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VW Jetta TDI



  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,080
    Some of your questions were answered above. I have additional comments.

    I am getting a measured 56 MPG on the Nokian WRs. This is better than I was measuring with the original Michalins... but a TDI engine takes a long time to break in and may not have been fully loosened-up by the time they wore out. Also, I run about 35PSI in my tires to get the least rolling-resistance.

    I was VERY disapointed with the wear-rate of the original Michalins that came on my Jetta. Replacing them with the same tire would have been quite expensive and Michalin tires DO NOT HAVE A MILAGE WARANTEE like most other tires on the market do.

    Incase you were not aware, the Nokian WR is one of the rare tires on the market which carry the SEVERE SERVICE rating. which are suitable for use in snow. These are NOT the same as "all season" tires which are not rated for use in snow.

    Also, it is not obvious from reading the literature about the WR... but the "high silica" compound really means that there is microscopic powderd "sand" imbedded into the rubber. Among other benifets, this allows the tires to "bite" into ice where plain rubber tires just slide around.

    If you are not concerned with snow traction, perhaps somthing other than the WR would be more suitable for your driving conditions.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,483
    Thanks for your input bpeebles! How much did the Nokian WR's set you back? The local Costco will put on a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4's for app 120 each. Considering I have Toyo TPT's awaiting @ 60 each, that would indeed set the cost per mile driven very high. Against the GY LS-H, (110,000 miles) to get the same cost per mile driven, I would have to get 132,002- Michelin , 82,501 Toyo. The 82,501 miles seems more likely and do able.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,080
    I beleive my Nokian WRs were about $89 each. This includes lifetime rotation and flat-repairs. (That price was about 2 years ago)

    Did you ask about any "milage warantee" on those MXV4 s?

    I did not mention this before but one reason I am running Nokian on all my vehicles (including 2 daughters cars) is because they HONOR their wearout warantee without questions. I used to drive a 4-wheel-drive Honda Civic which tended to EAT tires due to the full-time 4x4. Nokian must have supplied me with 3 sets of prorated tires for that car. (I never paid more than $40 for ALL FOUR tires!!)

    Nokian also makes the best snow tire in the world. I once had vehicle with the Nokian "Hakkapeliitta" (studded) snowtires and it would go anywhere I pointed it. I could drive around cars which were spinning trying to get up hills.

    Now, instead of having 2 sets of tires mounted on seperate rims. I just run the Nokian WR year round. (I wonder if Nokian realizes they lost a lot of snow-tire sales when they came out with the WR?)
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,483
    "Did you ask about any "milage warantee" on those MXV4 s? "

    Yes. No is the answer to specific mileage warranty's for the OEM and over the counter purchases of the MXV4's. There never has been any warranty for those tires (among the other oem's) The PRIMACY (which bears the same MXV4 designation) does have a 60,000 mileage warranty.

    Costco does have a boiler plate generic 2/32 in warranty in 5 years or such

    Thanks to Sebring95 and you the input. On the next trip to OR, I will check out a dealer that carries these. It's nice to have a spare set of rims, so if it happens great, if it doesn't I just carried the spare set of rims for no real reason. Current online pricing seems to be app 118 each.
  • I'm looking into buying a freinds 06 Jetta TDI. I hear people talking about getting 50 + mpg out of them. He getting a steady 42 mpg. His is an automatic with 26,000 miles on it ( I here the autos are rated better then the man ) How are they getting 50 +, is it reasonable to expect 50 ?
  • vwinvavwinva Posts: 71
    42MPG is reasonable. I'm driving an 02 automatic (130K) with a running average in the 40-42mpg range.
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    Claims of 50+ MPG are reasonable for the previous model Jetta TDI. However, comparing a 2006 Jetta TDI with the previous model Jetta TDI is an apples/oranges exercise. The 2006 is 9% heavier, has a 1.9 liter engine that puts out 14% more torque than the previous 1.9 liter engine, and has exterior and interior dimensions more similar to a 2004 Passat than a 2004 Jetta. The EPA rated the 2006 Jetta TDI DSG as getting 7% less fuel mileage than a 2004 Jetta TDI with an automatic and 14% less than a 2004 with a manual. With 20,000 miles on our 2006 Jetta TDI with DSG, we're getting 42-47 MPG in highway driving (55-80 mph) and 36-40 mpg in city driving. 42 MPG for mixed driving sounds reasonable.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,225
    Agree with the others. From what I've seen of the '05.5 and up models is less than the previous TDI's. I'm sure it's possible to get 50+mpg on the highway controlling your speeds, but 42mpg in a mix sounds pretty reasonable. The older style was much smaller and lighter and those model automatics were only gettting in the 40-45mpg range. The previous models with manual trannys would do well into the 45-55mpg range. So just don't get confused with the newer TDI's and the prior to '05.5 models.
  • thanks so much for your tip and all your help.
    I will have a new fuel filter put in asap. gisela
  • My engine light comes on and there is a loss of power whenever the light is on. When I hooked it up to a computer two code checks showed. 1, intake manifold flap. 2, turbo overload sensor. The mechanic that hooked it up said that with my milage,110,000, that the intake gets a little plugged with carbon buildup.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,080
    To answer your other question about "is it reasonable to expect 50 ? "

    The automatic xmission really drags down the MPG due to losses in the xmission.

    My 2003 with manual xmission gets a measured 56 MPG on the highway while full of people and luggage with AC on full and 90F outside.

    The newer DSG xmission which has been described as an "automatic manual" has been shown to be able to match or beat MPG numbers of a manual xmission.

    Also, the 26,000 miles is not really enough to "losen up" a TDI engine. You will find that MPG continues to go up till about 40K miles. My TDI did not start getting 56MPG until about 50K miles.
  • smdtdismdtdi Posts: 31
    My keyless remote stopped working.

    The car is less than 3 years old.

    Any ideas on why this happened, and how to fix it?
  • I have a 2006 TDI that I bought new in July of '07. I now have 22K miles on it.
    I do quite a bit of highway driving for my job. I consistently get over 45 mpg and if I watch my speed (keep in under 70) I have gotten just over 50. When you're using the AC it is unlikely you'll do that. My car is a manual and all my trips are with just one occupant (me) although my wife and I just returned from a FL trip (2400 miles) and I got 46.6 mpg.
  • Do these have a battery? I am not sure. all I know is this: I got 2 remotes with the car 4 years ago,used. Remote(s) are now 6 years old. One went through a complete wash cycle in the washing machine and it still works! :D

    There must be a source of power in order for them to work.Phone dealer and ask.
    I find that the owners manuals these days are useless when you are trying to find something out! eg. My radio quit working,and I had to phone the service department to find out which fuse# is for the radio. Customers should be a nuisance and then they might start writing decent owners manuals! ;)
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,830
    yes dieselfitter the remotes have a battery and easy way to replace the dealer service dudes should do this as a courtesy if for the cost of the battery.

    as for mpg, driverbernie, i have the same car and similar mpg numbers but i advise you to consider immediately to cease tracking the wife-onboard vs driver-only mpg numbers. :|
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,080
    Have you replaced the battery.

    The procedure to replace the battery is available using a simple internet search.

    Here is a procedure with photos...

    The battery is available at Walllmart in BOTH the jewlery section and the battery aistle too.
  • bannbann Posts: 2
    The automatic transmission lock will not go off when I press on the brake. Therefore the car will not move out of park. We cannot change gears. The car is stuck in park.
    It worked with much frustration and time but now nothing....just won't move.
  • bannbann Posts: 2
    In reply to my own message....we found a switch up around the brake assembly under the dash. We pushed around on it and we were able to get the car out of gear. Looks like a new needed.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Glad you figured it out. Let us know how it goes with the new switch.
  • You might try changeing the battery
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