Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W210 E300DT x2/w211wagon4M / Ford SD. Seeking diesel pushmower
Location: CA Bay Area
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I had complete MAF failure on diesel VW and on each restart it would hesitate for few seconds and than the computer put the system in what I call "safe mode".
Per my feeling the engine was operating fully mechanically still giving me about 90% of normal power with CEL on.
If the code comes with just plugging MAF back and not driving for some distance -I would suspect the trouble is the connection. To my knowledge those cars have no way to test MAF itself.