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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,899 miles

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2013 Volkswagen Golf fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2013 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 072015

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 26,546 miles


Vehicle check engine light came on while driving. Driver immediately pulled over, turned engine off. Driver restarted engine, checked under hood. Engine started, but there was a strong vibration and high pitch metal on metal sound. Vehicle towed to dealer. Dealer diagnosed a failure of high pressure fuel pump. Fuel pump and all component parts needed replacement. Note: Diesel fuel only used on this vehicle.

- Gardena, , CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 232014

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 14,000 miles
I was entering the freeway and accelerating when I realized that my car wouldn't go faster than 40mph. I pulled the car over at the next exit and the car would no longer accelerate. It would not let me go past the slowest speed that I had reached while exiting. I turned the car off and it would no longer start. I had the car towed to the nearest VW dealership where it took nearly a week to get the car fixed. There were metal shavings in the fuel lines; the fuel pump and all lines needed to be replaced. I had my car for less than a year at the time of the incident and the vehicle had less than 15000 miles on it. I was told by the dealership service department that "sometimes these things happen" and that I was fortunate it was covered under the warranty (+$5K worth of damage). They said there was nothing I could have done to prevent it, or prevent it from happening in the future. My car is a Volkswagen gold tdi (diesel).

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 262013

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 1,150 miles
After exiting the freeway, I was driving in stop and go traffic and the engine cut out without warning. I was unable to change lanes due to lack of power and power steering, so I tried to re-start the engine while coasting in the fast lane. The hud indicated that I had to put the car in park, so I stopped the car in the fast lane in order to do so. The engine started and I was able to drive away. The car was 6 weeks old at the time, and had about 1100 miles on the odometer.

- Woodside Rd., CA, USA

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