really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,067 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta engine problems

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #55

Mar 182015


  • 102,000 miles


We were driving on down the road and the cars lights started blinking and then car stop running and stopped dead in the road. Could not get it started again. If it had been on the freeway I am sure I would not be typing this we would be in hospital or worse. We had to get out and the steering was not working to get it to side of road. I am elderly and do not have alot of strength. We had to pay extra to aaa to tow it since we were far away from dealer. The dealer called and said there was metal shavings in fuel line and components. I researched online and have seen several of the same things happening to other cars. This is a real safety issue. Please help fix before someone dies car stall problem 2 failure date: 10/25/2012 while driving the dash warning lights illuminated and the car stalled causing complete loss of all power steering almost causing me to lose control and wreck. I was able to steer car to side of road and stop. Once stopped was able to get car to restart but was barely able to drive home (periodically died and had to restart, wouldn't stay running or idle). Had car towed to repair shop. They have diagnosed problem as low rail fuel pressure caused by failed high pressure fuel pump. This failure caused metal shavings to be dispersed throughout entire fuel system. I'm told that the hp fuel pump, low and high pressure fuel regulators, and tank fuel pump all must be replaced along with a complete removal and cleaning of all fuel system components. Estimated cost to repair is between $7,000 and $10,000. This car is a diesel tdi.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #54

Feb 272015


  • 105 miles
I was driving our 2009 Volkswagen Jetta sportswagen tdi on the highway when the glow light came on. I stopped the car and the engine stopped working and started smoking. The dealer said that the engine had seized but did not know the reason. According to the dealer the engine will have to be replaced. The vehicle has had all of the recommended services which were done by the dealer including all of the oil changes.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #53

Jan 052015


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the check engine and the electronic power control warning lights illuminated. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #52

Jan 052015


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the engine stalled. The vehicle was able to restart. The contact also stated that the check engine and an unknown warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the injector circuit in cylinder 1 failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #51

Sep 172014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 23,500 miles
I am "guessing at some of the information above since it was the first time it happened and I didn't give it much thought then. At that time, I was making a right-hand turn to another street and the engine stalled. There was no warning light or signal. I pulled over to the side of the road, restarted the engine and it worked fine. This occurred sometime in mid to late September. Yesterday (12/24/2014) I was at a stoplight and this happened again -- the engine stalled while I was already stopped while waiting for the light to change from red to green. Again, there was no warning light or signal. It was remniscent of when I drove a standard transmission vehicle and inappropriately took my foot off the clutch. I was able to re-start and engine ran fine. I am leery of driving the car again, however, for fear that this will happen again. I plan to take to my mechanic asap. Reading the descriptions others have had with this issue are very similar to mine. I have kept up with maintenance and care of the vehicle and it has less than 25K miles on it.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #50

Nov 072014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 122,825 miles
Driving down freeway at 61mph, engine turns off. No power steering or brakes while I changed lanes in heavy traffic to get to the shoulder of the road. Car would not start and had to tow to the dealership. Dealer replaced battery, primed fuel system, gave car back. After five days, check engine light came on, so I took car to dealership. They replaced glow plug control module and gave car back. Driving down highway when car again dies, engine turns off without warning. I have to change lanes again with no power steering or brakes to get off the road. Towed vehicle to dealership where they say the high pressure fuel pump needs to be replaced. This is a very scary and dangerous problem to have a car turn itself off while driving down the freeway.

- North Plains, OR, USA

problem #49

Dec 102014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 51,100 miles


After numerous attempts by dealer to fix engine light indicator (3 attempts in 5 days) said maf part bad as per computer codes.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #48

Dec 032014


  • 67,000 miles
2009 Volkswagen Jetta tdi with dsg transmission with 67,000miles while accelerating to roadway speed the vehicle began hesitating followed by a dramatic loss of power and struggled to accelerate at all. Glow plug light began flashing and check engine light came on after about 1 minute. Dramatic loss of power could have resulted in crash. Volkswagen dealer diagnosed the issue as a defective crank shaft position sensor which could only be replaced at a cost of over $2,000 due to the in accessibility of the sensor and needing to uninstall and re-install the engine.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #47

Nov 252014


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled and the vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Harvard, IL, USA

problem #46

Nov 182014


  • 66,586 miles
For the past year or so my 2009 Jetta tdi (diesel) has had the same recurring problem: My glow plug light will come on and I lose normal driving capabilities. I cannot accelerate or maintain speed as I normally do. My car will remain around 25 mph, sometimes losing power until I am forced to pull over. My solution has been to turn the car off, and back on again. The light will go off and I can drive normally most of the time. Sometimes I have to leave the car off for a period of time to regain standard driving capabilities. It has been about 2 weeks since that has happened. 2 days ago, my engine light came on. I took it to the dealer and they pulled codes P0087 and P0088 (fuel pressure too high and fuel pressure too low at the same time). They want me to replace the fuel rail, which will be an estimated $1000 in total parts/labor. I called another dealer in hopes of getting a better price and they are put off by the first dealer's recommendations. I was told there is no evidence of metal in my fuel system but even so, other dealer thinks this will be more serious than just replacing the rail. After researching I am beginning to think that I am experiencing the beginning of hpfp failure. I feel like I am driving a ticking time bomb and I'm not sure what to do! replacing the fuel rail feels like a quick, expensive and inefficient solution to a bigger problem. I contacted Volkswagen customer care and I was told that I will receive a call from a regional agent about my situation tomorrow.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #45

Oct 312014


  • 112,000 miles


Driving on a busy 4 lane road my car suddenly stopped just flashed a few lights on the panel for few seconds. The car would not start. Could not be moved lucky that there were no injuries. The vehicle towed to VW dealer, basil VW at lockport and was told that the high pressure fuel pump exploded. Caused extensive damage requiring numerous components, with a total cost of about $7,000 the car was service by a VW dealer or by a repair shop owned by aaa of wny located at clarence NY. This came on with out a warning, was not informed about this problem. Had owned diesel cars since 1977 and did not face any such problem or hear of such a problem.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #44

Oct 072014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Timing chain tensioner failed resulting in engine failure.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #43

Oct 012014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The car was running fine up to the time it quit. It stalled in a puddle after 7 days of rain so I assumed it had gotten water in the system somehow. I had it towed to my local mechanic. He in turn called the dealer who said they were unable to sell him the parts for the repair and that I needed to have it towed to them. I have since been told the repair work will be between 8 and 10 thousand dollars to replace the diesel fuel system! I told them to hold off so that I can way my options. I have since verified that indeed the high pressure fuel pump had disintegrated and destroyed the fuel system.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #42

May 012014

Jetta 5-cyl

  • 49,035 miles
After idling for approx 5 minutes on a hot afternoon (95F), I tried to accelerate the vehicle and immediately felt a sputtering from the engine. The engine light came on and then the epc light; the vehicle started to lose power. After turning off the engine for a few minutes and restarting, the vehicle was still sputtering however we were able to drive it home approx 10 miles on a city street. The vehicle would not accelerate over 20 mph. After taking to the dealership they advised that an engine coil had failed and needed to be replaced. The incident occurred again 5 months later with the same conclusion from the mechanic.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #41

Sep 222014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 79,552 miles
The water pump failed at approximately 70 mph. The impeller came off of the shaft inside of the pump because of a poor design(plastic). This caused the vehicle to overheat. Went ahead and had the timing belt done also. Cost of repair was $1131.87.

- Calera, AL, USA

problem #40

Sep 222014


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. While the vehicle was idling and attempting to accelerate, the contact heard an abnormal noise and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 57,000.

- Saratoga Springs , NY, USA

problem #39

Jul 212014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 120,000 miles
Driving on my way home from work in town and all of a sudden the glow plug light comes on flashing and the engine light appears on the dash. I immediately turned off the car restarted the car and the problem was not resolved and a message appeared on the sash "engine fault workshop!". hpfp failure.

- Corunna, MI, USA

problem #38

Jun 282014


  • 81,000 miles
While driving on freeway car completely shut-off. Coasted to off-ramp, stopped car and then re-started it. Dealer later diagnosed ignition switch problem (intermittent ignition switch faults logged) and recommended replacement of the ignition switch.

- Brooklyn, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 092014

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 79,280 miles
Sunrise V.w. had my 2009 Jetta tdi in their shop yesterday, and after diagnostics informed me that I needed both cooling fans, and the intake manifold replaced. I have geico mechanical break down insurance. The adjuster only approved the replacement of the cooling fans. On the way home my check engine light came on, I heard a pop sound from the engine, and lost all of the cars power. This loss of power happened while traveling in traffic at about 30 mph. I believe the intake manifold failed, and caused the loss of engine power. The car was then towed back to sunrise V.w.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #36

May 232014


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while traveling 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph. The glow plug on the dash illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the impeller shaft on the turbo needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage 42,000.

- Feasterville, PA, USA

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