Clutch Problems of Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 115 problems linked to clutch (under the power train category).
#1 - Clutch problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
2010 Volkswagen Jetta. Consumer states knocking noise by gearbox while driving
the consumer was informed the clutching system needed to be replaced. The consumer stated he had to wait two months for the part. The consumer stated three to four days later, after the vehicle was fixed, the noise resurfaced. The part was replaced again and the same noise returned. It was Jul. 1, 2011 when this clutch issue occurred.
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#2 - Clutch problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. Default clutch failure, I have been watching this forum for a few days, ever since the 06 tdi Jetta clutch stuck to the floor , OH yes another clutch pedal to the floor!. We were told at the dealership that it would be under warranty, same old thing customer abuse, $2700. 00 later. Replaced clutch, pressure plate, release bearing, and flywheel. I was shocked. We have had many transmission in the family with everyone driving and never a problem. This was our first Volkswagen and probably our last unless Volkswagen does the proper thing and reimburses us. Anyways, after the shock I made them give me the old parts, plus core charge of $35. 00, and did some research at transmission shops. As far as the shops were concerned there was no improper wear, no bluing, and as far as they could tell it was clutch failure from defective parts. After further research, early model clutches have been taken off the market and replaced with an newer style. This is a fact, even though the pressure plate and clutch only needed to be replaced Volkswagen had to replace the flywheel at a cost of $1700. 00. The dealership lied to me from the beginning saying that the new clutch came in a kit ,and the flywheel was apart of that kit. After talking to a parts representative they were all sold separately!
so we are not done with this fight. Volkswagen customer care was no help. Basically, the dealer could make the call if it should be under warranty or not. We also found out that there were better after market clutches available. The cost for an outside shop was quoted at $1,0000. 00 to replace parts and labor. I will keep an eye on this forum and keep you posted. Also, I posted a complaint at the NHTSA, that will be #16, yes canadians could post complaints there. Good luck. This problem occurred on Jun. 14, 2007.
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#3 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. : the contact stated while driving 50mph and approaching a yield, the clutch was depressed. The clutch stuck to the floor of the vehicle causing the vehicle to loose all transmission function. The vehicle coasted to the side of the road and was towed to the dealer. The dealer determined the transmission failure was due to driver error. The vehicle was then towed to an independent repair shop for further inspection. The repair shop personnel determined the flywheel had broken causing the clutch pressure plate to break. The manufacturer was alerted and no repairs were made. This issue happened on 02/06/06.
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#4 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this Jetta is 3VWRT71K06_. The clutch on my 2006 vw Jetta tdi has started to fail. The car has 43,000 highway miles on it. I have read several complaints on the clutch failing on 2006's due to not being built heavy enough to withstand the additional torque of the new tdi engine. Lujak's vw in davenport, IA told me the repair would cost $1300 to $2500 and that generally speaking vw will not warranty this problem after 12,000 miles. This clutch issue occurred 07/25/2006.
#5 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The clutch on my husbands 2006 Jetta tdi is going out. It only has 44, 000 miles on it. He has owned six manual transmission cars in the past, never having to replace a clutch in less than 110,000 and even then it was not the clutch worn out but the throw out bearing fell apart. We have done several searches on the internet on vw tdi clutches. One thing we found out is that this is a common problem with 2005. 5 and early 2006. Vw of europe has issued recalls on the 2006 passat tdi only sold overseas. I believe that the same clutch was used in the early 2006 Jettas. Audi has issued a recall on there a3 with the tdi engine that was produced from June of 2003 till the end of 2004. On 6/24/2005 the los angeles times reports that vw is recalling 44,000 of its touran vans worldwide to fix a clutch problem. I have found several complaints on www. Uk-mkiv. Net where the golf and Jetta are referred to as mkv or the 5th edition and on www. Audi-sport. Net for the Audi a3 tdi and on www. Tdiclub. This problem occurred on Saturday, Jun. 24, 2006.. Read more...
#6 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWST71K36_. 2006 Volkswagen Jetta tdi with 12,469 miles had complete clutch failure. Center of the clutch was completely blown out. Volkswagen replaced as we were only 469 miles over warranty but upon investigation there seems to be a design flaw in the clutch which Volkswagen will not acknowledge. It was Sep. 5, 2006 when this clutch issue occurred.
#7 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. I had to come to a complete stop to not rear end a car that was not moving. When I put on the brakes so forcefully, it apparently messed up my transmission and clutch. I couldn't get my car into gear. I had to have the car towed to vw of van nuys where the service agent said it was my fault that the clutch was burnt out, even though I only had 7500 miles on the car. After researching this problem on the internet, it appears to be a problem with this car regarding the clutch. I was able to talk the dealership into covering this with my warranty but felt it's important to let you guys know because I'm not the only one who is having this problem. This problem occurred on Monday, Sep. 18, 2006.
#8 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this Jetta is 3VWST71K56_. Traveling in stop and go traffic on an upgrade toward george washington bridge. I stepped on clutch to shift but could not. The clutch pedal was nailed to the floor. I coasted into a gas station and turned off engine. The smell of clutch burning was very pronounced. The vw roadside assistance would not tow me anywhere but to the nearest dealer or anywhere else for that matter unless under 15 miles. I would have to pay for any towing beyond that. The car was ultimately towed to the dealer from whom the car was purchased. Vwoa covered the replacement clutch only as a courtesy one time. They said the clutch was not covered by the warranty. I had the car for one week. It had 289 miles total! I am concerned that the vehicle is not actually fixed and that vwoa knows the clutch assembly is inadequate for the car. The old parts are not available as far as I know. I am not sure at this time what parts other than the clutch plate and flywheel were replaced. This clutch problem happened on Sep. 29, 2006.
#9 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 3VWDT81K16_. 1. 2006 vw Jetta tdi 5-speed: clutch filed to operate at 18,000 miles, slipping & burning 2. 2006 vw Jetta tdi 5-speed: clutch and dual mass flywheel failed at 18,000 miles 3. Dealer replace at cost of $2,500. Dealer stated not covered under warranty, filed complaint with vw of America. Damaged parts available for inspection. The failure date was November 27, 2006.
#10 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. My 2006 tdi seems to have had a clutch failure at 8950 miles. I was sitting in traffic and the engine started smoking and giving off a large amount of noxious fumes and wouldn't accelerate. I waited for towing outside on the freeway in sub-zero temperature. It was a Saturday so waited until Monday for it to go to the shop. The dealer says they were unable to re-create the problem and sent me off with the fail-prone car. I am very unhappy with Volkswagen, if this is their idea of customer satisfaction. It was 12/15/06 when this clutch issue occurred.
#11 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Clutch flywheel problems with my 2006 Jetta tdi. Left me stranded on highway with only 37 k miles on it. Dealer says not covered under warranty as wear and tear, this is the second time it has needed to be replaced in 1 year. We were exiting off of a highway and the clutch stayed depressed stuck to the floor and the transmission was not working. The failure date was 02/23/2007.
#12 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Our 2006 Volkswagen tdi was towed to the dealer again yesterday for clutch problems. At 2 months with 5,000 miles the clutch would intermittently not engage. Was able to drive it to dealer , and dealer replaced master cylinder, bleed system and reassembled. At 6 months, with 15,000 miles the clutch failed, stranding us along the highway. Had it towed to the dealer, who removed the transmission, and inspected dual mass flywheel. Slipped throw out, bearing came apart, the fork for bearing slid into pressure plate. Replaced flywheel, clutch plate, pressure throw out bearing fork and spring. - at 9 months with 20,000 miles transmission whined in third gear and had a harsh shift in all gears. While driving to dealer the car popped out of gear. Dealer found transmission leaking fluid from bell housing. Called Volkswagen, and was told to check for cracks in case. Removed case ,and inspected for cracks. Had hairline cracks. Removed and replaced transmission, and reassembled and added fluid. " this repair took the longest as the dealer has to wait for parts. The car was at the dealer this time for over three weeks. 4- 10 months with 22,000 miles three weeks after last repair we were again stranded at the side of the road. At a stop sign depressed clutch, put car in first, started to move and car made a loud noise and clutch was dead again. Towed to dealer ,and we are waiting to hear again from them. Both my husband and I have been driving stick shift for over 20 years each. Our dealer has never suggested that we don't know how to drive a stick shift although I have seen online this was often said as soon as the clutch went out. Everything so far has been replaced at no cost to us. The manual transmission was very unreliable, and in heavy traffic it could easily lead to an accident. Luckily, while we drive many miles it was mostly country highways. This clutch issue occurred 05/10/07.
#13 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The reporting person's vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that she felt the vehicle's clutch slipping while driving 5 mph. The dealer stated that the clutch assembly needed replacing. The contact stated that she experienced the clutch slipping, difficulty switching gears, and the vehicle has stalled since the vehicle was purchased. The VIN, purchase date, and engine size were unknown. The current mileage is 33,000 and failure mileage was 31,000. The failure date was May. 16, 2007.
#14 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Clutch has failed twice while driving. First time March 2007 at 8,000 miles. Clutch and flywheel replaced and failed again may 2007 at 10,000 miles. This problem occurred on March 19, 2007.
#15 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. I was driving on I-80, I moved to the off ramp , and when I pushed the clutch, it went all the way down to the floor. The 2006 Jetta tdi with 26 000 miles now needed a new clutch and flywheel, $1700 repair bill. The new clutcha nd flywheel were not the same as the original. The replacement parts have been upgraded by volkwagen, why? maybe the original clutch was defective. Or Volkswagen did not take into account the added torque of the new pd engine. Very annoying. This issue happened on Sun., Jun. 17, 2007.
#16 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWRT71K36_. Around 12-13k mi a lot of strange vibration appeared on the clutch pedals, a lot of pulsation during take offs and shifts, slight grinding noice during shifts, vibration from the engine compartment and the shift leaverage at around 2k rpm. Makes it easy to stall especialy during hot days. Dealer identify the problem as the failing dmf and throw-out bearing and possibly a spring/pressure plate. The clutch disk itself was not slipping. The failure date was 04/28/07.
#17 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. I was driving my 2006 vw Jetta tdi on freeway doing about 60 mph when I needed to down shift from traffic and when depressing the clutch it stuck to the floor managed to get to the side of the road called dealer I bought the car from. Then told me to try to pull up the clutch pedal and if so try pumping the clutch and if feels good then give it a try. So I did ,the pedal cam up, I pumped it felt ok I just started the car , slowly released the clutch the car shot forward and died with a clunk. So I had the car towed to the nearest dealer ( not mine ). Talking to the service rep he told me their has been a problem with these clutches and they had done eight of the same year and model under warranty . I called to see if it was ready they told me it is not covered under warranty and that the car was ready to be picked up and I owed them $2700. 00 for the repairs ie; new clutch, pressure plate, flywheel and bearing. I complained to no avail. My car has 20,000 miles and other problems they have not figured out yet. It was June 14, 2007 when this clutch issue occurred.
#18 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. After about 22,000 miles the engine started losing power, and the clutch started making noises and vibrations upon engaging/disengaging. The first time it happened we were driving on the interstate, so the loss of power was really dangerous. The dealership replaced the whole flywheel and clutch assembly. It was Thursday, November 30, 2006 when this clutch issue occurred.
#19 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Clutch flywheel problems with my 2006 Jetta tdi. Left me stranded on highway with only 41 k miles on it. The vehicle is in the shop and under review. I'm concerned over the number of clutch failures at such low mileage. I am very gentle with my clutch. The failure date was Jul. 20, 2006.
#20 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWDT71K56_. I went to stop at a light pushed in my clutch and when it got to the floor it clicked ever so quietly and wouldn't return to engaged position. I pulled the clutch pedal back up off the floor and now it can't be pushed more than 3/4 of the way to the floor and if you try while the engine is running you get an awful grinding noise. Clutch plate flew apart. This issue happened on Wed., Jul. 25, 2007.
#21 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Clutch in my 2006 Jetta tdi (manufactured 02/06) went out while driving down the highway at 70 mph. I lost ability to shift gears and vehicle is currently at the dealership for repairs. Dealer says that it is the clutch but from what I have researched these cars (manufactured before 03/06) have a faulty dual mass flywheel that comes apart and then tears up the clutch. This clutch issue occurred 07/28/2007.
#22 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of the problem Jetta is 3VWRT71K96_. Clutch assembly in both my 2006 vw Jetta's had to be replaced, because of incorrect assembly at plant. One is running well, the other one is still not running properly. This clutch problem happened on Sun., Feb. 11, 2007.
#23 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWST71K46_. Flywheel and clutch catastrophic failure. Clutch pedal went completely to floor and engine seized up. Clutch would not disengage engine and was seized up. Driver was operating vehicle at low speed when failure occurred. If failure had happened at highway speeds it likely would have resulted in high-speed wreck. The failure date was 07/25/2007.
#24 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Faulty clutch and flywheel. Flywheel blew apart and destroyed clutch. The incident nearly caused an accident which could have possibly killed my entire family. This issue happened on December 22, 2006.
#25 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWRT71K86_. Only 48,000 miles on the car and the clutch/flywheel are shot. According to an independent trans shop this is the second time its been rebuilt with vw parts. This clutch problem happened on Wed., Jul. 25, 2007.
#26 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this Jetta is 3VWRT71K46_. Dual mass flywheel leaking from center hub clutch failure. The failure date was Wednesday, August 1, 2007.
#27 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle was 3VWST71KX6_. There is a list of problems I've had with this car. First the odometer reads 5-7 miles higher than my actual speed, and the radio reception and volume oscillates randomly. The entire car starts to shake the longer at a stop; say in traffic or even at a long red light. It's even worse on an a hill, both incline and decline. The friction point changes randomly which makes it quite easy to stall out the car from a starting position. When one turns the wheel to go around a turn the front of the car produces a deep groaning sound. The paint is also chipping off randomly; and I hand wax and wash this vehicle myself; so it makes no sense since it's only a year old. The top coat is actually pealing off on parts of the car. I took it into the dealer and they updated the software on the radio; and I'm currently waiting for the flywheel to be replaced, the part hasn't come in yet. It was Monday, Aug. 27, 2007 when this clutch issue occurred.
#28 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. VIN of the vehicle was 3VWST71K06_. Had the dual mass flywheel come apart. Dealer replaced flywheel, clutch plate, bolts, a bearing, and a support under warranty. This seems to be a systemic problem. This issue happened on Wednesday, August 22, 2007.
#29 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWRT71K46_. Clutch and flywheel failed at 23,740 miles. Sudden failure, without warning. Caused the car to come to a complete stop, pulled the clutch pedal to the floor. It was Aug. 16, 2007 when this clutch issue happened.
#30 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3VWST71K06_. Experienced clutch failure in my 2006 vw Jetta tdi at 23k miles (at least 10k highway miles). Car had a lifetime history of less than smooth take-off (from stand still to 1st gear). First sign of major problem was total clutch failure (pedal stuck to floor, unable to shift) after about 30 min. In stop-and-go traffic on interstate in road construction zone. This is a safety issue: this failure causes driver to lose the ability to accelerate and has potential to cause high speed crash in heavy traffic merging conditions. This is also a known issue: online reading quickly reveals that the dual mass flywheel & clutch assembly has been problematic for some time, and this particular issue is found in the 2005. 5 & 2006 Jetta tdi. Three examples of evidence for this are: #1. To date, 46 members of the online forum tdiclub. Com have experienced this low mileage clutch and/or flywheel failure. #2. Vw has had recalls in both finland and australia for same/similar issues. #3. The product description of single mass flywheel & clutch advertised at dieselgeek. Com states: â€œgets rid of the failure prone stock sachs dual mass flywheel. Â€� I repeat, this is a known problem, it seems that vw knows that original parts are defective or not up to the job as they have upgraded the replacement parts. But vw refuses to pay for repairs, citing â€œowner errorâ€� and/or â€œwear-and-tear. Â€� my repair cost $1700 and vw should reimburse me. The repaired clutch is smoother than it has ever been, indication that it was defective from day one. Far more important: vw should issue a recall before someone is hurt or killed. I am furious at vw! this was a known problem when I drove my new car off the lot in June 06. At the very least, I should have been advised of the issue and to be mindful of clutch operation. How can vw be so careless? who at vw made the decision to ignore this potentially fatal problem? iâ€™ll continue to spread the word until vw takes responsibility and issues a recall. This clutch issue occurred Aug. 23, 2007.
#31 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. 2006 Jetta tdi made in mexico in 01/06. Purchased 04/06. Car was always difficult to drive from a standing start. Clutch seemed to lock up prematurely. Many times this causes the engine to stall. At ~25,000 miles the clutch started slipping on the highway. There is overwhelming evidence among other vw Jetta tdi owners that this is a sign of premature dual mass flywheel failure. There are two scenarios that make this failure a serious safety risk to the driver and any passengers: 1. Slippage of the clutch at high speeds causes loss of speed control while merging or passing. 2. Locking of the clutch from a standing start can cause the engine to stall possibly leaving the car in the way of other traffic. I am in contact with the dealer to get this failed dmf replaced before there are any serious injuries or property damage. It was 08/27/07 when this clutch issue occurred.
#32 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Just had the dual mass flywheel and clutch replaced @ 40,000 miles which is crazy. Clutch was slipping and after hearing about the transmissions destroyed when the dmf comes apart, I spent $1,400. 00 cdn to replace it. Ive driven clutches all my life (33 years) and never had to replace a clutch before 200,000 miles. This clutch issue occurred Thu., Sep. 6, 2007.
#33 - Clutch problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. I purchased a brand new 2006 Jetta tdi (standard shift); at the time of this incident the vehicle had approx. 17,000 miles on it. I was driving on the highway and upon downshifting the clutch failed and the vehicle was stuck in gear; I was unable to take the car out of gear or change speed. This incident led me to have to drive the vehicle off to the side of the highway while being unable to safely control the vehicle. Upon further investigation it appears that this has been a common problem with sachs clutches from Volkswagen. Clearly, without a recall, this is puts many drivers in an extremely unsafe situation. The dealer repaired this problem for no cost; however, they were unaware that this problem is common and that vw has recently released a service bulletin regarding the failing clutches. A recall is the answer; however, vw so far has not had to issue one. It was 11/16/2007 when this clutch issue occurred.
Other Power Train related problems of Volkswagen Jetta:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||230|
|Power Train problems||108|
|Manual Transmission problems||54|
|Automatic Transmission Gear Indicator problems||28|
|Transmission Failure problems||26|
|Transmission Noise problems||23|
|Clutch Broken problems||21|
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||19|
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||16|
|Noises During Shifting problems||13|
|Power Train Driveline problems||12|
|Transmission Stuck In Gear problems||11|
|Transmission Not Engage problems||10|
|Transmission Gear Indicator problems||9|