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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,895 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012016


  • 51,000 miles


The main (rear) engine oil seal is leaking with only 51,000 miles on the odometer. I believe this is a defect of the engine oil seal or improperly mounted from the VW factory. There has been numerous complaints of this problem with VW owners. The cost of this repair should be fully covered by Volkswagen of America.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 242014


  • 47,000 miles
While driving the vehicle simply shut off. I turned on hazzards, put car into park, restarted, put car back into drive and drove away. This was on the I-35 frontage road and I could have easily been rearended / killed. Happened one other time on the bqe in New York several months prior. After the first incident I was told by the authorized service dept. "probably a glitch, won't happen again." Waiting for a third incident where I'm not so lucky.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Apr 182014

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 114,000 miles
Had just refueled vehicle a day prior when on lunch break vehicle lost power while driving. Upon entering a heavily congested intersection the vehicle lost power and stalled causing steering, braking and control to be compromised. Started vehicle to move out of heavy traffic and drove directly to an automotive repair shop. Upon inspection the repair facility discovered metal particles throughout fuel system causing unsafe driving conditions listed above including stalling and loss of control.

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 172012

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 40,169 miles


I have a 2010 VW Golf tdi. I was driving along at 25 mph when my glow plug & check engine lights started flashing, and my tachometer dropped to zero, indicating a stall. The power steering also started to cut out, but I was able to safely pull over. Tried starting the car again and got nothing. The car was towed to a VW dealership down the street, and on Monday 11/19 they informed me that my high-pressure fuel pump failed and sent metal fragments through the entire fuel system. The car is currently being repaired under warranty, but I was told that the bill would be at least $5,000 for this kind of fix. Oh yeah, this also completely ruined my travel plans for thanksgiving, as VW refused to give me a loaner car while this documented warranty issue was being dealt with. After doing some research, I found that there are several cases of 2009-10 tdi fuel pump failures with the same symptoms. Apparently, there have been three revisions of this pump since then, and I am due to get the newest one. But, there is also talk that ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel in the us is not providing the proper lubricity, and thus causing the pumps to fail (this is not an issue in europe). Nonetheless, further investigation by the NHTSA should result in VW doing a proper recall and redesign, rather than quietly fixing an inherent flaw on a case-by-case basis. Even with my car fixed, I'll still be wondering when this will happen again. Which also makes me wonder if I should just sell it and be done with VW. Very frustrating.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172012

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,200 miles
I have a 2010 Golf tdi manual transmission car. The car was stalled during driving, after just down shifted from 2nd gear to first gear. After turning off the engine completely, I still couldn't restart the car right away. I had to wait for several minutes, and tried again. The car started on the next attempt. I experience the similar type of stalling soon after I purchase the vehicle, and it persists and recurs quite often. Other times, also during driving, mostly noticeable in 4th gear speed, the car could all of a sudden lost power, for about 2 seconds, although the engine was not stalled or stopped. I also noticed after a difficult start, the driving is less smooth. And when the car is stopped and completely turned off, the engine/fan would keep on running idle for several minutes. And during that idle time, a large amount of heat is dispensed out from underneath the front hood.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Aug 012012

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 53,000 miles
I got into my car as normal, and began to drive. After about 5 minutes of driving, I came to a red light on a busy street. My check engine light came on and the glow plug light began to flash, the car immediately died and would not restart. I was told the high pressure fuel pump failed, and the entire fuel system has to be replaced... after I got home, I quickly google searched the issue and appears to be a common problem on a bad design by Volkswagen and Bosch...

- Medford, NY, USA

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