fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,665 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 192011

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,900 miles


I pulled into a parking spot, took my foot off the gas pedal to coast in and applied the brake (approx 3 to 4 mph). The engine revved and accelerated. The car lurched forward. I pushed the brake pedal as hard as I could. The car moved approx 6 feet and over a 6 inch curb. Suddenly the engine returned to normal revs. Luckily there was only lawn in front of me or I would have done significant damage. Strangely the car radio changed stations at the exact same time of the acceleration. The engine type is the VW diesel tdi with automatic transmission.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 032011


  • 5,000 miles
We have 2010 VW Jetta tdi and we have the stalling problems. It started about 3 months after we bought the vehicle. In ca highway traffic I had the car stall on me 15 times, I was wreck by the time I was able to exit the highway. I refuse to drive the car anymore. It has been to the dealership now 6 times to fix the problem and they keep giving us all these stupid reasons and then tell us they can't duplicate the stalling problem so they can't fix it. I just want the problem fixed and I am tried of getting the run around with Volkswagen on this. Obviously there is a problem with these cars. We take it the dealer it runs great for about 2 days and then the check engine light comes on and then 4 hours later the glow plug light comes on and back to the dealer we go with nothing in the end. They keep telling us it is electrical nothing to do with the fuel problem. It is extremely frustrating that Volkswagen won't do anything about this problem.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 202010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
2010 Jetta sportwagen tdi; vehicle lost power but continued running. Dash warning lights(glow plug lamp flashing) were illuminated. Dealer stated fuel contamination. Fuel tests, by an actual fuel lab, show fuel in the system met all astm standards for diesel fuel oils. Premature failure of the materials which compose the fuel filter/ water separator housing were apparent however they were attributed to "water" in the fuel which is ironic being that it is a fuel filter/water separator. The hpfp ( high pressure fuel pump ) was most probably the root cause of the entire failure. VW's resolution was to involve my insurance as the method of payment to replace the entire fuel system(tank to injectors). I can not however use the insurance to complete this claim as it would be fraud knowing that the actual problem is the responsibility of Volkswagen.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #11

Feb 222011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 9,470 miles


My 2010 Jetta tdi sedan has stalled 3 times on me in the past few weeks. On the first occasion, I had come off a freeway, driven two blocks on a street, and was making a left. The car stalled and the battery light came on. I put it in neutral and restarted the car. Two weeks later, I was making a left into a parking lot and the same thing occurred. The car stalled but started immediately. On 2/22/11, I was driving through a parking lot and the car stalled again. Luckily, no driver was behind me. I had the car serviced by VW van nuys, ca but they were unable to replicate the problem and could find no trace of it.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 162010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
During the first month of ownership, I was driving down the highway at 55 mph and preparing to stop for stoplight, the car stalled at speed; I assumed that it was due to being unaccustomed to the gearing. I have also had several instances in which after the car had been sitting in the parking lot during work, I pulled out and the car stumbled, but did not stall. However, I did need to engage the clutch several times. Also, after the same circumstances, I pulled out successfully and felt the car lose power suddenly, as if there was not enough gas/air to keep going.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 152011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I've had two episodes of the vehicle stalling out. The first time, I had just pulled off of the freeway onto the frontage road and slowed to a stop at a traffic light, and the engine stalled out. The second time was a few months later, and the engine stalled out every time I came to a stop at a stoplight. I called the dealer, and they told me to have the car towed in. They kept the car for several days, and could not get the symptom to occur, so they did no repairs.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Jan 102011


  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles


When attempting to accelerate away from a stop my manual transmission 2010 Volkswagen Jetta sportwagen tdi will stall. This often occurs just as the vehicle enters the intersection.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 032011

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 13,252 miles
Successfully starting and driving the car for 3 days of below freezing temps at 40mph average. Put car in 40deg garage overnight. Started car in the morning in garage, it ran for about 3-5 seconds then stopped. Restart acted like dead battery; half turn of crank, then nothing. Suspecting a dead battery, I put a charger on and tried again half an hour later; still no start, just half turn then nothing. Tried again about every half hour for 3 hours until it finally started, then it seemed to be running on 3 cyl for about 15-20 sec until it started to run smooth. Took to dealer where they tested battery and charging system; everything within specs and no codes. They kept car outside overnight at 20 degrees and it started right up the next morning. I investigated this issue on several tdi forums and it seems this is attributed to ice forming in the intercooler then thawing when warmed up. Engine will start normally until it ingests the water/vapor that shuts it down. Several owners are reporting half cup to two cups of water drained out of intercooler hoses. Several owners are reporting engine either shutting down or going into limp mode on highway after ice blocks intake sufficiently. Most are suspecting the lp egr circuit that is pumping moist air back into the intake/intercooler causing condensation to accumulate then freeze. I notified dealer when they had the car and they did not investigate water in intercooler as requested. I suspect this is hydrolocking the engine and that serious engine damage will occur if this continues during the cold months. Several forum members in Canada are reporting that VW of usa knows about this and is working on a solution but nobody has seen anything yet. Several dealers are recommending the removal of the fresh air intake pipe to draw warm, underhood air into the intake; this does not seem to affect the icing as the moisture seems to be coming from the exhaust stream via the lp egr.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 012010

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
The engine sometimes skips or hesitates while driving - it seems as if the fuel is getting cut off momentarily. The engine skips and stutters like it's about to stall. It has not actually stalled yet while I'm driving, but something is obviously wrong. The engine is the 4 cylinder 2.0 tdi diesel. 2010 VW Jetta sportwagen.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 232003


  • miles
I've been driving manual trans cars and trucks for 30 years and never experienced the amount of stalling my 6 speed 2010 VW Jetta sportwagen tdi exhibits while driving low speeds. At first I thought it was just me getting used to the car, but several online forums discuss the same problem. I have owned the car 4 months and experience over 6 stalls. Very easy stalling at low speeds.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #4

Dec 142010


  • 32,475 miles


1) over the past three weeks, this vehicle has experienced symptoms of drawing water through the intake and cylinders on startup on 5-6 separate occasions. Symptoms include: Rough idle (as though misfiring on one or more cylinders), white smoke, difficulty gaining engine RPM, and stumbling for first 30-60 seconds of operation until "cleared out". on one occasion, the starter motor would not turn over the engine due to "hydrolocking" phenomenon. When the starter was released and cranked again, the car cranked very slowly, caught, and started extremely roughly, and needed significant nursing of throttle to "clear out". I took the car to the dealer on December 8th for the above behavior. They could offer no explanation, no fault codes stored on computer. 2) on December 14th, driving home in a rain and snowstorm, my car went into electronic limp mode on the highway at 70mph. The dash flashed "service engine now", the glow plug light flashed, and power was cut. I took it to the dealer the next day - they found the intercooler and pressurized intake lines full of 1-1.5 cups of ice and water. This failure occurs often, each time the car is run for an hour at humid below freezing temperatures. When the car is shutoff and allowed to warm to above freezing, liquid water is drawing directly into the cylinders. The consequences of this can include: Limp mode, rough starting, and completed engine destruction by hydrolocking and bent or broken connecting rods. I strongly suspect my engine is permanently damaged. 3) the dealer drained out the water and reassembled - said they consider the car fixed. They have not addressed the root cause of why the pools of water are present in the intake during startup after running in humid freezing conditions. The cause is icing of the intercooler during normal operation, which is a design flaw uncontrolled by the user. When accumulated ice melts during a warm day, the water pools and has grave potential to destroy the engine.

- Lebanon, NH, USA

problem #3

Oct 192010


  • 7,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. While traveling 35 mph the contact applied the brakes and noticed that the vehicle suddenly shut off without warning. The failure was not diagnosed by a dealer. The failure had occurred since the vehicle was purchased. The current and failure mileages were 7500.

- Seatle, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 092010


  • 10,000 miles
2010 Volkswagen Jetta repeatedly shuts off while driving. Power and accessories work (ac, radio) but engine will not restart unless car is placed in park and key is turned off and then on again. Attempting to restart the engine with the transmission in neutral does not work. This has happened while accelerating, while stopped and after sudden braking. Twice on the freeway (est speed 65 mph) and once when stopped while going downhill.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062009


  • 700 miles
Hi, we purchased a 2010 VW Jetta tdi sportwagen in September of last year and within the first 300 miles it went into a limp mode with reduced power and the glowplug light was flashing. I limped home at half power and parked it. When I went to start it to see what the mileage was the car had no problem. I made the dealer aware of this and they blew it off as a fluke and if it happened again to call them. At around 750 miles we were driving on the highway and were passing a car when the car again went into a reduced power limp mode and almost caused me to get into an accident since the person behind me almost rear ended us. I had to very carefully pull over to the side of the road at 10:00 pm. I shut the car off and restarted it after waiting 2 minutes and it started up again like nothing happened. I called my dealer and made an appointment to drop it off telling them I don't want it back until the problem is fixed. They kept it for two weeks and drove it around putting 500 miles on it that they said were trouble and event free. They couldn't replicate the problem and when they ran a diagnostic they found that the egr valve was throwing a code. They said that they checked it, cleared the code and that's it. Now after almost 10,000 miles we never had a problem again but I do believe they did a secret fix and gave it back to me. It was very scary to have the stalling happen to me out of the blue on the highway. Someone needs to investigate this.

- Newfoundland, PA, USA

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