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Loss of power on my VW Golf when overtaking

I have owned the car since new and always had Volkswagen carry out all servicing and maintenance.  I have the same old loss of power problem reported by others.  It has recently been loosing power whenever it gets up to 70 mph in 4th or 5th gear, usually when overtaking.

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If engine switched off and on again, it goes back to normal (until next time).  The car has also suffered from serious problems starting when cold (Usually takes 20-30 seconds!)  The fault started shortly after a regular service at the Volkswagen garage.  It has been back and they replaced air mass meter (which I paid for).  Unfortunately this did not solve the problem.  They then replaced the air mass meter again with a different one - still no good.

the dealer admitted that they didn't know what the problem was or how to solve it...

The next likely candidate for the problems was a solenoid valve on the exhaust flow.  That didn't fix the problems either.  Next they tried another electronic sensor linked to air mass meter.  Guess what?  Still the same problems!

They did a full day diagnostic on the turbo and said there were no faults there and that it performed well.  In total there were seven opportunities to fix the fault and they failed every time.  I even drove it to the garage in this state for them to plug in the VW computer which again identified a fault which had already been dealt with twice before.

The dealer admitted that in all honesty, they didn't know what the problem was or how to solve it.  He said I wouldn't have to pay for the further work since they hadn't resolved the problem.

I have now put up with this crappy VW Golf for 3 months and learned to never try overtaking.  Out of the blue I received a bill for nearly 500 on top of the first bill for unnecessary work.  Lesson - My VW Golf 1.9 GT TDI (110) is a pile of rubbish.  DON'T believe people when they praise their Volkswagen Golf!  The car is too complicated even for their "so called" experts to fix and parts and labour are stupidly expensive.

I am going back to my Ford Escort - 230K miles and still going strong; oh and cheap to run with the advantage that I can fix it myself if it goes wrong.

By: Paul

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Do yourself a favor and get a rover 75. most of them have been well looked after, and you've got luxury motoring, 3 or 4 grand buying a late, top of the range car, with all the gadgets you'd get in a VW.

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collar - 17-Jul-14 20:25

Dead and Buried.
You have dredged up an age old Myth. There is not one single instance where a German product, or anything else for that matter is superior to a British product, in a similar price range. However that was not my point. The point I attempted to make, the one that went over your head. The one where I chose not to criticise German "Heath Robertson" Engineering methods. In answering Anonymous. I drew attention to the after sales situation, The fact that a letter of complaint in English, as opposed to French or German, in my opinion was more potent.

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boblet - 17-Jul-14 16:20

German engineering equals quality and reliability. English manufacturing equals pieces of crap by lazy halfhearted cowboys.

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Dead and Buried - 17-Jul-14 15:10

The answer is the same one that has always applied "Anonymous", buy British. The car built in Britain gives you access to a superior dealership network. A letter to Ford or Vauxhall can also work wonders. A letter in English to a French manufacture brings only laughter.

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boblet - 17-Jul-14 13:54

Hello...please read on...Im the new owner of an SW 307 Peugeot. Recently i had similar faults with turbo issues. I returned my vehicle to the dealership due to the car pulling back all the time. They checked it & said there's a pressure unit problem. They changed a solenoid and guess what? I lost complete power, i was devastated. This problem has now been going on for 3 months, the garage are not prepared to negotiate, leaving me to deal with this solely on my own, what a disgrace. Since then i have booked my car in with a Peugeot expert for diagnosis, and the faults were showing Turbo & EGR valve concerns. Next stage booked Peugeot in to fit new turbo and still no power!!! Please can anyone Help???? Much appreciated.

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Anonymous - 17-Jul-14 05:29

My 2002 (from new) Seat Leon 1.9 TDi (145k) has had all the usual Leon faults (leaky doors, leaking rear washer, broken boot switch, and turbo loss on acceleration). Over time I have fixed all problems and as for the turbo (still the same one) I now believe the problem (in my case) has been due to dirt in the system. I was also having issues with the ABS light coming up on dash (only lost traction tho) and my local garage couldn't find the problem (via diagnostics code) apart from an 'unexplained' code that suggested there was a fueling problem? The car seemed to be running fine however? They couldn't explain why the ABS error would come on if it was a fueling issue? Until a few months ago this ABS fault was a regular problem (ignition on/off to reset) but I changed oil, bought some 'forte' turbo cleaner followed (separated by tank filling) by 'forte' fuel cleaner and then some (unusually) hard acceleration for a week and this ABS fault has miraculously gone away! As the car is now running perfectly after this (relatively low cost) action, I would recommend other readers try this before getting too commited with your local garage and the subsequent sensor/fault code hassles.

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Mark - 2-Jun-14 23:29

Purchased my Brand new Audi A4 Avant 177 Tdi Black Edition in March 2013 my 3rd consecutive Audi. During 12 months of ownership it has been off the road in excess of 2 months for 4 new seat frames, new clutch & DMF @ 3,000 miles, new brakes to cure a "clunking" noise in reverse, front suspension creaks and misaligned fuel flap and bonnet!....customer service from both Audi dealer and head office has been nothing short of appalling!....goodbye Audi!!

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Anonymous - 5-May-14 12:10

I own a 2012 VW Golf with the 7 speed DSG . My car has failed twice now with a loss of power. VW refuses to do anything about it and I have been forced to sue them. VW want me to continue to drive my car around at my own risk until it happens again. This is so dangerous and not good enough. VW has recalled 2008 to Sept 2011 models and 2013 models the 7 speed DSG for loss of power problems but are in denail about the same problem occuring in its 2012 models. This is a disgrace with VW putting its corporate profits and brand before customer safety. Others have had the same issue. Let me know if you have a 2012 7 speed DSG model that has lost power. I am concerned about the saftey of other VW owners if this issue remains a secret. I am being encouraged to start a class action.

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Robert - 14-Jan-14 04:03

Three things to look out for,, yes mass airflow meter is a big yes but make sure you get the better quality one as in from V W, the next thing is make sure every vacuum hose/pipe that is connected to a multitude of electronic/mechanical valves as I had checked at least five times and still missed one that was broken, it sits under a hose on the cam belt side and you just can't see it from above. The next problem is the waste gate sticks on the turbo and the same problem is found on the E G R Valve they will need cleaning. Anyway it always starts with the Mass Air Flower meter being faulty and they came out of the factory like that as the little resister in the meter just falls out and you can't see it anywhere, it was never fixed properly from day one. I have used a non genuine Mass Airflow Meter and they do work fine so its up to you if the budget is limited, do not use second hand ones they can be faulty. Another thing...after you have replaced any of these parts beware you will have to take the car for a good run at least 50 miles so everything resets it self and the E C U has time to correct it's self but only if you are sure the problem has been resolved.

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Les - 27-Dec-13 15:37

This problem has started today on my 1.6 blue motion Pasay, 28,000 miles. All services.

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DWM - 17-Nov-13 14:31

I have the exact same problem with my 07 transporter. Paid over a grand for a new turbo. No change. Any ideas??

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Graham - 7-Nov-13 07:39

try to change ur injector O ring n see what happen cause they become hard n leaking fuel in injector n check ur injection quantity in block 13 in engine via VCDS -+0.5 is ok more than this u have to replace ur fuel injectors. i have same problem on my skoda superb 2.0 pd 2009

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Deepak - 28-Oct-13 09:31

Iv had this problem with my golf a few years on and off but just recently it got worse and started juddering at the same time as the loss of power. Finally showed up on the computer as 1 of the injectors and air mass mtre so changed the injector and air mass metre then showed up fine after changing the injector and is loads better however it's juddering slightly in 4-5-6th gear between 45-70mph so back to the garage and air mass metre is showing faulty again and another injector is out?? I'm having the next one changed next week as it seems it is the problem as since replacing the first iv not had to turn the engine off at the side of the motorway and was having to do it daily before.

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Tams - 25-Oct-13 09:11

Q. I admire your approach to your problem. I took the same approach a few years back. I now know more about cars & tractors than all the mechanics I come across, & I do mean all..

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boblet - 29-Sep-13 14:41

Hi I'm having same prob with my mk 5 golf. Not a mechanic but started taking things off and noticed waste gate was 5mm thick in soot. Cleaned it off n put some grease on the inlet manfold(which was sticking when covered in soot) now drives like a dream. If ur manifold is sticking shut like mine was that's why your loosing power. The ecu tells the turbo to stop before it causes engine damage(emergency limp mode) hope this helps all you golf owners( waste gate comes off the throttle body just to the left of your rocker cover. It's a big black pipe with all the pipes that run to your diesel filter clipped on to the top of it.

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Quinny golf mk5 - 29-Sep-13 04:41

I've a problem with my VW Golf 1.9 TDI 2003. The break sensor light has been on for the last two weeks. Today the car has started to shudder when reaching speed. It goes ok when driving slow through the gears. When stationed pressing the accelerator down to max all seems normal. I'm wondering if the ABS is coming on,as it feels like the car is breaking.

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davie 68 - 16-Sep-13 17:43

Shatvinder pigeon is pigeon. fact is fact. Truth is a bit iffy as is faith.

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boblet - 19-Aug-13 16:57

No Satvinder with your pigeon English you are wrong. Also with a few other folk on the WG you pose a question then proceed to answer it. Who are the Brethren? Who is Mr Fahey? The asian girl in the VW next to me at the lights an hour ago in bradistan however is a fact. Her German bully machine had tinted windows, she was on her mobile, her music playing so loud I could hear it in my car as we waited for the lights to change.

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boblet - 18-Aug-13 19:25

I own up to going on about driving in bradistan. But every gripe I read on the WG could be multiplied by 3 here. They do not park their Audi's. VWs Beamers or Lex, (These are the people you are buying your used motor of) they abandon them. They hold long jabbering conversations whilst blocking the road both ways. Some road sides are lined with untaxed cars, sporting for sale signs. Using a mobile whilst driving is a requirement. There is not one motoring offence accept possibley drink driving, god forbid if they had a drop as well, that is not multiplied by the bradistanies. The police do absolutely nothing.

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boblet - 17-Aug-13 23:54

It's crazy when you search the amount of problems VWs have
I'm literally driving a time bomb, I bought second hand from a garage 6 months ago and it is a pile if crap a 07 2L tdi. To date it has had 2 new fuel pumps, a crack in manifold fixed, dirty diesel (suspicious) as this was 2 days after they changed my fuel pump and car died while doing 100 nearly killing me. And now I have chugging at start up, for 5-10 minutes, there is not much power when I accelerate and it feels like it will die at any stage. Car is no longer in warranty can anyone suggest what this may be, local garage reckons EGR valve but all together it's €400 and only a maybe, please help.

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Hate my passat - 17-Aug-13 20:52

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