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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair

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  • I hate my 1996 Jetta, I'm in for the fourth time this year for sensors and engine light problems. Right now I'm in the shop because it needs TWO sensors, the O2 sensor and the speed sensor. I hate this car. Anyone else having VW sensor problems?
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    "About how much more are the oil changes on the T than regular cars?"

    Shouldn't be anymore than the 2.0L Jetta. They both have the same oil filter, but the 1.8T requires a little more oil. Synthetic, if you choose it, is more money too.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    They are the same as the 2.0 unless you get synthetic. And it's changed ever 5K miles, per VW.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I let my car sit about 90 seconds before taking off, just enough time to wait for the RPMs to drop to their normal level. The warming of the interior doesn't bother me as much, as I have the heated seats and it keeps me warm and toasty until I can turn the heater on. Also, no ice on the windshield for me usually either.

    It's bad for the car, your wallet, and the environment to let a car idle for 10=15 mins. a day! You realize how much that car's polluting the air and wasting gas, just sitting there? Think of it this way, the whole time you are sitting still, you are getting 0mpg.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The VW surely is going to be more expensive to work on. Hondas seem to be historically more reliable than Hondas as well, but that depends on personal experiences.
  • flacaflaca Posts: 168
    Still waiting for my car....Now the second dealer is playing with the transmission computer BEFORE they change the actual transmission. It is now 35 days without my Jetta (this includes first and second dealership). First dealership said the car had a bad speed sensor - changed it and then put back the old sensor when the ck engine light still popped up. What a horrid mess. I just think they are experimenting and moving wires around that keep messing up other wires. Like I said eariler my transmission was perfectly fine before the First dealership starting fooling around with the sensors. I hate sensors and their darn sensitivity.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    anyone know where to purchase the tool for screw in the pistons in the brake caliper?

    So far:
    Impex $90
    Snap-On kit: $130
  • I usually let the car warm up for 5 or 10 minutes while I have breakfast. The car is nice and toasty and the windshield is clean by then.

    I wonder if I need to rethink that.

    ???

    You'll rethink that when you come out one day and your car is gone!

    : O
  • I usually let the car warm up for 5 or 10 minutes while I have breakfast. The car is nice and toasty and the windshield is clean by then.

    I wonder if I need to rethink that.

    ???

    You'll rethink that when you come out one day and you car is gone! : O
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Where is my car going to go? They don't suddenly drop into gear like the Audi's, do they?

    ?????
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Check out Vortex for more info. You might be able to get one cheaper there.
  • Thanks for enlightening anonymous02. Yes, in fact they DO jump into gear. After someone has jumped into the car. It's a common problem with most decent makes of vehicles. Yes it seems as if most of the manufacturers have issued a recall on the owners of these vehicles. Apparently there is a defect in their common sense sensors. Maybe they should rename this forum: Jetta problems with Jetta owners.

    This is not meant to start a flame war. It was all in jest. So please forgive me...I couldn't help it. :)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    I'm in the vortex...the G4/J4 folks aren't always helpful.

    I'm getting mine from TDIclub.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    I have no problems leaving my car running when I'm in the house. Heck, I leave it running when I'm in the post office or store sometimes.

    I guess you city slickers have a different outlook on life!
  • target3target3 Posts: 155
    and for others paying insurance, I hope that your insurance pays nothing if your vehicle is stolen because you leave it running.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You are pretty lucky then. I live in MD, and if you did that here, you wouldn't have a car when you came out from the store.
  • flacaflaca Posts: 168
    Finally, after over 35 days and two dealerships later, I am driving my Jetta again. What they fixed: replaced shorted LDP pump, canister and valve, replaced evap purge valve, replaced leak diagnosis pump and replaced transmission. All covered under warranty!
    On Monday, I will be going to first dealership to complain to them about not fixing my car and try to get back the rental charges they made me pay. Goes to proof, you must shop around and get second or third opinions whenever possible. I hope the car remains in good shape and that the check engine light remains off.
    Happy Holidays to all!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You should have gotten a loaner when your car was in the shop overnight anyway. I would go to the first dealer, but I would call VWoA first about your situation.
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