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 4 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2010 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The entire in dash system went out & VW could not fix it. It was replaced with an aftermarket system at ¿ the price of what VW wanted to charge for lesser product"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The radio and the CD are combined. They both stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"included in the radio and had to be replaced"

Terence B., PA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"RADIO DISPLAY DIED. OUT OF WARRANTY COST $900 TO REPLACE RADIO. after COMPLAINING TO VW US, VW PAID HALF!"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Randomly the screen will turn white and not react to any input"

Nathan T., MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"It connects fine just the quality of my speaker makes it very difficult to have a conversation"

Sharilyn H., DE (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"VW Dealer charged a $100 deductible fee for each time I had the radio/blue tooth serviced even while under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I don't have a problem with pairing. The people I call on my cell phone can't hear me but I can hear them. I have taken it back many times without being fixed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE Unsure)

"GPS navigation on phone does not always link up with stereo even if Bluetooth is paired. Sometimes navigation will be announced over speakers but never had any problem with the hands free call features"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth unit failed just after warranty expiration. Dealer replaced the unit for 50% non-warranty cost. Fair"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio died requiring replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio does not come on when the car is started but eventually may start working. [not always]"

Robert V., MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Radio quit working has no power check all fues thy are good but no power"

Ronald R., PA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The entire in dash system went out & VW could not fix it. It was replaced with an aftermarket system at ¿ the price of what VW wanted to charge for lesser product"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Started to work intermittently, then stopped working all together. Extended warranty on the vehicle replaced the unit"

Jason K., IL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The radio just stopped working. The dealer told me they could get a refurbished one for $2,000.00. I bought a Kenwood after market radio instead"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The radio suddenly died. It was not reparable, and the replacement cost about $700"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The entire radio/CD/sound system died. We had to replace it, at significant ($700) cost"

Faith H., IN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The whole radio failed to go on without notice. The entire radio was replaced due to the failure"

John P., NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Radio went completely dead. Nothing worked!"

Jeffrey W., MA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Sudden complete radio failure"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Stereo just stopped working at all. Had to replace"

Peter K., VT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"radio screen went blank and radio and cd player had to be replaced"

Terence B., PA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Radio suddenly died. Warranty replacement from VW"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"SAME AS FIRST ISSUE"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Parked the car at night, radio was working. Started the car up the next morning, and it was completely dead. VW would have charged my hundreds to diagnose, and then I'd have to replace with factory radio. Instead, I replaced with a Pioneer AVIC-600"

Aila L., NJ (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Stopped working. had to have entire radio replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"OEM Radio failed. Purchased a replacement and installed it myself for half the cost the dealer wanted"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio went dead on trip - was not any of fuses (including internal fuse). Radio hooked to blue tooth and many other systems = problems. Cost for "rebuilt" radio over $500"

Zaidee W., AR (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Radio stopped working at 60000 miles. Dealer informed that the radio was dead & needed to be replaced"

Michael G., CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Radio just gave out at 60,000 miles. From online forums, a lot of people have this problem. Cost $195 at dealership for inspection. They said I needed new radio. Went elsewhere for new radio"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Entire radio system failed. Won't power on. This includes the hands free bluetooth"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Randomly failed with no apparent reason/issue (fuse not blown, etc.) -- occurred almost concurrently with the trunk failing to open (neither the keyless remote nor the interior trunk latch would open the trunk)"

Samantha K., CT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The radio just stopped one day when we had about 85000 kms on it. All the fuses were checked and were okay. At the dealership they said it was the radio itself. Really in all the cars I have had the radio is the one thing that never quits"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"My stereo system went out and had to be replaced. This included the Bluetooth and CD changer. This replacement was over a $ 600.00 item. As long as I have been driving, this is the first time a radio system has needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The speakers keep blowing out and buzzing"

Norman B., MA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Starter/key switch failed"

Malcolm G., CT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Im not sure if this is the correct location but the Cruise control senor went out and had to be replaced"

Richard D., ID (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Display screen freezes up

"Randomly the screen goes completely white and only resets if the car is turned off for a few minutes then turned back on. The dealership says they can't diagnose it without seeing the car while the problem is occurring"

Nathan T., MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"It is the worst navigation system ever and it is not $2 let alone the $1700 they charge for it"

Anonymous, OH (2010 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

"Constant light on. Failure to start"

T S., SC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Recall due to diesel emissions"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Extremely expensive to fix the EGR on this car. Over $3000"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Diesel Particular Filter failed along with EGR Valve, VW wanted to Charge the full price to repair, upon calling VW Canada i found out that DPF filter is covered under government extended warranty. I doubt that EGR replacement was necessary i was chrged for thet part, i learned that, if the DPF is clogged or cracked, CEL will indicate EGR failure"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Dieselgate"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Emission issue that costs $600.00 to repair"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The check engine light came on and stayed on. Some sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The CEL began to come on in the last several months and an internet search indicated it is a common problem with this model. It would come off and and on. We have since received a notice from VW indicating a service bulletin, but not a recall, to r"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Exhaust flapper control module failed open and resulted in check engine light coming on and staying on. Replaced and covered by extended warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Cracked collection box and intercooler in EGR system on Jetta TDI. Milage dropped to low 30's. After $3300 fix now back into low 40's mpg and running very well"

Zaidee W., AR (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I do not know enough to tell more"

Edmond P., QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"My Jetta engine keeps getting clogged up with carbon requiring complete engine scraping and cleaning. VW acknowledged that carbon build up is a known VW issue"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace the intake manifold sensors, I believe it is called the rail"

Douglas P., VA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine lights with indication of problem with injection - difficult to find solution - cut plastic wrap to tube near motor and solved problem for now. Difficult to comprehend - mechanics do not know how to solve problems on this car. This car h"

Edmond P., QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"High pressure fuel pump failed and required replacement of the entire fuel injection system. Volkswagen agreed to cover 75% of the repair even though the car was no longer under warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Fuel pump had catastrophic failure attempting to start the car on a winter day"

Kevin B., NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fuel rail pressure too low - dealer replaced fuel pump at no charge under power train warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Complete failure while driving on I-95. The repair was made by a VW dealer, took 1 week. The cost of the repair was covered under warranty. It would have cost approx. $8,000 had it not been covered. It was necessary to replace the entire fuel system"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"At 119000 miles the high pressure fuel pump failed leaving my wife stranded on the side of the road 35 miles from home. The car was towed to the nearest VW dealer where they assessed the problem and recommended that I contact VW America. I did cont"

Russell S., CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"exhaust pressure sensors failed recently and needed replacing"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Oxygen sensor failed"

Melissa F., CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Limited 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Manifold sensor setting off the check engine light"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Had to replace two exhaust sensors. $500"

Jeffrey W., MA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Oxygen sensor failed, tool 3 days to repair, wrong part ordered initially"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Had a recall to update the electronic computer control system. Did not have any known problems before the recall. Covered by VW"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Gunther had my car for 5 weeks , had trouble starting car. car would stall while driving. very scary and unsafe. said it was camshaft position sensor. tonight it stalled while backing up. not happy"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Had to replace DPF pressure sensor and DPF pressure line"

John W., GA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Fault was indicated but ambiguous to dealer and independent repair shop. Resulted in inability to get an estimate with certainty and delay"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Unknown sensor failure that required $1400 new rack & pinion steering system. Stupid engineering"

Bill C., MI (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Engine light came on, when checked out it was a fuse I think on the emissions"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"after performing a recall and reprogramming of the computer, O2 sensors failed"

Robert M., CT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Sensors failed in Texas, Houston dealer could't fix, told me to drive home. When I got home, local dealer told me I should have stopped driving immediately (leave car there and and fly home?) and refused to cover under warranty. Cost: ~3,800.00"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Pre catalytic converter O2 sensor went bad and had to be replaced. Dealership wanted over $300 to replace not including price of parts, was replaced at a local garage for around $200. Car had less than 50000 when it went bad"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"only blows cold when moving"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The air conditioning unit went out when it was 3 years old"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Completely failed"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The compressor quit functioning and was replaced. Cheaper to replace rather that spend the labor to repair"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"It failed to produce adequate cooling and it was replaced at our cost"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Compressor stopped cooling. Had to replace it for $900"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"it failed and according to the dealer sent metal fragments through out the system"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Failure. Replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"VW wanted to replace the whole compresssor for 1485 but my local mechanic was able to replace an electrical part for 300 and it running great"

John W., GA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"AC Compressor went out in April 2015 and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Failed; was replaced at my cost"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The A/C compressor and related parts were replaced under the VW warranty last june 2 month after purchase"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"the control solenoid has been replaced twice. then the compressor went bad. looks like a known issue with this car"

Todd E., IL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"A/C compressor is leaking and provides little cooling of vehicle interior"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Gradually reduced cooling capability. had to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Heater system

"Thermostat replacement 3 times and still not correct"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Cooling system continues to perform poorly, despite servicing from the dealer and stating that no leaks could be found"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Slow leak"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"fuse panel failure due to poor design (low melting plastic) Cost 550 $. Repeated/multiple failure of remote door locks and/or body computer"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

Cruise control

"unable to use the slow down function. The speed up function works"

David D., MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Headlights

"I have had to replace the same headlight twice last year"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The left headlight stopped working. When I took it to the shop the entire headlight assembly had to be replaced for a $350 dollar expense"

William K., MO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Actual problem was replacing the alternator => didn't charge the battery anymore. Didn't have the choice in the menu"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"constant failure of exterior lights. i've replaced almost all of them now"

Todd E., IL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"License plate lighting failed"

Samantha K., CT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry stopped working - wouldn't lock or unlock. I had the battery replaced but it still didn't work. Fortunately I had a second fob which works"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The rear left door would not lock or unlock a lot of the time. It cost $400 - 500 to fix, which I thought was very high"

Fred M., FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Keyless entry system complete failure at 65000 miles & needed to replace all four doors entry/locking modules"

Michael G., CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Failure of the door latch module. Door wouldn't properly lock and unlock"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"One keyless remote quit communicating with the vehicle. Could not re-establish contact with the car using the procedures outlined in the manual. The remote was fine. Had to pay dealer to correct the issue"

Stephen W., CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Tire pressure monitor

"They failed about the second year and I have never replaced them"

David D., MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Warning lights

"Seat belt light and audio warning would come on when belts were fastened on all occupied seats. Required a change in sensor, costing >$150. I felt warranty should have covered it, but was not reimbursed"

John M., CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water (leak) is present beneath passenger side seat"

Mariel F., OR (2010 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"sunroof drains come apart between hoses and frame for sunroof filling floor and glovebox with water"

Robert M., CT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Squeaks or rattles

"Something is going on in the dash that causes a rattle. The dealer doesn't seem to be able to fix"

Timothy H., MA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Squeaks coming from sun roof area and center dash"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Rear suspension squeaks during cold weather below 40 degrees F"

Thomas M., PA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"makes a repetitive noise associated with wheels turning, no cause found by mechanic"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"when going over a bump in the road I sometimes heard a noise somewhere in the back end. Turned out to be some gravel that needed to be emoved"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Engine compartment on/off rattles Dealer not able to determine source and/or repair"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"rattle-like sound from dashboard"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"You can't use the Bluetooth due to noise.people you are talking to can't understand what you are saying"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 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

Calipers

"right/passenger side sticking"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Premature brake wear

"Have had the rear brakes replaced a couple of times on this car, which is more than I would expect on a 7 year old car with less mileage than normal"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Rear brakes are designed to wear first. Indicator (squeal) never occurred"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Brakes were done at between 35,000 to 40,000, and again at 58,000 miles. We are told they are needed soon ( 63000). Each time dealer has installed new rotors as a standard procedure with brake pad replacement"

Craig S., PA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rotors warped after 48000 miles"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"rear roter because of seized brake calipers"

Ken B., ON (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"There is nothing more to say - breaks wear out"

Francis D., VA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"rear brakes sieze because of the winter driving and wear out pads"

Ken B., ON (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo failure, 3600 repair cost"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Turbo charger failed on the highway due to leak in diaphragm"

Anonymous, DE (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Known design flaw on the system. Water entered and frozen the intercooler. Temp was -26 when it occurred"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"At 216000 miles a vacuum module failed causing damage to the Turbo unit. Volkswagen stating the entire turbo assembly had to be replaced as they don't sell the vacuum module as a separate part. Cost to us was $3000.00"

Russell S., CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"valve in turbo failed. Lost power"

Bill S., CA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The turbo is leaking oil, mostn likely due to poor cooling"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"scheduled maint"

Anonymous, TX (2010 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 has given trouble and occasionally discharges for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Battery died and was replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Had to replace 1 faulty coil pack and was advised to replace all 4 at once"

Bruce C., FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine harness

"engine check light caused by speed sensor damaged by a harness short. vw repaired wires in harness to resolve problem paid $800 for initial repair and then $600 8 months later to replace wire in harness with longer wires"

Robert Y., NH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Limited 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"had a failure of one of the glow plugs in the engine"

Doug C., UT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Glow plug failure affect winter starting"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"There was corrosion on the spark plugs not once but twice. They were replaced under warranty both times. I did have some starting / performance issues. I'm wondering what will happen now that it's no longer under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"After purchase car was returned 5 times because of "check engine" light. Finally fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

"I am the victim of a fraud. I purchased a CLEAN DIESEL and it was a lie! The buy-back offer is a disgrace, and they owe me full purchase price+tax+interest, which I will never get. This buyer has his eyes wide open now"

Marcus N., QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"ECU died at 30,800 miles, 800 miles out of warranty. Cost was well over $3,000 to fix and Volkswagen of America is awful"

Graham B., VT (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"One of the oxygen sensors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"Over all maintenance has been very expensive considering the cost of the car. I have had to replace the serpantine belt and am currently having problems with the exhaust/emission system. The car also stalls very easily"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The AC Condenser "froze", which caused the belt to break, which cut off all electrical generation for systems. It was a $1,200 repair, and I had just had it in for it's 80K service, which cost me $900. Not a happy camper"

Aila L., NJ (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"VW refuses to repair rocket panel and center pillar rust under 12 year warranty, only fenders rust"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The seam in the hood was not sealed correctly when it was built and it has started to rust from under the hood and they refuse to fix it"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Rust developed in front rocker panel area behind front wheels and several small paint bubbles on passenger side of hood. VW's 100,000 mile warranty paid to correct rust issue - we paid for the hood"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Volkswagen Jetta)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint peeling off front by lights"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Paint on trim panel at the drivers side door pillar failed and peeled off. VW denies defect"

Anonymous, MD (2010 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

Springs or torsion bars

"Both front coil sping broke . $700 can"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Broken spring on front left wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Springs had cracked and required replacement"

G C., MA (2010 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

Transmission computer

"VW dealer refused to address the problem prior to an error code being displayed (while under warranty). I had the transmission module changed at my expense (almost $3000 parts and labor) after the warranty expired"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Transmission work at 160000 miles. Seemed really expensive"

Regina S., IA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Had to have pasenger side door hinges replaced; Per service personnel hinge failure was caused by excessive weight being placed on door---excessive defined as 300 pounds or greater; we did have a passenger near that weight near that quantity for about 10 days---this person had recently had a knee replacement; So door hinges cannot accommodate weight"

Sue D., IN (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sunroof

"I had to replace the sunroof as part of the noise issue,service couldn't adjust it to eliminate the noise and it wasn't in alignment.They replaced it and I paid partial labor costs but no parts cost VW did,extended warranty vendor would not pay anthi"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"Had to replace $ 2200 cost. Was plugged up they said"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The check engine light came on and it was diagnosed that the front O2 sensor was bad. I had replaced. Shortly after - the light came back on with the same diagnosis. There as a recall to re-flash the EGR . This was suppose to fix the problem. The lig"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"The timing belt and water pump were replaced at 120,000 miles for $1200. Due to a mechanic error, one week after replacement, a bolt broke free and caused $4000 damage to the engine. The dealership did cover the engine repair"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Cooling fan

"Had to replace two fans that cost quite a bit, as they weren't covered by any warranties. Car fans kept running after I shut off the engine. Would have to do multiple start-ups and shut-downs to stop"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"covered by warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Drive System

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

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