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VW Jetta TDI



  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,495
    Other folks have done essentially the same thing and gotten little to no residual.

    I would suspect that truly while it might be "distressing" in fact it is not a big deal.

    I say that because if you look at the "dry" fill vs the oil change, the math indicates some oil is indeed left, i.e., you CAN NOT get all the oil out unless you dismantle the engine etc!! :) :(

    Point two. the owners manual describes a dipstick measuring procedure. What it does indicated is that the "correct" oil level will show different on the dipstick during the correct procedure parameters than measured "overnight" Overnight will measure of course higher than normal.

    I hope this is clear. If not fire your questions away.

    Elf and Mann stuff are good products!!

    As for the "crush" washers, they recommend new ones each time to serve as a reference points, for who knows when a used washer will lose its holding abiity and let the oil leak?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    The reason that VW recommends REPLACING the oil-plug is because the gasket (crush washer) does not come off of the plug...thus, the entire assembly must be replaced to get a new one. (Since it is designed to "crush" when used, it should never be reused.)

    As for the skidplate, one can chose either STEEL or ALUMINIUM. Obviously the steel is stronger... but is also heavier. Adding a skidplate makes the already-low clearance even worse.

    Also, one needs to consider replacing the plastic SIDESKIRTS when installing a skidplate.

    Here are some links to various skidplate options;
  • drm2drm2 Posts: 4
    This is my first post to the forum. I just bought a 2006 TDI and am very confused about the brand of oil to use in it. I know it must be a full synthetic oil that meets prescribed VW standards. Could someone out there tell me (in layman's language) which Castrol or Mobil product I should purchase? Thanks in adavance.
  • Thanks for the useful info on the crush washer, I'll have to get a supply of plugs I guess. :)

    Unfortunately the metal skid plates aren't shown as being available for the New Jetta's yet. :(
  • The 505.01 designation required to meet VW's standards is not readily available at your local automotive parts stores ( at least not in rural northern Minnesota ).

    If you do a Google search for 505.01 motor oil, you will come up with a number of brands (Elf, Motul, Pentosynth, Amzoil, Castrol, etc.), and online sources.

    Hope this helps. :)
  • drm2drm2 Posts: 4
    Thanks, Sandman. I ordered Elf this afternoon from tdiparts.
  • pruzinkpruzink Posts: 112
    It is really important that you use the correct oil in the engines as the PD (pump deuse: unit injectors) injectors develop about 29,000 psi of pressure and there is a lot of sheer stress on the motor oil between the cams and the injectors. You can buy Castrol 505.01 oil from any VW dealer. You can buy Elf 505.01 from "", a new supplier just started selling it on Ebay. Currently "" has 506.01 oil on sale at $13.50/liter (the 506.01 exceeds the 505.01 oil). You can get Motul 505.01 from "". All of these sites are good sites that cater to TDIs.
  • Does anyone know how long it takes for VW to get their DriverGear updated? I want Stainless Exaust Tips for my 06 TDI and the VW people are no help on a timeline. Any ideas? :)
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    This is another resource for metal skid plates to replace the OEM plastic belly pans.

    I'd appreciate any shared wisdom based on actual experience with metal skid plates on a Jetta or Passat. (Toureg's excluded for obvious reasons.)
  • I am a used car owner, and the previous owner took the car to the dealership and has no idea how to do the oil change. Since I have owned the car, I have gotten an oil change 3 times, but I really dont want to spend 96$ to get the oil changed every time. And since I drive quite a bit because i am a commuting student, i need to get the oil changed more frequently. I decided to buy the oil and filter myself, which cost quite a bit less, but I cant seem to find someone who knows how to do VOLKSWAGEN oil changes to show me how to do it. I need help. Please and thank you.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    Oil changes for the TDI are 10,000 miles. Use the proper oil and all will be OK.

    Check here for videos about how to change oil and other TDI maintenance procedures.

    HINT: Clean your "snowscreen" ASAP. (I find the snowscreen in my 3 VWs is filthy every 12 months.)
  • I know this probably has been asked before but I'm new to this board.

    What kind of mileage are owners of the new Jetta TDI getting? I've heard from other folks that after it's broken in their seeing 50 mph highway or even slightly better. Has anyone here experienced that? :confuse:
  • I have kept track of gallons and milage from day one. (Nov. of 05) I have an 06 TDI automatic. I'm getting 38 mpg. and have 9800 miles on the car.
  • My 05.5 Jetta TDI manual 5 spd has a MPG calculator in the red portion of the dash. It will read current MPG, and cumulative MPG since last zeroed (which I typically do at each fill) I've never seen the cumulative under 42, and that has been when I've been doing a lot of stop and go, and short distance non-freeway driving in colder temps. I have seen it as high as 56 on steady speed limit (60) highway driving, and closer to 50-52 with steady freeway speed limit driving (70).
    I like it compared to my 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee that now sits in the garage because it was getting about 16 mpg all around driving and about 20 long haul freeway driving. But it does do a better job hauling and breaking through the snow drifts when necessary. ;)
  • Thanks for the link.
    I checked it out, but it seems a bit pricey compared to what the links bpeebles posted showed (especially the steel factory one for the 01 Jetta).
    I think I'll wait a little while to see if some other less expensive options develop once this model has been out awhile. :)
  • pruzinkpruzink Posts: 112
    I installed an Evolution Imports aluminum skidplate on my 04 PD TDI Jetta and really like it. I chose that particular skidplate over the Dieselgeek plate because at the time he wasn't offering aluminum and the stell plate he offered decreased the ground clearance an inch or 2 more than the Evolution plate. (I'm pretty sure now you can get an Aluminum plate very similar to the Evolution one from Dieselgeek). The plate that I installed really didn't have much of an affect on my ground clearance. When you install it, it really makes the install much easier if you have a pneumatic impact gun for socking up the rivnuts. If you like to do oil changes from underneath you can cut an access hole in the plate with a hole saw to allow the valve to be operated and get a Fumoto valve with the attached nipple and then run a hose just past the skid plate. (Dieselgeek might offer this as an option on his plates) If you drive your car in wintery conditions, it gives you a lot of piece of mind that chunks of slush falling off of truck wheelwells aren't going to rip your bottom out.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    The pre- "pumpe duse" TDI has been shown to get well over 50 MPG. (window sticker says 49MPG) The newer "pumpe duse" engines have been reported to acheive less MPG. (supposedly because that are tuned for low emmissions)

    My 2003 TDI (well broken in) regularly gets over 50MPG and has touched 56MPG on long highway trips. If I were to get anything less than 550 miles on a tank of fuel... I would consider that somthing is seriously wrong with my car.

    Of course, anyone looking for MPG will not be using an automatic xmission with a TDI (oxymoron!) The new DSG (automatic manual) xmission has been said to be an exception to this rule. It can get MPG as good as a manual xmission.
  • winter2winter2 Posts: 1,796
    I generally post over in the Jeep Liberty CRD forum (own one). I am interested in getting a Jetta or Passat TDI for my wife in 2007 or 2008. I have read back in the CRD forum that VW will not be bringing diesels to the U.S. after MY 2006. Is this true? If so I will be quite disappointed :cry: :cry:
  • jkinzeljkinzel Posts: 735
    Below is a quote from a VW dealer in WA state when I inquired about Jetta TDI’s. I expect the “better hurry, almost gone” sales pitch, but thought I better ask around about TDI’s becoming a thing of the past.

    “These cars (Jetta’s) are in extreme high demand and in short supply. To add to this VW is not going to produce a model 2007 in a TDI from what we here in any line of car. So don't wait to long because dealers inventory are already getting thin on 2006 TDI's.”

    Anyone heard a rumor that VW will not have diesels in their 2007 line-up? I’ll also ask at the VW forum.
  • winter2winter2 Posts: 1,796
    I just spoke with the VW information center and they have no information concerning this. In fact they will not have any info about this until just after June.
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