really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,593 miles

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 272016


  • 16,000 miles


Just seconds after the epc light came on (I didn't know what it meant) my brakes went out. The brake pedal was stiff and my car had no response in slowing down. Luckily I had been in a position where there was time and space to react and to slow down using the E brake. Just minutes earlier I had been on the highway, as well as in some city traffic - if I lost my brakes at any other moment things could have been deadly. VW ended up swapping out the entire engine. The camshaft had broken in half. I was told by the technician that this was related to some sort of recall issue they had in the past, but I don't know anything more than that. I'm very troubled that a less than 2-year-old car with 16K miles on it can have such a sudden and serious malfunction. Please advise and ensure this does not happen to anyone else. Oh and to make things worse, I was on my honeymoon...

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #7

Feb 232016


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 60 mph, the electronic power control warning light illuminated. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V705000 (engine and engine cooling, service brakes, hydraulic); however, the part for the recall repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the vehicle repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 042016


  • miles
The "start engine stop" button is living away on the letter N of engine, causing a metal blade to pierce the skin when the button is depressed to start or stop the car.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 192015


  • 7,100 miles


I bought my car in July 2015, new, from larry roesch dealer in Chicago, after waiting 8 hours in the waiting room for them to "clean my car in the back shop"- while several other customers came and went with their new cars. After only a few thousand miles on my car, it needed to have a quart and half oil added to it and the oil light came on. I took it into the dealer and they said it was "normal". after I called the manufacturer to request a letter stating my car was clear and did not have any recall issues, I was told the letter could not be issued because there was, indeed, a recall issue which had to do with the camshaft. I was told this issue did not have a fix for it and would not have one until March 2016. I requested a letter stating it would be safe to drive the car with my children and family, but VW said they were not able to give such a letter stating that the model of the car was "safe to drive". I told them I was not comfortable driving a car that could potentially shut off while driving on the highway and causing injury or death to my family-- at that point, VW agreed to tow my car and to replace the camshaft (even though I was initially told by VW that the camshaft replacement would cause the very same issue). I received the VW Jetta SE 1.8T back from pugi dealers last Thursday and was told there should not be any other problems. Today, I drove half mile from my home to the laundry and when I returned to my car, the car would not start, the light indicator for "steering malfunction and engine issues" came on. I called VW and they have towed the car to pugi dealership, yet again, and I do not have a car - once again- to take my children to school and work, etc. There is a very obvious and serious issue with my car. It is not something to play with people's lives over, since VW told me it cannot be fixed and could potentially cause a crash.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #4

Dec 072015


  • 4,200 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving at various speeds, the contact grabbed a cellular phone out of the storage compartment in the middle console of the vehicle. The contact stated that at that time the on/off switch was accidentally depressed, causing the vehicle to shut off while still in motion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,200.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #3

Dec 012014


  • 900 miles
VW dealer and mechanic admits to driving my car and verifying in person while driving that my car tires are shaking due to the suspension of the car and I should put luggage in the trunk to help smooth the ride or go with a larger wheel size.. I feel very unsafe with family in my car. Electrical issue is a fuse keeps burning out due to an improper ground from both power plugs front and back seat. While driving the passenger door opened by itself while both hands were on the steering wheel.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 302014


  • 25 miles
I purchased this vehicle less than one month ago and am concerned about the listed recalls. My vehicle falls within the specifications as listed on the recalls, however, my vehicle returns a search of no open recalls. My biggest concern is the fuel system recall. On four separate occasions, since I have owned the vehicle, I have smelled gasoline both while at an idle and just after turning off the ignition. Your assistance with this matter is appreciated.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Apr 012015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 520 miles
The panic button on the key fob has no delay. If you push it one time, with very little pressure, the alarm goes off. I was stopped at a stop light and I stalled the engine with the manual transmission. I went to turn the key off and back on again to start the engine and since the panic button is on the side of the key (facing straight up, or down when in the ignition). The alarm started going off and the engine wouldn't start. I was holding back traffic, scrambling to figure out what had happened as the action was completely unintentional. This is a safety issue and needs to be addressed. Other key fobs I've had required pressing and holding the panic button for 1 or 2 seconds to activate it. Bad design of key fob, the button at least should be slightly recessed.

- Spanish Fork, UT, USA

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