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Volkswagen Jetta 2005 and earlier

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  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    you lost me. i never posted, nor responded, to anything of yours, did i?

    about this mints being stolen thing - why does the poster think he would get "flamed" for posting that?

    i am really lost. are their deleted posts, mr host?
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I thought the huh was directed towards me. Sorry
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Be glad it was only a tin of mints -- not that that's acceptable.

    I stopped at a local Car Pool carwash (upscale and has several locations around town here -- even the local police get their cars washed & detailed there) -- about four years ago to get my wife's Cavalier washed. It was a cold Saturday and I was wearing sweats with no pockets, and I had my pager from work with me. Instead of carrying it with me when I got out to have the car vacuumed, I hid it way up under the lower dash in a little pocket the Cavalier had for CDs and stuff. You couldn't see down that deep without crouching down and peering in the cubby. Well, do I need to say what happened? The second I got back in the car, I reached for my pager. It was gone. I went inside and asked to borrow their phone, and I called 911. I had a cop there within 10 minutes. He interviewed all the snot-nosed, pants-around-their-thighs teenagers who vacuumed the cars, and no one admitted to taking it. Bottom line, I had to go back to work and admit my pager was stolen. It was never recovered.

    I have not returned to that car wash in four years and I don't plan to return to it again. I made a point of telling the manager that he was losing a three-year, at least once-a-month customer. He was really pissed at his employees, and as I left in disgust he was calling everyone into his office for a little meeting. If I were you, I'd call your dealership's general manager and tell him what happened, and then I'd tell him he was not only losing your service, but also any future consideration for new vehicles -- along with that of as many friends and strangers you can tell about this. I hope they sell several lines of vehicles and are well-known in the area. You might even consider calling your Better Business Bureau about this. Some might say a tin of mints ain't that big a thing -- but if they've got an employee there with sticky fingers, he could take anything small -- cell phones, pagers, sunglasses (mine are $200 prescription ones), etc. And the more he gets away with, the more confident he'll get in skimming more stuff.

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Jettas now have the $1200 dealer cash (which most will pass on to the customer), so if you are in the market, now is a great time.


    Also, the prices for the 2003s has been released on http://www.CarsDirect.com. I priced a 2003 with the ESP option being the only difference between my 2002 and it (Sport Pkg., Leather Pkg., Tiptronic, Monsoon), and the MSRP price for the 2003 was LESS, even with the ESP! Guess I should have waited. :(

  • jsstoverjsstover Posts: 40
    Well we got the mints resolved. They "fell" out of the dash and they forgot to put them back. Whatever.

    As far as changing the oil myself, tried that but the yahoos cranked the oil plug and filter on so tight that I had to get a 4' braker bar to get enough leverage to loosen the plug. Drained the oil then went to change the filter. Ended up twisting it like a candy cane. More trouble than its worth after all that and trying to dispose of the oil.

    Solved that problem though. We traded it in and bought a Jetta GLS TDi.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I took my car in once to the VW dealer. When I got it back, the gum I had in the middle armrest storage area was gone. I was really mad! It's not the fact that they took the gum (it was only $.25 for the pack), but it's the thing that they took something that was mine.
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    I thought you weren't ever going to buy another VW product ...?

    Meade
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Who said I was buying another one? I just said I calculated the prices of the car on CarsDirect.com.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    On the GLS 1.8T wagon, the option of a Luxury Package is available. It includes the Climatronic, wood trim, leather seats, and other things. Interesting to see some of the GLX only options kinda working their way down the line, so to speak.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    I bet if you called your own pager, and put in your number, they'd call you. Then if you have a caller ID, find out their number and get them.

    Dumb kid thieves are not smart by definition.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "...changing the oil myself, tried that but the yahoos cranked the oil plug and filter on so tight that I had to get a 4' braker bar to get enough leverage to loosen the plug."

    Those are EXACTLY the reasons for doing it yourself!!!
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    What is ESP option?

    Thanks.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    ESP is Electronic Stability Program. It's about the same as traction control as far as use (stops wheel spin). But it also works when cornering. When you go around the corner too quickly, yaw and other sensors slow the car down to a safe speed, so the driver doesn't lose control. It's a new option for 2003 on all Golf/Jetta models. Considering it's the only small car thus far to offer it, that's pretty cool. Says something about the commitment to safety that VW has.

    Now if they could just build the damn things without rattles.. :)
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    yes, VW is da bomb!! :)
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Yeah, but when you start talking prices and features and getting excited about a certain model car ... well, we've all seen what happens. Several times.

    Just kiddin' around with you.

    ;-)

    Meade
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    And you don't think that's the FIRST thing I tried? C'mon now, I'm not THAT stupid! They obviously turned it off right after they took it. I still remember that I did NOT have it in vibrate mode. I had to turn it off because I used to giggle too much when it went off in vibrate mode, making all my coworkers stare.

    Meade
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    I didn't even mean to make it beep on them while still there, but a good idea.

    What I meant was to page them to call your number.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Sounds like it might be good for some people, but I prefer to do my driving myself.

    Thanks for the info.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I actually toyed with the idea of selling the Jetta privately and getting another car. I know I would be crazy to get another VW after all the crap I went through, but it's the driving experience that does it for me. I had alot of small troubles, but there is just something when I get behind the wheel, fire up the engine and stereo, and hit the road. Never liked driving a car as much as the one I have now, and this is the 5th car I have owned in 5 years. I have also driven everything from a Ford Escort to a Mercedes SLK230, but still favor my VW.

    If I could drop my financing rate from the 10 that it is now down to the 2.9 (if I could qualify, I mean), I could afford a new Jetta. But I am working on paying this one off now, so that's not a question. :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Protege folks, hold your fire!!! :)
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    Must resist....
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Before you go "off", hold on a second. Let me explain. I liked the way the car drove alot, but the power lag sucked (automatic supercharged model). The drive and ride was great (better than the Jetta), but the interior was too cramped for me. That was the biggest problem for me. I guess I should have been more explanatory, sorry. :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Really, let's please don't get into this again here. If you want to pursue this kind of conversation go to Meet the Members in your Owners Club.

    I'm serious -- we've beaten this into the ground.
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    No worries :D
    Sedan vs. coupe...if space is an issue than it's not the car for you!!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Well I am 6'3 and about 260lbs., so space is definitely an issue for me. The Jetta doesn't have much back seat room, but I don't care since I don't ride in the back seat.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    SLK 320 is sweet...but as a daily driver...ain't gonna happen (my cousins are paying $800 a month for 5 years to finance it....and they only drive it to work on nice days).
  • protege_fanprotege_fan Posts: 2,405
    That's like my mortgage payment!!!! :O
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    Vocus is right. The Kompressor M-B's with automatics just aren't right. A friend as a SLK230 5 speed. Car is beautiful, and has plenty of spare power. Another friend has the EXACT same car, with the automatic. SERIOUSLY, my 94 Nissan Sentra 110hp automatic was faster. By a long shot. I have heard that something is wrong with M-B lately....I guess that is one of the things. Digging the new E though...

    I am still so upset that VW abandoned the Cabrio/Golf convertible format, for the Beetle. Now there is not a single simple yet affordable yet classy convertible to be had! Anywhere. Unless you buy used. The Beetle Cab will be a huge seller like the Mini, but no soul :(
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    Supposedly a Cabrio will be back when they release the MkV.

    I'm hoping those rumors of a convertible hardtop Jetta are true.
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