Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 646 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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 05/02/2018

Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the key seized in the ignition. The contact was unable to remove turn off the vehicle or remove the key from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to jim ellis Volkswagen atlanta located at 5901 peachtree blvd, atlanta, GA 30341, (888) 848-3509, to be diagnosed. The contact had not been given a prognosis for the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted or notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000. Ah.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 04/23/2018

The key becomes difficult to remove or stuck in the steering column. This was identified on my 2012 vw Jetta in 2015 at 81k miles and recommended to be replaced by a vw dealership. At the time, I was unable afford the replacement cost. This has happen throughout my time owning the car (typically in the warmer months). I experience the issue where the key became stuck yesterday. When I got home yesterday I received a letter from vw stating that this is a known-issue and that they are extending the warranty coverage to 10 years or 100km miles to cover this issue. My car has 130k miles on it now and I just spoke with vw and highlighted that a vw dealership identified the issue in September 2015 (81k miles) when the car would have been covered under this extended warranty. They told me because I chose not to pay for the repair then, there was nothing they could do now. This is extremely frustrating. Vw did not just decide this month that this was an issue and should pay for these repairs as the extended warranty doesn't do enough as many cars are probably well beyond it.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 04/20/2018

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 04/20/2018

The ignition key gets stuck in keylock and you are unable to turn off engine. Went online and there are tons of complaints on forums.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 03/17/2018

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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 03/15/2018

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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 02/19/2018

Passenger isnt detected, airbags wont deploy on that side. Car randomly wont detect a passenger in the seat, and will deactive the airbags.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

I havve been having electrical issues the past three-five months on this vehicle today when in a car accident the air bag lights came on but no air bags deployed fire and rescue siad they should have deployeed. The radio would turn on and off and sometimes the head lights wouldnt turn on.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 01/25/2018

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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 01/24/2018

Electrical harness in driver's door manufactured 2 inches too short wires broken no way to adjust driver's mirror passenger side mirror open trunk open gas cap open drivers window or any other windows nor to lock or unlock doors. When switching drivers the other driver cannot adjust the mirrors it's a safety hazard along with all the other inabilities of these switches not working in that door. Volkswagen knows about the problem but will not do anything about it there are thousands of thousands of cars with this problem! just go online and see all the complaints.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 01/14/2018

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 01/12/2018

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 01/04/2018

Ignition key gets stuck in ignition and will not turn off. Both keys do the same thing. Must be a common problem that vw has not dealt with. A simple google search and the problem is common with the vw's. This first happen after parking and vehicle was stationary,.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 01/03/2018

My ignition would not shut off key is stuck and ignition won�t turn.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 01/01/2018

Key is stuck in ignition when car is parked, car will not turn off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 01/01/2018

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 12/18/2017

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 12/05/2017

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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 11/16/2017

Heated seat module melted a hole through my leather.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 11/15/2017

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 11/11/2017

Key gets stuck in ignition and I cannot turn off the engine.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 11/03/2017

"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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 10/22/2017

Not able to turn key in the ignition. Sometimes not able to start car. Sometimes not able to turn car off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 10/12/2017

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

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.


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