The Jetta is a small and sporty sedan that Volkswagen has been making since the late 1970s. The Jetta is currently in its sixth generation, having been introduced in model year 2011. The newer Jettas are larger than preceding models and are produced at a lower cost as well. As popular as these cars have been with their owners, there is one common problem that drivers have complained about in models that is a loud rattling noise that seems to come from the passenger side door. This occurs in new vehicles as well as those that have already seen their fair share of wear and tear.
The rattle that some Jetta drivers complain about is loud enough to be annoying and it's hard to tune out. The problem seems to be only with the passenger side door. Some customers only experience this problem when traveling at high speeds, usually in excess of 65 miles per hour. Others claim that this noise is somewhat related to the outside temperature and only noticeable on cold days. Other owners think the roughness of the road has an effect on the intensity of the rattle and believe as well that the noise is more noticeable when there is a passenger in the seat.
Regardless of the cause, it is aggravating and anything that is distracting to you when you're driving, especially at high speeds, needs to be addressed. Unless you are skilled enough to remove the door panel and investigate the cause yourself, you would be wise to call a Volkswagen repair service expert to investigate the issue. If your car is still under warranty, this may be something that is covered and can be taken care of in one short visit. It may also be an indicator of bigger problems down the road.
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