Engine Noise Problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 12 problems related to engine noise (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Jetta based on all problems reported for the Jetta.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 1
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   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 08/24/2014

With no prior indication, the engine glow plug light began flashing while driving on the highway. Within few minutes, the engine light came on and car started to loose power. Engine noise pitch changed, and was able to pull the car of the main freeway and barely made it to the dealership. As soon as we made it to the dealer parking lot, the engine cut off. Diagnostic of the car showed that the car suffered a catastrophic hpfp failure which caused debris contamination throughout the entire fuel system. 4 days later, the engine had its hpfp, fuel lines, injectors, and auxiliary pump replaced. Fuel tank was flushed and cleaned out from debris. Cost under warranty was $5500. The dealer said that they've had 50 cars exhibiting similar conditions. Cause of the failure is under investigation by vw. As owners, we have no clues what to do or when this will re-occur again which does not give me ant sense of confidence. I always fill at the same chevron station so it is not the quality of the diesel.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

20k service had been performed on my car, again I notified vw that the noise is progressively getting worse and that I can no longer stand it. I also notified them of newer issues that have never happened before starting to happen, but they told me lets fix this issue first before moving on. This noise that had been happening for awhile now has now progressively gotten louder and now making noises when I am turning, something it had never done before. They did a check, and all of the sudden told me that my tires is the cause of the whole thing. They had told me my tires are cupped and feathered, which seem pretty odd considering when I purchased the vehicle the tire where brand new and pretty good (hankook). It did not make sense to me because if it was my tires and if they were doing proper multipurpose inspections they would have caught this when rotating my tires. It really seemed like they couldn't figure it out so they just advised me to buy some brand new tires, or try to call the manufacture about replacements, well I did that and hankook said feathered tires has nothing to do with tire but with the mechanics of the car. They had notified me that the only way tires get bad is if the mechanics of the car. The manger word for word told me this "there is a reasno why your car is so cheap, maybe you should buy $2,000. 00 tires, maybe the noise might go away", which infuriated me, because he is suppose to be the manager, but yet treats me with total disrespect and told me "we are done with this, we will not look into it anymore". This manager was rude and down right wrong to treat me like so (kearny messa vw, don't ever go there). I felt lost and scared knowing that they won't help me no more even though I still have my warranty.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 12/21/2012

Hi, so my 2005. 5 2. 5l Volkswagen Jetta started making noises upon acceleration and the engine would shift quite heavily during idling. The check engine light went on and I took the car to dealership. Apparently, there is an issue with the timing chains of the engine. Never missed a maintenance, after only 68,000 miles it doesn't seem okay that timing chains are already affected. After looking at a few forums online, it seems that this is a very common problem for Volkswagen Jettas from that time. Please investigate! thank you.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 06/04/2012

When I started my car, a 2010 Jetta sedan tdi, it started making a strange noise, but still ran. I tried to drive it over to the Volkswagen dealer which was approximately 2 miles away. I pulled out onto the highway and achieved a speed of approximately 30mph. The car continued to make the noise and began to lose power within a half mile. I pulled into the parking lot of a shopping center at which time the engine died and would not restart. The car had to be towed to the Volkswagen dealer, wallace imports of johnson city, TN. It took them approximately 1 1/2 weeks to get the parts in and repair the vehicle. The service representative explained to my husband that there was a catastrophic failure of the high pressure fuel pump, which resulted in metal fragments contaminating the entire fuel system. As a result, he was told that every part which came in contact with the fuel had to be replaced, including the fuel tank, fuel lines, filters, fuel injectors, and many others. There was a two page list of the parts used to fix my car. My concern is that this could happen again resulting in an unsafe situation. Further, we also have 2010 Jetta tdi sportswagen and have concerns of the same problem occurring at highway speeds since my husband routinely make round trips of 230 miles at least twice a week traveling mainly on the interstate.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 02/16/2011

Vibrating noise was heard from motor at idle and would stop under acceleration. Stopped vehicle and motor rattled loud. Turned motor off and it would not start. Broken springs were noted laying on undercover.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 06/18/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving 50 mph, the check engine and coolant lights illuminated. The contact heard a scraping noise coming from the vehicle. She pulled over and the engine lost power. The vehicle was towed to a Volkswagen dealer. The mechanic diagnosed the cause of failure as engine oil sludge and stated that the engine would need to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 54,000.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 11/30/2006

After about 22,000 miles the engine started losing power, and the clutch started making noises and vibrations upon engaging/disengaging. The first time it happened we were driving on the interstate, so the loss of power was really dangerous. The dealership replaced the whole flywheel and clutch assembly.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 02/27/2006

On 2/1/06 I leased a new 2006 Jetta only to have the engine not start on 2/27/06. I was stuck in a gas station parking lot with a dead cell phone awaiting a tow truck for 1. 5 hrs. The car was brought to the dealership and they had no idea what was wrong with it. Later that day they told me possibly a fuel pump but weren't sure and that I should arrange for a rent-a-car. They had the car for 3 days and when I picked it up they stated it was a program that needed to be updated and everything is fine. It is now a week and a half later and the ignition key wouldn't turn in the ignition. I continued to switch between my alarm key and mechanic key until it finally turned and started. Once on the road the car died in mid drive. The engine completely turned off while doing about 25mpg. Thank god there was no one around me, the car came to a stop and restarted immediately and driven back to work. Leaving work the car didn't turn over at all. You could hear the cranking of the engine but was not turning over, the same problem as before. The car is now at the dealership again, no loaner car was given to me and there was several complaints already underway. Another problem is the cars engines sound. When the car is initially started in the morning it is a hard loud rough sound that gives after a minute or so.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 04/28/2005

When we cold start of our 2005 Jetta, the engine sounds like an airplane engine firing up -- the car revs itself after 10 seconds and then when you put it into reverse or drive -- it lunges. Called vw and had the car to the dealership. They agreed that the car had an issue and sent out a vw tech to put a resonator on the car -- didn't solve the problem. Then after 2 months of fighting the dealership and vw, we wee told that the car is performing to spec and that vw would not do anything to fix this issue.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 11/26/2004

Engine coil failed-lost empoyment. One dealer stated fixed problem, months later another dealer stated never fixed then they replaced. All rear lights off-near accident, dealer fixed, engine noise -dealer not fixed yet fear future engine leak as read in other car owner reviews 2002 vw Jetta 1. 8t.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 07/26/2004

While driving engine exploded. Consumer had the vehicle towed to a dealership, and had the vehicle inspected, and was told that the engine had a build up of sludge. The consumer took the vehicle in for service to get the lock on the truck fixed because you could not open it from the outside. The engine began making noise and smoking while the consumer drove on the highway leaving the consumer stranded on the highway. The consumer did not keep reciepts of work done to the vehicle therefore can not be reimbursed. The consumer sent a formal demand for settlement in the amoount of repair bills and rental car expenses through her legal councel for negligent inspection of her vehicle.

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