Electrical System Problems of Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 199 problems linked to electrical system (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 3VWAX7AJ2A_. Exterior lights on both sides of vehicle failed to operate in the dark. Entire fuse box had to be replaced (out of warranty) though vw did agree to pay for the part since the vehicle has not been oow for too long. This electrical system problem happened on Monday, October 14, 2013.
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#2 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. A light came on on the dashboard with the icon of the airbag. I looked it up and found that it was a warning light telling me that the sensors in the seat that detect someone sitting in the seat were faulty and could result in airbags not deploying in the event of an impact. Other owners of vw Jettas from 2007 and years before and after have experienced this. There has been no recall although many owners, including myself, think there should be. It was 10/01/11 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#3 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The rear doors on my 2009 Volkswagen Jetta tdi don't lock - with the lock inside the door or the key fob. This is a major safety concern as I drive through the city everyday and anyone could just get in my car or rob me. I researched it online to try and solve the issue myself, but it seems like a difficult/expensive fix, and there are numerous posts online about other Jetta tdi's locks malfunctioning. Volkswagen has not issued a recall, but this seems to be a very common problem with their vehicles. It was May. 30, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#4 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWRJ71K28_. My vehicle passenger door(s) will not respond to the keyless entry lock or unlock commands. They can only close and open manually. I have read several different forums and this seems to be a standard default in model years ranging from 2007 and onward. The sunroof will periodically open by itself and the blinkers do not function properly (example is when I flick the blinker up to make a right turn, the left blinker comes on instead). Why hasn't there been a recall to replace these faulty, and life threatening, issues?. This issue happened on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
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#5 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this Jetta is 3VWSP69M83_. Rear passenger doors fail to respond to key fob. Stay locked/ unlocked. It was 09/30/09 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#6 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Volkswagen Jetta is 3VWRL71KX9_. When pulling into work, my airbag light came on along with a message that said "airbag fault!" I have since had this diagnosed as a failed clock spring (located in the steering column), which vw will not replace because the car is over mileage and too old for any kind of goodwill replacement of the part. Since this is a critical safety system, I am disappointed that it failed on an effectively new car, when none of the 15-20 year old beaters I've driven have ever had a clock spring failure. The failure date was September 5, 2013.
#7 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle is 3VWRM71K49_. Rear driver side door will not lock. The door can not be locked with the remote or manually. This is a very serious safety issue. Have also noticed that the alarm will not beep when armed with the remote. It was 05/04/2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
#8 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle is 3VWPL7AJ6A_. Driver side door will not unlock with the key fob or via button on drivers side door. Key in outside of lock will work. Intermittently, the rear driver's side door will not unlock at all and therefore won't open from inside or out. Dangerous if someone needs to exit the car. In doing a search online for a potential cause, I found large numbers of forum entries for similar complaints - seems to be a common problem in vws. It was Aug. 1, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#9 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. While traveling on rt 287 @ 10:30 pm all of sudden the lights on passenger side went out from front to back of vehicle (headlights,markers,blinkers,and brake light. And then the the other side went out also I found myself in the dark which is a safety concern when you have tractor trailers traveling around you at excessive speeds. Which I almost got hit. The next day everything was working again then it went off again. I can only drive this vehicle before sunset. ( there should be recall on this before someone gets killed as it almost happen to me. ) if you research this you will notice that others are having same issue. This issue happened on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
#10 - Electrical System problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of this vehicle was 3VWSK69M31_. Raining not hard . Wipers slow down . Complete stop of wiper action. No prior notice of bad operation first thought was fuse. Was not the fuse. It was Aug. 13, 2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#11 - Electrical System problem of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. My vehicle when entering traffic has a delay of 1-2 seconds when trying to accelerate from a stop. When I am trying to get on/off a highway and that delay happens, the traffic has to slow to keep from hitting me as by the time it happens then surges, it is too late to stop. My speed needle was so inaccurate and bounced so much I got a speeding ticket. It was 14 mph off. They replaced the cluster, but now both the tachometer and speedometer bounce enough to not be sure your speed. Electronic fan stayed on for the entire 90 minutes I was in a coffee shop after driving only 5 miles and had been running ac. Ac when not on full fan will have periods of hot and humid like the system temporarily shuts down, and of course, the car hops and surges at slow speeds in addition as you are decelerating with the foot off the accelerator, it will jerk you down as it shifts down. This problem occurred on Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013.
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#12 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of the car is 3VWPL7AJ2A_. The 2010 vw Jetta sportwagen tdi (with dsg automatic transmission) was decelerating on a turning lane from a two lane highway from speeds of 55 mph to 15 mph. There was an audible "click" and the engine stopped and only dash lights were operable. No discernable dash light or error code message was received. The vehicle restarted after the transmission was placed in park, and the ignition key was again turned on. Again no messages or warnings appeared on the dashboard. Note: the seat heater was engaged (driver's side), air conditioning on, turn signal (left) activated, headlights on, bluetooth for phone linked, radio was operating until the shut-down. The failure date was Tue., Aug. 20, 2013.
#13 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. My crash sensor's went off for no reason. There was no accident at all. This is causing an airbag fault light to be on in my car and from what I understand, the airbags will not work now if the light is on. The previous owner of my car had this same fault fixed (with only about 20,000 miles on the odo). There are numerous complaints out there about these same faults on the same cars (mkv Jetta, rabbit/gti). There needs to be a recall to fix this since it is a safety hazard!. This problem occurred on August 15, 2012.
#14 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. 2005. 5 Jetta--vehicle has rough shifting between 2nd and 3rd gears. As well as downshifting. While driving on a mountainside, going 65 mph, the car suddenly downshifted to 3rd gear and would not accelerate. I had to pull over on the side of a mountain, with cars flying by me. The car would not shift gears until turned off and on again. This is now happening during regular acceleration at low speeds. This is a huge safety concern, as I could have been rear ended by another vehicle due to loss of power/speed. This electrical system issue occurred Saturday, August 25, 2012.
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#15 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The fuse box melted causing failure to many of the vehicles functions. Had I been moving or in a crash - I would have been unable to unlock doors, open windows etc. They fuse box issues started with shorting out the headlights (another safety issue). Vw refuses to acknowledge the severity of this issue. I know this has happened with many other owners as well. I am very disappointed and concerned for my safety as well as others. This electrical system problem happened on Jul. 1, 2013.
#16 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The car is a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. I noticed first that the alarm will not chirp when activated however the lights will flicker. As a result it was the rear driver side door will not lock. After the rain season the problem went away. It did happen every year till it stops working all together. I found out by other owners that it is a common problem and that I was lucky that the lock was jammed unlock, if it was jammed locked it was unable to repair without damaging the door. I feel if so many owners are having the same problem in a fairly new car it seems a manufacturing defect and not wear and tear. This issue happened on Monday, July 4, 2011.
#17 - Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. Occasionally, the rear door on passenger side wont open even though I unlock the door with remote key. I have found in the vw consumer forum that this is not only my car's issue, but many vw Jetta owners are having the same issue. I always should get inside from other door and open the applicable from inside. This is happening too often so it is being common for me to open the door for my kid who usually sits in the back. If there is any accident and whether policeman or fireman should open the door from outside, this problem can cause severe delay on rescue the passenger who sits in the back, usually children because the door is not being opened by anyhow from outside. I think vw should recall this problem. This issue happened on 07/28/2013.
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#18 - Electrical System problem of the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of the car is 3VWDF71K47_. On June 29 2012 airbag indicator light came. Vehicle was taken to vw and they stated that it was the wire harness under the passenger seat. Since vehicle wa not under warranty I had to pay $375. 00 to get it repaired (or so I thought) July 17th 2013 aribag light returned. On July 22nd 2013 I took car in to vw this time they had my car for two days and diagnosed the proble to be the airbag igniter. I questioned the faft that they didnt caych that the fisrt time and they replied that the scanner didint catch it(yeah right) the service guy tells me that its $500. 00 fot the part and 8 hours of labor, ouch!!! are you kidding me that is a safety issue and should be covered regardless. I contacted vwoa and I'm still waiting for a response. I refuse to pay that money for a safety matter that is clearly a manufacuter defect. I will neve again buy vw. I'm seeking repair expense paid by vwoa and a refund for the harness since it was not the problem. The failure date was Friday, June 29, 2012.
#19 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The VIN of the problem Jetta is 3VWPL7AJ6A_. Since the vehicle was purchased it has had rough acceleration and intermittent surging but just recently it has exhibited rough and no starts along with stalls which all seems to be due to an issue with the ecu losing diagnostic communication with the vehicle. It was Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
#20 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The car was a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. While on vacation and backing up in the hotel parking lot, braking, then putting it in drive, the car would stall out; it happened 3 times in one day. Luckily, I was only in a parking lot while it stalled out instead of in traffic, which could have been a big hazard. Went to the dealer, and they didn't know what is wrong. It was 05/27/13 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#21 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. The car had a crash. I was accelerating from a stop sign and I heard a notification "beep" on my car's dashboard. I looked down to see what was wrong and suddenly my steering locked up on me. Having no control of my car, I drifted into a car parked on the right side of the street, causing my car to flip over. This problem occurred on June 24, 2013.
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#22 - Electrical System problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle having this issue was a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWRL71K69_. Seat belt warning light and chime come on and off randomly even when the seat belt is engaged. This occurs when the vehicle is both in motion and at a standstill. This electrical system issue occurred Wednesday, May. 1, 2013.
#23 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle is a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The car was parked for two days without being driven. While it was parked, neighbors ran over to report it was smoking under the hood. We saw that there were flames coming out from underneath the front of the car. Fire department came, but fire had already extinguished itself. Fire department disconnected the battery ground and said the wires going to the cooling fan had set on fire. All of this was spontaneous. Engine was not on. This issue happened on 06/09/2013.
#24 - Electrical System problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta
I was on an approximately 6 hour road trip. Approximately 100 miles from my home, my 2012 Volkswagen Jetta tdi was being driven at approximately 70 mph on the highway. The glow plug light on the instrument cluster began flashing. Vehicle then went into "limp mode", slowing to approximately 45 mph on the the highway. I was able to make it to the next exit off the highway, and come to a stop at the off ramp stop sign. The vehicle then stalled, and would not restart. This left my wife and I stranded 100 miles from home. Vehicle was towed back to the dealership, where the vehicle was purchased. Mechanic at dealership stated the high pressure fuel pump "exploded", sending metal shards throughout the vehicle's fuel system. Dealership states this may be caused by "contaminated fuel". A small amount of online research revealed this is a common problem with Volkswagen tdi engines. It was Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
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#25 - Electrical System problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
Tl- consumer owns a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph smoke began to fill the cabin of the vehicle. The contact stopped the vehicle and saw the smoke was bellowing from beneath the steering column. After some time the smoke disappeared and the contact attempted to restart the vehicle and the air bag deployed independently. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact to take the vehicle to a dealer. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection and was awaiting the results. The failure and current mileage was 115,144. Dt. It was 03/17/2013 when this electrical system issue happened.
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#26 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 3VWST71K26_. This is second time the wire harness supplying electrical components in the driver side door have broken. This breakage causes the crash sensor to become inactivating along with other critical electrical functions in the door, ie window, lock, fuel door. This also has a potential for starting a fire. When I had my car in for a ignition lock problem about a year ago, the there was a comment typed on the service report indicating that the harness appear in good repair. This entry reveals that Volkswagen is very aware that they have a problem, however, they are doing nothing to resolve it. This electrical system issue occurred Sunday, March 17, 2013.
#27 - Electrical System problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Volkswagen Jetta is WVWSK61J13_. Both front seats, the bottom right side bolster burned. The heated front seats will over heat, the failure appears to be confined to the right bolster on the bottom section of the seat. The heating elements get hot enough to burn through the seat material. Being the side of the seat I was able to shift my leg away and power off the heated seat. If left on the seats will start to smoke. I consider this a safety issue, I haven't tried , but it seems as though the seat could catch on fire if left on. The local dealer's service rep said just unplug it the option. It was Mar. 1, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#28 - Electrical System problem of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. I was driving to work one morning and it started to smell like something was burning. I thought maybe it was just a weird smell in my vents but within 10 minutes of driving a cloud of smoke filed the driver side of my car. Luckily I was not on the highway yet and I was able to pull over and shut off the car. Not knowing where the smoke came from I immediately got out of the car. It when then that I looked down and saw the source of the smoke, there was a quarter size hole in my driver seat. I had been driving with the seat heater on and it caught fire. Luckily I was not injured and was able to quickly get off the road and discover the issue however I have read other complaints of similar events and yet no recall. The failure date was Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
#29 - Electrical System problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved is a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving to an early morning appointment, I notice a burning smell within 5 minutes of starting the car. I soon saw smoke coming from the upper right corner of the dashboard. I immediately pulled over and turned off the car. At that point I saw a flame appearing at the front end of the driver's side rocker panel. Plastic at the base of the rocker panel had melted and I could see electrical wires. I tried to stamp out the fire, but it was growing rapidly and I was unsuccessful. I got out of the car. Within seconds, the flames were several feet high. I closed the door and called 911. The flames eventually extinguished themselves in the closed cabin. The firefighters arrived and opened the drivers door. Most of the dashboard on the drivers side, and the headliner were melted. There was a lot of exposed bare wire visible. The temperature at the time was 34 degrees f, and this was the first trip of the day. The driver's side seat heater was turned on high, the headlights were on, and the radio was on. No other operator controlled electrical functions were on. There had been no previous electrical incidents with this car, nor were there any aftermarket electrical items installed on the car. The weather was dry. This Jetta is a tdi model (diesel). It was February 21, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#30 - Electrical System problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
The car involved was a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. First, vehicle's electronic locks stop responding to depresses from both remotes. Replace the batteries to the remote and still the car will not respond. The only way to open the door is by manually inserting the key into the drivers side, which is the only manual keyhole, and turning left twice. Once turn unlocks the driver's side door, another turn unlocks the passenger doors. After some time passenger doors stop responding to second turn. Passenger doors do no lock when manually turning key the right from the driver side door, which is the only manual keyhole. The passenger doors that do not lock cause the alarm to go off when opened. Depressing the silence alarm button on key fob does not silence alarm. The only way to silence alarm is by closing passenger door, closing driver side door and turning key right once to lock and left to unlock. Doing so only control driver side door. After some time dashboard shows "door open" symbol even when all doors are securely closed and indicator light on door is off. Dome light stays on while driving as if the doors are indeed open even though they are securely closed. At this stage the alarm system no longer works either by key fob depress nor by manually turning the lock in the drivers side door as described earlier. Doors must be locked by opening each one manually and pressing the lock door button located on each passenger door. Pressing the drivers side door lock does not lock passenger doors. All fuses are intact and no electrical issues reported. It was Jan. 24, 2013 when this electrical system issue occurred.
#31 - Electrical System problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle was a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. I was traveling up a mountain road when my car decided to turn off. I had to coast across incoming traffic to the turnout. I waited here until I was able to get my car started and was able to drive home. I made an appointment for the following day to have it checked out. I was told it was the engine speed sensor. The epc and engine light were going on intermitantly. There was no reason that my car should have these problems not covered by warranty when it is only about 2 years old with less than 60,000 miles on it. The failure date was Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
#32 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta
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. This issue happened on 12/21/12.
#33 - Electrical System problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 3VWSK69M55_. Door locks intermittently fail to lock or unlock, either by the key fob button or door panel lock/unlock switch. I believe this is a safety issue as it may impede access to the vehicle in the event of an accident. This electrical system issue occurred Tue., Jan. 12, 2010.
Other Electrical System related problems of Volkswagen Jetta:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||199|
|Ignition Coils Failure problems||106|
|Ignition Module problems||37|
|Fuses And Circuit Breaker problems||21|
|Instrument Panel problems||17|
|Ignition Switch problems||16|
|Horn Assembly problems||15|
|Dash Wiring problems||15|
|Car Will Not Start problems||14|
|Underhood Wiring problems||13|
|Trunk Wiring problems||11|