The MK5 or A5 platform car consists of the Jetta, Rabbit, GTI, and Jetta SportWagen.The MKV came out as a 2005.5 and finished up with about model year 2010. They had their share of common VW issues too. Today we are talking about their biggest failures from oil leaks, to doorlatches, Brakes, and airbag lights. I am sure I forgot a good amount of issues :)
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~Failing MK5 door latches
~Failing MK5 rear brakes
~Failing MK5 soft touch
~Common MK5 airbag light issues
~Sagging MK5 headliners
~Rapid fire failures, oil leaks, CV boots, camshafts, wheel bearings
~and more

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    • djc6394
      djc6394

      Bingo! Headliner sagging on my daughter's 2007 Rabbit. Hub bearing failures - had to replace all four on my daughter's car. Right front smelled like old diff fluid. Brakes look good, but are kind of a PIA to service. Surprisingly, the CV boots were in great shape, so either they had been replaced in the past or VW improved the material vs. MK1-MkIII cars I've worked on in the past. Oil leaks - well, I've never had a VW that didn't leak oil somewhere. I do have a loud whine that sounds like a power steering pump failure. If that is the pulley for the alternator, I hope that is a simple fix. I assume that with a serpentine belt I just need to compress the tensioner to remove the belt and then can work on the pulley.

      about 6 days ago
    • djc6394
      djc6394

      I agree about not being a "hey let's bash VWs." EVERY car has its engineering issues. There are almost always compromises that have to be made. If you understand cars, this is just life with cars.

      about 6 days ago
    • Quindrik
      Quindrik

      just had my cv boot fail yesterday on my Mk5 Gti, ironic i see this video the next day

      about 11 days ago
    • SurvivingMichigan
      SurvivingMichigan

      Even with its issues, I like my MK5 2.5L. The only real bummer is the crappy automatic transmission.

      about 13 days ago
    • john allen
      john allen

      I have had some of those issues with my 2004 Octavia. Door locks. Rear calliper sticks on, hand brake mechanism issues, both sides. Window regulators cable snaps, Bowden cycle cable set up, so far all have been changed.

      about 16 days ago
    • ESPOFF
      ESPOFF

      Hehe, never had a soft touch issue with my Rabbit because all of my knobs and stuff are just gray plastic.

      about 28 days ago
    • Murat Kipel
      Murat Kipel

      Hey mate could you please do the side airbag video, this is the second time mine has had this issue. First time cost me almost 2 grand to fix. If its just some loose connectors, i would like to save my $2000.

      about 29 days ago
    • Murat Kipel
      Murat Kipel In reply to Murat Kipel

      Fyi, i have had 3/5 of these issues. 2006 mk5.

      about 29 days ago
    • cmasupra
      cmasupra

      I have a 2009 Jetta and haven't had ANY of these issues. However, I've had:
      1) A bad weather strip on 1 door from brand new (dealership just replaced it under warranty after trying to re-glue it 3 times and failing)
      2) 5-speed manual transmission problems (half the parts inside my transmission were replaced because of 1 bearing that tore apart)
      3) An annoying rattle from a windshield air vent cover.
      I feel like either VW fixed a lot of the problems you described in later MK5 models or I got lucky with the number of issues (though not the severity of the issues).

      about 1 month ago
    • pal pay
      pal pay

      issues like cel lights galore and only the dealer can extract the time ,money, and no one complains of no dipstick for tranny, oil filter behind a cover and then has woopdey doopty filter. planned obsoletion. sheople like this they buy more disposable nifty difty cute boy stuff. dare not say one word boys go back to dealer so they can really rob the serf class way to go a culture of disposable nonsense

      about 1 month ago
    • Muth M Mike
      Muth M Mike

      Here is my email: mmuthiro@gmail.com. thank u so much. Waiting for thine response

      about 1 month ago
    • Muth M Mike
      Muth M Mike

      Hallo sir. I really enjoyed yo videos until I decided to share with u my problem.

      Can u help with this problem which my Automatic TSI 2.0 GOLF 5 having. My car is not starting and gears not shifting from the Parking. It also flashing of Gears(PRNDS) on the board.

      What really happen in short is: after the mechanic replaced 2nd hand DSG due to the the damage o the old one. After the this replacement was done, the car started and moved. After three weeks I came to pay it out and hit the road. B4 they hand it to me, they test it once again in the road an on their way, it reported "CHECK COOLANT STOP." They stopped according to them, then from there when they attempt to start, it didn't start until this day. But if they start it to the starter or at the gear selector cord, it does start but not moving bcos of gears not shifting and fails to indicate even if it shift from P to other gears. What really is the problem sir?

      about 1 month ago
    • MrZimma frame
      MrZimma frame

      A lot of TDI Mk5 Golf/Rabbit with engine code BKD had bad injectors which would cause a lumpy/rough idle, loss of power, poor mpg and more emissions. Not so expensive to replace now as it’s old because you can get a second hand one that’s been salvaged, but a new ones cost well over $700 dollars then labour on top. Some were covered under recall warranty but a lot were not.

      about 1 month ago
    • MrZimma frame
      MrZimma frame In reply to MrZimma frame

      +HumbleMechanic take a trip to England, when new the injectors here use to coat £550 each which was roughly $725..

      about 1 month ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to MrZimma frame

      There was a time those babies were $500 each for the part. Lol

      about 1 month ago
    • Sia Mean
      Sia Mean

      This is why the germans lost the war.
      The battery has too many covers to remove. The drive belts looks like they are on backwards. ...wheel bolts? Oil leaks at 50k miles, vacuum pump seal, brake booster craps out, simple bulb replacements require removal of entire housing. Timing chains that fail before timing belts compared to other manufacturers. Every winter time the dashboard lights up to remind you of Christmas. Replacing the battery requires an obd2 resert or visit to the dealer. A 5 minute fix on any other car, is like a freaking 1 hour puzzle on a VW.

      about 2 months ago
    • Sia Mean
      Sia Mean

      VW is pure shit. ...and the people who fall I move with them are lying to themselves.

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Sia Mean

      Some are. I have owned 8 or so over the years with very few failures.

      about 2 months ago
    • Pedro Henrique Vilar Miranda
      Pedro Henrique Vilar Miranda

      I got all of them ( facepalm) -.-'

      about 2 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Pedro Henrique Vilar Miranda

      Doh

      about 2 months ago
    • Brian Hogan
      Brian Hogan

      I have a Mk5 GTI that has 2 issues. cold start misfires aor a min then idles fine. And secondly my brake pedal goes down but does'nt return. the car sat for a while, and may have had a engine fire when they blew a rod out the side. I have replaced engine and now have he above issues. any help would be good. Thanks

      about 2 months ago
    • Dave G
      Dave G

      They not good cars at all. I have a 2013 100k pure problems never again am going to Toyota.

      about 2 months ago
    • Gary Mathe
      Gary Mathe

      People bitch about the soft touch stuff. What do you expect if your hands are covered in chemicals? I've had so many VAG cars, and not one button or surface ever peeled.

      about 3 months ago
    • Larry Byrd
      Larry Byrd

      Question for HumbleMechanic
      2005 Volkswagen Jetta ECU won't read replace the fuses relays and fuel pump still won't turn over start can you please help me

      about 3 months ago
    • Larry Byrd
      Larry Byrd In reply to Larry Byrd

      +HumbleMechanic yes

      about 3 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Larry Byrd

      Does it have power and ground?

      about 3 months ago
    • Promod2001
      Promod2001

      I bought an 07’ rabbit with the 2.5, aaannnd I had a flywheel replaced at 23k miles, followed by another flywheel and full engine replacement at 29k. Springs broke in the flywheel, terrible design I think, and then the thrust bearing in the engine broke apart and fell into the oil pan causing the crank to walk back and forth, noticeable by some weird clutch pedal action. That rabbit is long gone, and I loved the mkv enough, that I just traded my Chevy truck for a mkv r32! And I love it!

      about 3 months ago
    • mr ben dover
      mr ben dover

      He knows his stuff 😎😎

      about 3 months ago
    • matt nelson
      matt nelson

      Didn’t have any of these issues on my old MKV FSI DSG Wolfsburg Jetta. I was pretty meticulous with my maintenance. It held strong through 80k miles until it got totaled. 50k of it was stage 2. Window switches occasionally were finicky but the reset sequence always fixed it. Only issue I really ever dealt with was the inevitable carbon build up.

      about 4 months ago
    • Todd Smith
      Todd Smith

      I have a 2009 VW Jetta 2.5L and it is now Oct. of 2018 and so far everything has done ok. Had to replace vacuum oil something and all the serpentine belts. The rear brakes work good and stop the car quickly and it handles great but the wheels in the back get covered in a day or two with brake dust. I got the car from my mother who drove it only 5 miles to and fro from work everyday and was handed down to me at 56K miles and it was is mint condition in March of 2017. It has 83K miles on it now and need to get the timing belt done I know but have been putting it off. I know that this car has to be taken care of almost like a hobby. My headliner is clean and stuck to the roof everywhere. I have had problems with the leather coming loose from the doors and have had to glue them back myself and is a pain bc the old glue all needs to be swept out to avoid clumping looks after new glue is applied. Ive had cv boots done. something with the water pump. My door latches have had no problems but I did have a valve go out that had to be replaced for $800. My ac still works fine but it takes a while to get cold then gets real cold. I have a premium stereo and just replaced one of the factory rear 6.5 sub woofer with what Amazon.com said fit the car and it is a ridiculous Skar audio 150 rms and 300 watts max speaker for only $19 five stars. It cost me $53 to have it installed and now my battery is dead but it should be so Im looking at walmart to get one quick cheap and definately from the dealer as I try to avoid them unless I have to for tricky issues only they know how to fix. Today, I installed myself a new set of trunk hinges as the original ones broke on both sides as something was wrong when I ordered new struts that made the trunk extremely tough to close and eventually pressure was too much causing the metal to break and the struts to break. So, spent 2 to 3 hours scouring the internet looking for some white trunk hinges for vw jetta 09..found tons of black on ebay used. and one of them etc. I was about to buy new ones for a $100 a piece that were plated metal brass color when lo and behold right before I shut the computer down in disgust, a white pair in good condition appeared in Cleveland OH, for $47 and free shipping..yeah..amazon again for some $19 struts and bam...they arrived this week as I plastic manned the front top of trunk that was sticking 4 inches upwards as if I had been rear ended during Hurricane Michael week and made it thru to today when everything arrived finally and wala. Probably saved $500 if I had taken it to Lokey VW where it was bought for some frigging trunk hinges and struts to be installed after taking the broken ones off. A mere 10 bolt job but tricky when the trunk needed to be stationed on the back window due to the wire attached to it going to the taillights I think or the latch wouldnt allow for the trunk to placed elsewhere while the hinges were installed to the body of the car. Tomorrow, get a battery, and hope that I can make it a month or two before doing the timing belt, something to do with 02 sensor reading, and air vacuum reading. Amazon has 02 sensors for around $30 for it they say but I dont know about the vacuum leak to avoid the dealer repair ridiculousness.

      about 5 months ago
    • James Medina
      James Medina In reply to Todd Smith

      Oh also I want to mention about brake pads, look on EBay for Pagid brake pads that are always sold from a U.K. company that ships cheap pads to the USA using DHL. Pagid is awesome and from Germany. The pad set might only cost 25 dollars themselves and they don't produce a lot of brake dust. For brake feel make sure you bleed your brakes yourself using a Motul brake fluid and it's time consuming but easy. The results are spectacular. I never knew before how varied is the quality (compressibility) of hydraulic fluids. Cheers and good luck!

      about 3 months ago
    • James Medina
      James Medina In reply to Todd Smith

      Todd I've got one word: chunking. That's regarding your writing. Better to separate issues you are describing but I know there are a lot of issues. I had a 98-01 Passat and feel your pain. My suggestions: only buy trunk or hood struts with Stabilus brand on the strut. They make them for manufacturers. Buy 02 sensors from AutoAnything. I'm not sure on timing belt but you know about ECS Tuning right?

      about 3 months ago
    • rowen898
      rowen898

      #1 - 09G 6-speed Automatic Transmission Valve body Failure. Its bashing worthy.

      about 5 months ago
    • Bahba Fett
      Bahba Fett

      ALL ACCURATE lol

      about 5 months ago
    • David Stevenson
      David Stevenson

      Do you need to pressure bleed the brakes on mk5 I hand bled with my buddy just pumping up and hold method ? I still have a mushy brake pedal

      about 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to David Stevenson

      Don’t have to but it’s sure easier.

      about 6 months ago
    • David Stevenson
      David Stevenson

      Strange I just bought a 200k km Jetta 2.5 manual and I beat it hard I’ve had ZERO of these problems no headliner no leaks no ac issues i love my 2.5 can’t wait to get it to stage 2

      about 6 months ago
    • David Stevenson
      David Stevenson In reply to David Stevenson

      HumbleMechanic that’s exactly what I was thinking ! I lucked out

      about 6 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to David Stevenson

      Nice!!!!

      Lot of this may have been fixed before you got it.

      about 6 months ago
    • ben king
      ben king

      What about can bus gateway failure?

      about 6 months ago
    • Josh Tannis
      Josh Tannis

      Wish my mechanic was this knowledgible

      about 7 months ago
    • HumbleMechanic
      HumbleMechanic In reply to Josh Tannis

      He either is, or you need to find a new mechanic

      about 7 months ago
    • marko markovski
      marko markovski

      I have made autoscan with my program CARPORT on my golf 5, and I got DTC as follows:
      00654 - Belt tensioner igniter (driver side) - intermittent, Upper limit exceeded, MIL on, static
      anad also poped up air bag control light on the dash. what could be the reason? I have readed on one forum that could be some yelllow conector with blue wire on the bottom of Pillar B. that I just need to press on it in better for solid contact.
      is this part of te commom issues with air bag conectors that you have adressed on this video?

      about 7 months ago