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Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 547 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 01/08/2017

While driving the vehicle all of a sudden starts to beep and the abs light, epc light, check engine light, brake light, and skid control light show. The vehicle sometimes loses the speedometer reading which drops to 0. This sporadically happens, sometimes it'll stay for days and other times it'll go away after 10 minutes and not appear again for a day or two. It seems to be happening more and more frequently. It happens when in motion and when starting the vehicle. This makes it very difficult to drive since the speedometer malfunctions and in the snow the vehicle seems to handle worse than usual and the brake system does not kick in every time. The abs module seems to be malfunctioning.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 12/27/2016

Out of the blue the premium 8 touch screen radio stopped working, no warning or intermittent problems, prior to the failure. I had a mechanic check the radio fuses and nothing was blown or needed repair. Everything was normal. This problem has occurred multiple times on vw forums. Even though this a major inconvenience it is still component, much like windshield wipers that ou just expect to work. Time in the vw forums. This needs to be placed/fixed. I never have had a radio fail in any previous car. I am really regreting my purchase of this sub-par, poorly enginered vehical.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 12/20/2016

The heated seat burned a hole in the seat. The interior of the seat sounds and feels that it has melted and has become hard. This is on the seat back. We are unsure when this burning occurred, but have noted below when we noticed this damage.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 12/08/2016

Key sticks in the ignition, will not disengage to turn the car off. This seems to be a issue that I am finding. I tried parking in a flat surface, in the driveway and no luck. This started a month ago with sticking, but the last few days have been worse. Shifting does not help the problem.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 12/08/2016

When parked and trying to shut vehicle off, the car will not shut off and the key will not come out of the ignition.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 12/01/2016

Can not remove key from ignition. Extremely difficult.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 11/14/2016

Feb 2014 headlights and brakelights were out. . . Fuse plate and plug was replace at dealership . No charge. Since then I constanly had to replace headlights and brake light bulbs. November 2016. . Headlights and brake light wont come on even woth bulbs change. Took to dealership. . States I need new fuse box. . Call vw customer care. . I have to pay out of pocket. . . This lighting issue been a nuisance for two years.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 11/06/2016

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 10/24/2016

I bought a new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 2. 5l se. We purchased this car as a third vehicle for my two teenage children to use. My son was home from college and used it to commute to a daily internship during the summer of 2016 when he noticed that on two occasions it lost power on the highway while he was traveling 60 miles per hour. That fall I took my daughter to do her drivers test in the Jetta. It lost power twice en-route to the facility and lost power an additional three times while I drove it home. I took it to the dealer a few days later and it lost power several times on the way. I complained to dick dean (the dealer we bought it from) and to Volkswagen on multiple occasions. I told them that this situation threatened the safety of my two children. The dealer claims that they couldn't get the car to mimic the complaint. Dick dean and Volkswagen offered me a few thousands dollars off on a new Jetta. I took the offer because of the safety factor of my children. I think it is the height of irresponsibility of both organizations for not standing behind their product given the serious nature of this complaint. When I researched this issue I found numerous other customers with the same complaint about the 3013 Jetta. I am shocked that this company is allowed to get away with this kind of behavior, forcing a customer to pay for a new car when there is a serious safety issue involved. This car had around 20,000 miles on it at the time and was still under extended warranty!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 10/17/2016

On several occasions the key is stuck in the on position and I have difficulty turning off the engine. This obviously occurs when stationary since I am turning the vehicle off.


 
car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 10/06/2016

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine. The key will not go into the back (off) position, so the car remains running. This is apparently a known problem according to the dealership, so it should be a covered repair under a recall. This is not an inexpensive fix.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

While driving through high wind, the driver side mirror plastic protector fell off. The ac unit needed complete replacement costing 1600 and now the ideal while turning on car is very high. Sound almost like it did when I had to take it in for the electrical recall in the last years. Doors are squeak when opening and closing. And while driving a noise that sound like chains rattles through out the car which is a very irritating sound.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 09/27/2016

Just seconds after the epc light came on (I didn't know what it meant) my brakes went out. The brake pedal was stiff and my car had no response in slowing down. Luckily I had been in a position where there was time and space to react and to slow down using the e brake. Just minutes earlier I had been on the highway, as well as in some city traffic - if I lost my brakes at any other moment things could have been deadly. Vw ended up swapping out the entire engine. The camshaft had broken in half. I was told by the technician that this was related to some sort of recall issue they had in the past, but I don't know anything more than that. I'm very troubled that a less than 2-year-old car with 16k miles on it can have such a sudden and serious malfunction. Please advise and ensure this does not happen to anyone else. Oh and to make things worse, I was on my honeymoon. . .

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 09/23/2016

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine. Key will not turn off engine and key can not be removed. This occurs when the car is parked and I try to turn off the engine.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 09/12/2016

While the vehicle was in motion on a highway, the turn signals began to act erratically. Initially only the left turn signaling appeared to be affected, and would fail to make any indication on the dash or illuminate the lights. Shortly after this, attempting to signal a right turn would actually result in the left turn indicator lights illuminating (yes, the opposite of what was intended). As I am one of the individuals dealing with the door control issue, I am unable to use my window. I could not use arm signalling to make my intentions clear to other drivers. It was very difficult to change lanes on the highway. I believe that there was a similar issue, and associated recall, with the 2002 Jetta turn signal indicator/switch.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 09/07/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The abs, brake, and slippery warning indicators intermittently illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was towed to a fuel station and later to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the abs module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,120.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 09/05/2016

2013 Jetta se with 79k on it and the key is stuck in the ignition - it's at the dealer now and I'm sure from what I've read it's going to be rather costly to fix a problem that vw is aware of and not willing to recall. I have had many cars and never encountered anything like this - absurd.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 08/30/2016

My car has some shifting problems when in motion. My car has a jerking motion that it does when going into gears and when slowing down its rough going down gears.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 08/15/2016

Ignition key will not turn off after starting car. Have to jiggle and tap on key to eventually get key to turn to the off position. Once out of ten times the key may turn off normally. I have tried moving the steering wheel back and forth while turning key off. I've also tried moving the gear shifter to see if the lock is preventing the key from turning. Nothing really seems to work. Then for no reason at all I you will be able to turn it off. Seems like the tumblers get out of line or something. Car is parked on flat level driveway when this happens.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 08/13/2016

Car won't start, jumped, drove and failed to start next day, own test and has current draw when off, took to dealer, said radio is causing problem, won't (go to sleep mode when turned off), told $800 to replace the radio, checked on line and I see so many, thousands I hear, problems with radios on this style car, if Volkswagen won't stand behind a known issue and go back on their supplier for a resolution, I will not stand behind Volkswagen and purchase another one when the time comes for a replacement vehicle, if this was a safety issue I'm sure some legal action would be taken, but it's only a radio, costing a lot of people, I'm guessing millions of dollars.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 08/11/2016

Key stuck on the on position and not able to turn key, to turn car off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 08/10/2016

Radio is dead. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 08/08/2016

My vehicle will cut off at random times while driving and steering locks up, also my alarm will make the sound to disarm the vehicle when driving I have to pull over shut down car and disarm it and start again. While at a stop light the vehicles rpm will raise and go down raise and go down until car just shuts off. I was pulling into my parking stall and car shut off and locked up I had to hit the brake and re start the car to pull in safely or it would have ran into the carport. On this date the car shut itself off in motion 2 times and it cut off with brake on at a light 3 times.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 08/02/2016

2016 Jetta se1. 4 new for 18 year old son for college. Within a week car was in the shop with electrical issues for lighter and usb shorting out phone + radar while the car was driving. No issue found we drove 1000+miles to school, center console would blink on and off during the trip. New dealer also did not find any issues. Car then started shutting off while driving under 5 mph in traffic in nyc. When coming out of the driveway the rear view camera turned off, the car turned off. Vw was called they had him turn off the power by holding the pushbutton and break which restarted the car. New dealer still no issue found. The car continues to loose power all except auxiliary several incidents very unsafe. Was going up a hill and the car shifted into neutral and started rolling back, applied the handbreak the back wheels locked and the car stopped thankfully it was at night and no traffic. Two days later at jfk in the arrival line the car shut off while creeping forward. Took it to another new dealer they kept the car for one week, no issue found. Issues conitued now including slipping out of gear revving to 8000rpm, having to push far down for the break to engage. All the lights turn off while driving intermittently very unsafe. Took it to new dealer they found no issue I refused to pick it up and called vw corp they had them drive the car for 50 miles finally an error message. They replaced the transmission cylinoid. It is still having issues. The car overheated and the electrical stopped working. He smelled the coolant threw the vents he was about to pull over when the car reved to 8000 rpm and dropped out of gear so he pulled over and slowed down the lights and radio turned off. When he looked the exhaust manifold was glowing red. The car took an hr to cool down and electrical to come back. Back to the dealer again no issues again called vw corp for complaint.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine. (car in park, stationary. ) must turn key back and forth several times to remove. Ongoing since early August.

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