Notes: Digging through the long list of NHTSA complaints about a sudden loss of engine power and the high pressure fuel pump failing, it's never good to come across the "my car (with a cold engine) set itself on fire in the middle of the night" complaint.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,255 miles

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta miscellaneous problems

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 152011


  • miles


We had just arrived to our nephew's pop warner football game. When we got out of the vehicle we told our 8 year old son to stand by the car while we pulled out our other son's stroller our of the truck. Our 8 year old leaned against the driver side rear end when suddenly we heard him screech in pain. We asked what had happened he said that he felt something hot hit his leg. When we looked we noticed that he had burned his right calf and it was because the exhaust pipes stuck out too far. We tried to treat the burn ourself with burn ointment but it was not enough. The next day we took him to the emergency room to have a doctor look at it and she said that he had 3rd degree burns and that it was infected.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 022011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle while driving 30 mph. The vehicle caught fire and the contact was able to get out of the vehicle before it exploded. The police and fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire had not been determined. The VIN was unknown. The contact owned the vehicle for a month and was not sure of the mileage.

- Staen Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 042011


  • 950 miles
From time to time, when depressing the gas pedal to accelerate (entering highway via on ramp, climbing moderate hill or grade, passing slower vehicle) there is initially no acceleration, then a sudden surge of power causing an uncontrolled acceleration.

- San Anselmo, CA, USA

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