definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,426 miles

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2011 Volkswagen Golf fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2011 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Nov 022012


  • 21,000 miles


Had been driving for about 70 miles stopped for about 20 minutes. Restarted car drove 1/2 mile to the freeway made the turn on to the freeway and the car would not accelerate and came to a stop. I was lucky enough to get it off the highway and on to the shoulder. Dealer says it is contaminated fuel and the fuel pump failed.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 162012


  • 27,580 miles
I was driving my VW Golf tdi about 15 mph due to heavy traffic when coil sign began flashing and the service engine soon alert appeared. After approximately 200 yards the vehicle stopped and would not start again. There was no accident because traffic lights turned red. The vehicle was pushed from the intersection to the curb and towed to a VW dealership. Fuel pump, fuel filter housing, all fuel injectors, fuel lines, and high pressure fuel pump were removed and replaced with new parts. The vehicle is now operating.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 022012

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 33,499 miles
High pressure fuel injection pump failed.

- New Park, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 062012

Golf 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


I was driving my vehicle at approximately 35mph, after just having left a store. All of a sudden the engine started making a "clunky" sound and the hud displayed "service engine". I pulled to the side of the road and shut off the engine. I tried to refire the engine thinking perhaps there was a hiccup in the fuel lines. The vehicle restarted with the same clunky sound, and abruptly stalled within 5 seconds.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 202012


  • 26,550 miles
Had driven car 20 miles that day. Went inside for 15 minutes, came back. Unable to start car. Unable to engage engine. Lights and shifters all working. 5 attempts by 3 different people over next hour and unable to start car. VW tow truck driver unable to start car. Next morning VW able to start car. VW dealer attributes problem to water/algae in fuel. Line cleaned and fuel replaced by dealer. Car picked up. Car driven 15 miles total after pick-up. Left car for 5 minutes, returned to car but unable to restart car. Multiple attempts failed. Tow truck driver able to start car after 5 minutes of constantly engaging engine. Being investigated by VW dealer now.

- Austin, TX, USA

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problem #2

Jul 172012

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 9,114 miles
When accelerating onto the highway, the check engine light flashed "service engine immediately" and the glow plug light flashed. VW service was called, they indicated that the car should not be driven. It was towed to the nearest dealership where they indicated that the fuel pressure was too low. They replaced the fuel pressure regulator with no improvement. They then indicated that the high pressure fuel pump was faulty and replace the pump (part number 03L130755A), the pipe (03L130235S), seal (N 90451902), valve (057130764H).

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • 18,800 miles
Car stalled on freeway off ramp in traffic, and would not restart. The car was blocking traffic, and needed to be towed to dealership to be repaired. The dealer stated that the high pressure fuel pump (hpfp) had failed.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

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