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2011 jetta 2.5 gas engine, when turning car rolls about 5

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2011 jetta 2.5 gas engine, when turning car rolls about 5 feet, no power, accelerator goes to the floor, the only way to get the car to move is to pump accelerator rapidly, and all at once the car lunges forward. Car does this ramdomly, 1 to 5 times a week. Gone to four vw dealerships to get this repaired and they keep car for a week and say they can't duplicate the problem. The car is dangerous to drive like this, and have had some close calls with other cars almost running into me. Any suggestions for repair ? Dealership reset the software, downloaded the battery diodes, etc. Have spent $500 with no results.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 1 year ago.

Are you driving two-footed? ie, one foot on the brake and one on the gas? Because using the brake pedal will cut out the accelerator (a safety feature that was in place BEFORE Toyota had their issues with runaway accelerators) You can try it at any speed, lightly press the brake and try to accelerate at the same time and it should not work.

If not, then there is a bulletin that documents replacing the connector at the throttle body, and splicing in new wire ends, staggering the splices so they are not all at the same distance from the connector.

Expert:  gomi_otaku replied 1 year ago.

You may also want to take it to the dealer, and go on a road test with the shop foreman or one of the techs, if you are able to demonstrate it they may have a better idea of what is causing it, if it is indeed an issue with the brake and accelerator receiving a signal at the same time. Best time to go in is around 10 am, after the initial morning rush but before lunch.