The Volkswagen Jetta appeals to the buyer who wants plenty of space, solid feel and a European driving experience. The broad line spans a frugal hybrid and diesel versions and tops out with a sporty, upscale GLI. While the current-generation Jetta started out as a coarse and decontented car, continual updates have significantly improved how the Jetta drives and how it scores in our testing.
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    Reliability

    We expect the 2022 Jetta will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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    Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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

    12V power plug

    "Not able to use the 12V POWER PLUG"

    Anonymous, NJ (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
    Cruise control

    "@30 mph clicks off"

    John F., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "dealer said they dont know how to fix it"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Exterior lights (other than headlights)

    "The left rear lights don't work. I have tried replacing the lights, and the new ones never work. Also, the dead bulb works fine when I put it into the other light socket for the rear lights. It is an electrical problem. Given that I seem to have a similar issue with the headlights, this seems to be an electrical wiring problem with the car."

    Anonymous, GA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Gauges

    "fuel gauge not going all the way full and we lost all gauges but the odometer once"

    Anonymous, IN (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "When the car was brand new could not read the gauges"

    Gordon W., NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Headlights

    "One of the lights stops working. First it was the left side, then the right. It is not because the bulbs area dead, it seems to be an electrical problem"

    Anonymous, GA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "Headlights require replacement nearly every 3-6 months as they short. Also had electrical issue with blinkers not working based on steering column issue, so that was replaced, but headlight replacement remains constant."

    Anonymous, OH (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "Low beam bulb has blown twice in the past 24 months. First time I attributed to having run the vehicle over a larger pot-hole."

    Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "The passenger or driver side headlight needs to be changed every 6-8 months. I find this unusual."

    Anonymous, PA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "The headlights including running lights blow out every month to two months"

    Kevin C., ON (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Horn

    "The horn began failing before the 70k service. Maybe around the time of 60K miles. it completely stopped functioning after a period of about 1 year and was $320 to replace."

    Anonymous, WA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Keyless entry

    "Some kind of onboard module wouldn't allow the car to start. I took VW a month to figure it out"

    Martin S., TX (2013 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "Driving 55 mph, driver door swung open and for 20 miles would not stay shut, even when lock engaged. Also, one time driving 50 mph engine simply cut out, then restarted 5 seconds later"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Tire pressure monitor

    "Indication light stays on constantly"

    Anonymous, CT (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "It has not been accurate from the moment we drove the car out of the lot"

    Gordon W., NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Warning lights

    "False warning lights on washer fluid low"

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Wiper motor or washer

    "windshield motor went bad...dealer fixed it, but it failed again after picking it up...dealer did something that made the radio and cruise control fail....they denied and said it was coincidence"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "Wiper motor broke and was replaced by dealership"

    Don M., WA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.0-L 4 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)

    "Had EVAP leak, had it diagnosed to bad solenoid, was replaced, not covered under warranty."

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "Problem caused idiot light to come on"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "Subject to VW scandal. Waiting for settlement from VW"

    Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "Diesel fuel filtration system --under warranty Engine light came on couldn't tell there was an issue with the engine"

    Anonymous, NE (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI)
    Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

    "Fuel cap and sensors were replaced based on over-saturation from top-offs at the pump. The issue caused the vehicle to not start until multiple attempts after getting gas."

    Anonymous, OH (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "Had dealer run diagnostics on engine light and replace 1 sensor on exaust system. Seems to have fixed it on the first try..."

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "oxygen sensor failed and needed to be replaced. Able to drive car while waiting for repair. cost $800"

    Anonymous, WA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "THEY FAILED"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "Needed replacement"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    "a $200 temperature sensor in the worst possible position to get to failed"

    Anonymous, PA (2013 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

    A/C compressor

    "A/C compressor failed. Estimated $5000-6000 to repair for this hybrid model. Car is comfortable to drive only about 7 months a year."

    Anonymous, MD (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "AC completely quit on car, AC wasn't that great to begin with, but a broken AC is even worse. Had to have the whole system drained and valves replaced, not covered under warranty."

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "Dealer over charged ac and destroyed the while system."

    Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    "The a/c system stopped properly regulating cold air and produced it intermittently when demanded. The problem began at under 20000 miles. The dealer was notified and made efforts to address the problem but since it seemed to be a seasonal problem and each Troubleshooting cycle took weeks the problem was never fixed to my satisfaction. At 100k miles the decision was finally made to replace the compressor. Cost was shared on an aftermarket compressor which seems to be fine so far."

    Anonymous, NH (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "Check engine light turned out to be a problem with the electric A/C compressor. In the Jetta Hybrid the A/C compressor is electrically driven by the battery high-voltage. The A/C compressor was replaced under the OEM warranty"

    Erik V., MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "Takes too long to cool the interior. Boast VW, Bradenton, Fl. said that it was OK. Not happy"

    Anonymous, KY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "Had freon leak. VW Dealer tested and found the AC Compressor leaking and replaced it under warranty"

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
    Automatic climate control

    "Auto sync on A/C module stopped working; replaced under warranty by dealer"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "Entire system failed"

    Horst B., AZ (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Heater system

    "We lost heat in the vehicle on several ocations. This was covered by VW. The dealership ended up changing out the heater core at least 3 times. It weems to be working fine now."

    John M., MN (2013 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 pump failed, known issue. Happens around 100000 miles. Dealership wanted $1500, I did it myself and installed an aftermarket aluminum pump which should last longer."

    Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Seals and/or weather-stripping

    "After they replaced the window seals in the drivers door twice, water is no longer sealed out of the door at the bottom of the window"

    Ira S., CO (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Squeaks or rattles

    "Piece of underbody trim has come loose, needs replacing for $600. Have not done it."

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "Sub woofer rattled. Dealer replaced."

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "interior console and dash parts were loose from the beginning and create small irritating rattles"

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "The windows squeak. Drivers window motor had to be replaced. At first they tried lubricating it and got silicone all over everything and had to replace all the window seals, TWICE. The windows still squeak and I'm afraid to have them look at it"

    Ira S., CO (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "Intermittent, loud rattle in cabin rear or roof"

    Brandon G., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Wind noise

    "fit and finish of windows and doors is inferior and creates a lot of noise"

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "At speeds above 40 mph with the sunroof raised there was a loud, annoying wind whistle. The dealer traced it to a defective seal and it was replaced under original warranty. Problem fixed completely"

    Marcia K., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Clutch replacement

    "The clutch between the hybrid electic motor and the engine used for starting the engine was slipping and needed to be replaced. VW paid for 75% of the cost; but still maintains was not in the hybird electrical system warranty."

    Anonymous, KS (2013 Volkswagen Jetta)

    "Manual transmission clutch assembly failed due to design defects and had to be replaced with an upgraded clutch assembly Part Number with revised design. Issue was not due to clutch wear as corroborated by the dealership. Car was under powertrain warranty at the time, but Volkswagen refused to honor the warranty and forced out of pocket payment. Had to file a complaint and threat of legal action with the Michigan Attorney General and the Secretary of State, which prompted VW to reconsider and"

    Nehal R., MI (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "Power alternated randomly between electric and gas motors. VW replaced the transmission free of charge. Car works great now."

    Anonymous, IL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "Hybrid transmission failed. The car initially would go into limp mode on occasion when switching from electric motor to gas engine. then it finally began lose power at freeway speeds nearly causing an accident. no local mechanic would touch it the dealship wanted $7,000 to repair. So I traded it in and took a $5,000 loss. Then car had less than 100,000 miles on it."

    Paul A., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "DSG transmission control system failed which required a replacement of the transmission. Installed used transmission for a total cost of 6000"

    Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "Transmission was replaced twice"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "Car lurched or hesitated. The dealer diagnosed it was the transmission and fixed under warranty"

    Anonymous, MN (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "at 50000 km trans got noisy - replaced by warantee"

    Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-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 freezes up

    "DISPLAY SCREEN WILL FREEZE ON "STATIONARY" WHEN CAR IS MOVING. IT WILL NOT SHUT-OFF UNTIL CAR IS STOPPED AND RESTARTED. I CAN NOT GET ANY INFO FROM THE DEALERSHIP OR THE FACTORY"

    Paul C., NM (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    In-dash navigation system (GPS)

    "Has had bugs that required visits to the dealer to fix. Is now working well"

    Thomas G., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

    "Phone pairing cut out for no reason. Menu to re-pair phone grayed-out the necessary selections to re-pair the phone. After shutting car off and restarting, phone pairing was back with no need to re-pair it"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Software update fixes

    "Had an error or my steering devices. Had to be replaced and then my radio system had to be reprogrammed after steering device fix. It did not work at all."

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
    Speakers

    "Bluetooth speakers had lots of static and were unclear"

    Anonymous, NC (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "Premium audio (Fender) speakers buzz and rattle. One replaced under warranty. Second has started to rattle. Audio quality disappointing"

    James M., GA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Steering wheel controls

    "controls on steering are such that every time you turn the wheel you start the the system questioning you"

    John V., OH (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI)

    Brakes

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

    What Owners Say

    Antilock system (ABS)

    "At about 50,000 miles, the ABS controller had to be replaced. The car's ABS, tire inflation, and brake system warning lights were illuminated and a trustworthy dealer replaced the unit at the cost of approximately $1500. There is no good reason for this to fail so early. The tire inflation indicator also seems to be overly sensitive or mal-programmed, illuminating after hitting bumps in the road although tire pressure is retained."

    Benjamin S., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Master cylinder

    "Same thing that I answered before. BUT this one came from Boast VW , Bradenting, Fl. They said that breaks were OK"

    Anonymous, KY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Premature brake wear

    "In 7 years and 100K I have fully replaced the brake pads, discs, and rotors (front and back) 3 times. They appear to rust out really quickly in Nova Scotia's climate according to the dealer."

    Anonymous, NS (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Regular brake failure

    "Hybrid system failure which caused power breaking to downgrade to manual. I had to depress the brake pedal all the way to the floor. This happens intermittently. Dealer reprogrammed then horn was disabled, then fixed. Brakes not consistent or safe"

    SUSn D., MD (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Rotors

    "Feel they are getting replaced too often"

    Martin J., NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Squeaking

    "My husband was told he does not drive the car enough and the brakes have rusted This is the second time and they can no longer turn or grind the brakes to fix it and you need new brakes and the cost is just over $1,000. each time"

    Anonymous, QC (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Unsure)

    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

    Alignment

    "Car out of alignment and wearing the original tires unevenly. Do not remember hitting anything. Dealer had rotated tires but did not inform me of the uneven tire wear"

    Sandy F., WA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Power steering pumps and hoses

    "Pump needed replacement. Would have been 1500 if we hadn't purchased the extended warantee"

    Steven S., MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
    Shocks or struts

    "It was a recall"

    Theodore R., MO (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "120000 km front spring broke and replaced the whole front suspension. previously owned jetta had the same issue and replaced the front springs 2x."

    Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

    "steering rack had a leak in the system and needed to be replaced at 100000 km."

    Anonymous, ON (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Tire wear is uneven

    "Alignment was off so much that I burned through a set of tires in 2 years. Dealer maintained the whole time, they never noticed / did anything about it."

    Anonymous, NS (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

    Engine Major

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

    What Owners Say

    Cylinder head

    "There was carbon buildup on the valves, which caused some of the spark plugs and coils to fail. The dealer had to pull the head and valves, clean the valves and replace the spark plugs and coils. I was told this is a common problem."

    Bryan R., NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "These Direct inject engines are well known for having carbon buildup on intake valves. 71000 miles into owning, I get an ECM light and nearly completely loose power on I-5. Compute puts me into limp mode and I wait 2 hours on a Sunday night for a tow. The entire intake needs to be removed and the carbon needs to be scraped off. Car was in the shop for 3 days (during which they found a transmission oil leak) and ended up being pricey"

    Dustin C., WA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "Metal piece inside top part of engine (where you pour oil in) broke loose, damaged valvetrain, VW replaced valves and a lot of other parts in the top part of the engine. Happened at 35k mi"

    Jameson S., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
    Engine rebuild or replacement

    "In August 2018 the vehicle's engine gave out without warning. The only option is to get a new engine or have the current engine rebuilt."

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Timing belt or chain

    "Had engine noise. Dealer replaced timing chain."

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    Engine Minor

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

    What Owners Say

    Difficult to fill up gas tank

    "began to trip the fuel vapor recovery at gas stations. Anywhere I attempted to fuel up the pump would stop after only getting a gallon or two in. A local mecahnic was finally able to replace a part to fix the problem after many trouble shooting at various places."

    Paul A., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Engine computer

    "My daughter experienced both engine shut-down and excessive acceleration in dangerous situations -- on the freeway for the first, on busy city streets for the latter. It appears to be an engine computer problem but, even though supposedly fixed twice with new components, it is recurring now."

    Benjamin S., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Oil leaks

    "Since having the timing belt replaced under a recall, the vehicle loses approximately 1qt of oil every 1-2 months. Have taken the car in to be serviced & found a pinched head gasket that occurred during timing belt replacement. However, that has not entirely corrected the issue. There is no dripping oil that I can detect (no oil stains left on the driveway.)"

    Anonymous, NC (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "The oil filter housing is made of plastic. The design is solid but the filter housing needs to be made more durable, probably of metal"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    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

    Electronic ignition

    "The key did not connect with the automatic engine start like it did not recognize it"

    Anonymous, AR (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

    "Warranty replacement of Mechatronic unit (Volkswagen's term). Symptoms affected engine (ran rough) and hybrid system (at times woulld only use gas engine or only use electric motor)"

    Andrew M., MN (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Spark plugs or wires failure

    "Engine mis-fire on cylinder 2. Mechanic replaced spark plug at 55,000 miles. These parts typically do not go bad so soon."

    Michael W., PA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Starter

    "This car had the diesel EPA cheat, that was replaced but led to water freezing into the Turbo intake inlet. This water freezing led to high strain on the starter that burnt the starter out. This happened twice. I paid for the starters. Water pipe freezing was a warranty repair. Still mad it was not fixed under warranty the first time. I also paid for the rental as the dealership could not get to my car for over 3 weeks on the second freezing issue. I had to rent/borrow drives for 2 weeks on the first freezing."

    Anonymous, NS (2013 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

    "Transmission lugging"

    Anonymous, MT (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Rough shifting

    "It tends to lurch when starting from a dead stop as the gas engine comes on, switching from battery to engine power."

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    "The clutch-pack in the Jetta Hybrid automatic transmission started to shift roughly at about 65,000 miles. It was replaced at about 70,000 miles under the extended warranty we had purchased with the car. Now, around 90,000 miles the replacement clutch-pack is showing early signs of rough shifting as well"

    Erik V., MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Transmission leaks

    "The o-ring seal on the filter housing was not replaced with the gear oil and was damaged when reinstalled. This caused the transmission to pump oil out the filter housing and 30,000 miles later the dealership noted removing 4 liters of oil and adding 5 liters new. No metal scraps were found in the old oil so gear damage is unlikely. (the shop that did the 40k transmission service was not a dealership but claimed factory trained technicians and is now bankrupt) use a trusted shop"

    Dustin C., WA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    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

    "Drivers door leaking"

    Anonymous, GA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

    "Door handle broke"

    Anonymous, NJ (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
    Mirrors

    "Power mirrors never worked properly"

    John V., OH (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI)

    Paint/Trim

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

    What Owners Say

    Loose exterior trim or moldings

    "Rear bumper panel started coming loose due to damaged body clips; repaired under warranty by dealer"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Paint is chipping"

    Anonymous, NE (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
    Rust

    "Passenger side running board started showing signs of rust soon after purchase. My guess is that there was some body damage on the car when it was traded in and the dealership just painted over it for the sale."

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure Unsure)

    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

    Electrical failure

    "Throottle body failed and had to be replaced"

    Anonymous, (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)
    Stability control (ESC)

    "One of the wheel speed sensors failed. The warning lights for "tire pressure" and "anti-lock brakes" came on. The VW dealership had to order parts that took two weeks to get. The car was usable during this period. The repair fee was reasonable, around $250."

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.5-L 5 Cyl)

    Engine Cooling

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

    What Owners Say

    Radiator

    "The radiator leaked so all the fluid came out of the car. This required a $1200 repair. The radiator had to be placed on another visit and that was an $1100 repair"

    Thomas G., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

    Exhaust

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

    What Owners Say

    Exhaust leaks

    "Shortly after purchasing the vehicle exhaust smells were detected in the passenger compartment. The dealer was unable to locate the source of the smells. Two years later the dealer finally located the source of the smell--a failed gasket between the exhaust manifold and catalytic converter. Since the smell had been documented during the warranty period of the vehicle it was fully covered"

    Marcia K., CA (2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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    Recalls
    PROVIDED BY
    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
    Sep 23, 2020
    If there is a brake fluid leak, it can reduce braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Summary:
    Tenneco Automotive (Tenneco) is recalling certain Beck/Arnley Master Cylinders, part number 072-9831, sold as aftermarket or replacement parts for 2004-2018 Volkswagen Jetta, and 2012-2019 Volkswagen Beetle vehicles. The fluid seal crimp on the master cylinder may be insufficient, causing brake fluid to leak or the cylinder to come apart.
    What should you do:
    Beck/Arnley will notify the distributors that sold the master cylinders and will work with the distributors to notify the end users. Affected master cylinders will be exchanged for a new master cylinder (part number 072-9990), free of charge. The recall began October 30, 2020. Owners may contact Tenneco customer service at 1-800-625-9319.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20E064000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 38
    UNKNOWN OR OTHER
    Sep 25, 2019
    If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
    Summary:
    Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Volkswagen Passat, 2018 Tiguan LWB, 2007-2009 Jetta Sedan, 2011-2013, 2015 and 2019 Jetta, 2013 Jetta Hybrid, 2008-2009 Jetta Sportwagen, 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 2013 Golf, 2008-2010 and 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2008-2010 Beetle, and Beetle Convertible vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
    What should you do:
    Volkswagen will notify owners and repurchase the affected vehicles. The recall began November 6, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01D7. Note: This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall number 18V-329.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V679000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 113
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
    Aug 22, 2019
    Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
    Summary:
    Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2019 GTI, 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 Golf, 2012-2019 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2017-2019 Golf SportWagen and 2011-2018 Jetta vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and keyless entry. A build-up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in "Park."
    What should you do:
    Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began November 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37M2.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V615000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 679027
    AIR BAGS
    Aug 04, 2015
    A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.
    Summary:
    Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, and Passat, 2010-2013 Eos, 2011-2014 Golf, GTI, Jetta, and Tiguan, and 2012-2014 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.
    What should you do:
    Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the steering wheel clock spring if the air bag light is off. If the airbag light is on and the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement, dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V483000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 415825
    SUSPENSION
    Oct 20, 2014
    The reduced durability of the trailing arm may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
    Summary:
    Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, to November 30, 2012, and 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles manufactured March 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. The durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed, such as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash.
    What should you do:
    Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture, free of charge. The recall began April 7, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V656000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 442066
    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
    Mar 07, 2014
    A failure of the timing belt may cause the engine to shut down, potentially increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
    Summary:
    The Gates Corporation (Gates) is recalling certain aftermarket Tru-Flow Water Pumps, part number TFW 41127, sold at certain NAPA Auto Parts and/or installed by automotive service technicians after November 1, 2013 (and manufactured August 2013 through October 2013) that have a black-colored pulley/sprocket or do not have 'US9377' stamped on the water pump housing. These service replacement parts were sold for use in model year 1999-2005 Audi A4, 2000-2006 Audi TT, 1998-2005 Volkswagen Beetle, 1999-2006 Golf, 1999-2008 and 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta, and 2000-2005 Volkswagen Passat. In the affected water pumps, the pulley or sprocket that turns the timing belt may develop microfractures causing the timing belt to fail.
    What should you do:
    Gates will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water pump, free of charge. The recall began during May 2014. Owners may contact The Gates Corporation at 1-303-744-1911.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14E007000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 50
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