The nature of the problem is a certain supplier's fuel lines which have scoring marks made during manufacture. When this is coupled with the pipes vibrating during certain operating conditions of DPF regeneration, cracks can be formed which lead to the fuel escaping. Not all Diesels are affected as the fuel supplier source has been replaced.
When the work is done, you will find under the engine cover, some additional rubber blocks which are anti-vibration balance weight items to change the resonance of the pipe work that crosses over the top of the engine (4 pipes) plus a bit of nylon over braid over a pipe near the throttle body. The pipework over the top of the engine is the pipes (4 off) from the common rail unit on the front top of the engine to the injectors at the back.
And the car gets the usual small sticker by the left side of the spare wheel on the metal boot floor with the campaign number recorded on it (23K2). Also the Service Schedule Logbook should have an entry in the back pages under Workshop Comments.
This explains a little more detail but bear in mind, VW (USA) run their own system of car maintenance separate to VW's rest of the world system .....
http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/06/vw-a ... el-models/
This doesn't state Scirocco as its an USA article.
I can't find the specific chassis range but it appeared against a broad spread of the Scirocco production from 2008 - 2010 when I checked.
Those affected by this recall will be notified in writing from a VW source.
Here's some general advice provided by VAG Germany:
VW Germany wrote:Can I use the vehicle till it is checked/repaired?
Yes, the vehicle can be used till it is checked/repaired. But in case of a fuel smell the vehicle should be switched off straight away and a Volkswagen retailer asked to check/repair the vehicle.
Is there a danger for the consumers?
A crack of the injection pipe can lead to a fuel leak and affect the driving characteristics of the vehicle.
How long does the repair take?
Depending on the scope, the repair takes between 15 minutes and 1 hour.
Can the driver recognise the fault?
Yes, a cracked injection pipe can be recognised by a diesel smell and fuel loss.
Can I have the check/repair carried out all over Europe?
Yes, all Volkswagen retailers have been informed.
Do I have to make an appointment?
Yes, that's important. Your retailer needs to ensure that the necessary parts for your vehicle are available.
NB: These questions are part of the letter, so this last one assumes it has been recieved by the owner.
In the meantime before any letter arrives, be alert. If you have an engine performing under par and smell leaking diesel fuel in the engine bay, suggest you contact your dealer at the earliest opportunity and heed the advice in the quote above, particularly the answer to the first question in the quote.