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VW Jetta TDI



  • ryonkryonk Posts: 3
    After talking with VW they are not going to help me out at all on this repair. They told me and I quote "if it was 1 mile past the warranty we would not cover the damage". They were not concerned one bit whether or not I was going to purchase another VW or not. I have had this car since it was brand new and I have kept up on all of the maintenance at VW locations in Omaha at Stan Olsen and in the Springs at Heuberger and it does not matter. I have contacted a lawyer to try and go a different route on this matter. Needless to say I will not ever buy another VW. This is my spouses car and she now wants an Infinity because the customer service there blows away anything from VW.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    she now wants an Infinity because the customer service there blows away anything from VW.

    Don't count on it after the warranty is up. Lexus is great also, until the warranty is up, then they stick it to you.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,837
    ryonk, you surely don't expect vw to pay for the repair when the car is 12000 miles beyond warranty and you don't have extended warranty? hey, i'd be seriously annoyed at a $2300 failure like that but would not ask VW to pay. you take your chances either way in buying/not-buying an extended warranty. a good extended warranty costs $2k! looks like your #1 criteria for next car ought to be reliability. the euro cars do not do so well by that metric.
    in the meantime maybe you could find an independent mechanic to do the job for less $. there are certified/independent tdi mechanics lists available...
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    I had to find an independant Lexus mechanic or get rid of a good car. The Lexus shop I found charges about 1/3rd what the dealer charges. He buys genuine Lexus parts from the dealer. I am thinking any new car you are going to keep for a long time should be covered by an extended warranty. You can look at threads on every brand and read sad tales of huge repair bills, just after the warranty expires. It is not a VW thing. I had a great VW dealer here in San Diego, Drew VW & Ford.
  • So last week I purchased a '99 Jetta TDI. It took a week of driving to see the mileage results (all city driving) and it ended up being I drove just under 500 miles and it took just over 12 gallons of #2 Diesel to fill it up, so roughly 40-41 mpg. 110,000 miles, great leather upholstery, and the paint looks new. Oh, what a feeling! is being used by the wrong car company.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    Welcome to the forum and good luck with that diesel.
  • jimmac1jimmac1 Posts: 1
    Looking into buying a 2002,03 Jetta TDI, but I am wondering about the mechanical reliability of the vehicle. I hear the exhaust manifold clogs frequently due to the poor quality of diesel in the US v.s. what is sold in US. if this is just a maintainence issue than I can handle that, but if there are design problems I am curious as well.

    Are there any additional standard things to look for when purchasing one of these cars and is there a year to stay awayfrom.

  • eliaselias Posts: 1,837
    jimmac it's the intakes which can get clogged due to EGR & the dirty fuel. so there is a design aspect (the EGR). i think some people disconnect it. (exhaust gas recirculation).
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,081
    The new ULSD (Ultra Low Sulpher Diesel) is starting to be rolled out in the USA... so your concerns about the fuel may be unfounded.

    In fact, my last fillup was ULSD.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,081
    Here is the "official" rollout plan for ULSD
  • dragnbarondragnbaron Posts: 11
    Had a quick question...
    I just recently bought a 2006 TDI jetta. Ran beautifully, and loved it. at about 500 miles the clutch froze in gear and it took the might of hercules (that's me) to get it out of 5th, on rt 287 in New Jersey (that was fun...). Took it to the dealership and they replaced the clutch, saying the compression plate was not put on properly. Now, it has about 2700 miles on it, and in 3rd gear i get this odd whinning sound... It sounds like a jet engine powering up. As soon as i let off the pedal it stops. It only makes this sound in 3rd... since i haven't been using third much because of that sound every time i do use it it sounds even worse. What could the problem be, will it go away, and sould i be worried?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,081
    I dont want to alarm you... but that whine you hear is indicative of transmission gears not meshing properly.

    It may be as simple as needing an adjustment to the shift linkages (cables) or somthing within the xmission itself.

    There is the possibility that this whining will not ever be of any real concequence.... or may be an indicator of worse problems later.

    In any case, you should be informing your dealership of this whining often and make CERTAIN that your complaints are logged every time you mention it. It would also help if their mechanic hears the sound and logs his findings too. This may give you some recourse if somthing fails later.

    It may not console you much... but VW manual xmissions are more often known to be VERY bulletproof and not ever have issues even after 200,000 miles of use.
  • dragnbarondragnbaron Posts: 11
    Hey, thanks for the info. Part of the reason i did get a vw manual was for the longevity and safty of the vehicle itself. I actually tried something yesterday and seemed to work well, but wanted to run it by you real quick, if you didn't mind. Shifting normally (pushing the shift knob all the way as far as it will go) without being forceful at all it makes the sound... i just tried to let it 'slip' into the gear (similar to a short shift) just pushing it and letting gravity do the rest of the work, and the sound stopped (still a slight bit, but that happens in every gear and happenened in all of the new 06's i drove, even automatic). Now, i didn't think much of the sound until it got fairly bad the other day.... could it have something to do with the heat? Keep in mind, during the hot days i don't tend to prime the engine for very long, and vw suggested to not prime it at all because of the 'new technology.'
    Secondly, would it be a good idea to try another dealership as well? Like i said before, this is the second clutch already and it the last dealership messed something up i wouldn't be too keen on seeing them again. just a thought and was wondering what others thought and wanted to thank everyone for even the smallest amount of info.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,081
    Your description sounds even more as if the cable-shift linkage adjustments should be checked.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    A large local newspaper is looking to interview consumers who recently purchased a diesel vehicle and would like to talk about their car. Please send an e-mail to no later than Thursday June 22, 2006 by 2:00 PM PST/5:00 EST containing your daytime contact information and the make and model of your car.

    Chintan Talati
    Corporate Communications

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • dragnbarondragnbaron Posts: 11
    Yeah, it seems like i need a new transmission. The gears aren't meshing correctly in gears 2-4. I'm taking it back to the dealership i boughjt it from and the one which installed the new clutch, hopefully nothing else will go wrong or i'll have to declare it a lemon, but it still wouldn't stop me from getting another tdi.
  • shopgirl5shopgirl5 Posts: 7
    is this the only 2006 vw jetta trim that uses diesel? isn't diesel a very bad pollutant in the environment?
  • dragnbarondragnbaron Posts: 11
    what do you mean by 'jetta trim'? On the contrary, diesel is actually less of a pollutant than regular automobiles. the downside to that low pollutant is slow speed, but much better gas mileage. One of the reasons that the emissions are darker is that in most diesels (and with the new law, in America, all the new diesels) pass the exhaust through the engine before releasing it into the air, that way it reduces some traces of sulfur as well as other pollutants. For any diesels prior to 2007 there are new emissions tests. In New Jersey, at least anything 2006 or lower does not have to have their emissions checked because it is significantly lower than normal gasoline engines.
    The U.S. just upped it's restrictions on diesel emissions because of the trucking industry. It's causing alot of pollution because there have been no emissions checking in most states, until now. Now, more than likely, pollution from trucks will go down because of there new laws, and new technology.
    Mercedes has a new exhaust system out, for their diesel car, that they fully explain in detail and show how it lowers pollutants. Basically, what i just said, it runs the exhaust back through the engine several times before it lets it exit the vehile, pretty neat.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,081
    Where did you get your info about TDI engine being a "very bad pollutant in the environment" ?

    A TDI engine is such a LOW polluter that you can sit in a running TDI in a closed garage and will NOT suffer from CarbonMonoxide poisoning.

    Also, since Diesel engines use up to 30% less fuel... they also emit 30% less exhaust compared to gasser.
  • shopgirl5shopgirl5 Posts: 7
    the EPA; vw doesn't carry the TDI in CA b/c of the emission issue
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