22nd Feb 2008, 12:18
Continue previous post.
Here is a post I found from a forum, which I hope will help some. I'm trying to follow the suggestion by myself first.
15th Mar 2008, 13:42
I purchased a 2004 Jetta GLI new in November of 2004. Approximately 6 months ago, I noticed my first "wet floor", front and back driver's side. I chocked it up to possibly forgeting to close the sunroof. Dried it out as best I could. It just happened again, front and back passenger side. Fool me once, but not twice. I found this site, and now I know. I will take it to the dealer next week, but I'm not very optimistic.
23rd Mar 2008, 13:38
I TOO HAVE A VW Jetta TDI, a 2001, and it also is leaking constantly with a heavy rain. This has only been going on for about 1-2 years, on and off. The first few years, the car never had this issue (despite many others...
What is one to do?
11th Apr 2008, 10:56
I have a 2003 golf... Whenever it rains, my car will smell like dirty diapers for the next 2 weeks... It's great!
Worst is... My father in law owns the VW dealership... I thought of bringing him to court, but that would mean having to pay for a divorce as well...
... "On the road of life, there drivers and passengers with wet feet,"
16th Apr 2008, 14:33
A class action lawsuit against VW/AUDI. http://www.volkswagen-classaction.com/. We have signed up to be a part of this.
We own a 2002 VW JETTA sedan 1.8T. Bought NEW in Oct 2001. We can write a thesis on the mountainous volume of problems that plague of vehicle from day 1. Since this is our only car, we plan to trade it in next week. The $$$ spent does not justify spending more for such low mileage. At 51,000 all hell broke loss i.e. ignition coil pack, very poor placement of the ignition coil wiring where heat is king, holes found in the breather and related hoses, diverter valve, passenger door fell but was fixed under recall, and the list goes on.
Very unhappy with how the local VW dealerships handle these poor QA problems. Let's hit them where the wallets are at!!
19th Apr 2008, 22:30
I had the wet footwell and water leaking in at the hood release problem with my 2002 Jetta with sunroof back in Fall 2006. If the water gets high enough, it can migrate from the front to the back footwells too. The VW service department was too busy to try to fix my car the day I called, but I got someone who actually knew something on the phone, and he told me how to fix the sunroof drains myself. On my car, the drains come out near the front door hinges, and they have a rubber seal on them, which is supposed to open when water pressure builds behind them. They were clogged, and when I squeezed them open, out came some muddy water. I poured some water into the inlets at the corners of the sunroof to help flush it out, and my drains have been fine since then. The guy at the dealer said they just cut off the bottom seal to prevent them backing up again.
A previous poster commented that their leak due to a cracked cover on the pollen filter was due to shoddy workmanship at an oil change place -- I can't agree with that. I have replaced my pollen filter myself, and that cover is almost impossible to get in and out without breaking. It is a badly designed VW part. vwvortex has a nice how to, documenting the procedure right down the the scraped knuckles you will get trying to do it yourself!
6th May 2008, 10:05
I posted October of last year... and have since remedied my problem with the sunroof drainage tubes (there are four - two in the front, two in the back). My friend has a compressor and blew 100 lbs. of air directly into the tubes (you'll probably need an attachment because they're at weird angles). When the air went through, about five pounds of black guck came spewing out... no kidding. It was disgusting. Since then, I've had no problems whatsoever with leaking.
Hope everyone finds solutions to their problems.
Any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
11th May 2008, 11:22
We own a 2001 Jetta Wagon with sunroof. --
Same problem as everyone else,... flooded passenger side, front and back. Unbelievable.
We're past warranty, and I plan on tackling the drainage issue myself, but does anyone have any good solutions for getting rid of the mold and smell?
17th May 2008, 18:57
I have a 2004 Jetta that has the same leak issues on the driver's side. I am taking in my car to the dealership tomorrow, and will see what they have to say about it. When I called them and talked to them about it, they made it sound like they have no idea what the issue could be. At least now I know that it's just not my car.
I tried to sign up for a class action, but their website doesn't seem to work.
17th May 2008, 19:06
May 15, 2008 I went grocery shopping. At 9:30PM I open the trunk with the remote, put the food in and noticed the trunk light was off. Soon I learned that the ignition wouldn't work, the inside lights were out, the power windows no longer were, and the door locks wouldn't.
Four hours later after first replacing what I thought was a faulty battery, I discovered that all the above items are routed through one teenie 10 amp fuse. Finally at 2 in the morning with a new fuse, I get the 2002 Passat home.
Furious researching has lead me to this site and others detailing how to fix the drainage problem and the damage done to the CCM (Comfort Control Module) located in a hidden well under the driver's floorboard (US LHD version).
One site is www.headfuzz.co.uk
It contains photos and detailed descriptions. Since both my wife and I are hands on types who like digging into stuff like this, we think we can solve the problem ourselves. But the facts are we shouldn't have to do this kind of repair work. I've driven Volkswagens since I first got my license in 1972. I've owned '65 and '67 Beetles, '77 Rabbit and an '83 GTI (Brother I loved that car). Sadly to say we will never own another one again.
We received a recall notice to replace the air plenum to improve drainage in November of 2007, and had the work done on 5 Dec 2007. We didn't have any problems until this month. Frankly if we can't the dealer to fix this for free, then we'll probably join the above mentioned lawsuits.
When it comes to customer complaints, my wife is a take no prisoner kind of girl. We had some problems with our cable company last year. I told the guy he really wanted to settle this issue with me. He didn't. After the wife finished with him, the problem was solved; we got a free digital converter box and fifty percent off the previous month's bill.
18th May 2008, 13:15
Just noticed a musty smell a few weeks ago :-( It's coming from the floor on the front passenger side. We have a 2002 Jetta TDI (which we love). Found a broken cover on the pollen filter. The sunroof drains do not appear to be leaking. We'll be calling the dealer tomorrow with all of the possible reasons posted above. Not sure what they'll do...
And, THANK YOU to everyone here for all of your testimonies and advice.. If there is a class action suit, please contact us as well. This is just not right.