Intake Manifold Failure on 2.0T TSI (P2015)

April 16, 2015
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The intake manifold on the 2.0T TSI (Picture below) is a very common part to fail.  When your intake manifold goes bad on your engine you can expect the fault code P2015.  The fault is for the Intake Manifold Flap Position Sensor which is only available with the whole intake manifold (Found Here).  This failed often enough that VW extended the warranty on this manifold.  The warranty extension applied to most 2.0T TSI engines and covers up to 120k miles.  You will want to contact your local dealer with your vin number to check if your vehicle applies (only do this if yours is bad, they won’t replace it otherwise it is not a recall)

 

2.0t tsi

 

This part may also fail causing boost and or vacuum related faults.  This would happen if the intake runner control pops out of the manifold causing a vacuum leak.  This would also result in a rough or poor idle on the 2.0T.

 

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2.0t TSI Intake Manifold

 

 

Info about how this intake manifold fails

 

 

Here is a video how to replace this 2.0T TSI intake manifold

 

This repair applies to the following models

Volkswagen
Beetle 2012-2015 w 2.0T TSI Engine
CC 2009-2015 w 2.0T TSI Engine
Eos 2008-2015 w 2.0T TSI Engine
GTI MK5 2008-2009 w 2.0T TSI Engine
GTI MK6 2010-2014 w 2.0T TSI Engine
Jetta MK5 2008-2010 w 2.0T TSI Engine
Passat B6 2008-2010 w 2.0T TSI Engine
Tiguan 2009-2015 w 2.0T TSI Engine
Audi
A3 8P 2008-2010 w 2.0T TSI Engine
TT MK2 2008-2015 w 2.0T TSI Engine

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48 Comments

on Intake Manifold Failure on 2.0T TSI (P2015).
    • Derek
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      hi paul, i am glad that i found your website. my 2010 Tiguan 2.0TSI 200ps used to have P2015 code and failed to pass the adaptation cycle with CEL. however, after several reset/adaptation, the error changed to “flap stuck opened” and without CEL. my car seems running well in such condition for about 1 yr now and seems not causing any trouble. so it is the position sensor gone bad? however, will it cause high fuel consumption? beside that, is there any way to clean the carbon deposit at the intake using chemical? do you ship internationally?

      appreciate your help.

      • Paul Barrett
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        I’m sorry we dont ship internationally. You should replace your manifold though.

    • Ken
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      2008 volkswagon passat 2.0 i changed intske manifold and check engine light came back on P0215 why did it do that

      • Paul Barrett
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        Tough to say. You should have it looked at.

    • Chuck
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      Very informative. Thanks

  1. Darlene
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    I have had the intake manifold replace under warranty twice within an 18 month time frame. I am currently at 72,000k and the most recent was only 2 weeks ago. I have an Audi TT 2010.

  2. Mitchell foster
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    Recently had work done on my mk6 gti golf 2011 following an accident. I noticed there is a open barb off the side of the intake manifold, previous to accident it had a hose attached to it (the repairer insisted it is not needed) but no matter how much research I do I can’t find another mk6 gti golf that has this hose attached. Is it needed? What is this open barb for?

  3. Corey
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    I got this code with my 2009 A4. I brought my car to the dealer and was quoted 1,500 bucks for a new intake manifold. I had the manifold off about 4 months ago for a carbon cleaning, so I know I can replace it. But my question is my transmission seams to stay in gear longer, if I’m in 6th gear and want to be in 5th I have to do it manually. Is this normal with the P2015 CEL ? Its likes my car doesn’t want to down shift till I slow down a lot. I plan on installing a new intake manifold next weekend, checking for carbon build up, if any cleaning it. As well as installing new plugs. hoping to get my drivablity back. as my car feels very very sluggish

    • Paul Barrett
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      Its no likely to create a trans issue but it can create drivability issues. My advice is to replace the part you know is bad and test drive the vehicle after.

  4. Michael
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    I have a 2013 VW CC Sport and failed an emissions test for the P2015 code. Apparently my particular model of CC (6 speed manual)is non-covered. It is clearly the same issue, so I’m not sure why mine is not covered?

    • Paul Barrett
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      Im sorry we dont know why vehicles are covered and not. Sounds like you will need a manifold.

  5. Nick
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    Could the vacuum leak from the bad manifold also be cause a random misfire code? Just the other day my 08 Jetta Wolfsburg threw about 5 new codes. The intake runner sensor, and some misfire codes.

    • Paul Barrett
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      Yes they can cause a rough running condition.

  6. Patrick McDevitt
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    Thank you for putting up the info on the extended warranty. My 2010 GTI threw a p2015 code. After pricing parts,and trying to figure out who I’m going to get to help me, i came across your article, called volkswagen of America, gave them my vin.and told me I’m covered to 120 thousand, or march 1st.2020. AND,fuel injectors are covered the same way. But they have to fail first. Lol. Thanks again paul! You saved my ass.Any more vdub problems, or questions, I’m going right to you! Thanks for looking out for us volkswagen owners.

    • Paul Barrett
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      Glad to help. We look forward to hearing from you when you need some parts.

  7. |

    I just wanted to say thank you. I contacted VW and had my vin ran. My intake manifold is covered and the dealership is going to replace it for free. Saved me a lot of money and hassle. Thank you.

    • Paul Barrett
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      Awesome!! Glad to help. Give us a shout next time you need parts we can help save you money there too ; )

  8. Joel Cowper
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    Hey, first off this is the most helpful site i have found yet. My 2012 VW Tiguan 2.0T TSI Engine has thrown the P2015-Powertrain code, Intake Manf Runner Position Sensor/Switch Circuit Range/ Performance bank 1. I know next to nothing about cars. All i want to know is how serious could the code be? Is it alright to drive? or will i cause more damage?

    I live about 900km from the closest VW dealer so bringing it in to fix wont happen for a while, unless the issue is serious enough.

    • Paul Barrett
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      As long as you dont have a poor running condition with it you should be ok to drive it.

  9. Van
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    Thank you very much

  10. Michael Quattrone
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    I am told by VW USA only the intake manifold itself is covered under their ‘extended warranty’. We purchased our 2010 VW GTI from a family member a few months after it was purchased from a Dealer. Any letters noticing extended warranty items, therefore, were sent to the original owner.
    Without knowledge of the extended warranty, we took the car to a local independent mechanic close to the location where my spouse was when 1st noticing the check engine light. In turn, the independent’s diagnostic and research let us know there was an extended warranty and we took the car to a local VW dealer for service.
    VW USA is refusing to reimburse us for the approx $125 shop time & diagnostic of the independent mechanic because the independent’s research and error code noted the intake manifold runner position sensor/switch circuit and NOT just the intake manifold.
    Any advice on how to submit this invoice to VW of America for reimbursement would be greatly appreciated.

    • Paul Barrett
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      I dont think you will be successful with this. From their perspective if you had been servicing your vehicle with their dealer network you would not have that charge.

      I know its not what you want to hear but that pretty much the way it is. Hope this helps

      Paul

  11. Khoo Boon Hwee
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    Would like to check if this part is the correct MPN for 2009 and 2010 Sicrocco 2.0TSI?

    • Paul Barrett
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      Sorry we dont ship outside the US or have details on non US models.

  12. Matt
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    Is this manifold compatible with the FSI engine? As far as I can see they appear to be the same. I have a 2008 Passat 2.0tFSI with flap position issues…

    Does the manifold also include the flap position motor?

  13. |

    Hi Paul

    Does the extend warranty only apply to certain countries.

    I am in South Africa an cant find any article or letter send out that the warranty have been extend to 120000km

    • Paul Barrett
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      Warranty extensions will vary by area so only your local dealer can tell you whats going on in your area.

  14. Dane Wilcox
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    Can you replace the intake manifold without replacing the fuel injectors? Can i simply just have new seals put on my current injectors?

    • Paul Barrett
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      Yes but it requires a special tool to install the tip seal

  15. Ray
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    My 2009MY CC w/ 88000 miles on it just had the code go on. I’m curious if the dealer would clean out the carbon build up also when replacing the intake under warranty (assuming it will be covered)?I intended to clean the carbon out myself. It would be a shame to have the intake serviced twice.
    Boy this car is something! If it’s not the PCV valve diaphragm (replaced) it’s the turbo pressure valve (replaced) or it’s the timing chain tensioner bomb (replaced) and now the intake manifold sensor. I will be a fully certified VW mechanic by the time I sell this car.

    • Paul Barrett
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      They would clean it generally you would pay 1-2 hours labor additional to clean the carbon while the manifold is off.

  16. Daniela
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    Hi, first off this is the most helpful site i have found yet. Thank you for putting up the info on the extended warranty.
    I have a 2010 VW CC Sport. My car was running rough. Resently May 23 2016 Performed guided fault finding had multiple DTC for missfires and lean condention along with intake manifold flap position, the pivot arm for intake runner coming out intake causing vacuum leak. They replace the intake manifold under warranty but no injector. Lately I have starting to smell gas inside car. I have around 96000 miles on my 2010 VW CC. Please help

    • Paul Barrett
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      Could be injector seals leaking. Its possible they didnt replace them like they should have when doing the manifold.

  17. Bart
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    Hi Paul –

    Good article! Question though – do you know what specific VIN/models that VW offered the extension on? My dealership does not seem to know of it (phone call, I did not take it in yet – read the code at O’Reilly’s). Was there a bulletin / literature out there from VW supporting that? Thanks!

    -Bart

    • Paul Barrett
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      Sorry we dont have any details on the warranty extensions

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        I have a 2009 Volkswagen CC I have a high-pitch squealing noise on it change the belt tensioner on the serpentine belt still have the same noise change the water pump noise is still there starting to think that the intake manifold is full of carbon had a diagnostic check done on the car told me to check a vacuum leak on the car can’t find a vacuum leak could it be the intake manifold.

        Please help me

  18. William A
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    Parts were on order when the car lost all turbo boost. Seems like it was in limp mode. Replaced the pcv valve, intake manifold, and turbo diverter valve. I believe only the manifold was bad. I had lots of codes when the car refused to start: misfires, lean, low pressure, actuators in wrong position. Now I am down to two codes: p2008 and p0016.

    A local shop says I need Vag-Com to set the manifold actuator, which will probably clear the p2008 code. Is this realistic? The actuator was broke and pulling away from the mainfold. I’m sure the manifold vanes were NOT being controlled turning when I started the repair.

    The p0016 code has me worried. This is the timing chain to cam position. I know lots of timing chain tensioners fail, but everything failing together has me suspicious. The shop says timing chains can be “adjusted” using Vag-Com. Is this true?

  19. Airedka Davis
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    Thanks for all the great info, wanted to fix it myself, but realize taken it to a mechanic would be better.

  20. Chris
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    I have a 2011 GTI and had the manifold replaced 2x – once at 36,000 miles and then again at 110,000 miles – both covered under the manifold warranty. The latest manifold sensor failed again – P2015 code – however the last manifold replacement at 110,000 back in February is only covered for 12,000 miles and it failed at 15,000 miles and VW North American basically told me I was out of luck. So my questions…

    1) Are there any manifolds available where the sensor is a separate piece that can be replaced instead of the whole manifold?
    2) Can a manifold be installed that works without a sensor?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Paul Barrett
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      The manifold is now on a newer revision that seems much less likely to fail (linked above) and you can remove this type of manifold but it is generally done for performance reasons and is not economically practical to do for this purpose.

  21. hosam ali
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    hi. did if I change only the round sensor. could be enough??,

  22. Luis
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    Just wanted to know if anyone has had this issue with their Q7. I just recently came across this problem with my car and we don’t know what to do and if it’s covered by warranty and how costly it is

  23. Edie Orlando
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    Well, it continues……. my husband’s car, ( 2015 GTI) – is in now with the SAME issue……. they won’t replace, as he’s at 40k mi- even though car is only a yr old!!! Any suggestions?
    Thank you

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