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This 2006-2010 iteration of the Jetta is larger and more expensive than its predecessor. While it also approached the family-sedan category in both price and interior room, high-quality interior appointments were still a strong suit. Power and handling were improved, but the ride is a bit stiffer.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. ESC available in 2003, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This 2006-2010 iteration of the Jetta is larger and more expensive than its predecessor. While it also approached the family-sedan category in both price and interior room, high-quality interior appointments were still a strong suit. Power and handling were improved, but the ride is a bit stiffer.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.9-liter 4 turbodiesel (100 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (200 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 5 (150 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Headliner is coming loose and sagging”

James B., TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Roof fabric trim has loosened from all edges”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Center console lid”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“approximately in 2010, the entire headliner began to fall down. I had it replaced by an upholsterer - perfect now. Cost, $290”

David B., FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“headliner is coming apart in some areas”

Anestis H., RI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The headliner has failed and is drooping, obscuring the interior light”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Ceiling lining dropped. We were told it was a common problem with Jettas. VW dealer did not service this type of repair”

Richard L., PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“At first the ceiling fell in....and after fighting they paid to replace it! Then about two weeks ago the door panels started to come loose and they told me to take a hike! They wanted to charge 2700.00 to fixed the problem! Will never but another VW”

Loyal M., FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The paint on all upper surfaces (i.e., roof, trunk, and hood) has dulled, faded, and chalked despite being washed and waxed regularly. The paint just has not held up to the normal south Florida conditions. Also, the headliner inside the car has fallen three times since I bought the car new. None of my other vehicles over the years have ever had a headliner fall due to these same conditions”

Pat L., FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The front of the car is totally peeling and fading”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“peeling paint on fenders over both front wheel wells”

Thomas T., QC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rust

“Rust both front wheel wells”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“All the wheel wells are starting to rust”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“I have experienced rust through on both front fenders and the tailgate. Volkswagen is repairing these issues under warranty”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rust on fenders, quarter panels and trunk. Repaired under VW program. 2 weeks in shop”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“vehicle was supposedly covered for rust perforation. It is not. I have been to the dealer several times for rocker panel paint peeling and blistering with no satisfaction in getting it resolved. Now, after several years of complaining to deaf ears, I have a complete hole through the drivers side panel directly behind the mud flap, which is a factory installed item. The passenger side is not rotted through yet, but is rusted and bare of paint and stone guard. The door trim panels have been fl”

Jules B., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“front wheel side panels”

Richard H., MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rusting on base of doors, entrance step, trunk edges and wheel wells”

Mike S., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“front wheel well”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“fender rust requiring replacement of fenders (2)”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rust appearing in the right and left back wheel weld, right on the rim of them”

Emil J., AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rust on various panels which were covered by a limited warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rust on fenders. Repaired under 12 year warrantee”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Volkswagen replaced Front Fenders and Trunk lid under warrenty”

Doug W., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“rust on drivers side rocker panel and small blisters on passenger side over rear shell well”

Thomas T., QC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rusting in trunk lid, wheel well, hood, between the side windows”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rust on front corners of hood & driver side near rear wheel well - VW covered the repairs under 12 year rust warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Dash indicator warned that left rear turn signal light was defective but it wasn't. Took dealer more than a day to locate and repair malfunction”

M S., CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The rear taillights are replaced about ever six months. They seem to go out way faster than any other car I've owned/seen”

Jeremy B., MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“Both passenger and driver's heated seats do not work. They both quit at the same time. Dealership trouble shooting costs too much, so far unable to pinpoint the root cause (i.e. relay or fuse) due to poor documentation on the electrical system”

Heidi T., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Electric seats move on there own while driving. VERY DANGEROUS”

Marvin M., OR (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Both front seat heaters quit working at the same time. Dealer & repair shop(s) don't want to diagnose claiming $$ spent may not result in problem being fixed”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“A wire in the heated seat burned through the material in the seat back and burned a hole in my jacket while I was driving”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“During the fix of the aforementioned engine fan the comfort control module stopped working as far as the interior dome lights are concerned. That would also be $900 to fix”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“switch on the headliner that controls the interior lights doesnt work, so no interior light when the dor is opened”

Martin B., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“one door doesn't lock using keyfob”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Drivers door master unlock switch does not work all the time. I need to exit vehicle & use key fob to unlock all doors. Dealer & repair shop(s) hesitant to attempt repair or quote $$ needed to fix”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The remote does not always lock the driver's door. I often had to lock the door with the door lock on the door”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“An electronic switch in the door handle wore out. I wouldn't allow us to lock the door. We had it repaired at the dealer and $400 later, everything works”

John W., CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“have trouble unlocking all the doors”

Kimberly E., WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Unsure)

“I've had the driver's door electronic door module & window motor replaced as well as the left rear passenger door electronic module replaced because the doors wouldn't consistently lock or alarm system randomly goes off. These probs have cost well ov”

Jon M., OR (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The alarm would go off at any time and would be difficult to turn off”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Wiring had to be replaced for the second time in three years. Constant issue with the electrical system”

Jeremy B., MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Cruise control

“The cruise control doesn't work correctly when engaged, needs to be fixed but the dealer wants to replace a bunch of parts without knowing what the issue is, and then wants to charge me for every part they replace, even if it doesn't have anything to”

Brian G., WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Gauges

“engine light stays stuck on all the time”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Warning lights

“Check Engine light on. Computer says low idle misfire. Have had it into dealer NUMEROUS occasions with NO results. Light comes right back on and stays on”

Marvin M., OR (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Airbag warning icon has come on ....two different occasions. Trouble was traced to wire harness on drivers side. The wire harness had to be replaced TWICE”

Paul B., CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Car does not cool very efficiently anymore”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“AC slowly stopped working due to a worn compressor”

Joseph H., FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“A leak in the compressor prevented the a/c from cooling properly for several weeks before I took it in and found out it needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“A/C was not cooling very well. Compressor had to be rebuilt. That helped the problem. Dealer told me that it was only after about 2010 that VW had really cold air”

James B., TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“They replaced the compressor but it still doesn't seem to blow very cold air”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“bearings were bad-r&r”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Compressor failed”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Had to replace”

Nigel K., AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“a/c stopped working because compressor failed”

Michael M., MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“weird sounds under load, we had extra refrigerant oil added and the noiuse has been quieter”

Elke S., GA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace both fan motors”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Damaged grill broke fans and pushed parts into and damaging a/c. Had to replace all”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“lost, 1, 2 & 3 fan spd. Dealer fixed but only lasted 2 months now only have high spd. Repair will be expensive”

Jules B., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“There are two engine fans and one died requiring a replacement that cost about $900”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The fan doesn't work and the dealership wants $500.00+ to replace it”

Sharon S., NV (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Condenser

“Dealer told me that in about the 2010 time frame, Volkswagen decided that Americans liked "cold" airconditioning and designed the A/C to put out colder air. Mine is not very cold”

James B., TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Damage to grill also damaged compressor and had to replace. No protection with grill so any front end damage will cause fan, a/c and compressor damage possibilities”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The flange on the radiator broke, causing the radiator to leak - a lot. Had to replace it at great cost. Also the cooling fans went out. And, finally, the trunk latch control went out causing me to have to replace the EMU/ECU and the driver side window motor ($1,000 for a trunk latch)”

Robert B., FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

“Repeated failures with the charging system, I believe due to use of non VW alternator”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“A block of ice formed inside the fender on the drivers side, when I open the door it bent the door skin. 700 Bucks to fix”

Martin B., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Driver side door slumped and rubbed against driver side passenger door causing paint to fail and rust to start on rear passenger door. Speakers fail in rear door. Locks malfunction constantley”

Gretchen H., MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rear door lock actuator stopped functioning”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The trunk lock fails when the weather is cold around 40 or colder”

Richard H., MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Trunk automatic latch mis functioned now have to use the key to enter trunk. Volkswagen wanted over $250.00 to replace. I can use a key”

Emil J., AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“drivers side passenger door broke its unlock cable, had to be completely taken apart and reattached”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

“Post connecting the top portion of the mirror to the arm corroded and failed on both the passenger and driver's side. This post is not accessible for inspection or cleaning”

Heidi T., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“loss of led light & mirror movement &loss of safety hinging”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“alum'm or zinc cast pt inside cover & bolted to dr frm "rotted" out from rd salt. Both mirrors fell off car when washing car. Dlr only covered replacemt of 1 unit. Minor rust fixed on wrnty, rust at lower frt drs not repaired. told not covered”

Jules B., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Electronic problem”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sunroof

“Leaks”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“I've had the controller for the sunroof replaced twice and yet again the sunroof will open or close at random sometimes”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Trunk latch is a well known problem that Volkswagen has never recalled”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Trunk opener piston has not worked properly since first year of purchase, it no longer pops the trunk open sufficiently”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Rusted tailgate, covered under 12 year warranty”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Windows

“Window got stuck in down position”

Frank M., IN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“short in the wire harness controlling power windows”

Ryan J., TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“The Camshaft/Lifter/Pumpe Duse injector arrangement is weak resulting in premature camshaft failure. Additionally the oil spec 505.01 is widely mis-understood - mostly on the VW dealership level. The older VW TDI Pumpe Duse injector scheme exhibits high oil sheer - oil change intervals must be reduced to 7,500mi. And adhered to. Turbo charger VGT component is not serviceable - complete turbo required when the VGT fails. Expensive the 1.9 TDI”

Mike S., GA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Camshaft failure. Known issue”

Ed W., CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Not exactly the cylinder head but the valves build up carbon over time requiring disassembly of the engine to access and scrape the buildup off the heads. An expensive process”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The cam shaft wore out prematurely at about 115k miles”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Holes in valve lifter leading to metal in oil pan, and therefore engine, car died on interstate, needs a new engine, had to be towed”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Cam shaft replacement”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Cam needed replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Camshaft and lifters had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The 2.0T engine had a problem with the High Pressure Fuel Pump that is common in these engines. The cam follower wears down and results in a catastrophic failure that throws metal parts into the engine. I bought the car cheap knowing that it had this failure and rebuilt the engine. I will be doing routine maintenance on the fuel pump going forward to ensure that this doesn't happen again”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The 1.9l TDI uses a variable geometry turbo charger, VGT for short. The control mechanism governing the VGT aspect is not serviceable, requiring a complete turbo charger replacement. About $2,500 - $3,000 dollar repair for a $100 component”

Mike S., GA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The turbo had to be replaced around 115k miles”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“This was after 250000 miles”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“To expensive to have repaired by dealer went to private shop”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The problem is that it is $1300 to replace it”

Ryan K., MB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Broken abs wire which was not diagnosed on a pre-purchase inspection preformed by the local VW dealer. They really don't do much of anything on a pre-purchase inspection including even checking the air filter. Do not trust the VW dealer at all”

Anonymous, MB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Calipers

“Front calipers froze up, had to replace”

Julie G., MA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Performed full break replacement including pads, rotors, and rear calipers. Parking break mechanism had failed on both rear calipers. Replacement caliper failed leaking break fluid from cylinder. Master cylinder damaged during calipers and replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“jammed”

Anonymous, QC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The Calipers have a recurring problem with seizing”

Joe S., NS (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Premature brake wear

“Car is not driven regularly, so rotors accumulate rust. Need to drive more”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Front brakes wore to fast due to smaller pad than rear brakes and proportional control not designed correctly”

Anonymous, ID (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Brakes squeaked - required brake pad replacement and replacement/resurfacing of one rear rotor”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“all 4 routers warped, front breaks froze, had to replace front calipers and rotors”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I just spent $2,000 on 160,000 mile service which included noise from the right rear tire. Replaced bearings and breaks and the noise is worse than ever and the dealer doesn't know why”

Timothy S., NJ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Needed to get brakes replaced due to age”

Michael M., MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The parking brake issue was resolved with the new breaks for the right rear”

Timothy S., NJ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Dual mass fly wheel failure, common problem, expense fix”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Clutch was slipping. Garage/Dealer rebuilt it”

James B., TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“the dual plate clutch had to be replaced. I understand it is a common problem for 2006 Jettas. The cost was $1,800”

David B., FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“New throw out bearing, clutch plate”

Paul-Charlene K., MI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Clutch simply failed on highway. I've been driving manual transmissions my entire driving life - about 1 million miles - all manual transmissions, including VWs and never even had a clutch that needed service”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Clutch, pressure plate and flywheel replaced at 90,000 miles. Car mostly driven in the city”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Problems with the solenoid and is very expensive to be repair”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The car was making a rattling sound from the gears. It was explained that the transmission was worn. This occurred with only about 75000 miles on the car. The dealer did the work for a cost of $2500 to replace the transmission with a used one”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Transmission needed to be replaced because pressure plate failed and damaged the transmission case”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“almost $5,000 to replace”

Richard B., GA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“complete failure and replacement with a new one”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“front struts failed and needed to be replaced”

Rosemary S., PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The rear struts were original and worn, we had them replaced”

John W., CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“The rear coil springs were replaced due to corrosion. There is not adequate drainage around the spring so moisture does not drain out properly. As a result, both rear coil springs had to be replaced”

Dean L., MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“all 4 coil springs have broken on this vehicle more than once. I have always replaced them with new parts until the last few years when I have been able to get used ones from my local mechanic's shop”

Jules B., ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Front left spring broke, replaced both front springs”

Julie G., MA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“while driving a clang was heard in the rear of the car, pulled into a parking lot to check it out and found nothing. When I got home I put it on a hoist and found the bottom two coils broken off the rr spring”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Tie rods

“replaced when struts were fixed”

Rosemary S., PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“front cv joint needed replacing”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“It seems like I'm always replacing wheel bearing. Have done all 4 wheels and one of them twice”

Milt M., AB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Both rear wheel bearings failed in the fall 2014 and in the spring 2015 the front left wheel bearing failed. Dealer didn't find problem, I had to take it to them two times. I told them to replace it and problem solved”

Joe S., NS (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The wheel lock mechanism broke and the steering wheel was completely locked”

Ryan J., TX (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Clamp broken & was replaced”

Anonymous, PE (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The egr valve was leaking”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Replaced egr cooler”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Exhaust leak, EGR Cooler repair shop said it was blowing exhaust on the firewall and causing a loss in fuel mileage. I also had a major repair to replace the fly wheel not on survey. Repair shop said VW had major problems with this for several ye”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“flexible hose which was attached to catalytic converter failed causing exhaust leak. Was repaired under converter warranty. Rear muffler mounting bracket also rusted off”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

“Needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The catalytic converter has been diagnosed by VW and an independent dealer as bad. The car did not pass emissions, when tested. VW doesn't recommend replacing it, as they haven't seen good results”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“VW had issued a recall for this issue but at the time of the recall the transmission did not have this issue. Now that the warrantee is expired VW will not honor the recall”

Michael H., OH (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Transmission valve needed completed replacement - $1900 repair”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“DSG Transmission, transmission would go out of gear (shifter would be in the proper D mode) into neutral 4 or 5 times since I have owned the car. This happened as different speeds. You would have to pull over, put it in park, turn the engine off and then restart it and it would drive. Happened twice a few years ago and I parked it for months, then took it to the VW dealer that I bought it from. They kept it for days and finally said that they thought it was the electric assist on the steerin”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“My six speed DSG transmission disconnected two times during highway driving to neutral position. Both disconnects occurred within (4) days”

John W., WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“VW had a recall on solenoid and valves, but we were beyond warranty when ours went out. Dealership said $6k and only a total rebuild would do. Local mechanic replaced affected solenoids/valves for $2.8k and that solved everything”

Kevin C., CO (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The transmission is leaking fluid. It is a sealed system and additional fluid cannot be added. I am told it will be approx. $1200 to repair”

Michael H., OH (2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“It's a diesel so it has a way of recirculating exhaust gasses to re-combust them and improve emissions. This became completely clogged with soot, causing black smoke and significantly reduced performance”

Ben R., WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Car failed smog test we are installing a throttle body regulating flap(BRM) expect that to solve problem”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“EGR Cooler Exhaust Valve Leak”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Check engine light came on. Problem was failed sensor”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“second time we changed”

Anonymous, QC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Fuel injectors #1 & #3 needed replacement. Changed all five fuel injectors. Runs like new again!”

Miguel M., CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It snapped in half while I was driving”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“One of the wheel bearings was worn and was causing noise and vibration. Once the bearing was replaced, the problem was gone”

David C., WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Right front axle had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

“Car would jerk intermittently”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“L/H drivers door electrical sys for all controls failed”

John W., WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“This is just a normal rubber age issue”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Back right noise from either the wheel well area or trunk is a rattle”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A-Arm bushings and Sway Bar bushings failing under 4000 at 12 months”

Anonymous, ID (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“passenger side rear door after a heavy rain - when you open the door about 1/4 gallon of rain falls to the ground. Held in the door somewhere till the door is opened. Does not appear to get into the car interior”

Gretchen H., MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The weather stripping on the drivers door is starting to come off, and there is no good way to reattach, besides buying a new kit and then replacing it all on the door, which could cost $150!”

Brian G., WI (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Wind noise

“Plastic trim and parts vibrate Excessive wind into car with windows open”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

“Center computer display screen fades to blank in warm weather. it started a few years ago with just the center of the screen. Now, on warm/hot days, the entire screen will be blank, including odometer and trip odometer. I've been told the only way to correct it is to replace the entire instrument cluster for $400+labor,”

James M., NC (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Speakers

“2 of 8 speakers are out”

Frank M., IN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Radio

“Had to unplug the radio because it was found to be why battery kept going dead”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Volume knob does not work 99% of the time very frustrating”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Had to replace battery”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Electronic ignition

“"Glow bulb" failure, check engine light on. $1800 incl labor to fix”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Noisy may be bearing and needs replacement”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Have had several instances of coolant leaks throughout the life of the car”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Ongoing leak was misdiagnosed initially as the water pump resulting in early replacement of the pump. It turned out to be a different part much more easily replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

“bent rods and damaged head”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Had to "de-carbon" the engine to make the engine light go away! Expensive proposition! Apparently expected in these cars about this age. Car consumes more gas than ever as a result. Still a nice ride though”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The engine mounts have been found to be very worn and causing the engine, when put under load, to twist a lot more than it should. It may also be the source of shuddering or rough idle when the engine is warm”

Ryan K., MB (2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9-L 4 Cyl diesel)
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