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Volkswagen Owners-Meet the Members

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  • I guess I'll be the first non-Jetta owner to introduce myself to this board. My name is Brandon Swan, I live in Seattle, and I own a 1999 Colorado Red Passat Wagon 1.8T, 5-speed manual. The only option it came with was the leather package, but I immediately had them install a 6-disc CD changer, and then sometime later, I added alloy wheels. I've owned the car for almost 3 years now and it's been a great car. It just rolled over the 36000-mile mark a couple of weeks ago and it's been pretty much trouble free. I love driving this car. Even though the 1.8T engine only generates 150hp, the manual tranny makes the most of it. Outside of a little turbo lag in first gear, this car hustles quite nicely and provides plenty of power. My weekday commuting is short since I live and work in Seattle, but I often stretch this cars legs on weekend jaunts to my vacation home on Orcas Island (in the San Juans) about 100 miles away. I've also taken longer road trips to California and Sun Valley, Idaho. This car is great for road trips - very comfortable.
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    I live in Seattle as well. You should keep an eye on the Pacific NW forum on VW Vortex.


    http://forums.vwvortex.com/zeroforum?id=90


    We had a Get Together back in December. Over 20 VWs showed up. It was really cool to see all sorts of different models and years represented. It's a good place to learn about your car from other locals. A local guy in Bellevue installed my sway bar for $25 after I saw his post on VWV. Good stuff!


    Maybe I'll see you at the next meeting!

    Anakin

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  • Hi, my name is Adam and my wife and I have a 2000 Jetta GL. Its canyon red, beige interior, has the 2.0L, and a 5 speed. Only add-ons are the cd changer and we put on VW alloy wheels (because hub caps are just ugly!). The wheels are the 15" Reggae model, they look great. I love this car. VWs just drive so nice. Have had some problems and I can't say that the build quality is as good as it should be, but again, I can put up with the minor annoyances. I think we are going to think about trading up to a Jetta wagon in the future as we are starting a family and will need the extra room. When I saw the wagon I knew I had to have one, Im a wagon junkie, but only cool ones!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    If you want room for your family to be able to grow, the Passat wagon might do better by you. I have a Jetta sedan now, and when I go out with my best friend (and her 2 toddlers in car seats), the car is rather tight inside. I am 6'3 though, so that might have something to do with it. :) But still, the only thing I wish for (besides for the one rattle I have to stop), is a little more interior room.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I got my 02 Golf TDI from Trend Motors in Rockaway, NJ. Top notch sales department.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,021
    Last week, Edmunds rolled out new pricing pages. Along with this is a new "consumer ratings & reviews". This functionality lives in the "consumer opinions" area of the new vehicle detail page, and allows users to rate a vehicle on a number of different criteria (1 to 10 scale), as well as add his/her own free-form comments.

    If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.

    If you have any questions, please let me know!

    Thanks!

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    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • seguyseguy Posts: 133
    owner of a 1.8T silver w/ gray leather GTI, lux&leather pkg MSRP $21,600. Bought mine from a large denver area dealer for $19950 + tax out the door(0.9% for 24 mon through VW), minus the $13,700 trade-in for my 99 accord. The honda was a great car, but really missed shifting my own gears. So far I love the car, and I'm sure I'll love it even more after 2,000 miles, when i'll push it more.
  • It's difficult for me, but changed family circumstances are forcing me to sell my beloved Eurovan. I've had her for three years and think there's nothing better designed for roadtrips involving lots of friends and their outdoor adventure gear, like tents, kayaks, mountain bikes, skis, etc. I need advice on asking price and where to market her. she's a 1993 Eurovan GL with 73,000 miles, strong durable 5-cylinder Audi truck engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission, front and rear a/c, power locks & doors, cruise control, power heated mirrors, rear wiper, premium sound with cassette and CD controller, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Condition of beige-grey interior is excellent. Condition of maroon exterior is excellent but for a cracked rear bumper (hidden beneath bumper sticker) and slight crack at corner of front bumper. I'm wondering what to ask: Kelley dealer retail says $10,800, but I think that's too much. Does $6,900 sound reasonable? These vehicles are rare, it's spring and the cavernous Eurovan is unbeatable for a summer roadtrip with friends, all their outdoor gear and the dog. I'm located in Sacramento, California. Aside from newspaper classifieds, where else is a smart place to offer this vehicle? Are there Eurovan or Volkswagen enthusiast web sites that don't mind ads?
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    Oh sure... just post it in the classifieds on http://forums.vwvortex.com


    Good luck.

  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,021
    You can also list your Eurovan thru Edmunds.com Used Power Shopper.

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  • We have the same color and year Jetta 4 doors and I too want less roll out of my 1.8T auto/triptronic. The dealer told me to go with springs, but I don't want to loose ride height. Questions: Are you happy with the sway app.? Did you go with a rear or front? Did you use the dealer? Will this be too hard a ride for my wife?
    I realize the last ? is impossible to answer but imagine your wife to be semi-sporty and hates soft ride American cars...any comments appreciated. Peace.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have a 2002 1.8T Tiptronic with the 17-inch tires and sport suspension. It still has a little too much roll. I am definitely going to get the swaybar sometime this summer, if I can get someone to help me install it. :)
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    A sway bar will not affect the "hardness" of the ride at all. It doesn't modify the softness of the springs or shocks.

    I bought a 25mm rear Neuspeed sway. I would recommend getting someone other than the dealer to install it, or do it yourself if you have the tools. It really is quite simple to install.

    I have enjoyed my sway bar. I hear that blueguy is pleased with his as well.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Definitely thinking about the sway bar for my car. Going to add it this summer. If I cannot do it myself, I will have to get someone to put it on for me though. I might just do that though, because I am not very mechanically inclined, and don't have the space at home to work on the car (I live in the city and park on the street).
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    If you do get an install, see if there is a local VW performance shop that can do it for you. The dealership will probably charge you way too much for what is a 15 minute job.
  • Hello everyone. My name is Edward, live in Wisconsin (but not a Packer fan - yet). I own a 1992 Jetta Gl (Jetta Girl, I call it). Gasoline engine. 1.4 litre. 5-speed. Bought it used in Chicago, had 65,000 at that time. It now has 145,000 on it. I really love the car. Been across the country 4 times with it already. Very reliable car, until recently. Bad oxygen sensor, timing belt gear key broke. I think the worst part of it all is not being able to find a qualified mechanic who knows how to troubleshoot and fix it. Too many amateurs out there. I have found one or two good mechanics so far (but not the dealer!), and I don't let them out of my sight. Everyone tells me to get rid of it, but it's still a good car, as long as I take good care of it, right? Sorry for the long prose. By the way, someone else wrote something about the engine or oil light? My oil light used to come one and buzz until I changed from 10w30 oil to 20w50 oil (Castrol). Haven't seen the light come on since then.
  • Hello,

    My wife and I live near Madison, WI and are on our 10th VW. We currently own a blue '01 Eurovan GLS w/20k and a black '94 Jetta GLX w/150k, both owned since new. The Jetta is one of the first 1500 US models that wer mad in Germany before production moved to Mexico. We tried some other vehicles (Rodeo, Suburban), but always came back to VW. We are fortunate to have a fantastic dealer in Madison that has been VW-only since 1959 (Zimbrick VW East-formerly Brun's VW). If you enjoy driving, German is really the only way to go. Cars built in a country with no speed limits just drive better. I look forward to the cameraderie of other VW drivers
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have to agree about the German driving feel. Very satisfying and safe.
  • I'm on my second Beetle. My first was a 1970 deluxe beetle that my grandfather bought new and gave it to me in 1981. When I totaled it (sad day that was) in 1987, it had over 400,000 miles on it- yes that is the right number of zeros.
    Now, I own a 2003 New Beetle Blue Lagoon 2.0. I am considerably older now and I like it a lot. I wish I had 2 liters in my old beetle. It's not a rocket or racer but it's not suppose to be- people drive too fast and dangerously now anyway.
  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    My name is Frank and I live in the Chicago area. This is my first VW of any kind. I've not had it more than a month. What can I expect? Like other members, I compared the WRX with the 1.8T. I got more bang for the buck with the GLS. More standard featues for about $3,000 less. My wife didn't want another manual trans. So, I compromised and got the Triptronic. It's very much like a manual without the clutching. I will use the Triptonic when driving. She has her own car. I'm getting old now, and while at a stop light I would sometimes forget to pull the trans back into first. Anyone, has that happen to you? The Jetta now does that for me. My previous car was a 1990 Plymouth Laser with the 2.0L 4 cyl turbo engine. There was more turbo lag than what I wanted. The gears were too far apart and too much play in the box. Before I drive the Jetta I want to sell my 1992 Camry V6 XLE. I didn't realize the Jetta was about the same size as the Laser until latter in my
    research. I was surprised when I discovered the WRX is also about the same size, but I was looking to keep the price down. I wanted a car in the low end price range with performance, and that's when my research led me to the Jetta. I have a German friend, and do I need to say any more? Sorry, I'm just running on, but tell me more about the sway bars. Do they add that much to the performance? I'll drop by again when I get some miles under my seat in the Jetta with my impressions. Thanks everyone, Frank
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