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Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 572 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 06/24/2017

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 06/17/2017

It has always been hard to cut the car off. But I assumed it was the key . This weekend after getting my oil changed we could not get the key out the ignition. The ignitioj switch wouldn't cut off. It took over an hour to get the key out. This was the first time the key has ever got stuck like that. And since then it has stalled 3 more times. It does require a lot of pressure or shaking of the key in the switch for the ignition to finally cut off.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 06/05/2017

Key gets stuck in the ignition when turning off engine.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 06/04/2017

Can not turn ignition to "off" position when engine is running. Car was placed in park l, parked in grocery store FL t surface parking lot. Drove car back home,tried again to no avail. Car was stationary.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 06/03/2017

As with most other 2010 vw Jetta owners, my premium 8 touch screen radio (vwz4z7j3024044) stopped working, no warning or intermittent problems prior to the failure. I have been taking a great care of my Jetta which has very low miles (33k) and I never have had a radio fail in any my previous cars, one of them was also a vw car. My local vw dealership wants to charge me $600 for a refurbished radio plus $70 for the installation. I have reviewed various online forums and discovered this is a common problem with the revision of this radio for the 2010-2011 model year. Unfortunately Volkswagen has done nothing to issue recall. The car has integrated hands free bluetooth which also does not work because of the radio and is a safety issue for hands free calling required in my state. Also, this will cause a drain on the battery which could result in not being able to start the vehicle after sitting too long.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 06/02/2017

My key have been getting stuck in my ignition. I could not turn my car off. The only way to get the key out is to flick the key in the ignition for it to let go.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 05/29/2017

I have had nothing but issues with my 2005 Jetta since purchasing it a little over a year ago. The first issue was loss of power while driving, causing me to almost be struck by other vehicles while turning at intersections. Cause: the fuse box ontop of battery melted, along with the fuses and ground wire. Then the coolant resevoir had to be replaced. Due to the fans not turning on because of those fuses melting. Then, then radiator. Then the break pump, exaust manifold gasket blew. The thing recently wasni had no break lights. Went to change bulbs. Kept breaking the fuses. Then stuck in park. Saw a recall listed for faulty break switch. Called vw they stated my recal had already been serviced. So sorry it was up to me to repair the issue. Told them of every other issue. They said there was nothing they could do for me. Basically I bought a very unrealiable, unsafe, piece of garbage. That I assumed was completely opposite for myself snd my two small children to be dependant upon getting us safely place tonplace.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 05/21/2017

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine. I had the ignition cylinder replaced by the the dealer two years ago and recently I've been experiencing the same problem all over again. This will be my 3rd ignition cylinder for the past 6 years if I get this fixed by the dealer.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 05/21/2017

My car was parked and I could not get the key out of the ignition. The steering column was not locked. I had to wiggle the key a bunch to get it out. Once I got the key out of the ignition it was very hot. This happened four times in one day.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 05/18/2017

Takata recall. In February of 2017 my check engine light came on and was accompanied by a series of 3 beeps. As I continued to drive more lights came on and my dash board looked like a christmas tree ex. Airbag, oil, check engine, abs, epc, brake light, etc. When driving on the high way my gauges will shut off and I can not see how fast I am going, my car will decelerate with my foot on the gas at random times on the high way. I look my car in for repair to cars auto in las vegas because my car could not pass smog. They did an analysis and informed me that my abs module was shot and there was an active recall for the device. I took it to my local vw dealership and thought with my safety in concern that this would be a simple fix. Instead, they informed me that I would need to make an appointment and come back another day but I refused to drive my car off the lot. They took my car to the back and said that my abs module was not communicating with the computer and that I would need to pay $700 to have a diagnostic done before they would replace my abs. If the abs is faulty as explained in recall #16v913 under vw action 45f2 if the abs fails to pass the test then it will be replaced free of charge. They seem to not be complying and giving me the run around.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 05/17/2017

My vehicle is keyless entry and most of the time the back passenger side door is faulty and does not unlock. The mechanism that unlocks the door only unlocks if the car is parked on a hill. This is a safety issue because the car automatically locks all doors when driving and if I were in an accident, I could not open the back passenger door from the outside. I have an infant daughter and I always have to load her in the car from the back drivers side, also a safety hazard. I see many other Volkswagen owners complain about this same issue in online forums. I've asked the vw dealership to fix the problem, but they don't acknowledge it is a faulty part that was installed in manufacturing. The car has had this problem since I purchased it used in 2013. The car is no longer under warranty.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 04/13/2017

Key gets stuck in ignition when turning off the engine. This will be the 3rd time the ignition housing has had to be replaced in the last 3 years. The last time it happened I had to leave my car running in the driveway overnight.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 03/30/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact was unable to start the vehicle and all the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed as needing a new battery. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the battery was tested at the dealer and the vehicle was able to start. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16v913000 (service brakes, hydraulic, electronic stability control). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 03/30/2017

I was driving to work and I felt something hot on my back and a burning smell. I pulled over to look and I had two burn marks in my seat with a big brown burn mark down the side along with it burning my clothes. I immediately turned the seat warmer off.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 03/28/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving, the contact stated that the vehicle performed abnormally. Also, the speedometer and fuel gauge ceased to function, and the abs warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the abs module needed to be replaced. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16v913000 (service brakes, hydraulic, electronic stability control), but the technician refused to perform the repair due to the hydraulic pump needing to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 130,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 03/25/2017

The contact owns a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta. While the contact's daughter was driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle shook and the instrument panel lighting flashed. The driver depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to slow down or stop. As a result, the driver crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The driver sustained injuries to the left shoulder and back, which required medical attention. The injuries to the other vehicle occupants were unknown. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was awaiting diagnosis. Several weeks prior to the collision, the vehicle was taken to the dealer for the flashing instrumental panel lighting and intermittent starting issue. At that time, the vehicle was diagnosed as needing a new battery. The battery was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 03/16/2017

The key for my Jetta will not come out of the ignition. This is a recurring problem in many Volkswagens and presents a safety risk if I am not able to turn off my car. This happens every single time I try to turn off my car.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

Vehicle stationary, ignition locked/cylinder lock malfunction while car on, not able to turn car off. Wheel locked while car on. This occurred twice before.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 02/11/2017

I was neither able to turn off my car, nor to remove the key from the ignition. With the key in the ignition, it is not possible to lock the car from the outside. Leaving an unlocked, running car just to be able to procure the spare key in the hopes that the car could at least be locked by utilizing the second key are significant safety risks. Furthermore, this incident happened late on a weekend night, nowhere near the spare key, rendering me incapable of taking the car to a dealership within a reasonable time, forcing me to leave an unlocked car running for many hours. Running eventually out of options to stay with the car, the key broke off in a last desperate attempt to turn off the car. Living in a major city with many unsafe neighborhoods underlines the importance of being able to start and turn off a vehicle when needed, as well as to lock the vehicle to keep its passengers and contents safe at all times.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 02/05/2017

The wiper motor and the fluid washer pump are ill engineered and have a tendency to burn out very quickly. Both the wiper motor and fluid washer pump on my Jetta have to be replaced at a cost of approximately $1,000. This is not acceptable in a car that is less than 4 years old, and under 58,000 miles. Either the design of the systems is poor, or vw is using inferior parts that quickly are obsolete. It is not safe to have cars that wiper motors burn out that quickly (and without notice) and it is also not safe to have fluid pumps that wear out that quickly. It affects visibility and driving safety.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Seat warmer burned a hole through the seat and burned through my clothing to my skin. I reached back to see what was wrong and burned my hand. I had smelled smoke but it was too late by the time I figured out what had happened. It could have been extremely dangerous if I had been on a busy road with my son and it started a fire. I was lucky I was in our small town and was able to get pulled over quickly. While there so no serious injury, this could have ended much worse.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

As with most other 2010 vw Jetta owners, my radio has gone out not once but now twice. There is an electrilcal problem on the drivers side of hte car because not only does this happen but my head lights, running lights burn out at a mind blowing rate. It is a safety issue for many reasons, most being the fact that my handsfree bluetooth is not functioning now and I drive for my job! this is the second radio I will have had to replace. Ridiculous.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 01/11/2017

Drivers side seat heater ignited burning through seat trim and burning driver while operating vehicle. This occurred in a seat that the dealer indicated they had replaced under the initial recall (however date on seat is 11/25/2002 before car was delivered in 4/2003 - so dealer never actually replaced it . Seat retained and photos available for inspection.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 24
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 01/03/2017

2014 Jetta tsi: opening & closing doors, glove box, and trunk causes the fuel pump to engage, you can even hear it. This causes fumes to accumulate in my garage to a high level. The fuel pump recall has been done per dealership. Imo the fuel pump shouldn't engage until the key is turned in the ignition. It is not a fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source. It is a fuel leak, in the presence of opening & closing doors, glove box, and trunk. I have discussed with vw and their opinion is that "that is the way it works". The vehicle was parked in my single car garage and not running. This continues to happen on a regular bases.

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