And here's the update to the article...Volkswagen is recalling 91,867 cars including the 2015-2016 Jetta, the 2015-2016 Beetle, 2015-2016 Golf SportWagen, 2015-2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2015-2016 Golf and Golf GTI (see update below). It’s all over troubles with the new EA888 engine.
That engine is a good one. I just reviewed the 2016 Passat and found that little 1.8-liter Turbo version of the EA888 to be a darned good mill.
But, it turns out, I got lucky, because the EA888’s exhaust camshaft lobes have a tendency to shear off. The exhaust camshaft drives the fuel pump and brake vacuum pump, so once that camshaft is toast, there go your power brakes. And without power brakes, that corner up ahead is gonna get really hairy.
Volkswagen Recalling 92,000 Cars For Shearing Camshafts, Loss Of Power Brakes*(Update)*Update: We called VW for more info, and they told us the GTI is actually not part of this recall (they’ve submitted a new form 573 to NHTSA that does not include the GTI). Additionally, VW’s rep says it’s more likely that the lobe is actually spinning around the shaft, rather than shearing, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
Update 2: After another call to VW, it looks like they will issue a stop-sale on 3,500 affected vehicles.
Update 3: NHTSA has updated their Safety Recall Report so that it no longer includes the GTI.
It is going to take years for VW to regain the trust of the public. I just can't believe anything they say now.The Golf may have won in hp but not reliability.