According to a report from Autoweek, Volkswagen has plans in place to retrofit a quarter of a million 2009-2012 model-year TDI-engined cars with a system that will prevent misfueling with gasoline instead of diesel. In a notice sent out to VW dealers, the company specified that affected models will include the 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen TDI, as well as 2010-2012 Golf TDI models.

Volkswagen claims that the increased popularity of TDI diesel models has resulted in more incidents of damaging and potentially very costly misfueling mishaps. To address the issue, the company will front the cash for dealers to retrofit a fuel filler neck cap that can recognize the smaller nozzle of a gasoline pump and keep the fuel tank gate closed.

Autoweek also reports that the move might be slightly defensive in nature; VW has blamed misfueling on the wave of high-pressure fuel pump failures that has recently been the subject of an investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you get this filler neck cap, then you have a HPFP failure, VW can't blame the failure on you putting gas in it. This is one of those rare recalls that will actually INCREASE the manufacturer's liability.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Friend did this. He ordered the misfueling protector after he made the mistake once. It's baffling the misfueling protector is used in other countries but not the US. (until now). He even bought the car himself and warned the wife not to mess it up. She didn't --- he did.
      postpast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this mean that if I run out of diesel in a TDi that I now cant use gas? ..... Just Kidding.
      ohmykats
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone who works at a VW dealership... I've seen too many people accidentally use gasoline in their diesel vehicles OR use some kind of additive not recommended by the manufacturer (this is why you should never listen to anon idiots in forums. trust the people that service them daily!). I've yet to see an issue with the fuel pump that wasn't caused by either of these issues in 09+ VW diesels. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm just saying it's extremely rare and I've never seen it. The biggest issue is people who are used to driving gasoline vehicles their entire life switching to diesel and absentmindedly filling it with gasoline without thinking. It happens. It's awful and it's sad because the bill to fix that is usually not cheap. I'm all for anything that may help people remember they're driving a diesel car, not gasoline!!
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      They did a recall on mine about a year ago. I was getting an oil change and they said there was a recall for the diesel so I said fine, whatever. The next time I go to fill up, there's a stupid yellow sticker around the filler neck that says "diesel only". I wonder what prompted a more aggressive approach. People can't read?
      costeau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Two options: 1) Pay Ford royalties to use their EasyFuel system 2) R&D the **** out of their fuel filler necks to develop a system that has nothing else in common with EasyFuel than achieving the exact same thing I wonder which option was cheapest, and which one VAG went for…
      • 1 Year Ago
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        atc98092
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nice generalization. My daughter misfueled hers once. They had two Jettas, one gas and one diesel. She just forgot which she was in. Remember that most non-truck stop pumps have hoses for gas and diesel, rather than a single hose. Too much of a hurry, grab the wrong hose, whoops.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        And what do you drive, faggot?
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW couldn't foresee that the idiots who buy their cheap trash will get confused at the pump?
      Logan Abner
      • 1 Year Ago
      We Americans aren't too bright are we? The rest of the world gets by just fine..
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Logan Abner
        not all Americans. Only the ones who get duped into buying these german turds.
        carney373
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Logan Abner
        Fashionably smug anti-American Americans are loathsome.
      jason32379
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny. My 335d has had this since, oh I don't know, IT LEFT THE FACTORY!
        jdeli01
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jason32379
        Oh I don't know, maybe the BMW costs 20K-30K more when IT LEFT THE FACTORY!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jdeli01
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          jason32379
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jdeli01
          You fail at trying to be funny. This is proof that just because VW and BMW are German companies, the design philosophies are not the same.
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember pulling up to a full service gas station in my TDI and the attendant didn't recognize that I had a diesel. Fortunately, I yelled and stopped him right on time, but I had a scare of a lifetime. He apologized and said "it was so quite that I thought it was a gasser." Unfortunately, stuff like this probably happens quite often in US, as diesel cars are still a rarity.
        Jim Pease
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Back in the 80\'s when I drove a diesel Rabbit, the full service attendant filled the tank with unleaded. When I came out of the store and saw that the diesel pump said 30 gallons, I said \"What the hell?\" It spent the next two hours on the lift draining and flushing the tank. Don\'t know what part of \"DIESEL FUEL ONLY\" the attendant didn\'t get.
      Brett
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand how this is Volkswagen's responsibility. If there's something I'm missing, point it out, but if you put gasoline into your diesel or vice-versa, shouldn't it be your problem?
        jwhazel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brett
        Newer VW TDI's have an issue with the bosch manufactured HPFP grenading and causing about ~5k-9k worth of damage. It's been pretty well documented on several TDI forums, the bosch fuel pump is of poor design and even slightly contaminated diesel (which sadly is found in alot of stations in the US) can kill it. VW keeps blaming it on people filling the tanks with gas and as the article points out this is likely a defensive move against the NHTSA investigation into the issue.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          so the problem is not the pump, it's the diesel quality. car diesel shouldn't be truck diesel, right?!
          johnhkart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          True. Have read a lot of stuff about it on those forums. Best car I've ever driven was a TDI Golf, one week in Germany in 09, got it up to 136mph going downhill. The figure I always see is that it's a 10k hit to replace the fuel system. Love the cars, but it le really too big of a risk for me to take. I'm not confident about the quality of Us Diesel fuel working with a Bosch pump designed for better quality Euro diesel. There's a good reason the average worker here in LA is in a civic or Toyota bland mobile instead of a Golf.
          Pookie64
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          That makes no sense at all. If it's really a Bosch pump issue, after going through this recall if the problem persists then it obviously points to the pump. There must really be issues with people using gas in these diesels.
          jwhazel
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          @Pookie64: There probably are issues with people misfuling. Unfortunately, the US doesn't have any consistent standard for color coding or labeling diesel nozzles. However the point still remains: NHTSA has launched an inquiry into this rather serious issue. Peoples cars can just die on the middle of the interstate due to pump failure. VW has, since the beginning, tried to blame the consumer (just like alot of other mfgs). It's cheaper and easier and hurts your image less to install $10 contraptions in the gas nozzle rather than spend millions on re-engineering the pump and then another $1k / car to have them installed. VW is simply attempting to dodge the issue as long as they possibly can. How long did it take Toyota to own up to the accelerator pedal or oil sludge issue? Not picking on Toyota, just pointing out this seems to be the path alot mfg's take. FWIW, I loved every... single... thing about the Golf TDI that I test drove, but this single flaw kept me from buying one.
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