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#222 of 224 Be wary of the HPFP
Sep 20, 2010 (11:40 am)
I have a 2010 TDI and am scared after reading countless posts on forums about the HPFP that can disintegrate, sending shards of rusted metal into the fuel system, resulting in a 10 or $11,000 repair bill. Half of these issues reported seemed to be covered under warranty and the other claims were denied due to "contaminated" fuel. It depends, frankly on what kind of mood the dealership is in that day. In most cases no one contaminated with gasoline, yet VW claimed that the quality of the fuel (lubricity) was poor and the owners were held responsible. Frankly, I'm surprised the media hasn't gotten a bigger hold of this because an $11,000 repair on a $26,000 car is absolutely ridiculous. If you want my opinion, I think the lubricity of diesel in the US is poor, but VW and Bosch went along manufacturing and building as if the quality is as good as it is in the UK, full knowing that the HPFP can't handle lower lubricity fuel. This is a combination of a serious design flaw and gross negligence in my estimation. If I were you I would contact VW customer service via e-mail or phone at 800-822-8987 and tell them you were seriously contemplating purchasing a new TDI until you heard about the HPFP concerns. More people doing this might make them aware. Check out this http://www.tdi-issues.com/hpfp-cases-tac68/ amongst other forums for more info.
Oct 14, 2010 (9:06 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with owners of the Golf TDI who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Saturday, November 20, 2010 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.
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