2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Needs a Second Chance

August 19, 2011

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I drove our long-term 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI last night to Hermosa Beach, and although the steering and chassis performed adequately, I was underwhelmed by the powertrain performance.

Several of us have noted poor driveability, and even some hesitation at low speeds, especially when the engine is cold. But last night, for the first time, I experienced a new problem.

Almost every time I would try starting the car with the Start switch near the shifter, the car would immediately stall. However, it would fire right up on the second try. This happened after a few trouble free starts in the afternoon. But every time last night and this morning it puked on the first attempt.

We'll keep an eye on this and see if others here have the same experience.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 9,030 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in VA is:

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