fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
4,600 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace destroyed wiring harnesses (1 reports)
  2. replace wiring with non soy based material (1 reports)
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta electrical problems

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052018

Jetta S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles


I started having what seemed like transmission from my 2017 Jetta and took it into the dealership. The dealership has reported that a rodent has been eating on the wires. I keep the vehicle in the garage and I have a 2017 Fiat Spyder which I rarely drive in the same garage. No damage. The insurance agent I spoke with informed that this is common for VW because of the material that they use. Paid $300 for a pest control company to crawl on their hands and knees in my garage to tell me I have no rodents. The exterminator also has confirmed that this is a problem with Toyota and VW. How can they sell cars that they know attract rodents!!!!

Do not buy a Volkswagen.....

- Khara M., Houston, US

problem #1

Mar 042017

Jetta TSI

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,400 miles

Apparently to appear "Green" Volkswagen has started using soy-based wiring in their vehicles. Many other manufacturers are doing this (Toyota for example). As it turns out, rodents love to eat it. I had my car parked in my garage for 3 days and then the car wouldn't start. Turns out rodents had eaten completely through the alternator wiring harness and the main engine wiring harness. They ate off all of the wire cover and left the copper to just short to everything around it. Previously had a 2013 Jetta which did not have the same wiring and thus never had the same issue despite being parked in the same garage for longer periods of time. This issue is NOT covered under warranty, but should be since they are basically covering all the wires in the car with rodent bait.

- bchowe, Houston, US

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