Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 636 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system 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.
Started with key being very difficult to turn on or off in ignition and the steering column lock no longer engaged at all when the car was off. Then, twice within 1 mile, the steering column lock did engage while the car was being operated in a turn at approximately 45 miles per hour. After parking the car immediately following, the key would not turn to the off position until the exposed end of the key was tapped with a hammer. Steering column lock then appeared to lock and unlock appropriately, however, key will no longer turn in the ignition to the start position. Car is currently at the local dealership who has diagnosed the problem of an "inoperable steering column lock" and is performing the needed repair.
See all problems of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta.
Defective light switch that controls the headlights, daytime running light low beams and high beams. Daytime running light no longer work, low beams are so dim they are no longer effective.
See all problems of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta.
Passenger isnt detected, airbags wont deploy on that side. Car randomly wont detect a passenger in the seat, and will deactive the airbags.
See all problems of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta.
Passenger seat (front seat) heating element is burning the upholstery. The seat heater won't shut off. This has happened more than once; each time the car was operating.
See all problems of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta.
Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine.
Vehicle was purchased with check engine light on, returned to dealership and was told it was the gas cap. The vehicle was stalling after that. Vehicle stalled while driving on parkway, all of the dash lights came on and the ability to brake and steer was gone causing an accident. Airbags did not deploy on the front end collision. Vehicle had 1100 miles on it.
See all problems of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.
My ignition would not shut off key is stuck and ignition won�t turn.
Key is stuck in ignition when car is parked, car will not turn off.
See all problems of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta.
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. During a routine inspection, the vehicle failed to pass emissions inspection. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the signal from the ecu and transmission module indicated that there were two pins that were defective and needed to be repaired. Colonial Volkswagen (89 turnpike rd, west borough, MA) was contacted regarding the failure, but they refused to assist the contact. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 163,000.
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As I drove home one night, the fuel gauge was showing empty when I knew that the tank was half full. This is dangerous for a remote, rural driver who needs to know how much gas is left in the tank. Nothing out of the ordinary was present for this occurrence. After I turned the car off and turned it back on the gauge was back to normal. I will be monitoring closely from here on out.
The radio stopped working completely, which seems like a common problem. But in addition the lights were malfunctioning from that point on. 12 different error warnings appeared on the readout about different lights not working. I checked the fuses and all of them were ok, not burned. Several years ago I had one of the headlights intermittently not work. At that point I checked the fuses and there was one fuse that had a deformed plastic cap, but the metal part was still in one piece. Part of the fuse box it was inserted in was melted. This all happened when I first started the car. Obviously I could not operate the car since the brake lights, turn signals, and headlights were all affected. The diagnostic display in the car also showed to check the airbags and stability control.
See all problems of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta.
Heated seat module melted a hole through my leather.
Fuse box in engine compartment melted. The location is where the right sit headlight fuse is. Rf headlight and turn signal do not work. I looked the problem up and found that there are many other people that have same type vehicle with this same problem.
Key gets stuck in ignition and I cannot turn off the engine.
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"fuel pump defect". My 2013 vw Jetta has been randomly stalling out in mid commute within the last few months. I will be driving and the vehicle just cuts off and I have to crank the car back on and being mindful of ongoing traffic. This is increasing becoming an issue as I initially thought it was a random occurrence however as this has repeatedly occurred out of no where when I'm traveling in heavy traffic it has become very scary in an accident occuring. I saw that there is a recall on select vw vehicles however it does not include my vehicle which appears should also be immediately included as this is a serious safety issue with this vehicle.
Not able to turn key in the ignition. Sometimes not able to start car. Sometimes not able to turn car off.
Chronic issue with key either not turning to start ignition or failing to turn to shut the vehicle off while in park. Sales person suggested, "just turn the wheel back and forth a lot until it works. It's a safety feature. " after numerous incidences vehicle was taken to the dealership where they attempted to have me pay for the failure of their product. Under extended warranty the housing for the defective part is covered, but not the part itself. Defect in the part is a known problem. This is the second major issue I have had with this vehicle in less than 3 years.
See all problems of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta.
I have problems with the blinkers, emergency flashers, sunroof and door locks coming on, not working properly and adjusting all on their own. Now my radio is not working at all. There are no recalls on any of this only warranty extension is on the secondary air sensor. Most happens vehicle is on or off. Parked or running.
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. After operating the vehicle, the radio failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to Volkswagen princeton (902 state rd, princeton, NJ 08540) where it was diagnosed that the radio needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not provided. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000.
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that various warning indicators illuminated and the speedometer malfunctioned, which resulted in the speedometer not indicating the correct speed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16v913000 (service brakes, hydraulic, electronic stability control); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. White allen Volkswagen was contacted and refused to perform the repair due to the abs module being defective, which needed to be replaced before the recall could be performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. Parts distribution disconnect.
Day-time running light, right-side (passenger side) bulb burned out, however when the bulb socket was removed, the plastic material had signs of heat damage/plastic material damage and the bulb could not be removed from the socket. The socket and bulb will need to be replaced. There was no recall listed for this issue within the NHTSA, however, the heat damage within the bulb socket is a concern. Local vw dealer mentioned that there was no TSB or recall on this electrical part. Socket and bulb replacement cost from the vw dealer is near $40. 00.
See all problems of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta.
Ignition key would not turn at all, could not start car or engine. Tried turning wheel, brake, emergency brake, gearshift, still could not turn key. Internet search found numerous problems with vw Jetta ignition key problems. This ignition should be recalled due to safety concerns.
Nhtsa campaign #11v196000 my fuses blow, my driver window rolls down, but intermittently won't roll up. My engine cuts out for no reason, while in motion and stopped. Happens when slowing down, exiting off the freeway and coming to a stop in town. My epc, check engine , and light sensors come on and off and different times. 3 years ago I had my abs module replaced. But continue to have the same issues. Looking online I found the recall above, but when I took it to the dealer I was told this isn't an open recall. This has been going on since 2014.
The lights are all crossed. The left turn signal is weaker on the driver mirror. The overhead lights seemed to be crossed. You turn one off and the passenger lights in back come on. The bluetooth stopped working. It is like it has a shirt in it. This is while driving as well as stationary in car port.
For about a week it has been getting harder to turn on and off my car, due to the key not wanting to turn in the ignition. Today, I went to park in a shopping area and I couldn't turn the key at all to shut the engine off. I called the dealership and left them a message and told them I'm on my way right now to bring my car in because I cannot shut my car off. My car has 83,000 miles on it and I do have an extended warranty. The service guy behind the counter said they can't even look at it for a week and a half and if anything is wrong with it it should be covered under the warranty. Obviously, something is wrong with it, the car run was still running in the parking lot and the key feels so loose in the ignition, it feels like it should be able to just fall out. He also mentioned that the part that I might need, if anything is wrong with it, with have to ship from germany which would add another week. I might see my car in 3 weeks. My daughter is taking this car with her back to college in about 3 weeks and I'm not feeling to great about her safety right now with this car.
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