fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,955 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 172011


  • 11,000 miles


Car stuttered and then stalled. Engine wouldn't restart. Driving 35mph in residential area.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #11

May 192011


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnostics of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but provided no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.

- Evanston , IL, USA

problem #10

Mar 192011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta tdi. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle began to lose power. The vehicle then began jerking abnormally before stalling. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 70,000.

- Acton , CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 062010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


(2009 VW Jetta tdi) engine stalls when trying to take off from stop. Has happened a total of four times, car only has 32,000 miles.

- Jamestown, TN, USA

problem #8

Sep 212010


  • 11,500 miles
I was driving my car when suddenly the engine quit, and all error messages came up. It was right in front of a busy intersection. I was unable to restart when tried at least 3 times. I waited about 5 minutes and then I was able to start. The service did not find anything wrong. I am worried that it can happen again and I will be not as lucky as this time to avoid someone hitting me from the back as the car unexpectedly just stops.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 202009


  • 5,000 miles
I have a 2009 VW Jetta tdi. I was in my work parking lot. Started the vehicle, backed out driving out of the parking lot when the engine stopped and turned off. I coasted the vehicle into a parking spot. Turned it off and restarted the vehicle. No lights came up and it started with no problem. I advised dealership of the problem and they checked it out and said it was ok, and to call if it occurred again. It has not.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #6

Jan 022010


  • 3,000 miles


2009 VW tdi Jetta. Engine runs rough, sutters at certain points and lacks power. Will sometimes stall in traffic. Have documented with dealers. VW America refuses to answer. VW has software fix, but will not apply it to vehicle. Do people have to be killed before these people pay attention.

- Bennington, VT, USA

problem #5

Aug 152009


  • 10,000 miles
Windshield wipers system failed in snow storm. Parts replaced complete loss of engine power while driving in traffic. 8 times this has happened. Dealer can not find cause. No start situation, twice. Dealer can not find cause. Transmission noise. Dealer can not find cause, will replace transmission if noise continues.

- North Berwick , ME, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009


  • miles
2009 Jetta tdi has an issue with sudden loss of engine power. Usually 100% reproducible in warm climate usually happens within the first few minutes of starting engine while traveling at 30mph at 2K rpms while holding a steady speed. Car will suddenly jerk and lose power one time then the remaining time will be without issue. On at least two occasions while pulling out into traffic the car has intermittently lost all power for a few seconds almost resulting in certain personal injury accidents. This was due to the fact that after starting the car I took a phone call before entering traffic. I feel that this is a temperature/time related problem as the time I was on the phone would about equal the time that when I normally would have left the lot the car would have had the hiccup/stutter. Numerous complaints about this particular issue can be found on the internet and this has been documented that vwoa has been called about this but seems to not want to do anything to rectify the situation.

- Greenville, IN, USA

problem #3

Dec 042009


  • 7,144 miles
We were traveling in branson, mo. From our home in East Texas when there was what sounded like a single muffled pop from the engine compartment. The glow plug lamp started blinking and the check engine light came on and I think it was blinking also. At the time I was traveling about 30 mph. And I had just started up a steep grade. Also, about the time the glow plug light started blinking, the mfd displayed the "major engine malfunction" message. The engine lost power but did not stop and I was able to go about 300 yards to a safe place where I could pull off the street out of traffic and park. The vehicle was towed to the Volkswagen dealer in springfield, mo. (springfield Volkswagen) fault code thrown was P0299. It was determined that a coupling on a line going into the turbocharger had not been adequately tightened during assembly of the engine and the hose had come loose disabling the turbocharger and the engine.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 202009


  • 8,000 miles
I own a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta tdi sportwagen. It has approximately 8,000 miles on the odometer. I believe that this car has a serious design flaw, which creates a very unsafe driving condition. On a daily basis, I experience a situation in which I am waiting at a stop light to turn left, and when I depress the pedal to accelerate through the intersection, the car moves a few feet (into traffic) and then stops altogether. After pressing the pedal all the way to the floor for 2-3 seconds, it reluctantly starts moving again, and I observe a huge cloud of white vapor pouring out of the tailpipe as the car takes off again. My fear is that I, or someone else, will be unable to clear an intersection in a dangerous (or otherwise normal) situation and will be involved in a head-on or T-bone accident that will cause serious injury and/or death. The car displays no error codes, and otherwise drives perfectly normal.

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 302009


  • 10,820 miles
I had my 09 tdi towed into a V.w. dealer today for a major oil leak. The details are as follows: I parked my tdi in my driveway this morning after a local drive. No mechanical problems were observed. In the afternoon I went for another drive. I barely got out of my driveway when the cars oil light started blinking, and the mfd said stop the vehicle-low oil. I pulled back in my driveway and noticed several liters of oil on the ground under my car. I had my vehicle towed to the dealer by a flatbed tow truck. The service manager called me into the shop and showed me that the oil filters housing cap had been screwed loose, and placed on-top of the housing upside down. The cap had a small piece missing just before the threads begin. Since the car had 1 1/2 quarts of oil still in the oil pan the service manager did not feel that any engine damage occurred. I explained to the manager that I had been home all day, that my car was locked, alarmed, and parked in my driveway. The manager insisted that someone did this damage to my vehicle. He could not explain how someone was able to get in the vehicle without the key, and without causing any damage or leaving any tool marks, or setting off the car alarm. I had my vehicles 10K service done at this dealership 800 miles ago. During that service the wrong oil was used, and the vehicle was severely overfilled with oil. These problems were caught by myself, and corrected before leaving the dealership. Is it possible that the dealer caused a third problem during my 10K service, such as not properly tightening the oil filter's cap, or was my vehicle vandalized by a mission impossible impersonator" is it probable that engine damage occurred to the vehicle" if what the dealer said is true this vehicle has a severe security flaw!

- Long Beach, NY, USA

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