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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
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (200 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (140 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 5 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“right passenger rear door won'y lock with fob or key, needs a replacement part costing $400.00 plus labor!”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Cruse went out- very poor engineering to place module in its location- have to pull steering wheel and air bag to access. Kudo's to the Japanese”

Carl A., OH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Headlights

“The bulb replacement happened twice”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Auto-levelling stop working. Cannot use road high beam”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Front headlights have burned out 3 times in the past year”

Donald B., NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“both headlights burned out”

Mark J., MN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Both headlights burnt out in quick succession at c. 81,000 miles, so I bought new bulbs at the VW dealer and I replaced them. No problem!”

William L., MT (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Had to replace low beams on each side”

Steven R., BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“I have been replacing my headlight bulbs yearly, sometimes they only last 6 - 7 months, and nobody at the V.W. dealership can tell me why ?”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Burns out frequently”

Anonymous, SK (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

“We have replaced a headlight 4 times”

Larry S., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“always replacing lights”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Rear brake lights frequently require replacement. Seem to burn out unusually early”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Right rear tail light shield broken, dealership replaced whole tail light assembly $600.00 +”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Wiring problem”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“both yellow marker lights burned out”

Mark J., MN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Back left light keeps burning out faster than the others. Seem to have also have had trouble with the electrical connection at that location too”

Benjamin R., MI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Failed locking mechanism on the rear passenger door, repaired”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“the door sensors for keyless entry for all 4 doors have broken since purchase”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rear door keyless entry stopped working. VERY expensive to fix since needed to replace inner electronics of entire door”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“sensors wear out causing warning lights to come when there is no problem”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“After five service checks, and over $1000 in repair bills, our local Volkswagen dealer informed us that the cost of trouble shooting/repairing the check engine light would be in excess of $10000; higher than the value of the vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Warning lights go on and off”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Mice keep eating the wiring harness going to the windshield washer motor . The coating of these wires is exposed and is composed of peanut oil which mice love. I can replace the wire with factory wires, but the mice will rapidly eat them again, so”

Michael R., KY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
12V power plug

“The electronic trunk release and gas door release work intermittently and two shops have been unable to fix the problem, including a dealership. Also, The 12V power plug blew multiple fuses”

Peter C., MD (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Body control module

“Trunk release”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta)

“The electronic odometer and gear indicator freeze up intermittently. During the times, for example, the gear indicator shows all gears selected at once”

Benjamin R., MI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“We have replaced 3 sensors”

Larry S., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Horn

“Horn and other electrical readouts controlled through steering wheel buttons failed. Had to replace a computer module”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

“Dieselgate”

Anonymous, NB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Diesel particulate filter fouled and wouldn't regenerate to clear. Dealer did manual regeneration, but fault light wouldn't go out. Finally cleared with normal regeneration after ~3000 highway kilometers, and running in sports mode (high engine RPM) around city. Vehicle is also one of those caught in the TDI engine emissions EPA dispute, with an emissions control system that requires correction to reduce NOx emissions to legal standards”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“EGR valve was fouled and was cleaned but eventually failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Complete recall of the car due to faulty reporting by Volkswagen”

J R., BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“exhaut flap in manifold”

Ron C., WI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Had to replace the exhaust gas sensors that were giving codes”

Brian W., NC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Two times now I have had to have replaced the EGR”

Steve M., NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“EGR failed. Costly repair”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

“At 66000 miles the high pressure fuel pump failed. The repair was very expensive but was covered by VW warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“High-pressure fuel pump failed when I was in the Sierra Nevada. Towed to Sacramento to dealership. Towing cost was about $700, not reimbursed. VW did fix the problem for free but it took many conversations until VW would pay. Apparently fine, met”

Roger F., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The fuel injector is not compatible with the no sulfur US Diesel fuel and was stalling. Now, I have to add a 'lubricosity formula' to each tankful of diesel to keep the engine from stalling with a sudden acceleration. Took many hours of phone calls a”

Michael R., KY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“I was told that either an oxygen sensor or the computer that communicates with it had stopped working and the cost was about $3000”

Anonymous, NB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Unit experiences a CEL which required service”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Some sort of actuator position sensor problem”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Would not restart easily engine heated up”

G G., PA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“the wiring harness burned and damaged the sensor as well”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Mass Airflow Sensor became damaged and inoperable due to battery acid leaking onto the sensor”

David C., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Pretty much always driving around with a check engine light due to faulty sensors in the diesel emissions”

Christopher S., MA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Secondary Air Injection sensor failure”

E W., OH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Ox sensor once, soot collector sensor #2 once”

Philip B., MB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“failure of two related o2 sensors”

J L., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“SEC AIR INJ PRESSURE SENSOR and COMBI VALVE & PRESSURE SENSOR”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel injector failed and pieces of metal went into the system requiring replacement of the entire fuel system”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Injectors clogged. Injectors require "Top Tier" fuels that add cleaners to gas, e.g. Shell, Costco, etc”

Edwin G., MA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“AC compressor replaced after cooling problem evaluated for last 1 year. VW replaced free except for labor”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“AC eventually cools, but the dealer tells me it's bad. Not sure it's worth fixing?”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Required $1200 in repairs”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Inadequate cooling. Compressor replaced under warrenty”

David T., BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“failed and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“It's been in the shop 5 times for AC issues, twice under warranty and now three more times. I'm starting to suspect the root cause is actually electrical”

Sam W., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Internal valve in compressor”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

“the blower fan on this vehicle has been repaired or replaced twice”

Roger C., MI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Fan only worked on High setting. Failure of thermal resistor, easily replaced at home for about $25”

Wayne S., FL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The car overheated and I found that a fan has malfunctioned”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

“Leaky heater core”

Paul L., ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“heat works fine for awhile then just starts cooling off - not great when it's cold - happens after running for about 20-30 min. - have worked with Volkswagen on it and have finally given up on it - good thing we live in California”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Temperature control had to be adjusted all the way up to get any heat in the vehicle. It was not the thermostat”

Steve M., NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“the refrigerant leaked out, the dealer refilled in and also included a dye to show where the leak was. The refrigerant is still okay but they haven't found out the leak”

Peter B., ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Immediately after a major "check-up," the cooling system malfunctioned”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“condenser went bad again. was replaced about 12 months before”

Scott K., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Over 85 degrees ambient, AC system looses efficiency. Unsure what causes it”

Edwin G., MA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

“Inserting CD to 3rd slot gives hard error. Reset itself days later”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“CD got jammed”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“There is a known issue with CD's getting stuck (for years in the VW's) and shutting down the entire audio system. They are not fixing it and now I cannot use the CD player for risk of losing my entire audio system”

Anonymous, NE (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Changer failure disables radio even with no CDs”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Stopped working and drained battery”

Anonymous, TN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Needs code to be reset with battery change”

Mike E., FL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

“This car had a 6 disc changer. The disc changer jammed but this causes the whole radio to cease functioning which is a poor design”

Anonymous, NB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Radio is dead. Cost to repair/replace: $ 1000”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The radio had some sort of internal problem. It indicated that it had some sort of problem with a CD even though a CD had never been inserted into it. There was no way to unstick an uninserted CD. This disabled the radio. We ultimately had to rep”

David B., GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Antenna connection for satellite radio system has a short somewhere and cannot be repaired. So it doesn't work and never will work”

David R., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Does not work at all for days or weeks”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Stopped working and drained battery”

Anonymous, TN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“AM radio no longer works, satellite radio cuts out occasionally, LCD screen is improperly oriented as to polarization - cannot be read with polarized sunglasses”

William C., WI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Navigation system quit working will cost more than I am willing to pay to replace it”

David R., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“I have having difficulty pairing the latest iPhone with my bluetooth system”

Anonymous, NE (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Speakers

“Speakers stopped working passenger side front door”

Jessica G., GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The B pillar black paint had fading on part of the panel”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Red car. Paint started to chip and expose white undercoating from the first week. By end of first year white specks all over the car. Complained several times to dealer and VW. Final results "It's just part of the deal". Selling the car”

K S., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Paint peeling on the rear hatch”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The paint is peeling off right behind the front wheelwell on both sides of the car. The dealer admits it is a defect and is talking about fixing it as a warranty service even though it is finished. The dealer is giving a bit of run-around, though”

William S., QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Paint has started to peel at the doors and around the wheel/fender wells. The paint at the doors is at the bottom at the front door post/pillar”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rust

“Saw rust around all fenders and beside a couple lights”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“erosion policy includes only rust through the body from interior not normal rust. Company and employees could be more clear (rather than waiting 6 months) causing more rust to find out rust not covered”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“-Fender and rocker panels. repaired under warrranty”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Rust around the door sills especially the driver side”

Robert F., NS (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Front wings, known problem, Warranty available. Overall, car has held up remarkably well given the amount of salt used in Ontario”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Hood and rear quarter panel rusted and repaired by vw after complaining and originally denied”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“I had rust on the trunk door near the licence plate lightning. Under Warranty. After this winter, rust also appear on front fenders. I've just brought it to the dealer and i'm waiting for vw CA answer”

Benoit V., QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Still awaiting call back from dealership re arranging body shop work. My erosion report was acknowledged Sept. 2, 2014. I know of other owners that have had this difficulty even with rust holes through the front fenders. I would think that a 12 y”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-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

Antilock system (ABS)

“Abs control module failed. It was braking even harder than before but if you needed to go all in it would lock the brakes in all 4”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“car was recalled for ABS issue”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Issues cropped up before the recall, but there was a recall on the ABS controller”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Recall on module”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Manufacturer recall”

Richard R., FL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Module that controls antilock braking and stability had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“ABS System is not functional, requires $2k repair”

Elwood A., IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The light came on in the car so we took stand they said it needed that brake fluid drained and to put new fluid in”

Christine S., VA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The abs control module failed on my car, a $1,500 job, at about 60,000 miles. This was not covered under the extended warranty”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rear brake pads replaced at 123k and then again at 144k, sticky rear brakes caused premature wear”

Bill S., NH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“brakes occasionally squeak in first few minutes of use, and disappears quickly”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Rotors and brake pads needed to be replaced at about 55000”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“I had two complete brake jobs done within one year, both times requiring new rotors and callipers. I believe this was more to do with a dealer ripoff by the service department. The brakes do seem to require work once a year”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-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

“check engine light came on affecting drive ability .took car in and a flap in the top half of the cylinder head had to be replaced”

Roger C., MI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Turbocharger failed and had to be replaced. Too much debris found in intercooler which also had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Intake manifold needed replacing Waste gate control needed replacing Turbo had screw missing which is a know problem and VW replaced the Turbo for free. Glow plug needs replacing”

David C., GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Turbo died for second time - $2500 replacement”

Christopher S., MA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“premature failure, unreasonably expensive, would not allow use of new OEM part, had to buy VW rebuid to get warranty”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Turbo was leaking”

James B., VA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Went bad after 120k miles. Very expensive”

Robert T., OH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Multiple repairs under certified warranty. Then oil leak twice (one which was refused to be covered by VW warranty). Then bent valve. Then complete engine failure resulting in replacement engine”

Patrick M., IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“Requires replacement at 120K miles and costs around $900”

David C., GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“car has only highway miles--changeout turned out to be entirely unneccessary--next to zero waer”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Timing belt or chain

“Was due to be changed at 120. Changed it early due to radiator work and cost saving involved with removing the same things to access belt. General maintenance”

Daniel H., WA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The pulleys used for the serpentine belt are made of plastic rather than metal, and at 52000 miles were worn to the point of danger. Repair was costly and could have been avoided had VW chosen a more appropriate material for these parts”

Mark C., NM (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 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

“Electronic locks on rear door would not lock or unlock”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Heated seat burned a hole in the fabric of the seat”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The door lock solenoids have failed and cost to replace these components is in excess of 600 dollars because of the difficult to access location in the door. These are the types of issues that make people conclude that car makers build in this kind of problem for profit. This concept is beyond my comprehension when VW is paying out billions of dollars to settle the TDI issue. and they have lost me as a customer and two adult children one a programmer and one a pharmacist they do not seem to get”

Walter C., BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The tailgate latch doesn't open easily. I have to press it several times to get it to open”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

“Leaks Sunroof retractable shade broken (stuck open)”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The sunroof will get stuck open on hot days. It has to be returned to the dealer to get it closed. The dealer keeps making ineffectual fixes and avoids making the expensive real fix. The car is now out of warranty and the dealer won't commit to a fix”

William S., QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“The sunshade does not close properly”

Sam W., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“leakage that cause lot of mist (ice in winter here in Quebec) in the windscreen. I had the pb twice : - water in the spare wheel - water in the passenger compartment 2 years later”

Benoit V., QC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Windows

“Rear driver side window motor is making noises. Dealer didn't have one in stock and has never called about it”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Rust developed on the trunk hood around the license plate light. It was replaced under warranty without problem”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Same issue, the latch doesn't open easily”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Some electronic modules need replacement, but the cost was covered by waranty”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Camshaft sensor needed replacement, intake manifold needed to be cleaned, cooling system needed to be flushed”

Franklin M., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Engine computers went out making car break down”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“A warning light came on. It was caused by an issue with a component that was replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Engine computer failed. Car would start, but would not engage transmission. Cost over $1700 to replace computer”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Oil leaks

“Oil leak at oil pan gasket”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“brake fluid pump replaced”

Joanne T., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“At 100,000 miles this car kept blowing oil filters and draining the oil. Seems the oil cooler (?) malfunctioned which then blew the oil pressure regulator which was connected to it. From there it would blow the filter seals. $1500. very $$ to own”

K S., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Leaking oil pan that needed replacement. Bumper to Bumper Warranty was not honored because it was an aftermarket oil pan. But it was the oil pan existing on the car when purchased. If that was the oil pan on the vehicle when certified, warrantied and”

Patrick M., IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

“I had a significant, but not gushing, diesel fuel leak”

Karen J., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-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

“early 70k mile chkup and had alignment done, when explaned to us the stats one wheel area was at maxium adjusment , ask about future problem/ replacement basicaly told don't worry. got second opion problem setup when car new. car had 0 accident”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Front Suspension worn out and needed to be replaced. Car would creak on speed bumps”

Amos K., IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the spring on the strut snapped”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“all the shocks needed replacement”

Herbert M., TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“replacement of front left strut”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Front right spring broke, car was undriveable and was towed to dealer for repair”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“broken right front spring”

James-Barbara C., NH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Springs on these cars are pre-maturely breaking ! Three springs in last year ! V.W. mechanics told me this is a weakness in the cars, and I agree ! I owned a Toyota for 10 years before and drove on same roads and never replaced one spring !!!”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“I am repeatedly having to replace one part or another of the front steering and drive system”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-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 needed to be replaced, not clear of this is abnormal at low mileage or it is just age related”

Franklin M., CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Ignition coil failure. Loss of power from misfiring”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Glow plug failure which included additional sensor indications - intermittent, took several days to troubleshoot but took out multiple sensors whenever failed”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“#4 cylinder glow plug and sensor replaced at 144k #3 cylinder fuel injector replaced at 148k”

Bill S., NH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“One of the four diesel engine "glow plugs" failed and required replacement at an expense in the $300 price range”

Robert R., NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“routine maintance”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE Unsure)
Alternator

“Alternator recently failed resulting in a $1000 repair”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Recurrent check engine light was diagnosed as defective wiring harness. Replaced under extended warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Linkage between shifter and transmission locked up and the gears could not be shifted. Had to take it to the dealer to get new linkage installed”

Brandon R., NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“it doesn't like to get into gear the drive selection will blink at you until I turn the engine off then turn it back on and it will get into gear otherwise... weakest link”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

“The transmission was in need of repair due to control solenoids the dealer did the repair at the cost of over 3000 dollars and were unable to properly seal the transmission casing and it leaks to this day. The car is subject to the tdi buyback but a dealer not being able to properly repair a transmission is inexcusable”

Walter C., BC (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“doesn't like to back up”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Transmission leaking into lower underbody shield was found at 30,000 mi. in 4'th year of service. Required Engine & Transmission R&R under new-car 7-yr. Extended Warranty. Out of pocket cost $100, Total cost of repair about $1800 under extended warr”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rough shifting

“Brutally cold weather this winter. Clutch shuddered when shifting from 1st to 2nd --often had to rev the engine and really "ride" the clutch to get it to shift. Software update did not correct problem. Resolved once the weather warmed up”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Antifreeze started to leak through the bottom of the radiator. Needed a new radiator and coolant flush. Decided to do timing belt and water pump at the same time since it was close to being due”

Daniel H., WA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Temp sensor failure”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The water pump failed and required replacement at a cost of $1200 which was not covered by warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Part failed. Needsd to replace”

James B., VA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radiator

“Cracked, needed replAcement”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Leak in radiator, required replacement. Plastic parts in radiator failed”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Sunroof drain clogged. Front footwells wet. Water also leaks in rear cargo dome light after heavy rain”

Amos K., IL (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The sunroof leaked badly due to clogged drains and a broken hose”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The drains for the sunroof were clogged”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The vehicle experienced sunroof drain failures on both sides of the car within 6 weeks of each other, resulting in significant water leakeage into the cargo area”

Michael D., MD (2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

“Sometimes a Loud "Thunk" from rear roof area when going over irregular surface e.g. clipping a curg in a driveway. (It is a wagon with big sunroof.)”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 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

“Steering wheel column electrical assembly related; No wiper & horn control; plus false airbag fault indicator light on”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Car computers could not be fixed after 4 (yes four!) different mechanic shops tried to repair including dealer. Eventually just sold it back to dealer as the care was unable to function reliably”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CV joint

“Torn CV boot and excessive ware in 60K miles. Should have gone 120 K or more based on my US manufacturer experience. Can only use Official VW parts, aftermarket shaft replacements don't work and very pricey”

Carl A., OH (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“CV joint went out - needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

“Intake manifold is jamming up at low idle”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“A part separated and leaked. Had to be replaced at a cost of $400. Some issue with metal expanding and causing the leak”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Unsure)

“faulty control valve/and leaks”

Ron C., WI (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The 2009 TDI is a 'split' model year and the replacement of the catalytic converter also needs to have the Deisel Particulate filter also needs to be replaced and that could be close to $6000.00”

Michael R., NY (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“needed replacement after 80000 miles”

Michael S., TN (2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
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