really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,275 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta fuel system problems

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #83

Jun 122015


  • 74,000 miles


While traveling eastbound on interstate 82 in Washington our 2010 Jetta experienced a safety-related malfunction; the "glow plug" lamp illuminated, then the "service engine now" lamp illuminated, followed by an immediate complete loss of power and the engine shut off. After coming to a stop, the engine was able to be re-started and the vehicle was "limped" with limited power to within a mile of overturf Volkswagen in kennewick, Washington. There the engine experienced another total loss of power and was unable to be re-started. The vehicle was towed to overturf Volkswagen and we were informed that the "high pressure fuel pump" had experienced a catastrophic failure, resulting in metal shavings from the pump entering the fuel system, clogging the fuel injectors, and starving the engine of fuel. We were informed that this issue is a design flaw and is well known to Volkswagen, but were told that our vehicle was not qualified to have this "warranty issue" resolved at Volkswagen's expense because of the vehicle's "rebuilt" branded title. It is my understanding that this pump failure is occurring only in vehicles equipped with this particular pump, and Volkswagen has been replacing them on vehicles that are past their warranty period, at no cost to the consumer. I see this issue as a safety issue, not a warranty issue, due to the complete loss of engine power that can occur without warning at highway speeds. I see no difference between "clean titled" vehicles and "rebuilt titled" vehicles and the chance of this pump failure occurring without warning. I would like to have this issue resolved at Volkswagen's expense, due to the design flaw of the vehicle's high pressure fuel pump. Thank you.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #82

Jun 112015


  • 286,000 miles
Incident occurred when approaching an intersection. Engine died as if the car ran out of fuel. Tried to restart the car but the car would not turnover. It would only crank. Acted like it ran out of fuel but there was half a tank of fuel.

- Pacific, MO, USA

problem #81

Jun 062015


  • 77,000 miles
Highway driving, glow plug light started flashing, started losing power, then stall. Managed to coast off onto an exit ramp. Mechanic towed, found battery/alternator fine, fuel pressure fine, suggested dealer repair. VW dealer says entire fuel system needs replacing: Hpfp, fuel lines, etc. Noted NHTSA investigation pending on Volkswagen fuel pump problems for similar make, model, year: NHTSA action number :EA11003

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #80

Jun 082015


  • 80,205 miles


Pulled away from stop sign into traffic. Engine quit as if fuel was cut off. Coasted to side of roadway. Car would not restart though it did crank. About a third of a tank of fuel, 80K service was two weeks ago. Car had to be towed to shop.

- Maplewood, NJ, USA

problem #79

May 022015

Jetta 4-cyl Diesel

  • 74,000 miles
The car started to make a strange sound and shortly after lost almost all power then stalled out. The glow plug light was flashing which indicates a significant problem. It restarted but still had no power. I pulled over to the side of the road where it stalled again and now would not restart. I had the car towed to my mechanic where they found that the hpfp high pressure fuel pump had failed. When it failed it self destructed putting metal shavings throughout the fuel system. VW's recommended repair is to replace the entire fuel system at a cost of over $8000. This vehicle has been meticulously maintained and has never been misfueled.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

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problem #78

Nov 082014


  • 122,000 miles
I enjoyed this car for the first year from then on nothing but constant problems. The daul mass flywheel, the diesel particulate filter #1 at 98000 miles with a con artist service manager at lagdon VW in vernon ct. Telling me I needed another one 3 weeks later and it was my fault and not covered with vwoa standing by the dealer I took the car to a non VW repair shop and they laughed when I told them my story and had the diesel particulate filter fixed in 10 minutes with no charge. The car passed state emissions with no problem. The high pressure fuel pump went. Now with 6 payments left it needs too much to list and I may default on loan because of constant money spent on repairs. The credit union says they may stop financing VW tdi's because of all the complaints and defaults.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #77

Dec 282011


  • 30,426 miles


The car affected is a 2010 VW Jetta tdi. Ever since I've owned the car, it has had an issue with running ruff or stalling out. At 30,426 miles I had the dealer look at the vehicle. They ran a diagnostic and test drive with no issues found. This enough for it to be noticeable, but no symptoms are present. I brought the car in again for the same issue on 12/8/14 at 83748 miles, but this time there was an esp error that flashed in the mdi display and then went away. The dealer could not verify the customer complaint. The service manager also stated that he had a similar vehicle with the same problem and the could also not be diagnosed. At the time the dealer told me that I could have the software upgraded and that would be a charge to me or I could have the injectors changed out and that would be covered under the extended warranty. The were charging according to how they were going to fix the problem, not on the issue itself. VW sent me the paperwork in April of 2015 to get my money back. The dealer recommended changing the mdi display, but was not sure this would fix the problem. My concern is that there is an issue that Volkswagen cannot diagnose that could possibly turn into a safety issue with the car stalling.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #76

Feb 062015


  • 112,000 miles
I was driving my 2010 VW Jetta tdi in a parking lot, slowing down at less than 5 mph to stop. All of a sudden, the engine stalled without warning. No warning or check engine lights came on at all. I had to put the car into park to restart it. Since this incident, the engine seems to be sputtering at low speeds.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #75

Mar 012015


  • 131,255 miles
Flew to dallas to purchase this car 2/27/15. Drove it home 1500 miles to los angeles over 2 days. Got to el paso on 3/1/15 & got into an accident traveling at a very slow speed (15mph or less) going downhill. My particular issue comes in the way of how the transmission behaves going downhill at high or slow speeds. When the cars ECU (electronic control unit) senses the car going downhill, and you transition from the throttle pedal to the brake pedal, the car behaves as if you were driving a manual transmission downshifting & staying in gear. Now you may think that's not a problem, but....since these transmissions technically are manual transmissions with an automatic clutch...if you were driving a manual transmission car & wanted to stop quickly as I did to avoid hitting another car, you would push the clutch in to disengage the transmission from the engine...& thus cause the car to lose it's locomotive force. Well, that is exactly what this car did during the accident. The automatic clutch did not disengage from the engine when slowing down to a stop, and, thus provided the massive low end torque the diesel engine provides even at very low engine speeds. So, that when I saw the car stopped in front of me, I responded with hitting the brakes, turning the ignition off, and even swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid hitting the back of the other vehicle. I could not stop the vehicle in time to avoid hitting the other car. My background: I'm a 32 yr pro-automotive tech who not only works on, diagnoses & repairs all sorts of vehicles using computer controls...but, I used to teach it as well. So, after driving this car now for several weeks, &...having researched this car & multiple other dsg owners complaints online about the way these transmissions shift...I can say for sure, VW's that use these dsg transmissions is/are a major issue when it comes to public safety.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #74

Mar 082015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving, glow plug indicator flashed rapidly, indicating engine malfunction. Car experienced a reduction in power. After parking in parking lot, car started up and appeared initially ok, but then experienced total engine failure after driving <300 feet. Car was towed to mechanic. Mechanic indicates that metal fragments/flakes were found distributed throughout fuel system/engine, consistent with failure of high pressure fuel pump. Mechanic stated that this condition was consistent with pictures/description found in technical service bulletin 23 14 03.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #73

Feb 062015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 52,207 miles


Vehicle lost power and went into limp mode, dash said service engine. Car died a few minutes later as I tried to limp it to the dealer and it would not restart. I had to tow the vehicle at my own expense but Volkswagen did pay for a completely new fuel system. Cause of the problem was a failure of the diesel high pressure fuel pump. There are thousands of cases of this same problem documented here: forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?T=299854 Volkswagen needs to be held accounted for a defect in their common rail diesel cars if there are this many problems.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #72

Jan 202015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 100,300 miles
My husband left for work and got about 1/4 mile from the house and was not able to accelerate above 30 miles per hour. The glow plug light was flashing along with the engine light. My husband went about a mile total before returning home. He let the car sit for about an hour and tried to start the car. The car would not turn over and the glow plug light was flashing but not the engine light (this time). After several more attempt to start the car it started back up. He decide to drive it to the dealership, where we purchased it, to diagnose the problem. The dealer ship is 30 miles from our house. He made it about 20 miles and the car died while making a turn at a stop light. The light turned red, as my husband was still trying to start the car. It was stalled in the middle of the intersection. I was following my husband in another car and had to stop in the middle of the road with my hazards on so cars would not hit us and go around. After several tries of starting the car he was able to get it started just long enough to pull to the side of the road. The car died again. At this point we had to push the car to a parking spot (down a dead end road) and call a tow truck. The car was towed to the car dealer ship that we purchased the car. It has been at the car dealership over a week with no news other than the high pressure fuel pump is bad and shrapnel has gotten into the engine.

- Goodfield, IL, USA

problem #71

Mar 052014


  • 23,000 miles
2010 Jetta tdi (diesel) stalled while driving slowly on residential roads and would not start again. Car was towed to dealership where metal fragments were found throughout fuel system due to failure of high pressure fuel pump (hpfp). VW of America paid for entire fuel system to be replaced (~$7000). Owner is sure that vehicle was filled with correct fuel.

- Stanford, CA, USA

problem #70

Jan 142015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
While driving home from work, about 30 minutes into a 40 minute drive, driving about 30 mph, in 16 degree F weather, my vehicle, a diesel with a 6 speed manual transmission suddenly stalled. I was able to engage the clutch, go to a lower gear, release the clutch and re-start the engine. With the engine bucking and hesitating, I was able to drive the rest of the way home. The next morning, the vehicle would not start. I had it towed to a VW repair shop where they found a completely blocked intercooler, full of ice. Doing some research, I have found that VW has a tsb to correct intercooler icing, which involves replacing the original factory unit with a new intercooler design. As I looked on VW forums, I found that many drivers have had similar unpredictable failure due to intercooler icing. When I requested VW correct this design flaw at their expense, they refused, claiming the vehicle is off warranty. I would like NHTSA to look into this, as I feel VW needs to either make a safety recall, or correct the problem on any car on which it occurs. This problem strikes me as similar to the recent GM ignition key failure issue. Thank you for your consideration.

- Hamilton, NY, USA

problem #69

Jan 062015

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Went to start and loud clunk noise & engine would not turn over. Several pieces if ice were found in turbo intercooler area. In shop now. Known design deficiency that VW never informed us about. $1800 to implement tech bulletin with no reimbursement from VW, that is if engine is not ruined.

- Ripley, OH, USA

problem #68

Feb 102014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My husband brought my car in for routine maintenance to the VW dealer in Feb 2014 including a timing belt change. He also discussed a "hard start- no start" issue I was having. The service representative said to make sure the glow plug light goes out before trying to start (I've been carefully watching with each start since that time and there is no relationship between the light and the vehicle starting issue). Today (5 March 2014), I had a repeat of the same problem I've had 3 times this winter: Car starts fine in the am even during below zero temperatures, I drive to work and let it sit for 3-8 hours. Car will not start, regardless of air temp. It takes 4-8 attempts to start the car including "pumping the fuel" pedal. I believe this is a known as a "hard start- no start" intercooler issue and is addressed in the following VW technical bulletin -- https://drive.google.com/file/D/0B162-sx2nn5luzbidg9hcvr6nuu/edit?usp=sharing.

- Newport, NC, USA

problem #67

Nov 192014


  • 130,000 miles
I was driving my 2010 Jetta sportwagen tdi on a two lane state road at 45mph. The car was fueled two days prior with diesel (I am the original owner and have never misfueled) purchased at the fort knox army air force exchange services station. The car's glow plug caution light illuminated and an audible chime sounded as the RPM dropped to between 1000-1400 and an immediate deceleration occurred in traffic. The car would not accelerate and the engine shut down approximately 100 meters later. I had to push the vehicle to a gas station in order to clear the roadway. Vehicle was towed via flatbed to Volkswagen dealership for troubleshooting. The service technician informed me that the high pressure fuel pump failed and sent metallic shavings/material through my fuel system and that the repairs will be very costly. Researching further regarding the materiel failure revealed that there is a systemic problem with hpfp failures in model year 2009-2010 Volkswagen golf and Jetta tdi vehicles. At this time, I do not know if this costly repair is going to be covered by Volkswagen of America under warranty for a faulty pump. The failure did not occur due to any fault of my own and I am thankful that it did not happen with passengers at higher speed in more traffic due to the immediate loss of power to my drivetrain.

- Fort Knox, KY, USA

problem #66

Oct 242014


  • 95,681 miles
The car stalled going down the road in traffic as I lost power steering and braking. Almost caused a wreck except I pulled the emergency brake. The engine codes pulled were P0191 and P0087. This led my mechanic to discovering this is a well known issue for these 2010 Volkswagen tdi's where the high pressure fuel pump fails. Since this fuel pump has a known high rate of failure I'm wondering what Volkswagen is going about it. Please contact me at [xxx] if they are offering assistance or let me know what to do next. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Atlanta, OH, USA

problem #65

Sep 282014


  • 66,000 miles
Purchased a 2010 Jetta sportwagen tdi in 2012. Pre-certified 2 years or 24000 miles. Had the routine maintenance done as required and suggested. August 2014, I paid $600 to have the routine maintenance done. September 2014, my car is dead. As I was driving up a hill at 55 mph my check engine light came on and I lost power. Wasn't sure I was going to make it home. Luckily I did. High pressure pump went bad, metal shavings found, clearly a design / engineering issue. I have seen several issues with this on the internet. Vehicle needs to be recalled. First estimate is 5000-6000, I have taken it to the dealer, so the service dept can tell me what is wrong. I am sure they will charge more. Worst part is I am 7000 miles over and do not qualify for the pre cert coverage anymore. Worst investment ever! VW should be ashamed to not have had due diligence and recalled for this issue. This may cost someone else their life.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #64

Jun 022014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Vehicle will stall going from reverse to drive or from park to drive. Also from while accelerating there is sputtering that I need to release the accelerator and then apply again to keep it from stalling.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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