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VW Jetta TDI



  • alltorquealltorque Posts: 535
    edited February 2013
    Could not agree more. Local guy to me ran a Skoda Octavia 1.9TDi PD 105bhp, (i.e. pre-DPF/Euro III), for 410k miles before handing it over to his wife as the family hack. Still going strong and has had no issues. Timely servicing and correct fluids are the keys to long life. Work 'em hard - they love it. :)
  • aeezkaeezk Posts: 1
    Hi, I have a 2006 Jetta Tdi. Just yesterday, on a 7 1/2 hour drive home, the Jetta started losing the ability to maintain speed and acceleration on steep inclines. Pretty scary when your going 80 on the expressway with traffic behind you and all of the sudden your dropping speed!! Over the past couple of days it has been having an occasional sputter, which initially felt like the back tires were slipping. We were in a very cold area in Norther Michigan. However, the sputters started happening more frequently, then the acceleration loss started happening. The jetta made it home fine, seems to run a little rough. No engine lights or warning have come on. Any suggestions, does this require yet another costly trip to the dealership?? I have 167,000 miles on the vehicle.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    I would think fuel first off. Are you using Number one diesel in sub zero weather?
  • My experience for my 2006 Jetta TDI. Faithfully used the VW TDI synthetic oil and changed trans fluid at $450 per change also.
    Wife was driving on interstate, experienced loss of power, engine still ran, drove home, could tell power was down........3 of the lifters had holes in top and cam was worn on some lobes at 92,000 miles. Researched and there was an issue with our model '06 Jetta TDI but VW said it ws our problem, not theirs. Was told by many that the cam was a bad design, had narrow lobes?, and did more than just move the lifters?.
    You might want to have shop check out the lifters and cams. We found a shop that did cam and lifters and related for $2800. Waiting for recall, but not expecting any money back from VW.
    I have photos of lifters and worn cam if interested.
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    There are many pages of posts regarding the MK5 BRM cam problems and possible solutions. Many creative guys have looked at the design and tried various back engineering tricks to resolve it but there are so many different factors involved it seems there is no 'silver bullet' fix. VW blaming the owners for the problem tho', is just SICK!

    The reason the cam lobes are so narrow in the MK5 is because they also have to operate the 4 fuel injectors as well as all the valves. The engine block is short and to make room for the extra 4 lobes they simply made them all narrower. This puts a lot of extra pounds per square inch pressure on the followers and they eventually beat their way through the tops of the cam followers...(but always out of warranty).

    The 2006 VW Jetta TDI is an amazing car in many ways, but it is over engineered in places, and built like crap in others. VW knew the top end of the BRM engine was a problem and just dropped that whole design and marched on with the MK6 in the next re-do.
    In fact the whole idea of the diesel engine economy is now a joke. The extra premium for the engine and the sky rocketing price of diesel makes the diesel vehicle ownership either a financial saw off or an outright losing proposition over the more fuel efficient gassers out there now.

    Pardon me if I sound like a crank, but I think there is a conspiracy to get all the diesel car engines off the road by constantly increasing the emmissions standards and upping the price of the fuel well over that of gasoline.

    (after all they can't force us to buy their Govt subsidised Ethenol in our TDI cars can they?)
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    Well, guess what, it WAS the bad alternator pulley that was causing the shuddering problem!

    Since it was replaced i have driven the car for over 3,000 highway miles and it has never faltered once, even tho I have tried to make it shudder by easing off on the downhill side of the run and then easing back on the engine as it starts to pull again going up the other side.

    Nope, it won't do it anymore, so that is the end of that little story.
  • carp53carp53 Posts: 4
    We had an injector fail on a 2010 TDI with 75,000 miles. Has anyone else had this issue and how much should the part cost ?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    pricey little devil. The "book" says $337 retail for the part and 1.4 hours labor to install, so in my neck of the woods that's a $500 repair bill.


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  • tigrone701tigrone701 Posts: 7
    I have a Jetta '08 which does the same thing as you have explained earlier.
    I went to a dealer and he explained that is how it is going to be as the car is 5 years old (a real jacka..).
    Most probably fan control module 1 and 2 are not communicating well and thus
    this problem.
    If the cooling fan blows out due to this, the expenses are $900 for repair.
  • tigrone701tigrone701 Posts: 7
    The radiator cooling Fans (big one) on my Jetta '08 suddenly starts speeding too much on the road.
    It makes way too much noise (compared to normal) and the dealer says it is NORMAL to have a sound
    like this.

    I guess the control fan module 1 and 2 // sensors are not communicating properly and needs to be
    changed. Maybe the radiator fluid needs to be replaced.

    Can someone guide me through this.

    I am afraid that sooner or later the fans will burn out and I will have to shell out big bucks changing
    the entire fan unit.
  • I would not touch an '04 TDI with an automatic transmission for any amount of money at this time. I've been dealing with a transmission problem since January 2013. I have an 04 Jetta with 178,000 miles. Dealer wanted $5000 to replace with 1 year warranty or $3500 for a junk yard replacement & no warranty. I chose another transmission shop for $4200 with 2 year warranty. Car is back in the shop for the 3rd time since January with the same problem. Will not up shift out of 1st gear. So far the tranny shop can't figure it out and VW dealer is no help.
  • Thinking of buying used 2010 jetta with 35000 miles. Loved test drive but have heard problems arise after 36000 miles. Any insight?
  • carp53carp53 Posts: 4
    we have a 2010 jetta tdi with 75,000 - only issue was a bad injector which was about $ 450. to replace otherwise we love it
  • rremer1rremer1 Posts: 7
    My 2010 has around 33,000 miles, so can't report on what happens after 36,000, but so far (fingers crossed), all's well and nothing has needed work that is not covered by the warrantee.
  • longo2longo2 Posts: 347
    edited June 2013
    I wonder if VW ever solved the High Pressure Fuel Pump issues in the new model, or are still blaming it on owners putting in gas instead of diesel fuel.

    My 06' Mk 5 is still running fine (using Shell Rotella T6) and can't really find a good excuse to take a chance and trade it in for a new one.
  • 1-4 WORKS.. NO REVERSE. NO 5TH GEAR.. ITS LIKE YOU ARE TRYING TO GET THERE BUT IT WONT GO IN? Some say tranny, some say no... Whats your thoughts..? Would really love to know if its an easy fix... PLEASE HELP
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    Shift linkage may be damaged.
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    edited July 2013
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  • tigrone701tigrone701 Posts: 7
    edited July 2013
    Sorry to say this. But buyer better know your future !
    These VW Jettas are designed to fail after 40000 miles in a way that
    you will have electronic issues (big ones) as soon as you are out of your warranty.
    They have a lot a electronic issues as well as mechanical issues with this model.
    But they drive well if you are willing to take big hits every once in a while :)
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