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Volkswagen Jetta, Interior, Sedan
#13 of 18 Odd interior odor
Nov 06, 2007 (1:27 pm)
My 2005 1/2 new model Jetta, which I leased when the new model just came out, has started to emit a horrible odor. It started in July, and I recognized it to be fuel. I took it to the dealership, and they thought the smell was fuel too- they pressure tested everything, but nothing was found wrong. I have had it in 2 more times. It is almost a chemical exhaust kind of fume. Smells so bad that it gives both me and my husband a headache. After driving it for a while, you even get the odor on your clothes. We are not driving the car unless necessary and at a loss of what it is or what to do. VW claims that it is the leather. On one visit of these 3, we had them change the air filter. The smell went away for a month, and came back! Any advice or anyone having this problem- PLEASE HELP!!! VW wants us to go away- it is my second lemon of a Jetta- NEVER AGAIN!
#14 of 18 Re: Odd interior odor [jennyt]
Nov 06, 2007 (3:47 pm)
Are you buying gasoline from the same station? If so, shop around and buy elsewhere. There is a major brand of gasoline which my Ford hates.
#15 of 18 Re: Odd interior odor [lostwrench]
Nov 06, 2007 (3:57 pm)
Not the gas- but good suggestion! We go all over for fuel! Thank you, though!
#16 of 18 Re: My VW is getting temperamental - Ttry figuring this one out... [asimenia]
Apr 26, 2009 (12:16 pm)
I'm not an expert or anything, but this same exact thing happened to me. It was a different type of car, but the issue was the same. I was in the fast lane on the I5 in Southern California and, out of nowhere, the RPMs were all over the place and the vehicle slowed down. My issue was the coolant...
If this happened 30 times, it makes me think there might be some issue ... Coolant leak, perhaps? Some people use water instead of coolant... If you are doing this, try using regular coolant.
Not sure if that helps but I remember the same exact thing happening to me in another car....
#17 of 18 Re: 2000 VW Jetta GLS VR6 Interior Trim [duckhook78]
Apr 30, 2009 (12:53 pm)
I have the same issue and have posted in other VW forums but gotten no answer. Most of the plastic is sticky and gummy to the point that if I rub my knee with it while getting into or out of the car my pants are ruined for the day... My car is 2000 and not under warranty so VW service is out of the question. any suggestions?
#18 of 18 Re: 2000 VW Jetta GLS VR6 Interior Trim [rolan]
May 02, 2009 (5:10 pm)
I am happy to say my lease on my POC Jetta was up in March. Buh-bye. The harsh smell issue was brutal fora bout 6 months... Pretty much not driveable... It subsided, and then disapated completely. VW did NOTHING for me, and they even lied to me- I asked them to drive the car for a while, and the rep said he would, and said he did... when I picked the car up the mileage was the same as when I had dropped it off.
I have no idea what the smell was, but at least we were able to get some usage out of it again. We think it had something to do with the leather/glue/foam... Not sure.
Good luck with yours- sorry I cannot help. I will NEVER NEVER NEVER buy another VW again.