30th Aug 2007, 13:03

I too have an occasionally damp 2002 Jetta. I have done all my service and the car has never been in an accident. The first time I found a puddle on the floor of my passenger side was due to a cracked seal around my windshield wiper. It was under warranty so no charge to me. The second time, same puddle on passenger side, was due to a clog in the sunroof drain. Still under warranty so no charge. The third and most recent time is supposedly caused by a clog in my air conditioning drain. I have never owned a car that leaked. I guess it's telling that, at least at my VW dealer, they have a "Water Specialist" on staff. It's quite annoying as each time I've realized it's leaked it's usually raining out and I have just put my bag on the floor into a puddle. I want to like my car, but after faulty ignition coils, recalls and now puddles my patience is at the end.

5th Sep 2007, 20:23

We bought our daughter a 2002 VW Beetle with turbo. Constant flooding on drivers side and some on passenger side. No answers from dealership. Any help, contact Tim Roberts at

chiefbus@hotmail.com 18151 SW. Farms Rd. Indiantown, FL


8th Sep 2007, 20:30

Oh wow... i have an 02 Jetta and the water pump went out today... so looking up info on that, I find this...Now, I KNOW why my car has a hint of mildew smell... it is garage kept and I barely use the sun roof... my car only has 46K on it and I have taken it in for I think the 10K and 30K service, that said... if my car smells like mildew, they all must leak.. Monday I may ask the VW dealer to take me next door to the Honda and Toyota dealers while they fix the water pump... I owned a 93 saturn that NEVER had problems... it wasnt as cute, but it sure cost me less!

17th Sep 2007, 14:01

I'm in the same situation. My 2003 Jetta leaks through the hood release in the driver's side floor board. Terrible mildew smell and no answers from the dealership. It's terrible.

17th Sep 2007, 19:05

I have the rain problem too.

Please email me if you know any solutions. mariobeaubonhomme@hotmail.com

24th Sep 2007, 12:20

It started to rain a lot this weekend and on Friday night my husband and I were going to go to the bookstore, but to horribly find out that I have a pond in the passenger floor of my 02 jetta 1.8T! I noticed that I had a wet carpet in the past, but the floor mat was covering it. Then when I lifted the mat, it was soaked and smelled! I took my car in this morning and I have yet to hear from the dealership to tell me if they will cover it. As I read the other issues that astound me, why in the world would I want to buy a car and later find out that I have to take care of drains?!! I never heard of this on any other make.

6th Oct 2007, 15:26

I have a 2003 Jetta Wagon TDI and have been dealing with this same problem for several months now. It started out with what seemed to be water leaking down the passenger side door at the glove box. I couldn't tell if it was condensation or a leak. It doesn't seem to leak at the car wash, though, which is strange. Anyway, same experience as others with the mold/mildew smell. Then a couple weeks ago, I came out after a hard rain and had at least an inch of water in the front passenger side floorboards. I took it into the dealer this weekend and then read all these complaints. I guess I'll wait to hear the prognosis... but this sounds like a widespread problem.

7th Oct 2007, 20:16

I received a postcard in the mail from VW for this water problem. Turns out the pollen filter & housing need to be replaced.

If you incurred expense for this problem already, they will reimburse you. Now... where did I put that form from VW?

8th Oct 2007, 21:21

I have a 2004 Jetta GLS with the same water problems. I first noticed the rear driver's side floor was extremely damp, but wanted to make sure water etc hadn't been spilled by a passenger etc. So, figuring an ongoing leak would manifest itself in the lowest point, I parked my car so it was pointed in the other direction - down the slight slope of my driveway. This afternoon, I opened the door to find a puddle similar to what has been described by others on the drivers side floor. I'll be checking in with the dealer in short order. I look forward to finding out if others have had luck with the dealer in getting this repaired under the warranty. Many thanks.

9th Oct 2007, 18:10

I am having the sunroof drain issue too!! I went to the dealer today to get them to clean my stinky carpets and he asks me if I cleaned my drains. I don't know what these drains are. Supposedly they are in the manual, but my salesguy says that is BS. I agree with the recall or at the very least problems should be covered under the warranty. Since when is water getting into the car not a problem?!?

18th Oct 2007, 03:52

There has to be some thing that can be done. I believe I just read over 50 comments juzt in the past hour with VW owners saying the same thing! "I too have this leaking problem..."

I have a 2001 VW Golf 18.Y and yes, I too have this issue. I end up with puddles, literally puddles on the floor and soaked seats. My situation started as a little bit of water leaking on the side interior by the front hood release. I thought it was just a little bit of water that some how got in from when I opened and closed the doors under the rain. A few weeks later it got worse and worse. Now water drains from the moonroof area, through my upper interior lights, by the sun visors, above my head, and then water drips from there and also along the front interior frames. Down both frames on the driver's and passenger's sides.

I've been stumbling across suggestions on cleaning out the drains and such. I will try this tomorrow. I love my car, but I have spent so much to fix it and the leaking roof is just 1/8 of the car problems. Please email me if any of you have information i12is@yahoo.com.

24th Oct 2007, 20:18

I have stinky smell mildewy VW Jetta 2001 thanks to the swamp on the driver's side. Please count me in to with any action. Thanks, kathrine. tennisgirl197@yahoo.com.

25th Oct 2007, 10:59

I have a 2001 VW GTI. I bought it used in 2003, and it was about 8 months later when I moved to Mass. that I started having problems with the rain.

Every time it rains, my heart sinks a little with the knowledge burning in the back of my brain that when I get home, I have to look forward to the backseat of my beloved 'Black Betty' will be soaked with ten pounds of water. This has been going on (on and off) for several years and no place has been able to tell me what the problem is. It wasn't until recently while talking to my bus stop buddy, who is also a GTI owner, that it's the drainage tubes from the sunroof. He assured me that if I take it to a VW dealership that they treat it as a manufacturer/design flaw and that fixing the problem would be at no cost.

First, my friend has an air compressor, so I'm going to try to unclog it myself. Second, I have an appointment tomorrow morning, so we'll see if they do treat this as a 'flaw' or not. If they don't and end up charging me, I'd consider joining in on the class action suit.

Also, has anyone had any problems with check engine lights/oxygen sensors?