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Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1



Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 479 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 1
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 2
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 3
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 4
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 5
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 6
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 7
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 8
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

The key locks in the ignition while the car is running and in park, will not disengage to turn the car off (steering wheel not locked). I was unable to turn my car off. This first occurred while I was parked in a parking lot (no danger). After the dealership forced the key, I had to pull over to the shoulder on a highway for a flat tire and was unable to turn the car off. I could not change the tire safely and could not get the car towed as I could not turn the engine off. I had to sit at the side of a highway until my car stalled from running out of gas, until I could safely have the car towed. No locksmith was able to correct the ignition lock, as it is an electronic lock in the key housing. I see multiple complaints listed with NHTSA regarding the same issue with vw cars, and many specifically for Jettas, and 2012 Jettas.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 10/03/2015

Radio in 2010 Jetta tdi stopped working. It looks like it has no power but all fuses check good. There is many many of these same issues with the delphi radios in the Jettas in 2010. Follow this link to see the many owners that have been turned away with there faulty radios. The main safety issues is there is no longer the use of hands free cell phone using the bluetooth option. When my radio failed I drove the car on a Saturday morning and everything was in working order. When my wife got in to go to the store 30 min later the radio was completely dead. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 10/02/2015

Dead radio and battery has parasitic drain my radio died. The screen went black while driving and it has not recovered. Since then I have had battery drainage problems. One of the fuses, #42 I believe, has blown and I have tried to replace it, but it blows again as soon as the car is turned on. There are a number of online forums documenting this and similar radio problems with this vehicle. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 22
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 23
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 24
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 25
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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