According to a post by TDI Club, Volkswagen has issued a stop-sale on all 2009-2012 Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen and Golf TDI vehicles equipped with the company's 2.0-liter TDI turbo-diesel engine pending a voluntary safety recall. It's unclear whether or not the 2012 Passat will also be impacted. In a written communication attributed to Volkswagen, the problem stems from the fact that the fuel injector pulse rate happens to occur at the same natural frequency as injector line number two. Over time, the line could fail. That's especially true on certain lines manufactured with tube material that contains scratch marks from a grinding process. Volkswagen says that the inferior piece can't stand up to the stress of the injector pulse rate.

Vehicles manufactured in December 2008, January through February 2009, April 2010 and October through December 2010 all contain the faulty part. The document states that the automaker is currently working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to establish a recall.

Autoblog spoke with a Volkswagen representative who said that in order for any recall to be official, it will have to go through NHTSA (though we're thinking the same can't be said of a stop-sale).


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      jeffpny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey nldekker ..what the hell are you talking about ?VW are rated top pick in safety, performance, and reliability, in ALL latest consumer reports reviews so peolpe don't believe peolpe who love to act like the know it all.
      tarheel91
      • 3 Years Ago
      Resonance does some crazy stuff, eh?
      theco9916
      • 3 Years Ago
      NO HPFP's will be replaced under this stop sale. Your car will either get a set of "braces" to help support the lines and cut down on the vibrations. Or you will get the "braces" and a new #2 fuel line. no HPFP's are under any type of recall or stop sale and volkswagen is holding firm in saying the "bad" pumps are due to gasoline, which is wquite easy to see when mixed in with diesel. pretty cut and dry
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theco9916
        That's what I'd say too. Forget that Bosch made bad HPFP's for BMWs too. Blame the customer. Go VW.
        theco9916
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theco9916
        why was your hpfp not covered under warranty? what exactly did the lab reports come back with? what does vw say happened to the fuel pumps. Just saying that an attorney is involed and you spent 23k in parts and labor doesn't really tell anyone a story other then saying you spent a ton of money on a straight forward fix twice
        jessesrq
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theco9916
        I went through that twice on my early build '09 Jetta TDI before getting an attorney involved. VW was not easy to deal with, even after $23,000 of repairs in one year, after ordering independent lab tests of the fuel I used, and after hiring a law firm dedicated to Lemon Law cases. Crazy thing is - this recall does not remotely sound close to the HPFP issue!
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      That doesn't bode well.
      Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 1971 Super Beetle. It is still in service. I am sorry to read that the new Beetles have the engines in the front and they are not air cooled. Oh, well time passes and hopefully designs get better. I do hope VW solves their current problems. Thank you, Bill A.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      freeflyer376
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprised about this...the long noted reliability problems with VW is in full force...this is the tip of the iceberg...let's see what happens with the new Jetta and Passat sales in the coming years when they current owners start to burn their bras/boxers in rage over the reliabilty of their Jettas and Passats.
        Clark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @freeflyer376
        And you're comparing VW passenger car diesels in the US to some other mysterious manufacturer's. Oh that's right, nobody else stepped up to the plate and been successful. At least they are being proactive with the recall issued by themselves and taking care of the issue. The TDI's are a unique breed and VW has invested heavily making them a fun, viable gasoline alternative.
          freeflyer376
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Clark
          No, I'm comparing VW/Audi history of poor reliability of their products. I know I used to own VWs and Audis...love the cars but extremely poor reliability when compared to the competition.
          Clark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Clark
          You missed my point, there's no other diesel car competition to speak of in the US and this is a diesel related issue.
      James008
      • 3 Years Ago
      It has nothing to do with "crumby" parts. All of the injector lines are manufactured the same way. Only the number two line has an issue because the it's routed in a manner that gives it a natural frequency ("harmonic" frequency) matches the frequency of the injector pulses. When waves are "in phase", meaning their peaks and troughs align, they amplify each other, putting huge stresses on the part that only get worse and worse until the part fails or the source of the second wave stops. This is the same phenomenon that brought down the original Tacoma Narrows bridge in Washington State many years ago, and caused two early Lockheed Electra airliners to break up in flight. It would have been possible to calculate the frequency of each line and predict the issue but It was extremely unlikely that they would create a part with that exact harmonic frequency. It really comes down to just bad luck.
      Drew
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is the problem that was causing some recent Golf TDI owners to spend $10k on repairs because VW refused to cover faulty fuel pumps under warranty (they claimed gasoline had to have been introduced). Those reports are what turned me off from buying a VW.
        Chris L
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drew
        the % of people that had those issues was minuscule compared to the numbers of vehicles sold with that motor. that being said, that is EXACTLY the issue at hand. the HPFP.
      Max
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my ALH motor in my 01 Golf TDI. 240K miles without a single issue. My only gripe is that VW used a costly timing belt instead of a chain.
        Brian Hague
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Max
        I'm at almost 700,000 miles on my alh... every 100,000 miles a belt change... versus the timing chain on a 2.5L every 200,000 or so (there is no interval, but they fail soon after that). very few issues with the ALH, it was the best engine VW has produced for the US market...
          DooMMasteR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brian Hague
          all the 1.9L TDIs are VERY hard to get down :P and later PD models have a high intevall (by factory) of >100kmiles all have one in common, they last long >390tkm in our case, when it was sold for >$550
        bhtooefr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Max
        Timing chains cost about three times as much, due to the additional labor involved in a change (much, much harder to do a chain), and VW's timing chains don't even last twice as long as the upgraded belt for the ALH. ;)
        Me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Max
        i second the love on the alh engine, while not close to 240k(only 90k) never a problem and still get 50 plus per gallon. and i love leaving a nice cloud of diesel for the prius behind me
        hrgmpphoto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Max
        I firmly believe that most people overestimate the drawbacks of a timing belt. I drove my last Jetta to almost 270 thousand miles with only one replacement of the original timing belt. The Jetta before that was traded at 250 thousand miles, also with just one timing belt replacement.
      • 3 Years Ago
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