hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,837 miles

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2008 Volkswagen GTI fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 232014

GTI 4-cyl

  • 99,800 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volkswagen Gti. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle started to jerk when attempting to accelerate. Also, the contact mentioned that the key had to be placed in accessory mode before the vehicle would turn on. The failure recurred numerous times. The dealer stated that the cam, high pressured fuel pump, and the evap purge valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,800. Updated 1/21/15 updated 01/26/15

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 112010


  • 29,874 miles
Aug 11th I turned a corner in my 2008 VW Gti with ~29,8xx miles on the odometer, accelerated briskly in 2nd gear at approx 4000 RPM the car bucked and shuddered and lost power. When the RPM's dropped about 500rpm the motor regained power until about 4000 RPM and then the car bucked, shuddered and lost power again. This continued to happen as long as the accelerator peddle was depressed. This happened in every gear. Luckily this happened on a long freeway entrance ramp prior to my attempt to merge with freeway traffic. I took it to the dealer and the ECU had a low fuel pressure code. This apparently is a known issue and they replaced the cam, high pressure fuel pump and cam follower. Apparently the high pressure fuel pump is driven off the cam and over time punches a hole in the cam follower and then rides directly on the cam shaft causing scoring and resulting in the failure I experienced. I specifically asked to see the old parts as I wanted to ascertain the amount of metal shavings that were now floating around in my engine. For whatever reason they did not save the parts and sent them back to VW since this repair was under warranty.

- Houston, TX, USA

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