Clutch Broken Problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 27 problems related to clutch broken (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Jetta based on all problems reported for the Jetta.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 10/04/2018

At 32,000 miles the clutch started slipping. Even though covered under warranty I was told my my local vw dealer and by vw of America that they would have to pull the car apart to determine if it is covered. If they determine it is normal wear and tear it won't be covered and I'm out $1100 for the diagnostic. Meanwhile the vw forums I've been on pinpoint a weak clutch pressure plate (design flaw) as the source of the slipping. That makes sense since I've never had a clutch slip in my previous 6 manual transmissions and two of those vehicles made it to over 200,000 miles. There is no way a clutch should give up at 32,000 miles. The slipping occurs while accelerating in a high gear with 4 people in the car. It just started this week, but is already getting worse. Neither the dealer or vwoa could tell me the criteria they use to determine if a clutch is covered, but the nice vwoa representative told me that short of the clutch failing in the first year they rarely cover the failure. So I'm left with a warranty that isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 03/22/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving the clutch failed and could not put the vehicle in gear. No warning lights illuminated during the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer: gunther Volkswagen of fort lauderdale 1660 south state road 7, fort lauderdale, FL 33317 how diagnosis the vehicle was a failed clutch. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and a case was filed. Case no. 180217385. The failure mileage 5300. Hk.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 08/20/2016

The problem is the clutch failure in the 6 speed transmission. . This is the second time the clutch has failed, preventing the car going into gear. It left us stranded. This was accompanied by a slight burning odor. We feel this leaves us in danger and is a safety hazard. We hesitate to drive it on any long trip. Vw warrants the car for 3 years or 36,000 miles. The warranty states that clutch replacement due to wear is excluded from the warranty. However, I explained to all that we have had 6 autos with standard transmissions over a period of about 60 years and have never had a clutch fail on us. The clutch is a very tough component of any car. Vw has refused to reimburse us for this last failure after many requests. My contention is that the clutch failure must be due to some mechanical factor beyond our understanding. We received partial reimbursement for the first failure, but that obviously did not solve the problem. I asked for and have retained the damaged components in case they are needed.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 09/16/2015

My new 2015 vw Jetta had 3 clutch failures. This occurred on highways in SC, nc and wva in 2015,2016and 2017. Each time it was towed to a vw dealer who repaired the clutch system. The fix did not work. Each time there was danger from possible an accident. I am afraid to drive this vehicle any more. I am 81 years old and have owned 6 vehicles with standard transmission and had never had a problem with any of those vehicles. I need help.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 07/05/2015

On July 5, 2015, the clutch failed. The clutch was depressed to downshift the car as we were approaching a turnpike off ramp. The gear selector was moved out of top gear and into neutral; the clutch would not return, and the gear selector would not move out of neutral. The car had to be maneuvered through traffic from the far left lane to the rights-side shoulder, in neutral. This put my family and everyone around us at risk of serious injury. There was no degradation of clutch system performance. This clutch failure came suddenly and without warning. I have read comments from others online who have experienced similar issues. Several months ago, the brake booster needed to be replaced. The dealership service manager suggested that the clutch issue could be related to the brake booster issue. My wife and I have driven manual transmission cars for years. This is the first clutch-related problem we've ever experienced.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 10/16/2013

In the afternoon of 10/16/2013 while traveling back to my residence I stopped on the road, where I had been traveling, before turning left into a subdivision. The vehicle behind me was also following me into the subdivision. When it was clear to turn left I put my car into first gear and proceeded across the lane and into the subdivision. As I went up the incline the car came out of gear causing the vehicle behind me to come very close to mine as it slowed down without any brake lights. I engaged the clutch and put the car into second gear and proceeded up the hill. At the top of the hill I turned right and accelerated. I tried to change to third gear and was unable to go into gear. I tried again and found it wasn't possible to change gears. I coasted to the location I needed to go and parked the car. Found I wasn't able to change into any gear while the engine was on and the clutch was engaged. I could only change gears by engaging the clutch and putting the car into the first or reverse gear while the engine was off. Accordingly I could drive out of the driveway in reverse. Stop. Turn off the engine. Change into first gear and start the engine to go forward in first gear. I could never change out of first gear. Had to have the car towed to the dealership and was told the clutch had failed. There had been no warning of the clutch failing until it stopped working almost causing the vehicle behind me to run into the rear of the car. The car was driven by only one driver through-out its service life. Driver had 30 years of driving experience. The car was maintained as prescribed in the manual and had recently had its 50000 mile service. There was never any indication that the clutch was wearing out. This was completely unexpected and could have caused a major accident and put lives at risk if it had happened at highway speeds or in another situation with more traffic.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 08/03/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. The contact stated that while driving at highway speeds, the clutch suddenly failed and depressed straight to the floor. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and they advised the contact that the clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure and current mileages were approximately 63,000. The VIN was unavilable.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 07/20/2011

Clutch broke in the car it is a know defect with the type clutch's this car was built with Volkswagen is aware of the defects and issued a TSB in 2007 1 year after my car was built but the sold the car as a certified pre-owned vw with the known defective parts. The parts now broke and vw is refusing to repair the defective parts. There are thousand of vw Jettas affected by these bad parts.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 01/03/2011

2006 vw Jetta tdi : critical clutch failure on highway that could cause serious crash. Clutch complete failed at 62,000 miles - clutch went to floor and would not pop back out. Completely unusable and stuck in traffic and unable to shift gears. Had to have vehicle towed to dealer. . Read more...

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 12/01/2010

69,000 mile clutch failure seems to be common place but no recall or offer to assist in the cost of repairs.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 06/17/2010

Purchased a 2006 vw Jetta tdi, used, with 61,800 miles. Clutch felt weird to me when I purchased the car but thought it was normal. Less then two weeks after purchase I noticed gears slipping. The dealership diagnosed worn clutch disk and damaged throw-out bearing. A properly manufactured clutch assembly should not fail at 61,000 miles, if ever. From what I've read it may be due to bad design of the dual mass flywheel, which over-heats the disk and causes damage. This is a serious issue which may cause sudden loss of control of your vehicle while driving down the highway. Many drivers are not "in-tune" with their vehicle and may not recognize the problem until a serious accident like this does happen. The issue is rampant, and seems it may be inevitable for most 2006 vw builds. . Read more...

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 06/01/2010

Clutch failure, problem disengaging clutch.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 01/02/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, the clutch suddenly failed by depressing to the floor board and causing the vehicle to become inoperable. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting a diagnosis of the failure. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 07/13/2009

Mass flywheel and clutch assembly failure. Another Volkswagen clutch problem to add to the list. Why is the united states not doing anything about this like other countries have. Are we not the most caring country in the world, I mean look how much money this government dishes out to people who don't deserve it. (car manufacturers who cant even make good on manufacturer defects. Other countries issued vw to fix the problems. I even read a letter on this website that the problem did not find its way to the us because it was only in the passat. Well the Jetta's, beetle's, gli's and the golf's all have the same transmission that they are referring to in the letter. I mean the government in charge now wants us to be supported by the government so why does the government not do anything to protect us. They are to many cases like mine all over this site and the internet for ya'll not to do something. Took the car in for service then was dropped with the 3900. 00 dollar repair bill for this.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 07/06/2009

Clutch completely failed, as well as flywheel. No warning, just a catastrophic failure. Fortunately, at a stop light, so no one was injured. However, if this had happened while driving down the road, could have resulted in death. Although this failure is occurring quite frequently (in cars with as little as 400 miles on them), manufacturer has done nothing to remedy situation, either to correct it or to come up with a new design. Currently awaiting response from manufacturer, but no resolution to date.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 02/06/2009

I was driving my 2004 vw Jetta diesel tdi 5-speed home from work. It has 78,000 miles on it. The majority of which are highway/interstate miles due to my work being a long distance from home. I was in 4th gear doing about 45 mph with the cruise control on and was almost home. I heard a "bang" from under the car and lost power. Fluid was leaking from under the car, and I could no logger shift gears. I had it towed to a repair shop. They originally said a part of the clutch had broken off and punctured the transmission case. After additional review they determined it was a piece of the "dual mass flywheel" that had broken off and done the damage. I was forced to pay approximately $2,500. 00 in parts and labor for a new clutch, flywheel, rebuilt tranny, etc. . . To get my car repaired. After researching this problem more I found that this problem with vw's dual mass flywheel is a pretty common problem. See this link for one source. . . Read more...

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 01/04/2009

2005 vw Jetta clutch failure at 26k miles. There is no wear and tear on the vehicle, but my clutch went out while driving down highway. With car disabled, this can cause an accident. Vw won't cover this under warranty because they deem the clutch as a normal wear and tear item. I have read numerous discussion boards where people have had the same issue. It's time for a recall of these defective clutches. They are not going out because of normal wear and tear. Defective clutches were made and put in these cars and vw is making customers pay for their mistakes. If I had been in a remote location, I could've been stranded on the side of the road for hours and could've been struck by another vehicle. Also, with the clutch not working, if I had been driving fast, when I applied the breaks, it could've jerked to a halt and I could've lost control of vehicle. This is not acceptable.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 11/21/2008

My 2006 vw Jetta with tdi diesel engine has clutch slipping after only 48,000 miles. The problem is a defective dual mass flywheel leads to premature clutch failure. This has been addressed by Volkswagen technical service bulletin, and is documented by many cases. My Volkswagen service dealer is not agreeing to cover the repair under warranty. He says the technical service bulletin does not apply to my vehicle. In many cases this defect has led to sudden complete clutch failure. I'm concerned the car may fail at any moment.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 10/17/2008

My 2006 tdi, vw Jetta: about 6 months ago I began hearing clunking noise related to transmission/clutch. On Friday October 17 on interstate highway 35e clutch failed completely. The vehicle has 67,000 miles on it.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 06/12/2008

The clutch failed and left my wife stranded on the road. Dealer states the clutch failure was due to driving, but recent searches on the internet appear to point to other owners with premature clutch failures on Volkswagen tdi's.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 06/09/2008

Clutch failure on 2006 Jetta tdi clutch failed while driving repair of clutch by owner, dealer refused to repair.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 04/15/2008

Noticed very rough idle. Dealer diagnosed manual transmission flywheel malfunctioning without visual inspection. The fault was placed with me. Wear and tear. Dealer claimed must fix, not safe to drive, quoted $2100. If this problem is allowed to worsen, the failure mode is a complete clutch failure and on a busy freeway is a serious safety issue. I went to a third party garage and paid $1200 for a more reliable single mass flywheel. The damaged sachs dmf is available for inspection.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 09/15/2007

The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. While approaching a stop at 70 mph, the contact placed the clutch in and it failed to release. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer and they stated that the failure was due to driver error. The clutch was replaced and the dealer did not charge for labor. The part cost $1,800. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle is currently at the dealer and they have not yet diagnosed the cause of the second failure. The current mileage was 55,000 and failure mileage was 22,000.

car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 06/03/2007

2007 Jetta 2. 5l rear brake failure in June 2007 resulted in accident where I was unable to stop and vehicle was hit driver's side. Reported to vw and was told it was normal failure. Brakes continue to function intermittently (grinding, squealing, seizing) December 2008 rear brakes replaced (30,000kms) at my expense as vw has refused to acknowledge this as an issue. August 2007 clutch fails and vehicle is taken to vw for repairs. Advised it was normal wear and tear (18,000kms) and would not be covered under warranty. Had clutch inspected by a clutch manufacturer who advises parts failed as a result of improper installation. Vw issues refund after legal action is pursued. Have had vehicle inspected at independent mechanic who agrees with sub standard workmanship and parts on this model.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 10/12/2005

I have a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 1. 8l turbo. My first clutch started slipping at 17k miles, finally replaced at 20k. I fought with vw and they actually paid for it because I had brought it in on 3 different occasions and no one could find or admit to a problem. Now again at 39k it has started slipping and is now at 41k. I am due to change it any time. I am once again calling vw trying to arrange them to take care of the cost. I am hoping they will pay for it as the have quoted me $2200 to fix. I have been searching on the internet & found hundreds of people with the same problem. And replacing the clutch isn't a permanent fix and most people have had to pay for it. They have been blaming the drivers for poor driving skills. Meanwhile they are putting many people in danger because any kind of accident could occur when your clutch decides to pop/ fail. Especially on the freeway. Incredibly dangerous. Anyways, most people say that oil in the flywheel is leaking out saturating the clutch disk causing it to slip & even break up. Therefore very early breakdown and sometimes immediate/ unexpected clutch failure.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 26
Failure Date: 09/28/2004

I began noting transmission problems with my car in February of 04. When I brought it to the attention of my dealership and vw of America, they both dismissed my concerns. The clutch was inspected in the spring but they could find no problem with it. My clutch has now failed at 18,600 miles and vw is refusing to repair it. I have never driven anything other than manual trasmission cars and have never needed to replace a clutch, even after 130k. The dealership has my car and refuses to repair it. I have no transporation as a result as they will not give me a loaner car while I wait for the factory customer service person to inspect the car. I have notified them that I will seek lemon law status if they fail to repair the car by October 8th, 2004.

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car image   Clutch Broken problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 27
Failure Date: 07/19/2003

All my transmission mount bolts have failed. The right mount bolts failure was noted when having my timing belt replaced at 60k. The front mount bolts were noted just prior to that when I heard noses that sounded like my clutch was failing. In this case the front bolt had been broken. The left side failure just occured, leading to my engine to drop out as I was moving. The result of one broken bolt and one dethreaded bolt, I'm not sure what order this happened. I am lucky that I was not killed as I was going slow when it happened.

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