We had some difficulty launching our manual-transmission Four Seasons 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, but it appears a number of owners have witnessed other types of stalling issues. As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into the matter.
In total, the NHTSA is investigating 37,889 2009 Jetta TDIs for possible stalling problems. The government agency has received at least seven complaints, but members of numerous TDI forums complain about similar issues. The complaints received by the NHTSA allege that the Jetta went into limp-home mode, and then stalled almost immediately.
One TDI owner on the forum for TDIclub.com complained that, after the car stalled and was towed, a shop inspected the fuel system and found it was full of metal flakes. The whole system had to be replaced at a cost over $7000. Other complaints have indicated the TDI’s high-pressure fuel pump has failed, which could stall the car and prevent it from being restarted.
NHTSA hasn’t released any data about the stalling issue, or the precise issue being investigated. VW is also involved in reviewing the stalling reports.
“Volkswagen takes these investigations very seriously and intends to fully cooperate with NHTSA’s investigation,” VW spokesperson Kerry Christopher told The Detroit News.