28th Dec 2007, 11:35

My 2003 Jetta has the radio plague also. The answer for the 2002 problem seems to be the fuse #42 fix, but I don't see any answers for the 2003 mystery. It didn't work for me. The radio looks like it's working, but no sound, and only 'eject' on CD/tape does anything.

Basically, I hope someone can help with the cheapest Do-It-Yourself fix, or advice on exactly what aftermarket replacement is involved. (Head unit, amp, rewire, speakers, etc...) I do not trust the dealers.

What sucks most is that I'm paying monthly for satellite radio, and am being slowly drained financially for nothing.

Thanks for reading this post.

3rd Jan 2008, 14:55

No radio for several days. Finally got an appointment with the VW service center. In the several days I waited for the appointment time the car's battery went dead. Found out from the service rep that when this happens the amplifier in the trunk continues to draw power, even when the radio does not work. The radio must be turned off, prior to it going dead, in order for the amplifier not to draw power. It has a separate power source from the radio. The fix, as suggested by the rep, was a new radio or the fuse 42 method. He suggested if it happens again pull the fuse and then put it back in. His explanation stated that static electricity builds up in the fuse and causes this radio problem to occur. This is a Golf GTI, 1.8.

13th Jan 2008, 20:44

I have a 2002 Jetta that I bought from a used car place. The first day I brought it home, the temperature light came on. I checked the fluids and nothing was low or appeared to be wrong. After a couple of days the check engine light came on and I took it back to the dealer I bought it from. They replaced a sensor, but the next morning the light still came back on as usual. They also charged me for the part too. I don't want to spend a bunch of money replacing parts that are not going to fix this problem. Any advice on this?

16th Jan 2008, 17:47

Hello All! Another proud 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T owner here. I to have had multiple brake, tail, turn, and head lights replaced in the last 3 years that I have owned this glorious piece of crap. My windows fell out replaced by dealership, of course. Just recently, the BIG one happened. It was my transmission. The part alone was $4500 (I called 30 repair shops; nobody rebuilds VW transmissions). My mechanic (an honest family friend) proceeded to tell me that all of the hoses were rotted out. Since I had paid for my 60k mile tune up and inspection only 6 months ago, (at VW Dealership) this should be impossible, right? So, needless to say, I paid for parts, hoses, fluids and filters that were never installed, and now I get to pay even more. My ABS, and Emissions lamp come on constantly, as well as the temp sensor and check engine light. I am so glad that I have wasted so much money on this car that is SUPPOSEDLY so great. I think we all got screwed. Happy hunting to all of you looking for a new car. I know I am.

16th Jan 2008, 19:00

Hello. I really wish I had discovered this site earlier. I have a 2002 Jetta and I've encountered every problem mentioned here, from the radio going out, sunroof leaking into the car, window falling into the door. Now I have another problem; my radio light went out--the blue screen that displays the radio stations or cd track number. All of the red lights around it are working, it's just the blue light in the middle that is out. Anybody know how to fix this? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

30th Jan 2008, 13:37

Hey great forum, I was just wondering if the "fuse 42 thing" would work with a 2001 Jetta as well as the 2002 version?

Any feedback would be great. Thanks!

5th Feb 2008, 15:29

When people are saying that the radio is dead, do they mean the tuner is dead or the unit is dead. Because, my cd player/tape player work fine, however I cannot get any radio stations to come in. I tried fuse 42 and it now comes in a little better, but there is still a lot of fuzz making it unlistenable. It still won't find stations during seek mode. My car antenna seems to be in good shape, is there an amplifier or something that needs to be looked at?

9th Feb 2008, 09:12

2002 TDI Jetta.

My first issue was the driver side seat caught on fire; they changed it.

Then the air bag light has been on; they tell me it has to be changed, well that was three years ago.

Then my starter.

My hazard lights relay switch had to be changed, since I heard nothing but clicking after signalling to turn left.

Door light ajar wouldn't go off.

Both front windows fell into frame one year apart.

Peeling of door handles.

The truck will not open with the key.

Lost my skid plate twice.

Check engine light has come on three times for glow plugs.

Needed a new fuse for the lighter.

Did need a new transmission, but in fairness it did drive 200 kms with a hole punctured in the tranny.

Now the issue is my lights on the dash are staying on when the car is turned off, and going off when the car is turned on. And the heater on the passenger side is not working either, and the spring in the driver's side has let go. No dealer in sight for 450 kms.

29th Feb 2008, 10:39

Does anyone know how to easily get the turn signal bulb out of its position in order to replace the bulb for a 2002 Jetta?

11th Mar 2008, 09:21

I must say, after reading all of the posts I feel a little better about all the problems I have had! I have a 2002 Jetta, bought brand new from VW. I have had both of my windows falling in, my radio has turned off numerous times, the check engine light was on for over two years (it is finally off due to a diagnostic testing-$90). After all of that I just had to get a new transmission!!! HOW FUN! I have never heard of a five year old car with only 80K miles needing a new tranny. Not sure if my car is even worth the $2800 I just put into it, but I'm not ready for a new vehicle yet. Wondering if anyone has any advice... Should I just sell this thing and get what I can, or will things just continue to go wrong? I think I know the answer, but any help would be great. Thanks! Lindsey98765@yahoo.com.

11th Mar 2008, 11:23

Great forum. I have a 2002 Jetta and I went through all the window problems mentioned earlier. Now my temp gauge is intermittent, and the engine indicator is on all the time.. help!, any ideas?

25th Mar 2008, 18:08

Today my car alarm went off 3 separate times within a 15 minute period. It only chimed about 10 times before turning itself off. I thought that the battery might be the problem, but I check the battery voltage and CCA's and that's not the problem. My car did have a problem starting yesterday. Could this be a warning? Maybe a short? I have an 02 Jetta 1.8t with a few mods.