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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,645 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Aug 152014


  • 75,000 miles


I was driving my VW Jetta tdi on a local surface street in heavy traffic when my car died with no warning and initially would not restart. Fortunately I had enough momentum to coast to the side of the road to avoid being in an accident. I was able to restart the car and resume after a few moments. This has happened once more and is disconcerting. I always purchase fuel from name-brand and high-volume gas stations. I believe this to be related to NHTSA action number : EA11003.

- Cortez, CO, USA

problem #61

May 032010


  • 6,000 miles
The engine spontaneously stopped running while driving. I was entering an intersection, turning left, and put in the clutch to down-shift (manual transmission) and the engine stopped as soon as the clutch pedal went down, as if I had turned off the key. The engine starter would not re-engage until I figured out I had to turn the ignition all the way off then back to the start position to engage the starter. The engine re-started normally at that point and ran fine for the rest of that trip. The engine has done the same thing about six or eight times since then, the most recent time being about two weeks ago. This can make it quite interesting, turning at an intersection with oncoming traffic and having to take a hand off the steering wheel to do the complicated re-start - if the driver were to panic a re-start would not happen. Sometimes the engine also runs very rough, especially at idle, and will not accelerate the car - this has been a problem when turning onto a street or highway and needing to get up to speed to not get hit while merging with traffic. The engine also idles rough periodically but that has not been a safety concern although it might be related to the other problems. These problems happen at all engine and air temperatures - hot or cold, and even when the engine is fully warmed up. Multiple dealers and third-party repair shops have been unable to find the cause of this problem; no error codes are shown by the engine control computer and it happens infrequently enough they have not been able to reproduce the problem themselves.

- Kenmore, WA, USA

problem #60

Jul 012012


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2010 Jetta wolfsburg 2.0 turbo. I have had nothing but problems with it and the dealer can't seem to help me. The doors won't lock or unlock consistantly with the key fob. When I lock it, the horn beeps to let me know the alarm is on, but the doors don't lock! not even manually. If I open the door, the alarm sounds, but the doors won't lock! the touchscreen radio made a popping sound about 5 days ago and went completely black. The radio is hooked up to the car's blue tooth so that is not working either. No hands free talking for me! I also paid a lot of money to have a lifetime subscription to sirius satalite radio for that car. That sucks! the blinkers don't work properly. If I put my left blinker on, the right one goes on and vice versa. My expensive key, broke off in the ignition randomly. The car stalls while idling. The gas pedal gets stuck in the "up" position causing me to lose acceleration on the highway and barely be able to move. My check engine light is constantly going on and off for no apparent reason. It is one thing after another. The car is only 4 yrs old! these are safety issues that it seems lots of VW owners are having. Having no locking doors, or doors that won't unlock, no alarm, no radio/bluetooth, faulty blinkers, and a sticky gas pedal are all dangerous! I left my car at the dealer for a whole day and they said "hmmmm......it's a mystery" um....what! from what I can see, I should be expecting my car battery to die any day now due to the radio. Lemon!

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #59

Dec 012014


  • 58,500 miles


Vehicle lost power in heavy traffic, 50 mph speed zone. Check engine light illuminated, loss of turbo boost with resultant lack of ability to maintain speed. Internet search suggests a widespread problem involving icing and water ingestion through the intercooler in cold weather operations. Apparently may result in engine destruction. The safety ramifications are obvious and it is my understanding Volkswagen has been reluctant to honor powertrain warranty coverage. My dealer quoted $1100 to repair with a retro-fit kit. To protect the owner's investment and to rectify an obvious safety issue, I feel a recall is in order.

- North Platte, NE, USA

problem #58

Jun 022014


  • 78,000 miles
Vehicle will stall going from reverse to drive or from park to drive. Also from while accelerating there is sputtering that I need to release the accelerator and then apply again to keep it from stalling

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #57

Sep 172014


  • 41,211 miles
On my way home from work I was cruising down at the interstate with the car on cruise control. Everything was fine the first 45 minutes of driving then all of a sudden my glowplug light illuminated and started flashing meaning engine malfunction. My vehicle started losing speed all of a sudden on the interstate which could have easily caused a crash. Luckily I pulled the vehicle over on the side of the road and the vehicle just stalled out on me. Now Volkswagen is saying the high pressure fuel pump sent metal shards into the fuel system and it all needs replaced and they will charge me 8000 dollars. I cannot be blamed for the failure of a fuel pump on a car with 40000 miles.I never allow the tank to go below 1/4 of a tank. There have multiple reports of peoples high pressure fuel pump going out and sending metal shards into the fuel system. This is very dangerous and could get someone very hurt or could possibly result in death. Something needs to be done about this

- South Point, OH, USA

problem #56

Jan 042014


  • 48,000 miles


Was backing out of a parking space and then placing the car into drive. As I pressed the accelerator to pull away, the car started sputtering like it wanted to stall out. Immediately took it to dealer for scan and no codes found. Car has done this since and no codes again. Last incidence was last week and as I pressed the accelerator, the car sputtered so I left off the gas. Upon pressing the gas pedal again, car shut off and the battery light on the car came on. Placed car in park and it started with no incident from there. Took the vehicle to dealership and again no codes so they will not repair. I am scared this car will shut off in traffic leaving me in the middle of the road. Still waiting on a decision from vwoa regarding the safety and driveability of the car.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #55

May 022014


  • 107,188 miles
Driving on 2nd lane of freeway. Sudden loss of power - all warning lights come on dashboard accompanied by bells and dings. Pulled over to side of road - fortunately traffic not heavy. Engine was still running however no forward movement when pushing accelerator pedal - engine just revved. Turned car off then restarted. Warning lights still flashed but was able to put car into drive and start rolling - vehicle was in "limp" mode however and would not go over 10 mph. Vehicle was towed to dealership where it was diagnosed and the ECU reset. Dealership unable to recreate problem. On 8/16/14 the same thing happened as I was pulling out of my driveway. The vehicle was again towed to dealership where it was diagnosed with a faulty ABS control unit for an estimated $2500.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #54

Sep 012014


  • 107,000 miles
Driving around city street. Jetta began to lose power and the glow bulb indicator began flashing. After turning off and restarting the car I drove for another two blocks then the glow bulb indicator came on again paired this time with the red battery indicator. After that the car rolled to a stop and would not turn back over.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #53

Apr 012014


  • 120,000 miles
When I approached a red light I pushed the clutch in and started to slow down. I was in the turn lane and there was an opening as I started moving feet from clutch to fuel pedal. The car lurch and came to a stop. The car had died while I was slowing down to get in the turn lane. I have called the VW dealer and they have no idea on why the car did and is still doing this. I don't feel it is safe for me or for my family, I am a firefighter and I really truly believe that the car is going cause an accident or kill us. The car has shut off on its own over twenty times in the last few months. It doesn't happen every time that the clutch is depressed, some days it doesn't do it at all. Other days it is every time or every other stop. When traveling at highways speeds the Jetta lurches like it is out of fuel even thou it has a full tank. All of the cars maintance is up to date per the dealer.

- Auburn , IN, USA

problem #52

Aug 142014


  • 66,534 miles


Failure of the high pressure fuel pump in a VW Jetta sportswagen tdi. Volkswagen made the repairs under warranty, for which I am appreciative. However, I am concerned it will happen again.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #51

Aug 052014


  • 172,000 miles
Was driving my 2010 VW Jetta sportwagon tdi at approx. 55 miles per hour when my service engine light came on and glow plugs started flashing. Car began to buck as if not getting any fuel through the system. Car stalled out on highway within a minute of the service lights flashing and will not restart. Luckily the cars behind me barely avoided hitting me as there was zero warning. Had to be towed to my garage, expect diagnosis tomorrow but after reading up on other complaints I am pretty sure they will report back that it is a hpfp issue and the system will need replaced.

- Tappahannock, VA, USA

problem #50

Jul 252014


  • 50,827 miles
Driving along when a warning light came on( epc) which is electronic power control. On my way to the dealer now.

- Bay Shore , NY, USA

problem #49

Jun 242014


  • 76,126 miles
2010 Jetta tdi. Driving on road at about 35 mph when car suddenly stalled. Glow plug light flashes, "service engine now" on display. Traffic was light and speed was enough to coast to safe location. Car would not restart. Towed to dealer. Dealer replaced some relay part but.... the very next day same thing. Car died while driving. Same symptoms as above. Again no warning prior to stalling. Towed to dealer. Dealer had car for a few days but could not find or reproduce problem. Checked ground connections as advised from vwoa technical assistance. Returned car to me with a 'let's wait and see' attitude. Third time, about 1500 miles later, same thing. This time on highway traveling at about 45 mph in heavy traffic. Car towed to different dealer. At the moment they can't diagnose or reproduce problem. My opinion is some fault is telling computer to kill engine. As a safety issue, I would think engine should remain running so that I can safely drive off the road and out of traffic and harms way. If this assumption is correct, then there has to be a limited number of reasons why engine should stall, instead of going into 'limp mode.' My research found reference to PE10034, but can't find article. Three times car stalls without warning. All 3 times on road. This is a safety concern, and local dealers seem hesitant to request help from vwoa ta. Dealer 1 did contact vwoa ta for support and guided fault finding didn't find anything. Dealer 2 still has no clue. No mandates on local VW dealers, by vwoa, to keep and share service records beyond warranty period, on national database, so other dealers have no idea what first dealer did. Keeping all dealer service records on national db will help spot issues sooner. Dealer 2 will hopefully ask vwoa ta for support beyond what dealer 1 did. Is there an escalation for this" what are my options"

- Smithtown, NY, USA

problem #48

Jun 162014


  • 64,650 miles
2010 VW Jetta sportwagen tdi. Car lost power at highway speeds. "glow plug" indicator illuminated and hud displayed "service immediately." Was able to safely pull over to shoulder. Car would not restart. Had to be towed to nearby dealership. Informed today that high pressure fuel pump (hpfp) had failed and would be covered under extended warranty. Will be without car for 5-10 days. Car is located 1 hour away from home. Rental car was offered, but I would have to get out to dealership to pickup. This is the second occurrence of hpfp failure on vehicle. Similar occurrence (loss of power on highway) happened on March 24, 2011. Again, car was stuck in dealership far from home.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #47

Jun 102014


  • 76,000 miles
On 6/7/14 at speed and in traffic car suddenly died, glow plug indicator flashed and service engine immediately message appeared on the dash. Car restarted right away and was able to finish trip without further incident, took to dealer service center and they replaced glow plug and wiring harness. On 6/10/14 also at speed and in traffic car suddenly died once again, glow plug indicator flashed, no message and no check engine light. Once we came to a complete stop, the car restarted and we finish trip without further incident. I have scheduled another appointment with VW service department.

- Rock Springs, WY, USA

problem #46

May 202014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 68,000 miles
I was driving down the road when I accelerated hard and I predndio light of "glow plug" on the panel, the car lost power and was limited to spend two thousand RPM's coming home that was close. I did nothing that night, I followed turning on the light in the panel. The next day I turn it normal, I turned on the light... then it caught me way to work again and I return to my home, I turned on and off and it caught and never turn off. Take it to the VW service center and was told that the pump has fault injection and particulate throughout the fuel system. Tell me that the repair will cost more than 4000 dollars... and the worst is that no warranty.

- Arecibo, PR, USA

problem #45

Oct 012012

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
First incident: Occurred in fall 2012, exact date unknown. Slowing to turn right, vehicle stalled without warning. Power steering was not responding. It was taken to dealership the next day. Vehicle was evaluated, nothing was found. We were told that they could see some sort of power interruption, but could find nothing wrong with any of the systems involved. Second incident: Occurred about 1 months after first incident. While slowing to a stop, intending to make a left turn out of parking lot, again vehicle stalled without warning. Did not take car to dealership, as it had just recently been evaluated. Gas was < 1/8 tank filled, and parking lot exit was on a slight decline, suspected maybe it was related to low fuel, and we tried to keep the car above 1/4 tank full at all times thereafter. Third incident: Occurred 4/29/14. Slowing to pull into a parking space, again engine stalled without warning. I noted that the battery indicator light on the dashboard lit up slightly before or as car was stalling. Power steering failed as well when car stalled. Radio / heater / other electronics seemed unaffected after a brief flicker. Fourth incident: Occurred about 20 minutes later on 4/29/14. Slowing for a stop light, vehicle stalled unexpectedly. Car is due for inspection, appointment in 2 days. Dealership asked to investigate stalling as well.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #44

Jan 012010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the battery warning light illuminated followed by the vehicle stalling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Eugene , OR, USA

problem #43

Dec 152013

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 48,000 miles
Driving on highway on 12/15/13 and as I accelerated, I lost power and "check engine light" came on. Car fell to 50mph and I exited highway immediately, stopped the car, re-started and the car and light was still on. Showed error code G450 and the "exhaust pressure sensor 1" was replaced by dealer in January 2014. Glow plug light also came on intermittently at that time. Two months later (February, 2014), "glow plug light" came on again intermittently. Turned off car and started it again and light went out. Dealer says P0237 code means intermittent failure of "boost pressure sensor" and "sensor harness". VW advises the car is not drivable due to unpredictable performance of turbocharger on engine performance due to failure of this sensor. The loss of power has been documented widely for this engine (pump, carbonized intake, other?), but VW has accepted no responsibility for the problem. Car is 4 years old with 48,900 miles. Repairs are approaching $1000 at this time.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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