27th Dec 2010, 15:53

OK, so I just bought a 2006 VW Jetta GLI 2 months ago. It was a one owner car with 28,800 miles, so I got a very good deal. I just experienced the "oil issue", and took my car in to be checked. Turns out the turbo has failed, which caused the oil to burn off, as it did. So, they are putting a new turbo on it. Hopefully, I will not experience this again, BUT I WILL keep a check on the oil at least once a month, if not more!!! I love my car, and do not want to be disappointed with it. I have a 69 Bug I am restoring, and have always loved VWs, even though this Jetta is the first I've owned, other than the 69.

3rd Mar 2011, 21:11

I just had a most interesting experience with my 2006. I have 44k miles on the car. While I was driving down the highway today, the transmission suddenly failed completely. I have a 6 speed DSG. The transmission basically put itself into neutral. No gears would engage at all. I was able to pull safely off an incredibly busy highway. To say the least, it was strange to put the car in reverse, only to have the engine rev with no movement. My car was towed to my dealership, and I am currently waiting to hear what the heck happened. Thank goodness I purchased a 7 yr, 100k extended warranty.

BTW - my car also is a oil eater. The last time I changed the oil, there was less than a 1/2 cup that drained out, and there was no previous oil warning lights that ever came on.

10th Mar 2012, 07:32

I purchased my previously owned 2006 VW Jetta GLI in December 2010 with 64K miles. Shortly after I drove it off the lot, the power steering, the environmental sensor and airbag were illuminated on the instrument panel. I took it into a VW dealership, and paid to have the sensor replaced.

In July of 2011, as I was accelerating onto the freeway, the car turned off, the lights on the panel were all flashing and the car would not start. I had to have the car towed to the dealer, to find out that the sensor in the DSG transmission had failed, which caused the transmission to have a catastrophic failure. We had the transmission replaced in September 2011, and yesterday, March 9th, I find that the transmission is leaking large quantities of fluid. I have had it diagnosed, and the transmission has a huge gap between the housing and the half shaft.

This is the second transmission that has had problems on my car, and I am not very happy. The original repair was over 4K, and the cost of the car was 10K. It does not make sense for me to throw more money into this car.

19th Apr 2012, 20:55

I have a 2006 Jetta 2.5. I bought it with 60,000 miles on it 2 years ago. I am now at 123000 miles, and it is turning out to be a nightmare.

I just had the fan control module replaced; found out the head gasket is starting to leak. I have an engine light that is saying I have an emissions leak somewhere, my mirror blinker is out and is $60 to replace that, but those are the least of my problems!

I live in the North, so when it is cold, it doesn't want to start. I started it 2 days ago, it started fine, drove less than a mile to the gas station, got gas, and it wouldn't start. Got it started, but ran funny for a minute, but to top it off, for the last week I will start it after sitting at work all day, or in the morning, and I drive a block, and I start getting a stomping noise under the trunk, and it sounds like something is trying to get out. I have stumped my mechanic and another VW specialist with the noise. Has anyone else had that problem?

29th May 2012, 14:55

I am having very similar problems with my 06 GLI. Engine knocking on the right side, been burning oil since I bought it in July of 08. Overheats because the fan isn't coming on. Probably electrical. I just replaced the battery due to a dead cell.

The A/C hasn't worked in over a year. I have re-charged it myself numerous times. There is a plastic piece that goes over the intake. I have never seen it, because as soon as they replace it, it falls off.

Warranty is expired, and now I have a lemon I owe $8,000 for.

ESP light comes on, and car jerks sometimes while driving, like it isn't getting fuel. I can't get a manual for it, and the dealership wants my next child as payment.

Any help will be VERY appreciated. yagerron@gmail.com


9th Jan 2013, 08:55

My ESP light came on & the car also was jerking. It took a couple trips, but it was a relay switch. Cost under $30, & it's been fine.

15th Mar 2013, 01:59

My 06 GLI does the same jerking thing, like it's not getting fuel. I'm in the same boat.

14th Apr 2013, 08:59

THE ESP LIGHT /JERKING can be fixed by taking it to the dealer & having them check on the coil. There was a recall.

My car was fine after it was fixed.

26th Sep 2013, 22:05

What relay switch?

3rd Aug 2014, 06:39

I also have a 2006 GLI. I was lucky enough to buy one that had a lot of suspension and performance upgrades. It does use a bit of oil, but I love driving it.