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The 2013 Touareg TDI has the misfueling guard in the fuel filler neck. Misfueling happens. There's a Shell station here with a big sign at the pumps saying "We are not responsible for misfueling your Diesel vehicle". Wonder what prompted them to put up that sign?
 

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OK, got it, no misfueling, none whatsoever, never happens. Every TDI owner is as smart and knowledgeable and OCD about their TDI as we are. Likewise the gas station attendants. A fuel filler neck that allows a gas nozzle to be inserted is a red herring, not a factor. Every HPFP failure is due to product defect, nothing whatsoever to do with misfueling or contaminated fuel.

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One of the hazards of reading these forums is the fear-mongering and general hysteria over things like the HPFP issue. The odds of that happening to any particular VW owner are very small. Possibly higher than it should be, but still very unlikely. But you read this stuff and get the impression that Oh my god my TDI is a ticking time bomb!

Take care of the vehicle, fuel it "smartly", and drive & enjoy.

EDIT: Deleted minor rant directed at a particular member...
 

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Broken timing belts are probably far more common among the general population of vehicles, and the outcome is similar: Instant loss of power without warning, and potential for extensive costly engine damage. I should know, it happened to me. It was a 1987 Jetta that I bought brand new and only had 30K miles on it when the belt failed.

I think you're trying to instill panic in Touareg owners in hope that it will drive the market price down for you. ;-) Seriously, given your obvious hatred of VW and its dealers and products, and that you consider the Touareg to have a serious safety-related design defect, why do you own one?

Gotta run, need to write up and rehearse an emergency procedure for when my HPFP fails. I'll tape it to the dashboard so it's always on my mind.
 

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A broken timing belt, for the most part, on a TDI, is a wear item, with a set replacement schedule, 4 to 5 years, or mileage, anywhere from 60k on a Z1 or Ahu motor miles to 100k miles on an ALH motor. 80 k on most B series Pumpe Dusse motors. 130k on most common rail TDI motors in 2 liter persuasion.

If it fails, it's from owners neglect for not following the maintenance routine or schedule in the service manual.

A Bosch HPFP is not a serviceable "wear" item. There is no replacement or service interval for it. Big difference, and R&Ring a complete head on a ALH motor is far less expensive for a $60 belt failure for maybe $2500 than a whole fuel system R&R on a HPFP failure at 5 to $8000, with no service interval on it. A timing belt failure is preventable, a HPFP evidently is not.... even experienced diesel VW owners have had HPFP failures. Surf some threads on TDI club if you wish to know more about it.
My timing belt broke suddenly at 30K miles. Replacement was recommended at 60K. Car had all regular maintenance and it still broke. Car was out of warranty but VW paid parts, I had to pay labor. Still cost me $1400 and that was 23 years ago. @@@@ happens. My sister's 1993 Honda Accord stopped running on the freeway, at night, in the rain. The ignition igniter failed. Very common on accords of that vintage. Safety defect?

We're still hoping you will explain why in the heck you drive one of these things if they're so horrible. You hate VW, its dealers, and its policies. Why do you own any VW at all, let alone a Touareg, arguably their least reliable vehicle and the most costly one to maintain? It seems at odds with your strong convictions that the company and its product are crap and in fact unsafe to drive. You imply we need an emergency plan for what to do if we're driving a touareg at 70 MPH when (not if) the HPFP inevitably blows up). Yet you have one of these vehicular abortions yourself! Are you hoping for an accident related to HPFP failure so you can sue VW? I mean I just don't get why you own a Touareg TDI if you know it's such a POS and you want to scare every Touareg owner into selling while they can or be prepared for a $15K repair. Seems like with all the knowledge you have you'd be looking to get as far away from Touaregs as possible.

All that needs to be said is there are probably more HPFP failures than there should be. Some failures are due to owner misfueling, or contaminated fuel, and some fail because mechanical devices fail. This doesn't mean even 1% of HPFPs fail. Am I wrong?

Enquiring minds want to know. ;-)
 

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I think he is merely stating that the possibility of the HPFP going bad is higher than it should be and there are ways to ensure you do not become a statistic. He is only flabbergasted that VW is still selling the vehicle as is without any changes to account for the poor Diesel standards we have to work with here in the US. I don't think he meant any ill by his wording.....which does come of crass sometimes.
Very true. I guess I just get tired of reading new posts rehashing the same issue. It sucks the joy out of owning and driving such an awesome rig.

If a moderator sees this, I suggest creating a sticky thread about the HPFP issue. If new information comes up, by all means add it to that thread. Meanwhile we can get relief from what seems like a repetitive barrage of Touareg & VW negativity over this issue that just gets very tiresome. That horse doesn't need to be beaten over and over.

Maybe it's just me. ;-)
 
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