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2011 Jetta TDI stalling at mid-range speeds

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Hi, I have had this car since March 1, a little over 5.5K mi. Every once in a while, about 6 times total, I have been driving between 40-55 mph and the car stalls/hesitates. It is a very noticeable hesitation that is very short lived. I don't think it is just a fuel delivery problem since I have completely taken my foot off the pedal and then back on and it has a completely different reaction. Not as violent and it takes much longer. This car has the 6-speed manual and I usually keep it between 1400 and 1800 rpm.

Once my "03 Ford diesel pickup did this and it turned out to be a cam position sensor. Any chance this is the same problem?

BTW, other than this, the car is running really well. I did a run down to Logan, UT and back last week and averaged over 46 MPG
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I have only experienced this twice on a cold start, but this hesitation has been experienced by MANY people to varying degrees and has been talked about ad nauseum. If you search for it here you will find hundreds if not thousands of posts on this. There doesn't seem to be immediately anything wrong with the car, it just seems to be some type of glitch in the software or in a sensor somewhere and beyond being somewhat startling doesn't seem to have much of an effect on driveability of the car.

PaulGiz, a diagnostic scan on a car that does this will yield nothing, unfortunately. Your advice about the keeping the VNT clear is important though, but it seems the hesitation that many experience seems to be unrelated to VNT issues (this is not my opinion, this is the general feel from what people have done though previous posts to try to figure out what causes this)
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A stall and a hesitation are two completely different things. This has been an issue on many of the cars, however mine has not had this problem pronounced. Every now and again I feel a little something but I'd never say it is noticeable. It seems that the car can sense when you are changing from uphill to downhill combined with accelerating/decelerating and thats when it does it. I am confident this isnt a problem, just a quirk. Its definitely a little strange, but something to get used to and not worry about.
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