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Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 559 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 1
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 3
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 4
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 5
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 6
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 11
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 12
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 13
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 14
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 15
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 16
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 17
Failure Date: 12/01/2016

Can not remove key from ignition. Extremely difficult.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.

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