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VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 259 complaints filed for the 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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COMMUNICATIONS: HORN ASSEMBLY

10/28/2016 - HUNTSVILLE, AL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA. WHEN THE HORN WAS ACTIVATED, IT FAILED TO OPERATE WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 90,000.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

10/20/2016 - BENSON, AZ
MY CAR BROKE DOWN, I.E. A WARNING LIGHT EMITTED ON THE DASH. I WAS ABLE TO PULL MY CAR OVER. I TURNED OFF THE ENGINE AND THE CAR WOULD NOT RESTART. I HAD MY CAR TOWED TO THE DEALERSHIP. THE DEALERSHIP INFORMED ME MY HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP FAILED AND SENT PIECES OF METAL INTO MY ENTIRE FUEL SYSTEM, AND THAT EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE FUEL TANK WOULD NEED TO BE REPLACED. THIS IS A $5400 REPAIR PER THE VW DEALERSHIP MY CAR WAS TOWED TO. VW OF AMERICA ISSUED A VOLUNTARY EXTENDED WARRANTY ON THIS FUEL PUMP TO 120K MILES. MY CAR BROKE DOWN AT 120,946 MILES. I CALLED VW OF A TO ASK IF THEY WOULD COVER AT LEAST PART OF MY REPAIR AS I WAS NOT FAR OUTSIDE OF THE WARRANTY WINDOW (946 MILES) - THEY SAID THEY WOULD DO NOTHING TO HELP ME. AFTER TALKING TO THE SERVICE GUY AT THE VW DEALERSHIP, HE TOLD ME HE'S HAD THREE OTHER VW TDI'S IN THERE THIS MONTH ALONE FOR THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM. I ALSO TALKED TO ANOTHER LOCAL VW MECHANIC SHOP TO GET ANOTHER QUOTE FOR THE REPAIR - THE OWNER THERE SAID HE "KNOWS ALL ABOUT THE PROBLEM." THUS, IT SEEMS THAT THE FUEL PUMP FAILURE I EXPERIENCED IS HAPPENING ON A LARGE SCALE TO SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SAME CAR/FUEL SYSTEM I HAVE. VW OF AMERICA ALSO KNOWS ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, HENCE THEIR VOLUNTARY EXTENDED WARRANTY. IT IS MY OPINION THAT VW OF AMERICA SHOULD HAVE ISSUED A RECALL FOR A DEFECT, AS OPPOSED TO AN EXTENDED WARRANTY. BOTH THE VW DEALERSHIP WHERE MY CAR CURRENTLY IS, AS WELL AS THE LOCAL VW MECHANIC SHOP I SPOKE TO, ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECALLED, BUT THAT VW OF AMERICA GOT OUT OF THIS COSTLY OPTION BY ISSUING AN EXTENDED WARRANTY. ANY HELP OR INSIGHT INTO THIS ISSUE THAT YOU CAN AFFORD IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

10/15/2016 - PHILIPPI, WV
PURCHASED 2012 VW JETTA NEW AT LOCAL VW DEALERSHIP. CURRENTLY HAS APPROX 51,000 MILES ON IT. AT AROUND 29,000 MILES IGNITION SWITCH WOULD NOT SHUT OFF WHILE I WAS SHOPPING-TOOK TO DEALERSHIPI AND WAS TOLD IT WAS FIXED- HAD JUST STUCK. LESS THAN A MONTH LATER SAME THING HAPPENED. DEALERSHIP HAD THE CAR FOR WEEKS-(THIS TIME THEY DID PROVIDE LOANER CAR). MOST RECENT- PRIOR TO IGNITION PROBLEM CURRENTLY OCCURRING I HAD TO HAVE WIPER MOTOR REPLACED AT MY COST $600.00 PLUS DOLLARS. I SAT IN WAITING AREA OF DEALERSHIP THAT CLEARLY STATED WE PROVIDE LOANER CAR OR SHUTTLE SERVICE AT TIME OF YOUR APPT. NEITHER AVAILABLE ON THAT DAY. I ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE WITH SERVICE MANAGER WHO WAS OFF THAT DAY. RECEIVED APOLOGETIC E-MAIL. HAVE HAD TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB AND NEEDS REPLACED AGAIN. COULD THIS BE AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE? IS THIS CAR EVEN SAFE TO DRIVE MY GRANDCHILDREN IN? I AM NOT FEELIN COMFORTABLE WITH IT. PRESENTLY AS I AM WRITING THIS MY CAR HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR 18 HOURS. IGNITION STUCK FRIDAY EVE- SERVICE DEPT NOT OPEN ON SAT. WHEN I CALLED FRIDAY EVE BASICALLY I WAS TOLD "GET IT OVER HERE SOMEHOW AND WE WILL TAKE A LOOK". PRESENTLY WEIGHING MY OPTIONS-NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PURCHASE OF MY FIRST NEW VW. PREVIOUSLY HAD OWNED TWO USED VW GOLF. NOTE: FIRST TIME I WAS FORTUNATELY CLOSE TO VW GARAGE WHICH IS A 40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE-FORTUNATE AGAIN THIS TIME THAT IT'S SITTING IN MY DRIVEWAY RUNNING UNTIL I CAN FIGURE OUT A PLAN. LOVED MY VW-PAST TENSE. AFTER GOING ONLINE I SEE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE HAD THIS VERY EXPERIENCE WITH IGNITION. SEEMS IT IS GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED! MY DEALERSHIP IS VW CLARKSBURG, WV. FORMER STAR MOTOR-1-304-623-7827. SHANE LEBLOND - "SERVICE MANAGER"

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/15/2016 - PHILIPPI, WV
PURCHASED 2012 VW JETTA NEW AT LOCAL VW DEALERSHIP. CURRENTLY HAS APPROX 51,000 MILES ON IT. AT AROUND 29,000 MILES IGNITION SWITCH WOULD NOT SHUT OFF WHILE I WAS SHOPPING-TOOK TO DEALERSHIPI AND WAS TOLD IT WAS FIXED- HAD JUST STUCK. LESS THAN A MONTH LATER SAME THING HAPPENED. DEALERSHIP HAD THE CAR FOR WEEKS-(THIS TIME THEY DID PROVIDE LOANER CAR). MOST RECENT- PRIOR TO IGNITION PROBLEM CURRENTLY OCCURRING I HAD TO HAVE WIPER MOTOR REPLACED AT MY COST $600.00 PLUS DOLLARS. I SAT IN WAITING AREA OF DEALERSHIP THAT CLEARLY STATED WE PROVIDE LOANER CAR OR SHUTTLE SERVICE AT TIME OF YOUR APPT. NEITHER AVAILABLE ON THAT DAY. I ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE WITH SERVICE MANAGER WHO WAS OFF THAT DAY. RECEIVED APOLOGETIC E-MAIL. HAVE HAD TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB AND NEEDS REPLACED AGAIN. COULD THIS BE AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE? IS THIS CAR EVEN SAFE TO DRIVE MY GRANDCHILDREN IN? I AM NOT FEELIN COMFORTABLE WITH IT. PRESENTLY AS I AM WRITING THIS MY CAR HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR 18 HOURS. IGNITION STUCK FRIDAY EVE- SERVICE DEPT NOT OPEN ON SAT. WHEN I CALLED FRIDAY EVE BASICALLY I WAS TOLD "GET IT OVER HERE SOMEHOW AND WE WILL TAKE A LOOK". PRESENTLY WEIGHING MY OPTIONS-NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PURCHASE OF MY FIRST NEW VW. PREVIOUSLY HAD OWNED TWO USED VW GOLF. NOTE: FIRST TIME I WAS FORTUNATELY CLOSE TO VW GARAGE WHICH IS A 40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE-FORTUNATE AGAIN THIS TIME THAT IT'S SITTING IN MY DRIVEWAY RUNNING UNTIL I CAN FIGURE OUT A PLAN. LOVED MY VW-PAST TENSE. AFTER GOING ONLINE I SEE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE HAD THIS VERY EXPERIENCE WITH IGNITION. SEEMS IT IS GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED! MY DEALERSHIP IS VW CLARKSBURG, WV. FORMER STAR MOTOR-1-304-623-7827. SHANE LEBLOND - "SERVICE MANAGER"

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VISIBILITY/WIPER

10/15/2016 - PHILIPPI, WV
PURCHASED 2012 VW JETTA NEW AT LOCAL VW DEALERSHIP. CURRENTLY HAS APPROX 51,000 MILES ON IT. AT AROUND 29,000 MILES IGNITION SWITCH WOULD NOT SHUT OFF WHILE I WAS SHOPPING-TOOK TO DEALERSHIPI AND WAS TOLD IT WAS FIXED- HAD JUST STUCK. LESS THAN A MONTH LATER SAME THING HAPPENED. DEALERSHIP HAD THE CAR FOR WEEKS-(THIS TIME THEY DID PROVIDE LOANER CAR). MOST RECENT- PRIOR TO IGNITION PROBLEM CURRENTLY OCCURRING I HAD TO HAVE WIPER MOTOR REPLACED AT MY COST $600.00 PLUS DOLLARS. I SAT IN WAITING AREA OF DEALERSHIP THAT CLEARLY STATED WE PROVIDE LOANER CAR OR SHUTTLE SERVICE AT TIME OF YOUR APPT. NEITHER AVAILABLE ON THAT DAY. I ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE WITH SERVICE MANAGER WHO WAS OFF THAT DAY. RECEIVED APOLOGETIC E-MAIL. HAVE HAD TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB AND NEEDS REPLACED AGAIN. COULD THIS BE AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE? IS THIS CAR EVEN SAFE TO DRIVE MY GRANDCHILDREN IN? I AM NOT FEELIN COMFORTABLE WITH IT. PRESENTLY AS I AM WRITING THIS MY CAR HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR 18 HOURS. IGNITION STUCK FRIDAY EVE- SERVICE DEPT NOT OPEN ON SAT. WHEN I CALLED FRIDAY EVE BASICALLY I WAS TOLD "GET IT OVER HERE SOMEHOW AND WE WILL TAKE A LOOK". PRESENTLY WEIGHING MY OPTIONS-NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PURCHASE OF MY FIRST NEW VW. PREVIOUSLY HAD OWNED TWO USED VW GOLF. NOTE: FIRST TIME I WAS FORTUNATELY CLOSE TO VW GARAGE WHICH IS A 40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE-FORTUNATE AGAIN THIS TIME THAT IT'S SITTING IN MY DRIVEWAY RUNNING UNTIL I CAN FIGURE OUT A PLAN. LOVED MY VW-PAST TENSE. AFTER GOING ONLINE I SEE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE HAD THIS VERY EXPERIENCE WITH IGNITION. SEEMS IT IS GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED! MY DEALERSHIP IS VW CLARKSBURG, WV. FORMER STAR MOTOR-1-304-623-7827. SHANE LEBLOND - "SERVICE MANAGER"

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/14/2016 - SAN LEANDRO, CA
KEY BINDS IN IGNITION WHEN TURNING VEHICLE OFF. THIS HAD BEEN AN ONGOING ISSUE. KEY NEEDS TO BE JIGGLED TO TURN IGNITION SWITCH BACK TO GET KEY OUT. AT TIMES IT TAKES A FEW SECONDS TO REMOVE KEY, WHICH IS NOT GOOD IN CASE CAR NEEDS TO BE TURNED OFF AND EXITED QUICKLY.

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STEERING

10/13/2016 - BUFFALO, NY
NO WARNING OR DRIPS IN THE DRIVEWAY. STEERING RACK NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. WHILE DRIVING, STARTED MAKING NOISE WHEN TURNING. TOOK TO THE DEALER THAT NIGHT. REQUIRED STEERING RACK REPLACEMENT. NO POWER STEERING FLUID WAS FOUND. SEE ATTACHED.

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STEERING

10/6/2016 - CHARLESTON, WV
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA. WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH, THE VEHICLE ACCELERATED FORWARD IN A JERKING MOTION WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER TO BE SERVICED PER A RECALL RELATED TO THE FAILURE; HOWEVER, THE FAILURE RECURRED. ALSO, A HOWLING SOUND EMITTED FROM THE ENGINE AND THE OIL AND CHECK ENGINE WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO THE DEALER, BUT THE FAILURE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED. IN ADDITION, THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE HEADLIGHTS BECAME INOPERABLE INTERMITTENTLY WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE FRONT DRIVER SEAT INDEPENDENTLY READJUSTED AND THE STEERING WHEEL SHOOK VIOLENTLY WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER AND AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE PURGE VALVE AND THE STEERING RACK FAILED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 66,000.

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ENGINE

10/6/2016 - CHARLESTON, WV
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA. WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH, THE VEHICLE ACCELERATED FORWARD IN A JERKING MOTION WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER TO BE SERVICED PER A RECALL RELATED TO THE FAILURE; HOWEVER, THE FAILURE RECURRED. ALSO, A HOWLING SOUND EMITTED FROM THE ENGINE AND THE OIL AND CHECK ENGINE WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO THE DEALER, BUT THE FAILURE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED. IN ADDITION, THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE HEADLIGHTS BECAME INOPERABLE INTERMITTENTLY WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE FRONT DRIVER SEAT INDEPENDENTLY READJUSTED AND THE STEERING WHEEL SHOOK VIOLENTLY WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER AND AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE PURGE VALVE AND THE STEERING RACK FAILED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 66,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/6/2016 - CHARLESTON, WV
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA. WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH, THE VEHICLE ACCELERATED FORWARD IN A JERKING MOTION WITHOUT WARNING. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER TO BE SERVICED PER A RECALL RELATED TO THE FAILURE; HOWEVER, THE FAILURE RECURRED. ALSO, A HOWLING SOUND EMITTED FROM THE ENGINE AND THE OIL AND CHECK ENGINE WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO THE DEALER, BUT THE FAILURE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED. IN ADDITION, THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE HEADLIGHTS BECAME INOPERABLE INTERMITTENTLY WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE FRONT DRIVER SEAT INDEPENDENTLY READJUSTED AND THE STEERING WHEEL SHOOK VIOLENTLY WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER AND AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE PURGE VALVE AND THE STEERING RACK FAILED AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 66,000.

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