Trunk Lid Lock Problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 13 problems related to trunk lid lock (under the latches/locks/linkage 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   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 05/13/2010

Bought new vw Jetta sedan on 08/17/06. On 05/13/10 took the car to the dealer because of car decelerating while driving I. E. Dropping in seconds from 60 miles to 20 miles. It was taken to the dealer multiple times for the same problem. Dealer answer "unable to replicate problem" until warranty of four years expired. The problem continues even after the carbon accumulated on the throttle was cleaned and the fuel pump was replaced. Due to unsafe to drive, requested for the dealer to buy the car back as a lemon. The dealer refuses because the four yr warranty is over. Other problems experienced with this vehicle during this period: air bags lights going off, air bag cover falling off, trunk opening on its own while driving, rain water leaking inside the lining of the car, screws coming off a door panel, doors falling off the hinges, emergency switch falling inside panel, fuel cap not locking, recalls. Dealer recommending to replace the steering wheel column for 2,340.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 08/10/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen new Jetta. While driving in windy conditions, the hinge on the trunk fractured and the trunk opened. When the trunk opened, it slammed into the windshield, and caused it to shatter. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 01/12/2008

The trunk does not latch in cold weather. We took the car to the dealer, but they said that the part is on national backorder. Have searched around the internet and there are hundreds of instances of this problem in these cars nationwide. When the weather gets cold, the trunks cannot be closed. Volkswagen knows about this problem, but our car's warranty has expired and they want us to pay to have it fixed ($190). If it is a national problem and they have so many orders that it is on backorder, shouldn't the trunks be recalled?.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 06/06/2007

Clutch failed at 52k miles, was told it was not covered under warrant due to wear and tear, mechanic deemed it a faulty part, vw said it only covered manufacturer defects up to 50k miles, paid $1500 to replace clutch. Trunk pops open randomly and latch makes clicking noises. Air cooling sensor needs to be replaced, my car is reading a running temp of -54 when it should be 160. Car stalls if I turn it off after driving more than a few miles then doesn't turn over if the engine cuts off. Black smoke pours out of tailpipe and it burns double the gas it should. Luckily they extended the factory warranty on the sensor last week and it can be fixed for free at a vw dealership only.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 04/28/2007

Trunk will not latch properly.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 03/01/2006

Purchased used 2002 vw Jetta 1. 8 turbo (5 speed) with 34,000 miles still under warranty. Taken to dealership for blown fuses (cigarette lighter), trunk latch, center console, and transmission repairs. Fuse problem was ongoing. Within a few months, a local mechanic installed a small boost gauge on the dash, which was wired into a 10 amp fuse. Within five days, the car was being backed out of the driveway when smoke began pouring from all the dash vents. The wire harness, fuse block, and controller components located behind the dash were destroyed by fire. Vw of America prepared to send investigators to nm, but when they discovered gauge wiring may have contributed, they did not investigate. Have read of other electrical fires behind instrument panel, dash, since this time. Our son was driving the car at the time of the fire, but was able to get out.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 05/13/2005

Our 2004 vw Jetta 1. 8t has had numerous problems from a clicking/popping noise in the front end at approxmiately 10,000 miles, to the transmission locking up while operating vehicle. The clutch/disc went completely out at 15,000 miles. All the interior and exterior lights went out as my wife was driving in the dark on a non lit back road to work, transmission locked up between 3rd and 4th gears, transmission still slipping, back door locks do not un-lock when remote is activated, service department has re-torqued everything on vehicle but this has not made problems go away. Since may 2005, the service department at local vw dealership has had my car fora total of 62 days for service and it is still not fixed. Problems continue to mount and the dealership for the most part states "that they cannot replicate the problem. " the dealership replaced all the wheel bearings in the front of the vehicle and this did not stop the clicking/popping noise, they replaced the clutch disc this did not clear up the problem, the electrical problem could not be replicated per dealership, the engine continues to have a whistling noise, transmission continues to slip. The driver's side leather seat has the seams pooping loose and a part of the frame is pushing through the leather. Trunk latch has been replaced 2 times. Dealership states car is safe to operate, I beg to differ!.

car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 01/07/2005

Three out of four door lock alarm sensors went bad within the last year and a half at about the same time whereas while the door was open, the car alarm would sound. The system functions so that if keyless entry is used and computer does not sense doors are open, the vehicle will relock after an allotted time. The vehicle should (and used to) disable the alarm as soon as any of the doors opened. The alarm goes off after the allotted time to lock the car again, even with door open (except for driver's side). This proves incredibly inconvenient while putting sleeping baby back into car seat. Have had two back doors repaired at about $400 per door. Front passenger door not repaired as vw service computer refuses to see issue with sensor. Regardless, alarm sounds while door is open. Also, lock sensor in truck failed with similar results. Replaced at $75. When inquired whether alarm could be disabled, was told it is tied into electrical system and would lose functionality of horn and other systems.

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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 9
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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car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 06/15/2001

Numerous problems with 2001 vw Jetta, purchased new in June, 2001. Including : windows sporadically malfunctioning (when I called vw corporate as well as my local dealer, I was told that after the dealer evaluated problem I could be responsible for the labor charge depending on the outcome of their diagnosis!!); trunk latch has been replaced once (out of warranty) and now latch does not respond to remotes nor to the inside release on driver door; driver door lock does not respond to remotes nor to control on driver door (the other three door locks are presently functioning); interior coating on plastic door handles and center console began to peel within six months of delivery; center console latch broke long ago; check engine light comes on/off sporadically (brought car to certified mechanic but problem undiagnosed); a wax substance was constantly running into doorwells; vw dealer replaced coil, cables and buffer in response to rough engine idle complaint and I incurred all costs and inconvenience of car in shop , this at 72,000 miles,hazard lights malfunctioned; turn signals malfunctioned; now I hear of a brake light recall and an emergency light switch problem. I am just realizing recently that I am not alone with my Jetta problems, that numerous jjetta owners are having the same problems ( I researched on internet) . Vw customer service not helpful at all in resolving these problems.

car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 05/17/2001

The trunk protection plate (stainless steel) at the latch cutout area is razor sharp causing me to cut a chunk of meat out of my finger to the bone requiring medical attention. I called vw and they stated that the consumers safety was not their concern. I feel that they should have to recall this part and fit it with a protective gasket of some sort.

car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2002 Jetta with a safety recall- replaced brake light switch customer states that the dealership refused to fixed the recall* the vw service center and customer care informed the consumer the vehicle was out of warranty and they had no obligations to pay for towing or any other cost associated with the vehicle, including the last recall regarding the brake light switch that the consumer has replaced on 3 separate occasions. The consumers daughter had experienced the vehicle locking up as a result of the defective brake switch. The instrument panel failed and the consumers daughter was unable to read the panel. The consumer stated in the past, the trunk latch failed as well as a broken bolt on the transmission, the drivers side seat belt and the egr all had to be replaced. The door latch failed because the lock signal was not working. The consumer stated that he received a recall for his daughter's vehicle, this is the 3rd brake switch not to mention over $800 in unwarranted charges from the dealership. The consumer stated he was hoping that this classifies the vehicle as a lemon. The consumer stated would like dealership to review the over charges or buying the vehicle back.

car image   Trunk Lid Lock problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 13

Consumer states trunk will not latch correctly. Dealer had been contacted.

Other Common Latches/locks/linkage related problems of Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Category Number of Problems
Latches/locks/linkage problems
Door Latch problems
Hood Latch problems
Trunk Lid Lock problems
Hatchback/liftgate Lock problems

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