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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Loss of Power Due to Oil and Carbon Build Up in Intake Manifold

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012

Engines Affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 125,400 mi (60,000 mi - 251,873 mi)


Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.

  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 145,000 mi

    engine refused to start at 74000, and 140,00 miles dealer said clogged egr and intake manifold, required cleaning on first one, required replacement of egr and intake on second job and several thousand dollars later and 5000 miles it is going again.

    Avoid vw diesels!!!!!

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 100,003 mi

    sounds like air sucking when shifting, lots of exhaust smoke,fuel use.

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo

    Intake was almost completely closed off!

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 75,000 mi

    Slight loss of power. Mechanic recommended clean-up before things got worse. $600 repair but now I have the peppy TDI that I fell in love with and approx 3mpg better.

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  • , , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 65,000 mi

    EGR valve had an electrical short within the EGR valve. Needed engineers from home office to locate the problem. The fix replace valve. Now at 80000 miles service, vaccuume hose leak causing power loss and possible intake manifold replacement.

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 60,000 mi

    loss of power- check engine light comes. Problem happende in 2009 and has reoccured at end of 2011. Mechanic found carbon build-up in intake manifold.

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  • , , 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 104,000 mi

    Classic example of carbon and oil buildup in intake manifold which triggered engine light and sticking intake flap.

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 106,328 mi

    My car is a 2001 VW beetle diesel 1.9L 4 Cylinder 5 speed.

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 109,000 mi

    Engine light came on. Dealer diagnosed that the Intake Flap Motor needs to be replaced, and they want $690 for the part! There was a recall (actually a "Required Vehicle Update") that replaces this part free of charge for regular gas vehicles, but not for the TDI (diesel vehicles). Doesn't make sense to me. Obviously, they have the same problem with the diesel cars.

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  • , , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, 251,873 mi

    Car was hard to start and would cut off 3 or 4 times before it would run. Rough idle even when warm. Replaced injectors and EGR cooling tubes several times. Cleaned intake and now all is good. Also replacing tandem pump for good measure as it is leaking oil significantly.

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