would not restart. The VW dealer found fault code P2146. They did not find anything wrong with the car during testing and simply cleared the codes with the assistance of a VW of America technician working remotely. The VW of America tech advised test driving 20 miles and returning the car to us. The car worked well for the next 5K miles but has now stalled randomly again twice while driving. I was nearly hit today as the car stalled in the middle of an intersection as I was turning left. Prior events have led to nearly being rearended on 4 lane highways with 2 adults and a 3 and 5 year old in the back seat. This is my first new car and I have never felt this unsafe in cars I have owned that are over 10 years old. VW seems to think it is ok to return this car to customers and will not provide me any information on the frequency of this occurrence in this make and model across the country. I am having it towed to the VW dealer (sutliff in harrisburg pa) where I bought the car. They indicated they will work on the car again. I'm afraid this will just mean clearing codes and test driving. The mechanics have all agreed that they would not feel safe driving their family in my car...my new car. Note: Rvutb 2414/yl 2.0L tdi ECM softward update was performed on this car as part of recall between incidents.

- Camp Hill , PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 312010


  • 1,400 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was restarted and stalled again on the same day. Volkswagen was contacted and claimed that they were unaware of any stalling issues with the 2010 Jetta. The vehicle was being repaired by the dealer for repairs. The current and failure mileages were approximately 1,400.

- Oceanside , NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 282010


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. While the contact was driving approximately between 25-35 mph, the engine stalled without warning for three seconds and resumed. The instrument panel gauge read normally during the failure. The failure occurred at least two to three times a day or greater; and reached the number of fifteen times while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to detect a problem. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times for the same failures which there were no resolutions. In addition, the failure occurred when the vehicle was at a complete stop with an increase in the engine rpms and the tachometer displaying a different reading. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 100.

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 192010


  • 10,058 miles
3 months after purchase car was stalling like it wanted to take off, but was dragging. I was told by dealer slight defect parts were replaced. Recently, car stopped on me twice when I made a complete stop at the light. Power remained on, but I had to restart the car.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

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