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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

Electrical & Lights -- Burt67 and 13 others

Rear door drivers-side. When using Keyless entry doors won't lock. The door above is culprit. All others lock. A short alarm sounds when all doors are locked. Presently no alarm sounds. Any suggestions for a fix. By the way I did use my second clicker which is brand new. Therefore battery is new.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, October 20, 2009

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Connectors for a temperature sensor inside the direct shift gearbox (DSG) transmission may have been insufficiently crimped. They could incorrectly read a high transmission oil temperature, and abruptly shift into neutral. The shift position indicator in the instrument panel would begin to flash and the "Depress Brake Pedal" indicator light will be illuminated to alert the driver to apply the brakes. The abrupt shift could lead to a crash. Volkswagen and Audi dealers will reprogram the transmission control module (TCM) with updated software. The recall began October 20, 2009. The Volkswagen recall number is 37E3/S7 and the Audi recall number is 37E5/J7.

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Engine, September 30, 2011

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On the 2.0L TDI common rail Diesel engine/clean Diesel engine, fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of injector line #2. This resonance creates additional stress on the fuel line. Small cracks could develop in the #2 injector line, resulting in a Diesel fuel leak. A fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install an improved #2 fuel injector line and install vibration dampers on all of the injector lines to correct this concern. The Volkswagen/Audi recall number is 23J9/V5.


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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Questions and Answers

Visitor, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Corpus Christi, TX

what type of oil does the air conditioning compressor require

2009 Jetta, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Madison, WI

Engine light came on intermittently and then continuously. Dealer said it was showing error for exhause flap controller/motor and was a $600 plus repair. Car has 44k miles. Is exhaust flap a emis...

CarVW, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, Mililani, HI

Parked in carport as usual. Alarmed car as usual. Alarm went off for 30 sec. Unalarmed car and stood there looking at it. After 5 min car alarmed itself and then the alarm went off. Nobody tou...

applegatewahine, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, Grants Pass, OR

Is it necessary to replace water pump when replacing timing belt and do I need to do it at 120,000 miles. How expensive is it

emzach, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, Grafton, IL

Have tried repeatedly locking and unlocking doors over the last five days. hate to try to pry itopen, but running low on fuel.

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Reviews

I purchased the car new in 9/2009. My wife drives the car commuting to work - 50 miles/day - current mileage 124,000.
Overall its been a great car for my wife's daily commute. All recommended service work has been done at the local dealership.


Great "diesel mileage" averaged 40+mpg for the life of the vehicle.

Amazing torque from the 2.0 liter diesel! I've noticed that the transmission doesn't downshift even when going up moderate hills at highway speeds. The 200+ pounds of torque just keeps pulling - gasoline engines downshift 1 or 2 gears in the same situation!

Have not serviced the front brakes since the car was new - the rear brakes were serviced at 100,000 miles. At every oil change I make sure to ask about the need to service the brakes but the dealership keeps saying they're good. I assume this has to do with the fact that the majority of miles are highway miles. Still, this is amazing.

We love the heated seats - We live in Minnesota - need I say more?


The radiator developed a small leak at 85,000 miles requiring topping off the reservoir every 2 weeks - my wife would get freaked out every time the low coolant warning light would come on. Replaced the radiator...cost $788.85. I am 53 years old and I have owned several vehicles until they reach 150k-200k miles and I've never had to replace a radiator.

This car seems to go through more bulbs (front, rear & license) than other cars I've owned.
At 112k miles the "fuse box under the hood melted" (quoted from repair invoice). Cost to replace $490.92. No explanation was given to me why this happened.

Side Mirrors:
At 114k, as I walked by the passenger side mirror I bumped it with my hip and it snapped off. The mirrors are designed with an aluminum pivoting assembly. The internal mechanism that is supposed to pivot was corroded to the point where it would not move. Upon inspecting the driver side mirror, I discovered the same issue. I called the dealership and I was quoted over $600 to replace my side mirrors. I consulted with an independent mechanic and he advised me to speak with the service manager at the dealership about any possible defects/recalls relating to the mirrors. I contacted the service manager and there were no recalls but he contacted Volkswagen America and got them to cover the cost of the parts, I had to pay the labor bill - $292.00

Warm-up issues:
If the car is parked outside in temperatures below 15 degrees for 6+ hours, the car does not reach full operating temp during highway driving. This results in a 50% reduction in fuel mileage (about 20mpg)

Turbo surge:
When at a dead stop it can be difficult to accelerate moderately while turning with out engaging the turbocharger - this results in wheel spin.

Expensive recommended service:
At 110k miles, VW recommends replacing the timing belt and the water pump at a cost of $1100 - ouch!

Bought my 2009 Jetta TDI wagon new, had 3 door lock actuators replaced and the exhaust flap, also had the tranny issues others have had. When I needed the exhaust flap and 3rd door actuator replaced I was out of warranty and they wanted $$$ for it, not gonna happen!! I eventually got them to cover 75% of the costs and I am now getting the other 25% back from the exhaust flap recall. Overall the VW BRAND is diminishing,the sunroof deflector is a STUPID design, mine is ripped on both sides now (100k miles)
The product is now assembled in MEXICO!!...Need I say more?!?!?!

Canadian car. using the 90210 code :)

Bought my 2009 Jetta TDI used. 1 month afterward, the engine light came on (but it still ran). It was under warranty, so they systematically replaced just about everything that had to do with the fuel injection and filtration. I thought they finally got it fixed after $6,000 of repairwork and 4 visits in a year, but it only lasted 6 months. engine light came back on again! replaced exhaust pressure sensor and it was fine ($385). one month later engine light was back on and the muffler light. diagnostics says it is the exhaust temperature sensor now. Also, just got a letter from VW this week saying the exhaust flap on these cars are no good and if you need it rrepaired, they will cover it, Obviously, these cars have a problem with the entire exhaust system and should be recalled! Oh yeah, also had to have the air fixed. My car now has 85,000 miles. as a diesal, it should just be getting broken in. VW 's looked good, but buy another brand if you don't want to always be repairing!

I actually have the sportswagen TDI. It is an OK little car. I would love more rear leg room and headroom too.

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