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Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 450 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 09/22/2015

While driving, the car inadvertently disengages the dsg transmission resulting in no power transfer to the wheels. The car also displays an "esp error" (electronic stability program) in conjunction with the transmission problem. Once the car is shifted into park and turned off, and then back on, the problem is resolved temporarily. It happens without warning and poses danger for the driver and occupants. This initially happened 2 months prior after a headlight burned out and the bulb status light on the dash came on. The transmission disengagement event occurred once or twice before the headlight was replaced. After replacing the light bulb, the transmission error appeared to resolve itself. Two months later, the event occurred following the failure of a valve stem with tpms sensor on the tire. The repair shop did not have any tpms sensors in stock and replaced the stem with a rubber one. This resulted in the tpms status light being on in the dash. Coincidentally, within a couple days of this, the dsg transmission /esp error re-emerged. This time around the error occurred every 5 to 10 minutes of driving. This disengagement happened during city and highway driving at varying speeds. Disabling esp and driving in manual mode did not fix the problem. This leaves the occupants in a dangerous situation, especially when driving through construction zones and other areas without adequate shoulders on the road. The car is up to date on preventative maintenance. Car is at 113,000 miles. Extended warranty expired at 109,000. Neither vw of America or warranty company say they can assist. Dealership service cannot specifically diagnose the problem and suggest either mechatronic unit replacement ($2,000) might solve the problem. If not, complete transmission replacement ($5,000) is recommended.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 09/14/2015

Add another 2010 vw owner to list of radio issues with the car. Car radio and bluetooth are no longer working. I checked the fuses per the owner manual, and radio is still not working. This looks like it's been happening quite a bit on the 2010 Jetta. This a big safety issue since I am unable to call with the bluetooth. I contacted vw of american, and they basically said I had to pay for a diagnosis test which I see as being pointless since I am already know the radio is dead. I don't understand the reason to have to pay $$$ so I can be told it's dead. If a lot of Jetta owners are having the same issue why is vw referring me to contact my local vw dealer to have this fixed when it's becoming a common occurrence on a lot of the cars. Vw should be fixing the car radio on the car with this many complaints out there. Instead I am told to contact the service department.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 09/11/2015

The fuse box in these older Jettas melts because it is on top of the battery, which can cause the car to shut off while driving. Its very dangerous.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 08/22/2015

The contact owns a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the epc warning light illuminated and the accelerator pedal failed to respond each time the failure recurred. The contact indicated that there was a drastic reduction in speed. The contact had to turn the vehicle on and off multiple times in order to reset the epc code. The vehicle was to be taken to a dealer for inspection and diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The failure mileage was 92,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 08/20/2015

Radio & bluetooth suddenly stopped working. No power. Fuses were checked and all are good. Reviewing internet and seems that this is a very common problem not covered by warranty. Appears to be a safety issue since bluetooth no longer working.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 08/17/2015

I had the oil changed and the latest recall done by the dealership. About 3 days later the radio went blank and black. Another problem has been the automatic locks. I have been unable to unlock rear passenger door except manually. And then all of a sudden the lock is not working at all on that side and I am unable to lock that door.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 08/17/2015

I have owned this car since purchasing new in oct 2010 with the dealer doing all the maintenance work on it. On 8/30/13 the radio went dead, dealer replaced at no cost to me. This morning 8/17/15 I again have a dead radio, same as before, I called dealer and asked when they replaced the prior one and it is almost 2 years to the date! this time they said I would have to pay to replace it (I have never had a factory radio go bad in any car I have owned in 30 plus years of driving cars). I can live without the radio, but I like the safety of having the hands free bluetooth to talk on the phone. I have been thinking about purchasing a new Jetta for myself and giving this one to my teenage son, but I think I better unload this one if the radio is going to keep dying every 2 years. Btw when I bought the car, the manager of the dealership told me vw wanted to increase its market share. Here¿s a hint vw - you will not increase market share if you will not stand behind your whole product. You obviously have a problem here with this radio unit; do the right thing by replacing the units as they fail.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 08/14/2015

Radio popped and went dead causing a amperage drain on the battery. Fuses have been verified as good but the radio will not turn back on even after resets.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 08/13/2015

Headlights went off while car in motion and would not go back on. The consequences of that happening if at a high rate of speed is disturbing to think about.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

Traveling down the road my 2013 Volkswagen Jetta would suddenly shut off. It began to happen more frequently the hotter the weather got and my mechanic said it was do to an over heated sensor. He also stated that you don't have to be driving but just sitting in the driveway on a hot day can cause the sensor to overheat. This is a very dangerous situation because the car can and will die at anytime without warning. My mechanic also said that it is a well known problem that happens frequently in the hotter months and Volkswagen refuses to acknowledge or do anything about the issue. It costs just over $200 to repair.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 08/10/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, there were smoke and fire coming from underneath the glove compartment box. The contact was able to vacate the vehicle with child before the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The fire department filed a fire report. The fire department extinguished the fire. There was no injuries sustained and no medical attention was required. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000. Jo.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 08/05/2015

Key will not come out of the ignition, had to pull the fuse for the fuel pump and disconnect the battery for car to shut off. Dealer states need to replace lock cylinder and steering lock. Cost of repair $500. 00.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 08/04/2015

Started car this morning and hit the power button on for the radio - nothing. After doing some research on the web, found this is a common problem with the premium 8 vw radio. Fuses that were easily accessible checked out fine. Radio is completely dead. Using reset instructions from the web did not work. Radio worked fine yesterday when I turned it off at home.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 08/03/2015

Drove car to work 0630, stereo worked fine. Left work at 1915, when I started my car, the stereo did not come on, screen was black, no sound. Thought maybe it blew a fuse. On my way home, the stereo started working again, just popped on. As I continued to drive it went off again, but loud a rhythimatic beat started thorough out each of the speakers, sounded like somebody hitting a microphone that was on! I arrived at my house shortly after that noise started (thankfully) and turned off my car. Removed the keys from the ignition but the loud noise did not stop!!! I had to open the hood and pull out some fuses to get it to stop! two weeks after this happened, my car died when waiting in a drive-thru. We had to push my car. My car would crank but not start. Nothing inside the car would work. I called my husband, he opened the hood, unhooked a fuse and it started! the next day my car was dead, had to put it on a battery charger. I'm afraid if I replace the stereo, it too will go out and possibly short out other electrical items in my car. As of now, the stereo is in place but unhooked and my battery is fine. There must be a reason why this is happening too so many people with the same stereo.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 07/30/2015

Random exterior lights were nonfunctional with multiple dashboard notification errors. Took vehicle in for service and was told that a bad fuse and shorted out and melted the fuse box causing the problem. Fuse box must be replaced due to overheating of bad fuse. Repair place said this is a known problem with vws and certain models had already been issued a recall.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 07/26/2015

While driving on the highway yesterday there was a pop sound from the delphi premium 8 (rns-510?) radio and it went dead. Checked the fuses and found that they were all ok. Looked online and found that this appears to be a known/common complaint. It leads me to wonder if there are other electrical issues going on, and what repairs those will lead to. I called the local vw dealership (al serra) this morning and they haven't called back. From everything that I'm reading online, it is costly to replace the stereo. This seems to be more than a "coincidence" and vw should be held accountable.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 07/11/2015

Radio was working fine one minute than the next it was dead. I had the fuses check for the radio none of them were blown. I was actually stranded from a tire blow out with no hands free use of my radio which the police officer that helped me said that was a serious safety issue and there's no reason for a manufactured radio on a 2010 car to go out. Needless to say I see online a lot of other customers are in the same situation and Volkswagen has done nothing. In some states it is against the law to talk on your phone it must be hands free.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 07/10/2015

Ignition lock/switch stuck in "on" position. Unable to turn off engine or remove key. Safety and security risk being unable to secure vehicle or turn off engine.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 07/06/2015

At approx. 48,800 miles while driving I heard a pop and the radio died. Radio & hands free phone no longer work. Vw dealer charged $125 to tell me that it was dead, suggested purchasing a new radio ($1500) or an after market one. Too many people with the same make, model and year have had the same issue as posted on numerous sites. It's a safety hazard with the loss of the hands free telephone.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 07/01/2015

Built in bluetooth / radio is defective, leaving passengers unable to use hands free technology, and also eliminates the national alert system. The dead radio also leads to a parasitic battery drain, which will kill the battery of the car, leaving people stranded, potentially in extreme weather situations. This is a very well known issue with thousands of known cases online, yet nothing has been done.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 06/28/2015

Vw Jetta sportwagen 2010. The radio was playing, I heard a small "pop" and the radio quit working, no lights, no sound. The blue tooth is played thru the radio so this no longer works either. This is a safety hazard as I can no longer use bluetooth to talk on the phone. In fact in some states I travel thru it is illegal to use the phone without bluetooth. One of the reasons I bought this car was the blue tooth option. It is not the fuse. There are hundreds of online complaints about this model and year vw radio. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

Started the car and after about 5 minutes of driving, the engine shuts off but all electrical systems apear to be working. No trouble/ indicator lights come on. This has happened on the interstate traveling 70, on a side street traveling 35, and sitting iddle at a stop light. Every time, the car will run for between 5-7 minutes than not restart for 5-7 minutes. At attempts to restart inside that 5 minute window after the engine stalls, there is no turning over, no clicking or anything. There is no temp issues, or low fuel issues. This has happened on a full tank and a half tank also.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 06/17/2015

In the process of driving the vehicle the engine along with all systems in the vehicle shut down with no warning. There was no electrical power whatsoever in the car and there was no indication that anything in the vehicle was working. It should be noted that a new battery was installed in the vehicle approximately 2-3 weeks prior to this incident. The car had shut down on two previous occasions, but was parked at the time. In each instance electrical power was restored in approximately 40 minutes with no action taken. The car was given to the vw dealer where vw specialists examined the vehicle. The problem could not be duplicated. After 3 days they were 90% positive that a module in the steering column had failed. Vw of America did not feel that the failure was a manufactures defect nor the fact that the car shuts down completely while being driven constituted a serious safety problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 06/12/2015

Radio suddenly stopped working. No power. Black screen. I checked the fuses and took the car to an audio sound place - they took out the radio to check the fuse in the back. All fuses work, radio is grounded and power is fine. Radio is dead. Seems there are quite a few 2010 Jettas with this same issue with the delphi radio - I read somewhere that perhaps the fuse for the radio should be a 10a not a 15a and that some board is getting fried with the higher fuse. . . Who is accountable?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 06/06/2015

As I was driving the vehicle the gear shifted on its own from drive into neutral. Brought the vehicle to a stop. I placed the vehicle back into drive. I drove a short distance and the car will now only go from drive to neutral. The key is stuck in the ignition. Took it to the vw dealership and was told the gear shift box is defective but no longer covered under warranty. Contacted vw corp and opened a case with the regional case manager. Still waiting to hear from them. I was told at the dealer that it wasn't safe to drive as it is. When I asked since it's not safe to drive will they be replacing it at no cost? stated no since they have no recall under my VIN # and no longer under warranty.

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