hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,400 miles

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problem #2

Apr 102009

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 94,000 miles
My driver's side window suddenly stopped working. I took it to a repair shop and the mechanic said that piece that holds the window in place was stretched and about to break. When I spoke with a friend who used to own a Jetta of the same year, make, and model as mine, he said that the same thing had happened to his vehicle. He said that there had been a recall on this part. When I checked the NHTSA's web site, however, I could not find this recall. The consumer had problems with the engine and the sterring column was defective. The engine light illuminated right after the vehicle was purchased. Updated 06/01/09.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 132006

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,800 miles
Volkswagen steering safety: The steering column on my 2002 VW Jetta will not lock in any reach or rake position. This causes the steering column to move up & down, and back & forth while driving. This an extremely dangerous condition can lead to several potentially dangerous and/or fatal situations: - the driver may be unable to safely steer the car. - unable to steer the car properly, the vehicle operator may endanger him/herself & passengers, other vehicles passengers, pedestrians, & property. - in an accident the driver air bag may deploy in the wrong position (too high, too low, too close, too far away) resulting in a potentially serious (or fatal) injury. The local VW parts dept says no part is available to fix this dangerous condition; an entire steering column is the only fix. Such expense is unreasonable (several hundred dollars); steering columns should last hundreds of thousands of miles, not 93,000 miles or four years. I made three goodwill contacts with vag (Volkswagen Audi group) prior to contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. My intent in contacting VW was to: - see that other VW owners with similar situations may not be aware that the steering column may not be secure and safe. - the only current repair available from VW is an excessively expensive replacement of the entire steering column. Many owners may not be able to easily afford this repair costing several hundred dollars. Such a condition may lead to accidents, injuries and potential fatalities. - the correction of this condition is a potentially inexpensive correction (a part that is probably less than 50-cents per car). I feel VW should take the initiative and cause the steering column supplier to correct the problem and issue a voluntary call-back & repair to vws having such a steering column, at no expense to owners, irrespective of mileage or time since purchase. In each of the 3 cases VW said the repair was not under warranty due to excess mileage.

- Ocala, FL, USA