2009 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: TDI fuel system self destructs

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TDI fuel system self destructs!!!
By No More TDI For Me on


2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


The '09 TDI was in many ways the best car I'd owned in 20+ years. Safe, comfortable, good handling in snow, and amazing MPG (44 hwy, 37 city over 20K miles). However, the TDI has a faulty high pressure fuel pump design and complete failures are showing up all over the US due to the poor quality of US diesel compared to Europe. Bottom line? at 21K my pump failed and shot metal particles through the entire fuel system. It was all replaced (tank to injectors) at a cost of about $10K. This was covered by warranty and the dealer was great-- but there is nothing to prevent it from happening again, out of warranty. And who needs are car that may self-destruct without warning at any time? Stay away.

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6M transmission, handling, fuel economy

Worst Features

Do not buy a TDI until VW has a proven fix for the failing high pressure fuel pumps-- this applies to all models, all years 2009-
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By 1ptbijou
on 06/03/13 14:31 PM (PDT)

The diesel fuel you bought was contaminated with water or chimical buy Diesel fuel from a well known station where school bus buy their diesel fuel and keep your receipt.

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