Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 46 problems related to wiring (under the electrical system category).
Wire harness in both front doors are broken due to short wires and the purge valve is also broken and the over head light is faulty and I feel like the 2005 -2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2. 5 should be recalled due to faulty wiring in the vehicle and Volkswagen is aware of the problem but will not resolve the issue and I think they should at least fix the problem for the consumer. I hope someone investigate this issue ASAP!!!!.
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Leaving work I had started my car let the car idle down put it in drive and it slammed into gear after taking off the car shifted into 3rd gear and no higher after noticing this I pulled over put the car in park and tried shifting through the gears and it continued to slam into drive and reverse so I turned the vehicle off and started it back up at that point the mil was on and the service wrench was light up. Called me dealership they had the car towed to a Volkswagen dealership upon their diagnoses they said it could be a wiring issue possible a transmission control module issue upon further investigation the transmission control module had been warrantied previously (as I am the second owner of the car).
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All electronic components in drivers door ceased to function. Auto door lock, driver's window, gas latch. Could not open driver's window. Apparently the orignal design of wire harness was defective in that it was 80 mm too short. Vw has issue a technical service bulletin on April 20, 2011 (v97-11-04) identifying this inherent defect. Dealer replaced driver's door wiring harness after diagnosising multiple broken wires. Vw will not reimburse car owners for repair/replacement.
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I have run into numerous issues on my car that have caused me to troubleshoot and solve these problems. Multiple times I have pulled back the abrasion protection on the wiring and found that the insulation common to the wires is crack or worn off exposing the center conductor of the wires. Many times there are numerous wires within a harness that are worn through. So far I haven't found any that are shorted out but many are very close and at high risk of causing an electrical short/fire. I am an aircraft electrician/inspector and have found the abrasion protection to be horrible inadequate. There are 2 harnesses that go to the turbo that have a hard plastic abrasion cover but nothing shielding the wire from this cover. On both of these harnesses I found that the plastic had worn a series of ridges down the entire length of wire they covered and exposed the conductor in multiple places. My right hand mirror turn signal was not working so I pulled it out and tested the bulb and found that it was good. When I pulled the rubber boot that covers the wires in the door jam I found a power wire in there that the insulation had cracked and pulled apart exposing . 150" of center conductor in multiple places. It seems that the majority of the wiring is either poor quality or just not protected causing the insulation to fail and become a major safety hazard for potential electrical shorts or fires. I have heard these cars are prone to electrical caused fires and strongly believe that something needs to be done in order to avoid more very serious problems with these cars that could cost someone their life. I have only owned this car since may of 2013 and have already repaired 4 wiring harnesses throughout the car. This is something that should never happen on a car that is only 7 years old.
The windows and doors failed to unlock, the windows would not roll up or down, and the door ajar indicator would not turn off with the door securly shut. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed said the failure was caused by the drivers door wiring harness. The dealer replaced the driver door wiring harness. This occured at 80,000 miles. Failure occured again at 93,330 miles, and repaired by a different auto mechanic.
Engine light and ecm (engine control malfunction) light both come on. Have taken this new car in 6 times in 2 years, and the lights are on, yet again. After vw replaced sensors (four times), and wiring (module), and harness. . . . All under warranty, this is still a problem. And I do not know if it is a safety defect or not. I want to know that before a crash, fire, or fatality happens. Please. . . . If this is happening to your vehicle, make it known to this site. Thanks.
Sometime in early to mid 2013, I received a notice from Volkswagen that I needed to bring my 2005 Jetta in to have the driver's seat wiring harness repaired due to a recall. I had no prior problems with the air bags or warning lights. I took the vehicle in and they did the work. Within a few days, I got an error message in the display that there was a failure with the air bags. I took the vehicle back to Volkswagen. I was told that the technician failed to clear something in the computer memory so the failure message had come on. They indicated they cleared the message and the air bag light on the display did go off. A few months later, the air bag error message came on again. I tool the car back to Volkswagen. This time they said it was not related to the wiring harness and I would have to pay to have a new driver's seat side airbag installed, at a cost of about $700. In November 2013 I corresponded with Volkswagen and complained about the issue because I had no problems until they replaced the wiring harness. Volkswagen's response was that, even though I had brought the vehicle in for recalls on "a campaign related to airbag connectors and wiring", it was now the airbag itself that was bad not the connectors or wiring, so they would not repair it. The airbag light on the display is still there.
Car has had issues 4k on. Car would accelerate on its own from 70 mph to 75 like wide open throttle. Car will quit at highway speeds 70 mph (no power steering, no brakes, just the service engine now and glowplug light are on flashing,(50k on) this has happened 4 times, car will quit making a right hand turn hitting pothole (50k on). Total dpf system has been changed out two times from two dealers , 3 total with original. Erratic egr signal was always tripping check engine light, some faults but not all are exhaust gas recirc flow insufficient detected sporadic, cylinder 2 injector n31 open circuit sporadic, exhaust aftertreatment fuel supply control performance sporadic, throttle actuator control motor circuit range/performance sporadic, navigation antenna (gps) short to earth. Dealers have spent over 20 thousand dollars parts and labor, in 4 different shops over 83 days (overnight), over 95 including reading codes only. Out of warranty expenditures over 1 thousand dollars so far. 69,000 miles and the dealer tech has no idea how to fix this car, he started out saying he has never seen a car he can't fix. I have over 50 pages of dealer documented faults and repairs, reprogramming ecu, was replaced this year to see if that would fix problems, some gone but now major issues listed above are happening. Replaced diesel particulate filter 2 times, replaced O2 sensors, replaced egr sensors and gaskets 2 times, replace throttle position sensor, replaced pressure sensor. Only item not replaced is the wiring harness.
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The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated the windows and doors failed to unlock, and the windows would not roll up or down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test that indicated the failure was caused by the drivers door wiring harness. The wires were to short and caused the wiring rubber boot, door locks, and windows to fail. The dealer replaced the driver and passenger door wiring harness. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 83,000.
I got into the car and went to open the rear doors for my two children and put them in the car. They got in the car and the door open alarm continued even after the door was closed. I reopened and closed the door and it finally stopped. The next time I opened the door the windows would not go down, the locks did not work and I could not adjust the mirrors. I went to the dealership and they have said it was the wiring harness between the door and the car. A wire had broken and they ordered a replacement harness. After investigating the issue, I see their are a lot of people with the 2006 vw Jetta tdi with the same issue. I see this as a safety issue, due to the fact that in an emergency I would struggle with exiting the car with my two children. It also means an exposed wire is a regular occurrence with the vehicle.
I recently purchased a used, low mileage 2006 vw Jetta and soon after I noticed the headliner began to bubble, sag, and tear away from the c-pillars I knew that this was not normal for a four-year-old car and that this could quickly turn into a safety hazard if left ignored. Should the headliner continue to bubble and sag into the driver's line of sight this could become a serious motor vehicle hazard. I began to read around online and discovered, to my shock, news about the commonality of this issue to hundreds of owners. So, surely Volkswagen is already aware that this is a mass isâsue and would certainly want to take action to correct it, right? I am writing because I genuinely love this car, but feel that there is a serious motor vehicle defect within the headliner assembly, glue or the way the fabric liner was cut, possibly too short. I want to get my headliner repaired, but honestly do not feel that I should be fully responsible for low quality craftsmanship put into the headliner of a four year old vehicle. I'd like for Volkswagen to petition to have this item recalled citing the potential safe hazards it can cause due to loss of sight while driving. Also, I'd like for you to contact me in order to make the proper arrangements to have mine replaced. I am also sending this letter to Volkswagens consumer complaints department, consumer affairs, and the national highway traffic safety administration for their review. The consumer stated within one week of owning the vehicle, he noticed a vibration in the steering wheel. It was determined the rotors needed to be replaced. Soon after, the radio and window buttons began to peel as if they had been sitting out in heat. Updated ivoq 12/22/jb the consumer also stated the wiring in the driver's side door was defective. The exterior side mirror turn signals did not function properly. The wiring harness inside the boot of the driver's door showed signs of wear. The consumer stated 2 out of the 11 wires were broken, including the ground wire. Updated 06/07/11.
I have a 2006. 5 vw Jetta tdi which I purchased new in summer 2006. Starting in sept 2010 we have had an endless problem with door ajar sensor. While driving the dome lights and ajar light come on and off constantly. The alarm system arms itself and goes off when parked and the sensors stop working. I have had both door sensors changed along withlatch assembly to no avail , now the shop indicates it is the wiring harness. Yesterday I received a letter from vw about other wiring harness problems associated with the side impact airbag system. (service action 97u3/t3) though they don't call it a recall.
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the wiring that extended from the alternator to the power distribution center burned, causing the battery's inability to hold a charge and the engine's inability to start successfully. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the wires were replaced. Also, the gauges on the instrument cluster failed; while driving, the contact noticed that the gauges were moving around and not stay steady. The mechanic also replaced the instrument cluster and reprogrammed the computer. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000.
There is a defect within the wiring harness that causes most of the vehicle electronics to shutdown and occasionally stops the vehicle while driving. I can provide pics of the wiring issue if needed. The issue usually occurred when driving in very wet conditions. After the first time it happened, the problem grew worse as the wiring was chafed more & more over time. The Jetta tdi's should be recalled to have the harness checked & repaired before someone dies in a car crash.
Brittle wiring insulation located in the doors. Wiring on a 2006 vw Jetta, after 50,000 miles the use of electronics and lights on drivers door failed. Inspection of the wiring harness showed cracked wiring insulation, chaffed wiring and broken wires where the electrical harness were subject to movement from the door operation.
I drive a 2007 Jetta wolfsberg. In April 2010 I was leaving for work and the car wouldn't start. My husband went out and it started for him. No warning lights were on. A week later the car's engine just died while traveling 60mph on the freeway and would not start. Towed to dealership where they checked all the wiring harnesses and overlaid a wire. One day after receiving the car back I had trouble starting it again. Reported this to dealership service. Two days later the engine died while driving down a residential street and would not start. No warning lights were on. Towed back to service where they had a vw engineer look at the car. They ended up replacing the computer in the car. All service was covered under warranty. I have not had any problems since the computer was replaced. I am reporting this because of an article my aunt sent to me. The article said the government is investigating the same problem with other vw models (stalling, loss of power and engine).
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Slight smell of smoke in 2001 vw Jetta while driving. Parked car at home and returned to car aprox. 30 minutes later to find cabin full of smoke/smoldering from area behind right rear seat. Disconnected battery positive terminal and put water on smoldering area to extinguish fire. 8-10 inch hole burned completely through right side of rear deck. Upon my initial inspection it appears to have initiated from the center brake light wiring.
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I have a 2003 Jetta GLS. I had about 65k miles on it and the speedometer first fluctuated wildly then died, or appeared to be dead. It would randomly start working for a few days and often would die again while I was driving. Non functioning speedometer affects function of auto locking doors, odometer, trip computer, and related functions (they do not work when speedometer not working). My mechanic tested the vehicle speed sensor located on the transaxle. It is fine. I had the entire instrument panel replaced (to the tune of almost $700, $500 of which is for the part!). Now I am being told it may be a coolant migration issue similar to that of the my 99-01 cars. However there has been no TSB for 2003 Jettas and now my car is out of warranty. Replacing the wiring harness is a very expensive ($6k has been mentioned) repair. Internet research shows that my issue is not unique, many failed speedometers in this model year Jetta, although vw to date is silent w/customers.
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I own a 2001 vw Jetta GLS vr6. Since I have owned this car I have had problems with it. I am a young woman in the military and am in full time school, so I don't have the money to run around and fix it as much as I have been forced to do. First my gas gauge went out three months after buying it $600(under warranty) then a month later O2 sensor $300(non warranty). Then it was the catalytic converter$1500(non warranty) wiring system$1000(of course non warranty) windows wont roll up without rolling down again and sometimes get stuck$700(non warranty) cruise control went out$845 (non warranty), windshield wiper motor. . . Stationed in alaska and couldn't go without that $750(non warranty) now my secondary air pump is out and I was quoted $1294 from private mechanic and $1400 from vw. Also the cruise is still out and the windows are doing the same again. I have talked to many people in the same boat I have been in with so many repairs. Is there anything that can be done to stop vw from making faulty parts and charging an arm and a leg? I feel though that if it is brought up to you that my voice will be heard, because when I call the volkwagen customer service and complaints I get nowhere.
I turned on the driver's seat heater to 5 (highest setting) on my 2003 vw Jetta tdi when leaving my house at 7 am. I used this regularly to warm the seat for a few minutes on cold mornings, then would turn it off (lower settings never produced noticeable heat). Within one minute I felt a burning/electrical sensation in my upper left thigh. I was driving on a mountain road and the pain made me jump in my seat and nearly lose control of the car. I pulled over and turned off the seat heater (having heard of problems with the heater). The leather seat had a blister about the size of a cigarette burn but had not burned completely through. While I stopped the heater before it burned through the seat (and my pants), the real danger was in a possible accident from the burn/shock that caused me to momentarily lose control of the car. The seat heater is no longer safe to operate. My understanding from reading similar posts here and elsewhere is that the wiring is now broken in the seat (and many have had it break in the same spot). If I had not guessed the source of the problem quickly, or if someone were to unknowingly use the heat setter in the future, it could lead to a serious accident, personal injury, and car fire. Similarly, this poses a serious risk for other drivers of these vehicles who may not be aware of the problem and react too late. I request that the NHTSA urge vw of America to issue a recall on this dangerous and pervasive problem (many reports here and elsewhere, such as tdiclub. Com and vwvortex. Com). Vw has issued a recall on this problem in canada but not in the u. S. They also have a voluntary repair for passats of similar years, but not Jettas or golfs. Thank you.
The contact owns a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that the wiring harness set overheated, melted 10-15 wires together, and shorted out the electrical system. He paid over $3,000 to replace the wiring harness set. The contact has pictures. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 123,000.
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While driving on highway the vehicle started bucking until no longer running. The car was towed to a service station, where they could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. The vehicle started a couple of hours later that day. The mechanic stated that it might be an electrical problem or the fuel.
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Engine harness wiring problems - check engine, glow plug and air bag indicators turn on
power intermittent - wipers stopped functioning.
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Mass air flow sensor & wiring harness failure on 2000 Jetta tdi with 55,000 miles. Car lost acceleration and automatic shifting ability on interstate highway creating very dangerous situation. This is apparently a known failure problem with vw since I was told it is covered by an extended warranty & "it's happened to a lot of others". We had to leave car with a dealer in NJ & rent a car to get home to massachusetts.
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A week before this incident speedometer quit. Non vw repair shop replaced speed sensor, this did not fix speedometer problem so they sent me to NY vw dealer who replaced crank sensor. Could not even drive car out of their lot after the repair as car was stalling and hesitating. They then said I needed to replace needle lift sensor. I begged them at that point to look for a wiring problem or electrical system problem because I couldn't believe that 3 sensors could all go at once without a system cause. I was told to "trust them" and that they had checked with vw and vw said that was all they could do. "the diagnostic computer said that is all that is wrong" . After week in repair shop vw dealer told me car was "all fixed". 3 days and 300 miles later on I-83 south of harrisburg car began jerking and lurching out of control, then stalled. I was near exit 32 and was able to get off safely, fortunately. Had to be towed to vw dealer. Now vw dealer in PA tells me car had "coolant migration" which was source of all problems, they think dealer in NY should have caught it. Vw is backing NY dealer that they fixed car correctly despite other dealers comment and my near miss with being crashed into by other drivers on I-83. I fail to see how coolant migration happened in 3 days and 300 miles. Pa vw dealer says NY dealer should not have missed the coolant migration, and should not have replaced the expensive sensors before repairing the coolant migration problem. I certainly agree since I traveled less than 300 miles and I was just lucky that I was so close to an exit and was able to keep restarting the car and coast off I-83. Had I been further away from an exit or in heavier traffic I could easily have been run into by another driver as the car lurched and jerked and stalled. I also fail to understand why vw is not responsible. Obviously this problem started while the car was still in warranty -PA dealer said engine was "very corroded" and the wiring was "full of coolant".
I have a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta tdi GLS. I should note that this vehicle has been faithfully serviced by the dealer following the maintenance schedule listed in the user manual. The vehicle currently has 109,000 miles. While driving the vehicle a few days before the incident date listed on this complaint, the a/c ceased to function properly. There was no cool air coming out of the vents. Also, when the vehicle was shutdown, the radiator fans would continue to run upwards of 15 minutes. Neither event has occurred before. I brought my vehicle in to a vw dealership on the incident date to have its normal 110,000 mile service and to have the issues (noted above) diagnosed. I received a call from the dealership later in the day on the incident date stating that a failure in the coolant level sensor caused coolant fluid to be wicked into the vehicle's wiring harness leading to contamination / corrosion of the engine and body harness. The quote to repair was approximately $6,000. This problem is a latent defect in the design. The service department told me that the vehicle was un-drivable until the repairs are made. The service advisor also confirmed that because the problem was with the harness itself, any electrical component could be affected such as the airbags, abs, srs, etc. Also, from my own research I found some people who experienced this problem have also had smoke or fires inside the vehicle. Vw issued a technical service bulletin (id# c 97-01-01) for a similar issue on 1999. 5 - 2001 model year Jettas, but never for the 2003 and never a recall campaign on the defective design. Vw has refused to assist in the cost of repair to the vehicle as well.
I've experienced several problems with my 2001 Volkswagen Jetta glx. I still wonder why it's not a lemon. Had problems with the brake switch which was a recall. I also had problems with the check engine light. Technicians made diagnostic check and said I needed the heat sensor changed so I did. After a week, check engine light lit up again so I brought it back to the dealership and had another diagnostic check which I paid for again 78 bucks. This time the tech's said I needed the sparks and wires changed because it was shooting blanks. Pre-paid for the parts and when the parts arrived, I brought my car back to get it fixed so I did. Later, I got call from the service reps and said my ignition coil broke so they had to order that again. After everything was said and done. I just wanted to let my financer to just voluntarily repo the piece of trash. One more break down and I'm hiring a lemon attorney. This is too much.
7th time this has happened. Car is immobilized by a faulty brake light switch - has happened every six months since we purchased the car.
: the contact stated the vehicle coolant leaked into the electrical wiring harness. An independent repair shop performed a diagnostic test, but no failure codes displayed. Upon further inspection, the mechanic determined there was a coolant migration problem. The electrical wiring harness was corroded due to the coolant leak. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to await repair.
I was stopped at light and hit the accelerate to find my car had no power and several warning lights came on at the same time including esp, and traction, as well as the exhaust light. There was also a strong odor of something burning in the car. The car would not go over 10 miles per hour and had to be towed to the nearest vw dealership the power issues was fixed the was not the power issue was the wiring harness which was replaced.
I have a Volkswagen Jetta 2002 wagon. Twice I had to take the car in for service because the factory installed radio had stopped working. Twice they repaired the radio by readjusting the wiring. I was told if it happens a third time, they will replace the radio.
The speedometer, odometer and tachometer had become inoperative. The consumer was refused service because the vehicle was out of warranty.
Repeat incidents leading to consumer's long term driveability concerns. Worrisome panel indicator lights -- flashing: engine warning and glow plug (diesel) lights within current lease period. After first two incidents, the third (then under warranty) was found to be due to a factory defect. And repaired?. . . Dec 7 '04, at about 55k -- blinking lights again. Dealer diagnostic indicated no engine problem (this was the same result of the two previous before the third resulted in a major warranty repair). This has been diagnosed as an accelerator sensor failure. (the part will not be available for three (3) days; we are advised to drive "carefully until the part can be replaced. ) this sensor failure is then one of several others in this particular vehicle: the fuel guage has been replaced once or twice; the seat heater sensor just, and out-of-warranty, burned a hole in the front seat (three weeks awaiting factory reps 'get-back. '). An air conditioning problem (leak) was also noted and repaired at about 50,000 miles.
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