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Volkswagen Golf Accessories & Modifications

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  • lewshellewshel Posts: 37
    I want to change the knob. Is this a do it yourself or a dealer project?
  • pwright2pwright2 Posts: 9
    Does anybody know where I can purchase exhaust tips for my 2000 passat v6? I'm looking for the ones where you have to cut away a piece of the bumper. I saw it in a VW parts catalog but of course I can't find it. I really don't like the kind that stick out from under the bumper. It looked quite nice in the catalog. Thanks.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    If you saw them in the catalog, you should be able to get them at the dealership's parts dept. Also, check out drivergear.vw.com for more info.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Here is the official VW website for accessories.

    http://www.drivergear.vw.com/

    You can also use http://www.alltheweb.com or http://www.dogpile.com to search for other accessoroes.
  • jlightseyjlightsey Posts: 1
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    Is there a class 2 hitch available for this vehicle? I have looked everywhere for one, and have had zero luck! In the owners manual it lists the towing capacities for the TDI, the small 4cyl, and the "manual" 1.8T, but under the Automatic column it says "data unavailable at time of printing"!?

    I'll worry with the towing capacity AFTER I find a hitch for it. Any help would be appreciated
  • vwinvavwinva Posts: 71
    I'd like to know too. I have found aftermarket hitches for the sedan, but the wagon is excluded. Google search turned up nothing. Has anyone actually installed one? If yes, was it stock or a custom built?
  • I just bought a 2003 Passat Wagon and love how it looks! I'm concerned that when I eventually need to haul lawn fertilizer, wet trash, etc, that gunk is going to make its way into nooks and cranies or stain the carpets. Do you know of any companies that sell some sort of sturdy plastic liners that I could easily put down in the cargo area. I'm thinking of something like bed liners for pickups but with only a 6-inch wall. Thanks in advance.
  • Hello all I just bought a 2003 1.8T Wolfsburg I am so excited about it and was wondering if a cold air intake and exhaust will void he cars warranty and also what the best kind to get. I dont really want an obnoxious sounding exhaust though. also what type of power gain will these two modifications achieve? Will it hurt the engine in any way? Stupid question probably but I dont want to do anything detrimental to my new baby. Its black and absolutly beautiful!!!
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    (hailwolfsburg) NO! It wont 'void' the warantee.... But if somting goes wrong and they can prove that your moditications caused it... the warantee for that repair may not be covered.

    BOTTOM LINE: The warantee is not a all -or- nothing type of thing. Each warantee claim is considerd seperately.

    IE....
    *)An aftermarket exhaust system will not 'void' the warantee if the paint starts to peel.
    *) A cold air intake should not affect warantee coverage of the transmission.

    To answer your other questions:
    what type of power gain will these two modifications achieve? There is no definitive answer to this... if you want POWER get a chip.

    Will it hurt the engine in any way?NO.
  • Anyone know the best place to have a CD player installed in my 2000 VW Jetta? And maybe even a good one to install. Thanks.

    -Gary
  • I have both an in-dash CD player and a CD changer for my 2001 Jetta with Monsoon audio and am trying to decide which to install. The dealer won't do either since I didn't buy through them (but for $500, they were a bit pricey!). Any suggestions about which would be better to install?

     

    I should also mention the car is wired for the changer in the trunk already, though the adapter that came with the changer doesn't seem to fit the plug in the trunk. Anyone with any advice, tips, sanity-restoring ideas...?
  • Hi,

    I just bought a 2004 Jetta 1.8T and the car is great, but I drove my brothers and my friends 2003 1.8T and it feels like it gives more power for some reason. In the 2003 Jetta gas pedal, as you press slowly, you can hear the car and feel as if it wants to take off right away and in my 2004, I have to really step almost all the way on the gas pedal to make the turbo kick in. It's also really hard to burn tires in my 2004 Jetta 1.8T. Is there any major changes from the 2 year models?
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    Hi, bpeebles,

    I just bought a brand new 2004 Jetta GLI (VR6), the power output is OK but the braking power is not enough for a 200hp engine ( I guess the rear disc rotor is too small for a 17" wheel). Is there any dealer part or aftermarket disc rotor that can fit to the rim to improve the braking power?
    Secondly, I am not too get used to the the timing of releasing the clutch and pressing the gas pedal. When I drove my Civic coupe, I can pedal the gas again after I release the clutch completely. But if I drive it this way on my Jetta, it will jerk at the time of releasing the clutch. I need to press the gas pedal while releasing the clutch at the same time. Is this the correct way of driving this Jetta or any other stick shift car?

    Any answer to the above questions is greatly appreciated.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Search the internet for aftermarket performance brakes. There are several choices available.

    As for your question about driving a stick... it takes practice to make it smooth. If you are THINKING about it, you have not done it enough.

    You should be able to release the clutch WITHOUT TOUCHING THE THROTTLE then apply throttle after the clutch is fully enguaged. Revving the engine while releasing the clutch is a bad habit and will lead to wearing out the clutch.

    The secret is being very patient... do not ever expect a quick leap off the line.

    Generally it is described as follows:
    Release clutch until you feel the "pull" then STOP releasing the clutch until the vehicle speed "catches up" with the engine--- then finish releasing the clutch.

    I have never worn out a clutch in 25 years of driving. I do recall spending a lot of time trying to make every shift smooth as silk....now it is second nature. I can shift smoother than most automatic xmissions.
  • waisunwaisun Posts: 4
    Thankyou for your thorough stick shift driving technique, bpeebles.

    You said to apply throttle only after partly releasing the clutch when you felt that the vehicle speed catches up with the engine means that the the clutch is fully engaged. Is that correct?

    For downshift in manual transmission, what is the correct technique?

    What is the ignition coil problem you guys always talked of in the 1.8 Turbo Jetta.
    Any problem in model year 2003-2004 GLI(VR6)?

    Appreciate greatly for your reply.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Theanswer to your first question is "yes".

    For downshifting, it is generally considerd correct to "bliip" the throttle to make the enging RPMs match the xmission RPMs.... then ease the clutch enguagement.
    Just downshifting and releasing the clutch is not good for the mechanical parts of the engine.

    The " ignition coil problem" was only for the 1.8T (Audi designed engine). This engine has an ignitor coil mounted directly on top of each sparkplug. (CoilOnPlug design -- COP) The " ignition coil problem" was that there was a batch of coils that came from the manufacturer which would start to crack open after being used for awhile. Moisture would get into the cracks and essentually make the spark plug for that coil stop sparking.

    The problem was identified by VW and all defective coils were replaced with new ones. Technically, there should no longer be any (possibly) defective coils in use anywhere in the world because of this. Of course, some people chose to ignore the mailing from VW telling them to bring in their car to have the coils replaced....then they complain when a coil quits. ( go figure!! )
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    I had that same coil cracking problem on my 1997 Jetta (which I promptly replaced last year for $140 and 20 minutes of R&R - the hardest part was actually finding the special Torx sockets at the auto parts store). So this coil issue probably dates back to the 1992/1993 VW design changeover - when Bosch changed from the traditional cylindrical-shaped 12v ignition coil to a more compact plastic-covered coil. The ironic thing about this was those traditional coils were rock-solid reliable (The Bosch ignition coil on my deceased 1987 VW Golf GT was the original one - 624K miles and still going strong at the time of my collision with Bambi).

    One mechanic that I know uses the water bottle test on the coil. If the engine dies when water is sprayed on the coil - its time for a replacement.... :)
  • bill1201bill1201 Posts: 1
    My radio reception in my 1999 Beetle is horrible. The problem has existed since I purchased the car. AM is terrible and FM is not much better. Does anyone have any idea on what I can do. I do not want a new radio, just better reception.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    If you have the "amplified antenna", then suspect that as the issue.

    Basically, the "amplified antenna" has an RF amplifier built into the base of it. The radio sends power to it thru the antenna wire. Some folks have had luck in "fixing" you type of problem by cleaning the contacts on the plug at the base of the antenna where the wire plugs in. I beleive that is accessed by pulling down the headliner inside the car.
  • anyo33anyo33 Posts: 2
    Can anyone suggest a deep throaty exhaust system or muffler for a 2001 VR6 Jetta?? The stock system is so quiet it's hard on the clutch...do not want the spitting cat back system!!..Also why a pre-muffler after catalytic converter...has anyone removed this??...thanks
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