• May 22, 2009
Volkswagen has announced that it will recall some 25,594 examples of its 2006-2009 Jetta over a potential driveshaft issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars with the company's 2.0-liter inline-four may have driveshaft cover plates that weren't manufactured properly, with the consequence that their screws may not be torqued correctly. If the screws back out, drivers may experience a knocking sound while in motion. In the extreme, the driveshaft could conceivably detach from the gearbox, which could cause all kinds of problems that might lead to a crash.

Owners of 2006-2009 Jettas with the 2.0-liter engine should contact their VW dealer for a free inspection and/or replacement of the screws. Affected parties can also contact Volkswagen directly at 1-800-822-8987 to learn more. The recall is set to officially begin on June 19, 2009. The full NHTSA report is after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA]

Press Release:

Report Date : May 21, 2009 at 03:41 PM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V164000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
VOLKSWAGEN / JETTA 2006-2009

Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC Mfr's Report Date: MAY 13, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V164000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 25594

Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING 25,594 MY 2006-2009 JETTA 5TH GENERATION EQUIPPED WITH 2.01 ENGINE. THE FASTENING SCREW CONTACT SURFACES ON THE DRIVESHAFT COVER PLATE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO FACTORY SPECIFICATIONS. SOME SCREWS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TORQUED PROPERLY DURING ASSEMBLY AND COULD LOOSEN OVER TIME, CAUSING A KNOCKING SOUND WHEN THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION. THE DRIVESHAFT SCREWS COULD LOOSEN TO THE POINT WHERE THE DRIVESHAFT DETACHES FROM THE GEARBOX.

Consequence:
IF THE VEHICLE IS MOVING WHEN THIS HAPPENS, THE DETACHED DRIVESHAFT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE THE GEARBOX HOUSING. A DAMAGE GEARBOX HOUSING COULD LEAK GEARBOX OIL ONTO THE STREET AND CREATE A RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH FOR BOTH THE DRIVER AND OTHER MOTORISTS.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE DRIVESHAFT SCREWS AND REPLACE THE SCREWS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 19, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Notes:
VOLKSWAGEN RECALL NO. 40J2/S4. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      NHTSA reports recalls every single day. It's very rare NHTSA forces a recall; almost all are done voluntarily and initially reported to NHTSA by the OEM.

      I do not know why Autoblog is cherry picking only certain ones, or why this is really even news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Many folks in the US believe that if VW is not made in Mexico, it's made in Germany.

      Very likely, it's not.

      VW Touaregs (all Touaregs + chassis for Cayenne) are Made in Slovakia, in Devinska Nova Ves near Bratislava. This manufacturing facility has a tradition of producing top of the range VW models including Golfs and Passats...

      All Audi TTs are made in Hungary.
        • 5 Years Ago
        US spec VWs must have lower quality than those built for Europe, no matter where they are built. they have to keep the price down somehow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Other than the Touareg, Jetta & Beetle, all US-bound VW's are made in Germany including the lowly Rabbit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ zamafir , have you seen Eastern Europe ? people here can't afford to take care of their cars. when you make 150 euros a month you can't afford to spend them on the car even if you wanted to. the roads (where there are roads) look like a war zone , people buy 15 year old used cars from Western Europe and drive them another 10+ years through mud, dust, ice , snow while filling them with low quality fuel and oil .the most appreciated cars in Eastern Europe are diesel VWs , if those would fall apart like they do in the US , we would be screwed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ zamafir , then how do you explain that we don't have problems with VWs in Europe and they fall apart in the US ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm trying to sell a 2003 GTi with low mileage. Nobody wants to buy it because everyone knows that VW makes crappy quality cars. I bought mine brand new and within 6 months I had more problems than I care remember. Dealing with the dealerships and service departments was a nightmare. VW sucks in every way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW has never earned that badge
      i guess BMW and MB don't deserve it now either
      although MB products with issues are likely anything frmo 2003 to 2007, lately the've been climbing the charts
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about Audis with the same engine? I have an '07 Audi A3 with the 2.0T and DSG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And who says Mexican build quality is bad? Lol I love when Jetta/Beetle owners try to pull that. I won't say the German cars are recall-free (R32 anyone), but if you look at the cars, the Jettas always fall apart quicker, have bigger body panel gaps, the most complaints about squeaks and rattles, etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why you buy VWs from Germany, not Mexico.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Final assembly location is not the issue. I had a 2000 GTI GLX that was built in Germany. In the first 40,000 miles it had the following issues:

        - rear struts and shock top mounts replaced twice (and needed it again)
        - replaced starter motor
        - replaced mass airflow sensor
        - replaced spark plugs and spark plug wires
        - replaced coil pack
        - replaced rear brakes at 20,000 miles
        - replaced thermostat
        - replaced A/C condensor
        - replaced nearly all of the turn signal bulbs and running lights

        I'm sure I'm forgetting other things that went wrong with that car.

        I suspect VW quality control has improved somewhat since 2000, but my point is the same -- the quality issues were not related to final assembly location.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Ligor. We own a 4Motion Passat that has been plagued with quality issues. And it's not high-tech items that have failed in most cases (something I could perhaps partially understand), it's a failure in multiple basic components that have been integral to vehicle design for decades. VWs may have great initial perceived quality, but the engineers have not focused enough attention on durability and reliability. It takes a true fanboy to drive one for a few years and not want to run it into a tree and watch it burn.

        We will begin new-car shopping soon, and I've told my wife she can get whatever she wants so long as it is NOT a Volkswagen (ok, admittedly I excluded Chryslers as well, but she wouldn't look at those anyway).
      • 5 Years Ago
      U.S. Drivers wouldn't know proper maintenance if it bit them in the a**. After observing stellar examples of driving "skill" on these roads over the past three decades have convinced me that U.S. drivers are capable of taking a brand-spanking new uber-reliable Toyota or Honda and reducing it to junk in a matter of months...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the US models had the 2.5 liter engine...and the GLI model was the only one to have the 2.0...i could be wrong but I can't recall seeing a Jetta in the states with a badge other than 2.5 on the back corner...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Wolfsburg edition also has the 2.0T engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not just the Wolfsburg, the plain jetta had the2.0t for a while (starting in 06)
      • 5 Years Ago
      knightuc...make dat 3 "DUH" posts ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an owner of two Jettas (Mk3 and Mk4), here's my take...

      U.S. drivers wouldn't know proper maintenance if it bit them in the arse. Observing the many examples of stellar driving "skill" on these roadways have convinced me that most U.S. drivers are quite capable of taking the most uber-reliable automobile on the market and reducing it to junk in a matter of months...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great. I thought my first comment was deleted.

        I guess I get the double-post "DUH" for the day..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember years ago the term "German Engineering" was a badge of honor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It wasn't for me, back in the late '70s. I had a '78 Audi Fox, 1.6l with automatic, and Bosch K-Jetronic (CIS) injection, which I bought brand new, and it had issues. I replaced, in the first 49,000 miles (I sold it after that):

        - Fuel pump (twice!)
        - Warm-up regulator
        - Thermo time sensor
        - Fuel distributor (cast iron block and plunger, rust-sensitive about moisture in fuel)
        - Fuse panel work
        - Exhaust system

        In addition, the tranny would slip on 1-2 shifts during left-hand turns. I enjoyed driving the car, but it was definitely not reliable.
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