Diesel Engine Problems of Volkswagen Jetta - part 1

Volkswagen Jetta owners have reported 51 problems related to diesel engine (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Volkswagen Jetta based on all problems reported for the Jetta.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 1
Failure Date: 07/09/2015

I was driving to work, which includes crossing a toll bridge daily. I was on the bridge, which is only a 2 lane bridge, when all of a sudden my diesel engine failure light began to flash. I lost acceleration and was able to pull off to the shoulder safely and turn off the car. I sat there for a few minutes contemplating if I should call aaa to get a tow to the dealer. Seeing as I was only about 5 miles from the vw dealer, I decided to see if my car will make it there. It started back up no problem and I was able to accelerate back into traffic and make it to the dealer with no further issues. I explained the problem to the service rep. And they checked in my car and I waited for them to call me with the issue. Later in the day, I received the call from the service rep. , and he informed me that the high pressure fuel pump failed, and they will have to rebuild the fuel system, as there were metal particles found in the gas and gas lines. He said this sometimes happens when a customer may use biodiesel fuel or a lower grade of diesel. He also said that they would have to send the gas samples off to vw lab to review in order for the repairs to be approved since I have the extended warranty. I am shocked that this occured, seeing as my car is only 4 years old and less than 50k miles on it. Thankfully, there was not an accident and no one was hurt.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 2
Failure Date: 12/09/2014

This problem is diesel engine specific: -engine starts, then when pulling away, stalls immediately. -towed after multiple restart attempts failed dealer found water and sludge in intercooler, aka, intercooler icing. Car spent overnight in warm service bay while it thawed out. Vw has TSB for issue but I was told by the dealer that it doesn't fix it. Wow.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 3
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Vw tdi engine: a poorly designed diesel engine particulate filter (pf). Vw is irresponsible in designing, selling and supporting repairs to this item. Cost for 100k scheduled maint. For timing belt and other pm work @ $3,127, pf is expected to fail between 90k and 130k miles and is on record to be a pm replacement part in the service manuals. Check engine light started coming on at 90k miles. My mechanic reset light twice. I eventually took it to vw and gave them a copy of the service bulletin, provided by mechanic. Vw insisted it was both exhaust pressure sensors at $607 this was wrong, light on in 4 days. Cost to replace the pf is $6. 2k. At 100k miles this car has cost me $9,863 for vw schld. Maint. . Repairs that vw recommends to be done to this car. Vw customer relations said nothing they can do and suggested I go to NHTSA. 1. Vw advertised tdi engine as the cleanest emissions in the world! 2, we expected pay-off through excellent gas mileage and low cost ownership. At 100k miles a deisel should just be breaking in. Results of vw selling the vehicle and not supporting its customers: a. Vw has stuck me with a car I can not sell or take a dump on resale. Who wants to buy a car with a check engine light on? b. I keep cars and keep them maintained so I get high mileage out of them. Even if I did the pf repair at $6k I would be looking to do it again at 200k miles. There is no value to cost of ownership of this car!! c. I could go to my mechanic and reset the check engine light and sell this car near resale. Unfortunately the VIN no. Is on record with this issue. Nor do I have the conscience to do that. Vw is an irresponsible car manufacturer!!!!. How can you sell a car that requires his much scheduled repair work??? vw you have screwed me and your customers!.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 4
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

My Jetta diesel engine was hydro-locked due to water being pulled into the engine from the intercooler. Volkswagen has a TSB (technical service bulletin) published for this exact problem (frozen intercooler) - yet is only implementing or offering this TSB to customers on an as needed basis. In many cases - this is way too late. This is a known problem at Volkswagen -- and by not offering this TSB to all vw customers -- catastrophic engine damage can occur - if the right weather conditions are met. For my vehicle, when starting up my car - at the end of the day, to leave and return home --> when starting the car - it acted as if the battery was dead. At this point, water was ingested into the 3rd cylinder, the piston rod of the 3rd cylinder was bent, and engine damage was done. Vw should not be offering this TSB to all tdi (turbo diesel engine) owners who could be affected by the TSB. Catastrophic engine damage by neglecting to perform a known TSB is creating a very dangerous situation on the roads.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 5
Failure Date: 09/11/2013

I was on my way home after work approximately 6-7 pm doing 45 mph. I looked down to my instrument cluster to check my speed to make sure I wasn't speeding. Then I saw the glow plug light blinking multiple times then about less than 5-10 seconds later my engine cut out. I cost off into a harper college parking lot came to a stop. I tried to start the car 2-3 times, each time the engine was crackin over but wouldn't start it up. I called the tow truck company and had the vehicle towed to vw dealer in schaumburg, IL ( fox valley vw) dealer said the high pressure fuel pump failed. Vwoa cover this under power train warranty 5/60k warranty. The dealer replace hpfp,lift pump, pump in gas tank,fuel lines to engine,coils etc. . . Repairs came to roughly $5300. 00. Vwoa only give 12/12k miles warranty on the hpfp. This is a known problem on some vw with cjaa 2. 0l turbo diesel engines and vwoa has not found the defect in the hpfp. Vwoa should extend the hpfp to 100k miles due to deft in the hpfp since they haven't found the problem and corrected it.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta 6
Failure Date: 07/08/2013

The fuel pump in my car's 2. 0 tdi diesel engine broke.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 7
Failure Date: 06/30/2013

Car is a Jetta tdi (diesel engine). Engine warning light appeared while driving, approximately 50 yards later while slowing down the engine failed and would not restart. Car was stopped at intersection on a busy 5 lane road at 5:30 pm with cars coming from behind and around at speeds of 45+ mph. Sheriff came to divert traffic to prevent a wreck and allow tow truck to tow car safely. Dealer states that high pressure fuel pump failed, ruining fuel system, quotes potential repair cost of $8,500. Filled fuel tank 5 miles prior to incident with 11 gallons of diesel fuel (reputable fuel dealer, almost always use this dealer). There was no warning prior to the incident -- no rough engine or stalling or trouble of any kind. Car is driven by only one driver and is well maintained, has never been fueled with anything but diesel from reputable dealers. Car is usually driven on the freeway (dealer recommended it specifically for a long freeway commute). Lucky that it didn't stall at high speed on freeway.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 8
Failure Date: 05/24/2013

The vehicle stalls whenever driving in wet conditions on the hwy while snowing or raining. I have lost control of the vehicle and have broken down on the side of the road with no shoulder and facing an uphill incline. On each occasion I have had my children in the vehicle with me and facing heavy traffic in both directions. I was fortunate to have a highway patrol officer assist me in pushing the car to off the highway the last 3 times. Each time, they informed me that I should contact Volkswagen and let them know because it should definitely be a factory recall based on the dangerous circumstances. . Read more...

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta 9
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

2012 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. Consumer writes in regards to engine failure in cold weather. The dealer installed a modification to the turbo charger intercooler.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 10
Failure Date: 11/03/2012

I was on the exit ramp of the interstate and the go to workshop warning came on along with the glow plug warning light. Vehicle lost power, I was able to get to a side street and turned off vehicle, it restarted and seemed fine drove about 2 miles and stopped for a light, car stalled and warning lights came back on. Car did not restart had push to side of road and tow home. Towed to dealer first of week. Found to be high pressure fuel pump failure of the diesel engine. This is the second one to go bad first one at 135380 miles and now at 228605 miles only 93225 miles on repair job. Vw repaired the first one, replaced entire fuel system at no charge, do to faulty hpfp. Even though this pump has less miles they will not help with repair cost. Both times car died at a major intersection and had to be pushed to side of road.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 11
Failure Date: 11/03/2012

Tdi diesel engine. Entered highway, car stuttered, engine died, displayed workshop code problem, glowplug light flashing. Restarted one time, traveled to parking area, engine died and would not restart. Code was p0087, fuel pump pressure failure. No previous problems or hints of this issue. Sudden engine failure. Very dangerous, was driving uphill, the one restart allowed me to leave road. Dealer noted no fuel contamination. System was properly primed on fuel filter changes. Used a ross-tech cable and software. Repair is expected to be about $7000. 00. Previous diesel 2001 model was still running with 332,000 miles when this one was purchased. Tdiclub. Com website has noted many of these failures, search hpfp, high pressure fuel pump. Vw is not furnishing pumps designed with the us diesel fuel quality in mind. Vw needs to correct this problem, there have been a lot of these failures.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 12
Failure Date: 03/17/2012

Ice in the air intake caused the engine to vapor lock which caused a bent piston rod. Dealer is going to remove the factory air intake after installing a new engine under warranty and claims this is an engineered fix. Dealer also said that Volkswagen is working on some heater add on in the possible future. I suspect that the current fix is not a fix as the trouble was not when driving it was after the car set for a few days and ice formed in the intake. Nhtsa should investigate to confirm the engineering issue is addressed correctly to protect consumers.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 13
Failure Date: 10/28/2011

As my wife was driving towards a stop sign at a relatively slow speed, the vehicle check engine light came on and then the car died. As she started to roll backwards, she stopped the car and waited for the other traffic to clear. She was able to restart the car and drive it home as she was less than a mile away. After I returned home, I started the car and noticed the check engine light. At that point the car seemed fine. I went to autozone to see if they could download the error codes that might provide some insight into what component was causing the problem. They could not do that according to CA law. I purchased a obdii code reader and discovered code p0191 and p0087, both relating to the fuel system. P0191 indicated the fuel rail pressure sensor a circuit range / performance. The p0087 indicated the fuel rail / system pressure too low. While researching these codes on the internet I discovered a huge amount of information relating to this issue. I am thankful my wife was not in a huge amount of traffic as she could have been in an accident as a result of the car shutting down without warning. This has been going on with the tdi diesel engine since 2009. Why has there been no recall to fix what I believe is a defective or inferior fuel pump. In the many work orders I have read vw in many cases blamed bad fuel (gas in the diesel tank) as the problem. I have written documentation for every gallon of fuel that has been put in this car since it was new. The car has had all scheduled maintenance completed since the car was new. If this is a known problem why wasn't a recall issued like they did with the dsg transmission. Is this denial on vw's part so they don't get a bunch of bad press?.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 14
Failure Date: 10/01/2011

This concerns a 2009 vw Jetta tdi (clean diesel version). Car dashboard put out warning message "engine malfunction" then car began to sputter and lose power. Electronic dashboard showed there was plenty of diesel gas in the tank (enough to continue driving 250 miles). (the car had been filled up with diesel gasoline on the day before, Friday, and driven on a short trip that Saturday during the day hours; driver had filled up at that station regularly across the last 2 years since the car was purchased. ) electronic dashboard also showed all other systems functioning regarding battery, temperature sensor, etc. Driver was on busy city avenue in fullerton, California traveling at about 40 mph when sputtering began. Car power slowly decreased to about 20 mph, but fortunately driver was able to make it through several green lights to a commercial area. Fortunately Saturday night traffic was not heavy, so a lane change to the right was possible without affecting other drivers who wished to go at a faster speed. Car slowed down to about 5 mph as driver maneuvered car for the last 500 feet into a gasoline station parking lot. Car engine came to a complete stop. This was less than 5 minutes after the first "engine malfunction" warning on the electronic dashboard. Attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful; a clicking sound in the ignition was heard. Car engine subsequently would not turn over and had to be towed Saturday night.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 15
Failure Date: 09/30/2011

30 sept 2011. While sitting at an intersection we noticed a rattling sound coming from our 2009 Jetta tdi. Could also feel a slight vibration through the shift lever and steering wheel. Initial thought was an a/c clutch issue due to a squealing sound that started. Proceeded through the intersection and accelerated to approximately 30 mph when the "engine fault workshop" light came on and the sound became very loud. We immediately pulled into a parking lot to investigate. Loud metallic noises appeared to be internal to the engine not external. Shut the car off and it would not restart. Car was towed to mossy vw (classic Volkswagen) in escondido, CA at closing time and will be troubleshoot in the morning. 50,000 miles on the car. Great dealer so far, service stayed late to assist and ensured we had transportation home. A quick online search revealed hpfp failures for 2009 vw tdi cars are becoming more common and unfortunately the manufacturer is not acknowledging and some dealers are blaming on fuel contamination with unleaded gas. Owners are reporting $10,000 repair bills. We have our diesel fuel receipt from yesterday, 29 Sep 2011, confirming correct fuel was used.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 16
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

Flashing glow plug warning light and loss of power while going 70 mph on turnpike. Car went into "limp mode" allowing exit from turnpike. Car traveled several blocks then stalled at stop light and would not start. Car was towed to vw dealer and diagnosed with failed high pressure fuel pump and metal particles contaminating diesel fuel. Dealer to replace entire fuel system.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 17
Failure Date: 08/15/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure would occur intermittently. The engine would also misfire and the vehicle would jerk and decelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised the contact that the b valve, the glow plug and the glow plug harness would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was taken to a second dealer for diagnostics where the technicians stated that the direct shift gearbox unit would have to be replaced. The contact referenced a recall for the 2009-2010 models under NHTSA campaign id number: 09v333000 (power train:automatic transmission) but was advised by the manufacturer that the recall did not include the 2005 model vehicles. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. Updated 04/02/lj.

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car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 18
Failure Date: 07/04/2011

Camshaft failure causing all associated/connecting parts to also fail. Never deviated from specified manufactures required oil (505. 01). This appears to be a design problem, that is common on all these diesel engines (brm), of which the manufacture will not correct and the owner is required to correct at their own expense at a cost of $2000 plus.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 19
Failure Date: 12/22/2010

I purchased a 6-speed manual transmission Jetta-tdi at the end of December of 2009. I have been driving manual transmission cars since 1975, and I was upset that my car was stalling either just starting out in first or in the lower rpm range of the lower gears when turning and moving through intersections or trying to go uphill when the rpms were in the lower range. Keeping the rpms up a bit seems to have helped, as I am not having it stall as much as before. I also noticed what seemed like a slight hesitation or jerking when cruising . It would be just for a split second and then be gone my accident occurred when I was parallel parking on a hill. I went to back up a bit to straighten out my car and it stalled, rolling forward into the car parked in front of me. Fortunately, no one was injured. Damage was minor, but was submitted to my insurance company. At this point I was just blaming myself for not being able to adjust to the difference of clutching with a diesel engine because I couldn't figure out how to explain it. Then a heard 2 radio reports about the complaints being filed. I called vw of America who listened to my story. They told me that in order to be compensated for my accident, that I would have needed to have had the car towed immediately to a dealership and had it diagnosed. She suggested that I take it to be diagnosed. I took it to the dealer who kept it for two days and could not find anything wrong. A week later, I was coming to a stop for a red light and the rpms began to fluctuate like it was going to stall and then it would come back to normal rpms. When I started to drive it was a little rough, then smoothed out. I called vw of America who recommended that I take it back to the dealer. I am waiting for them to return my call. I have also 3 intermittent problems with my am radio cutting out--are the problems connected?.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta 20
Failure Date: 10/25/2010

I was driving on a secondary highway going only 30 mph when a warning light came on. At the same time the engine started running very rough. I immediately pulled the car to the side of the road. At the side of the road with the engine off, I pulled out the Jetta handbook to research the meaning of the warning light. The light blinking was the engine malfunction light. After that I called the vw 800 road side program, a tow truck came and towed the Jetta to the dealer. Now this morning I go to the dealership and they inform me the cost of getting this new car fixed will be $6,800. 00. With that information I have to ask why and the dealership proceeds to say I have "bad fuel". The comment by the dealership triggered all types of responses. The first response was proof I put the right type of fuel in the tank which I did. Next I had to go and get a sample of fuel from the filling station. After that I delivered a sample of the fuel in question to the dealership for testing. As it turns out the fuel was okay. While I am running around doing all of this my wife finds out via the internet of issues the Jetta is having with the fuel pump. Keep in mind, at no point has the dealership given me information regarding a possible fuel pump issue, which would be a warranty issue, aka no cost to me! it is now 5:20 pm and I have not heard from the dealership. Now I have another issue, is the dealership trying to defraud me? and if so the dealership will have big problems.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 21
Failure Date: 02/19/2010

Vw has changed the diesel engines (tdi) starting with aproximate year 2004 until 2007, when they stopped selling tdi to meet emission requirements. To save money and licesing fees to bosch they have changed from common rail system made by bosch (feeds the diesel fuel to engine with very high pressure) to vw system called tdi pumpe duse (or pump-nozzle injection). To accomodate the injectors inside the engine, they have changed the specs and dimensions of many parts, including the camshaft. The camshaft inside this engine has the added role to drive the pd lifters, appart from valve lifting and closing. I own this type of car vw Jetta 2006 tdi, and the camshaft wore off at 80,000 miles, and yes it was out of warranty and it costs $3000. Appart from the costs, which accrues to aprox $3000 per 50,000 to 80,000 miles rendering this car a liability cost to the owners (a long term owner will have the price of car doubled by added bills to change the camshafts many times. This impacts drasticaly financialy many famillies depending on this car), without the possibility to fix it permanently and for once . I have changed the camshaft and now at 115000 miles it starts to shows signs of wear, like last time. Not changing gears in time, car is shaking. The effect gets worse, until when the camshaft lobes wears off more, and results in valves not opening and closing in right sequence and time, and engine will stall, like mine did on my street. As well I was on highway and car will not operate and respond to acceleration pedal input, maximum pedal input was giving only 40mph, exposing me to a stampede of cars from behind in a dangerous situation unable to control the car. I have explained the situation to vw and they deny any: wrongdoing, design flaw, fault or liability. According to tdiclub. Com there is up to 20% failure of the engines via camshaft wear of lobes. I trust you will investigate and request vw to address:safety+financial impact to tdi pd owners.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 22
Failure Date: 01/18/2010

1-hallmark coolsprings Volkswagen in nashville tennessee used improper oil in my 2009 Jetta tdi. I did not discover this until after the improper oil had been in the vehicle for over 7000 miles. This is documented on their service report. The vw technical supplement entitled: jetta, Jetta sportwagen equipped with tdi engine, model year 2009 which was included in the owners manual of this vehicle states:if you use engine oil that does not expressly conform to Volkswagen oil standard 507. 00, very serious and very expensive damage to your vehicles engine will occur. ¿ it goes on to state: failure to use engine oil for your diesel engine that conforms to Volkswagen oil standard 507. 00 can cause engine failure on the highway that can cause a crash and serious personal injury. ¿ 2-now I have no alternative but to drive the car, paranoid that what the owner's manual says will happen to happen and hope the engine does not lock up and cause me to wreck and hurt myself and/or someone else. 3)- Volkswagen of America will not help do anything about this and neither will hallmark Volkswagen. They basically say to disregard the owners manual - I believe they are in violation of the magnuson moss act if the oil specified in the owners manual doesn't really have to be used to avoid engine damage, resulting in a vehicle accident.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 23
Failure Date: 10/14/2009

The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. While the contact was driving approximately 70 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated followed by the engine stalling. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The vehicle was repaired; however, a similar failure occurred a second time and the vehicle was taken to a different dealer and repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000. Updated 12/13/11.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 24
Failure Date: 09/29/2009

The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when there was a slight loss of engine power and the glow plug warning indicator light illuminated. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The contact was able to continue driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they detected that improper fuel was consumed in the fuel tank. The vehicle was then towed to another dealer for a second opinion and the technician informed that the fuel system would need to be replaced. The repair was performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 11,000. Updated 04/12/lj updated 04/13/11.

car image   Diesel Engine problem of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta 25
Failure Date: 09/19/2009

Car stalled 5 times over a two day period duel to a failure of the fuel pump. Dash board warning said "engine fault workshop" and glow plug warning light came on. Owner manual said to bring into shop soon. Dealership found metal shavings throughout the fuel system that was caused by a failed high pressure fuel pump. The warning lights first came on when their was a near empty condition in the fuel tank. I have heard that this has happened to others when fuel is low. Cost for repair would have been around $6000, but vw warranty covered this. If this stall had happened on the interstate it would have been very dangerous. As it was I had a police car push me out of an intersection during rush hour to a safe spot.

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