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Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 490 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 04/15/2016

Having worked in vw dealerships my transmission control module is failing at only 130,000 miles on it which has been an ongoing issue and complaint by many. When it acts up it won't upshift or will drop down into low gear and one has to worry about being rear ended when this condition occurs.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 04/11/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the dealer completed a repair due to the vehicle randomly stalling and was uncertain of what part was replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled more than once and was unable to restart. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

The contact owned a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. While entering the vehicle, the contact noticed that the brake warning light was illuminated and the windows were steaming. In addition, the dashboard was on fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A fire report and a police report were filed. The contact sustained a burned hand injury, but did not need medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 172,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

Takata recall" after I got my last recall fixed that day when I got into my car my locks in my car started to lock by them selves continuously . When I got back to work I called them and they had me go back to the vw dealership where they looked at it wasn't for sure why this was happening and tell me to bring it back at a later date so they can look at it . It it stop doing it again for a while until it got raining and humid . It seems like it gets this way when it's rainy and humid! the door locks continue to click as if I'm pressing them myself to unlock/lock the doors . I read one of the recalls on the airbag electrical recall and was wondering if was tied into that?.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 03/13/2016

I smelled something burning in my car for a little while last night. This morning, when the sun was out, I was able to see that there was a burn mark in my seat from the seat warmer.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 02/02/2016

Over the past few days it has been raining heavily & although it has happened to me once before this time is what worse. My car is leaking from somewhere & its coming on the inside. My carpets are constantly wet, my airbags alongside windshield leak, and the handle where you open the hood of the car is literally a stream of water entering the car during heavy rainfall. The airbag light has come on and the check engine. I was more concerned with the check engine light so I went and got it checked. The code came up as u0155 - which refers to (lost communication with instrument panel cluster (ipc) control module) meaning my entire dashboard needs to be replaced because of this leaking ! I have taken my car on multiple occasions to vw dealership for servicing (never for this problem) and they never once told me anything about cleaning the sunroof drains every two years as maintenance, it is visible to the naked eye that my sunroof is messed up because when I purchased it the lining on the car around the sunroof is drooping and I cannot open the sunroof because of this. I never thought of it as a big deal because I don't use a sunroof but how was I supposed to know there was a leak without anyone telling me that was even possible. I looked up this problem online, that's how I know what's wrong with my car. I refuse to get it "diagnosed" and spend over 200$ on just a diagnosis when I already know what the problem is and they'll end up charging way more to actually fix the problem. This is my first car and I don't know much of anything about cars except keeping up with oil and filter changes, fuel injectors, and changing my tires when the tread is getting low. I have done all of that at each checkpoint since I purchased at 63,000 miles. There is so much condensation inside I can barely see out my windows, I have sit for at least a half hour car on to be able to see & drive.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 01/19/2016

My car radio suddenly just stopped. It was playing one minute and the next it was off and would not play any more. I thought it was a fuse issue. It was not, last winter (Dec. 2014) I had to have the battery replaced. During the whole process of being jumped etc, the car radio would work intermittently. So I thought once I had the new battery it would work-it didnt. Went to the dealer to have it checked out (officially just for the radio over the summer) dealer said I would need a new radio. So I have been without for over a year. Today it was bitter cold in mi and my battery needed a jump again, during this process, the radio again came on for a few minutes. Once the car was fully charged and rolling, the radio completely died again. This car is only 5 years old, under 90,000 miles-it should not have a radio issue. As a result the hands free phone system doesn't work either.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 01/17/2016

This is the base model s automatic transmission 1. 4 tsi. This vehicle doesn't have a gauge for measuring the temperature. Unable to make a decision promptly if the car starts to heat is a safety problem. The car apparently has a mechanism to lower the rpms if the car starts heating and has a light indicating that something is wrong with the cooling system but it is unacceptable that in 2016 you can't see the engine temerature. I didn't notice this while testing the car before doing the purchase and thought it was a matter of configuration but confirmed this with the manual. This car has 85 miles and when running through a slope in rural area if it decides to down shift theres a bump or a knock in the transmutation as if you were abusing the car and the motor or transmission mounts can't hold its force. It really feels awful when this happens. This should happen smoothly but it doesn't. I understand that it will make its own decision of what is the best gear in order to provide enough torque to manage the slope but this is not normal. This could be a sing of future failure and of course an accident can occur. Would like this two points to be investigated by NHTSA.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

The "start engine stop" button is living away on the letter n of engine, causing a metal blade to pierce the skin when the button is depressed to start or stop the car.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 01/02/2016

The radio loud popping went dead . Turns on by itself sometimes about 1 time every 2 weeks or so. Loud popping statled while driving.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 12/27/2015

Driver side low beam not working. The headlights were replaced but this did not fix the issue. The problem might be with faulty parts or electrical.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 12/23/2015

My car was parked. I was checking oil and fluids when I noticed that there was battery acid corrosion throughout the engine compartment. It was on the battery box, radiator hose, master cylinder and on the wire to the battery. The battery connectors and battery posts are clean with no corrosion.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 12/19/2015

Lights started randomly going out, and control center started naming several different bulbs that were out. When taken to dealer nothing was wrong. I took car home and everything was fine. The next morning car acted up again, so I video taped it and took it back to dealer while leaving running so they could see. This time their computer recognized the fault, which was a faulty fuse panel that was melting yet not tripping fuse.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 12/16/2015

The right half of my Jetta lost all of its exterior lighting suddenly. The vehicle was taken to the university Volkswagen dealership here in seattle. It was determined that fuse sb16 aka f16 melted causing the fuse panel to also melt. Repair involved replacing fuse panel and new updated version of sb16 fuse. This fuse was the subject of NHTSA campaign id number: 13v569000 in my 2009 - 2011 Volkswagen tiguan and the 2009 -2010 Jetta. It seems that this has been happening in the my 2011 Jetta.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 12/12/2015

The high voltage fuse box, that sits on top of the battery melted due to heat and poor design. This caused a short and complete loss of power to my vehicle. This was both dangerous and frightening! I was on the freeway going 60mph and could have easily lost control of the vehicle, causing an injury or fatal accident. I found 44 similar complaints regarding this same issue and am surprised that this public agency has failed to take any action on this, and demanding a recall, and thus resolving a dangerously reoccurring electrical issue.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 12/09/2015

Multiple lights suddenly quit working. Found the f16 fuse melted as well as fuse box where it sits. This is second time to replace fuse in 4 months, first time melted this bad.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 12/07/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the contact went to grab a cellular phone out of the storage compartment in the middle console of the vehicle. The contact stated that at that time the on/off switch was accidentally depressed, causing the vehicle to shut off while still in motion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,200. Wh.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

Automatic car was "parked", turned off. Key removed, though it was not in p. Emergency brake works and applied, but may not have been applied all the way. Rolled back across the low low grade parking lot and our white car bumped a . . . Black Porsche! doesn't appear to be any damage other than paint smudge/transfer from the bumper. Normal safety feature where the car needs to be in park before the key comes out isn't working properly. Any advice on how to fix this? if possible myself? is this something I can get the mfg to pay for? it's not under warranty. It's under a 3 yr power train warranty, but pretty sure at best this is a only related to a transmission issue, not directly a transmission issue. No recalls as of now for this on my vehicle. Any advice is appreciated.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 11/27/2015

My radio in this car suddenly went black. All door locks work when they want too. I have two small children and the child safety locks do not work. Bluetooth is no longer working since it is tied into the radio. In my city of greenville, SC is it illegal to talk on phone when driving. These are major safety concerns since it relates to my wife and two small children. This is obviously a big problem with this year Jetta from all the complaints online. I will never again buy a Volkswagen if they as a company do not see the urgency on this issue. What's it gonna take someone losing their life because of a electrical problem they are clearly aware of?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 11/21/2015

I've had to replace the low beam headlights 3 times within 18 months and now both low beam headlights do not work even after replacing the bulbs. Vw has had recalls on other vehicles for a similar problem but this make and model was not included in previous recalls. Perhaps the scope of the problem is wider than originally thought.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 11/20/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle 25 mph the vehicle spontaneously ignited into flames. The failure happened without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle had an abnormal smell prior to the fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they diagnosed as the vehicle exterior headlights were the cause of the fire. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000. Kh.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 11/07/2015

Both of the low-beam headlights stopped working as I was driving home on a unlit highway at night. The daytime running lights worked when I turned off the headlights, and the high-beam headlights worked when I tried using them. The next morning I replaced both low-beam headlights and they still do not work.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 10/30/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving at night, the front driver side, front passenger side exterior head lights and the rear driver side tail light became inoperable as the lights out warning error displayed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. Ss.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 10/19/2015

Driving home when exiting off to the hwy my Jetta will flash the abs, brake and esc lights while beeping. Took car to mechanic it was relayed that the abs module was bad. I refuse to take car to vw dealer because I already have issues with them about the erc valve and diesel fuel particulate filter (engine light constantly stays on) being 1 of the issues vw has admitted being faulty but still not doing anything about it. To get the abs fixed it's going to be over $2500 and the have the erc & diesel fuel particulate filter fixed is over $3000. Each of these items are faulty and should be taken care of by the dealer with a cent paid from my pocket. Both are life threatening faults that eventually could lead to my death or deaths of others. I have no choice as this is my sole source of transportation so I have to drive it. Even though vw admits fault they are doing nothing to help except for offering "consolation" gifts - none will cover cost to fix car and get myself and others out of danger. Vw needs to be held responsible.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 10/14/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the rear passengers side door failed to lock. The door failed to lock manually and with the key fob. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, and the door lock mechanism was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. Mf.

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