2012 VW Jetta SportWagen TDI won't start

Asked by Jan 18, 2016 at 06:22 PM about the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI w/ Sunroof and Nav

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car has been parked since Saturday afternoon, and would not start on
Monday evening. High temp was only about 20 degrees F today. The engine
tries to turn over, but very slowly. The dash display was flashing a few different
error messages , steering column locked, and something about needing to put
the car into park or neutral.  While the engine was slowly and unsuccessfully
trying to turn over, the doors were locking and unlocking themselves.  
Wondering if this is a low battery issue?  I have not tried to jump it, going to
wait until tomorrow morning.

2 Answers

20,965

How old is the battery? That high compression engine will need a lot of power to turn it over- if it is over 2 years old, just buy a new battery- a big, bad, battery-

5

My 2014 Jetta Sportwagen battery only lasted 2 years. After my car sat for a cold week in February this year, it would not start... turned over, but slowly. I charged it and started it... went and replaced the battery and no issues since. Now it starts right up... quickly!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Why does my VW Jetta horn go off randomly and how do I fix it. 1 answer

    Periodically the horn on my 2010 Jetta Sportwagon TDI just goes off by itself. To stop it you have to stop, turn off the ignition and start again. Sometimes this fixes it and sometimes it still beep...

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Unusual sounds in the 2010 Jetta Sportwagon 3 answers

    I just purchased a used 2010 Jetta TDI sportwagon, 44K on it and I noticed a faint but annoying siren sound that starts at 1500 RPM under load. Is this typical for the Sportwagon? I have 5 days to r...

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen S

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2011 Golf TDI stereo/clock intermittent failyre 1 answer

    Hi there, going through all these posts re stereo. Mine went black two days ago but came back on after driving over 30 km. The next morning I was able to drive 9 km with it working before it "bl...

    2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car vibrates and shakes but goes away after I restart 2 answers

    Glow plug and engine light go on ,car vibrates then gradually shakes more and more but if I stop and restart it it runs perfectly till the next time3-10 days later

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • is this a reliable car 7 answers

    2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE

    -

    General

Search Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Questions

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 40
#2 David Smith
David Smith
Reputation 30
#2 Scott Sr.
Scott Sr.
Reputation 30
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta
464 Great Deals out of 31,251 listings starting at $150
Used Volkswagen Passat
212 Great Deals out of 20,833 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen Golf
29 Great Deals out of 2,442 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen Tiguan
147 Great Deals out of 9,043 listings starting at $5,282
Used Volkswagen GTI
94 Great Deals out of 6,111 listings starting at $2,299
Used Subaru Outback
298 Great Deals out of 29,735 listings starting at $1,200
Used BMW 3 Series
1,384 Great Deals out of 37,799 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen CC
91 Great Deals out of 3,429 listings starting at $4,500
Used Honda Civic
668 Great Deals out of 77,418 listings starting at $1,000
Used Subaru Forester
254 Great Deals out of 22,783 listings starting at $1,499
Used Honda CR-V
810 Great Deals out of 59,368 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen Touareg
39 Great Deals out of 2,362 listings starting at $2,995
Used Honda Accord
812 Great Deals out of 81,611 listings starting at $899

Used Cars For Sale

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 111 listings starting at $8,995
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 58 listings starting at $6,995
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen For Sale
18 listings starting at $6,900
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 41 listings starting at $4,600
2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen For Sale
23 listings starting at $3,850