VW Recalls All 2008 R32s

April 3, 2009 – 12:47 pm by Matt Radel
Filed under Recalls, Volkswagen R32

Yup – you read that right…every one.

Leftlane News reports that VW is recalling all 2008 R32s due to a “faulty fuel tank ventilation valve that can cause fuel to leak and potentially create a fire”. Yikes. While this sounds bad, is it really that bad? VW makes 5,000 R32s a year, so it’d be very easy for an entire model year to suffer from the same defects.

But then again…big or small, it’s an entire model line. As yours truly is all too aware, VW has been plagued with quality issues for sometime now. And while things have supposedly gotten better, something like this only goes to support the contrary.

Nevertheless, if you’re one of the lucky few to own a 2008 R32 take your baby to the dealer for free service to replace the faulty valve. I sure wouldn’t want my R32 to catch on fire…unless I drove it really fast and somehow managed to go back in time.

Matt Radel

VW Recalls All 2008 R32s
April 3, 2009 – 12:47 pm by Matt Radel

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4 Responses to “VW Recalls All 2008 R32s”

  1. Well let’s not exaggerate. Leave the sensationalism to Left Lane news.

    First of all, the recall has not officially been released so going to the dealer will not accomplish anything. We have to wait until the recall notices are mailed to owners, who then schedule appointments with their dealership for the service.

    Secondly, and more importantly, many many cars have recalls for one reason or another. Take the B5 Passat for example, there were quite a few fuel-related recalls on this car that were quickly fixed with a dealer visit when they issued the recall last year. In my opinion, a simple simple cheap part replacement recall is not exactly “omg can you believe it!!!!!” material.

    Lastly, this issue does not affect all R32s and seems to only rear it’s ugly head when the ambient temps are very high and the vehicle has been driven for an extended period of time. Personally, I have never had the issue. Also, it’s a fuel starvation issue, which causes sputtering and power loss. Not really a fire-risk per se, although any fuel related issue should be taken very seriously.

    By justin on Apr 3, 2009 | Reply
  2. Matt Radel

    @ Justin: Good call – thanks for the info. I wasn’t really attempting to make it sound too OMG-ish…just to point out that VW has had quality issues in the past (though one could argue that any automaker does).

    By Matt Radel on Apr 3, 2009 | Reply
  3. Quote: “VW makes 5,000 R32s a year”

    Not really, Volkswagen only makes 5,000 US-Spec R32s per model generation (so far).

    I don’t think the R32 is as rare in the UK or other parts of Europe as they are here in the States.

    I don’t mean to be a bug about it, just my thoughtful insight. No hard feelings. :-)

  4. That’s a bad news for VW how could they release there cars and recall it again VW must check there cars before they release it

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