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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42

    Please see my comment to 2004 Jetta-Transmission slips/jerks [phamo21] posted today.

    I have fought and WON!!!!!
  • dancermandancerman Posts: 220
    If the dealer won't fix this correctly with proper materials and paint then my suggestion is to get a plate you like and replaced the dealer plate. If you try patching and painting yourself go to an auto body supply store and ask them how to DIY. Good luck.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Just for clarification, bumpers are made from plastic, therefore rust will not be an issue.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Some states, as here in GA, front lesence plates are not required.

    I am VERY anal about stuff like this and it would really piss me off if a dealer did this to me car.
  • crogcrog Posts: 3
    What is a tranny???? Could it be a transmission ????
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    Yes... a tranny is a transmission...
  • My 1996 Jetta Trek had those same issues of hesitating and gurgling for about a week right before it stopped working and the "Check engine" light came on. I got it towed to the dealer, worried that it was the head gasket, but it ended up being the distributor cap (at 90k miles).

    Apparently there is something that the mechanics can tell from the color of smoke, so tell them if it is blue vs. white and take a look at your coolant. If it is oily-looking or like chocolate-milk, don't drive it. Have it towed to the shop.

    Hope this helps!
  • syzygy00syzygy00 Posts: 11
    thanks everyone, i really appreciate all the feedback on what to do about this. Since it sounds like rust won't be a problem, I guess I'll just ignore it. North Carolina is also one of those states where you don't need a front license plate. Sure is ugly though.
  • joediz8joediz8 Posts: 4
    I was wondering if the 1.8t has any reliability or mechanical issues that other jettas dont have. Some people say they break down more, and are always getting fixed. Does anybody have any advice. Are they a good buy, or should i stay away from them?

  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    The 1.8t engine is a very relaible engine...AS LONG AS it is well maintained. These turbo charged engine require VW Approved Synthetic oil EVERY 5K miles. If the 1.8t Passat or Jetta) does not get a dose of Synthetic and had oil change intervals exceeding 5K miles, avoid it like the plague. I believe this engine was on Wards list of best engines a couple of years back.
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    The 1.8T engine is reliable...the auto transmissions are another story..... Better buy extended warranty and make sure the extended warranty company is NOT AutoShield.
  • jw81jw81 Posts: 1
    I recently purchased a 97 jetta as a secondary vehicle. It's an auto transmission, the problem is when the vehicle is shifting between first and second gear it vibrates and makes an awful noise. Once the vehicle is past second gear it stops. The party I bought the vehicle from said that they took it to a mechanic for that very reason. The mechanic told them there was nothing wrong. The party I purchased the vehicle from appeared to be honest and provided me with service records otherwise. So I don't doubt that they the had the problem looked at. I doubt, however that there is nothing wrong. I know very little about volkswagens and car maintainence in general. I know that I need to have it looked at, but I would like to have more information before taking it in. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Unfortunately mechanics see me coming and I end up paying for it. Thanks
  • gilletegillete Posts: 7
    I just bought a touch-up pen from VW shop. The buying part is easy. Just need to pay $10.35. The problem is the application part. Technically it is supposed to be easy as the bottle comes with a mini brush that looks like the brush for liquid wite-out which is convenient; however, on the top of the bottle, it ahs this red color thing that when I pulled out looks like a collection of mini metal brush which they called deruster. On the internet is said to move rust from the metal. But it's too hard for me. Does anyone do paint touch up before on your VW?
    Btw, on my last post, I said that the rear of the car caused some tapping noise. I went to the dealer today to have my 10000 miles service and ask the service rep. He said that it is normal. That tapping noise is the vacuuming proses to take unnecessary air out from the fuel tank/line. So if anyone has the same problem, don't worry. It's normal.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Interesting, I have never heard of any widespread problems with VW transmissions.
  • gjsmithgjsmith Posts: 2
    I cannot find any info on changing the fuel filter on my 2004 Jetta Diesel TDI. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    VW auto trannys have been known to be problematic. Hopefully, they (VW) are perfecting them to alleviate this problem and rebuild their reputation. In my case, I replaced my transmission, on my 2002 VW Jetta, at 80K KMs. I could have had the "one-off" lemon, but that experience left me with a "bad taste in my mouth".
  • Hi can you tell me what it cost to replace your transmission and what it was doing when it went out .
    Mine is really slipping bad when i use reverse and it seems to be shifting slower going up through the gears. thanks for any help you can give me . Mine is a '02 Jetta TDi with 80,000 miles.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Sorry to hear you had transmission problems. But, your experience does not translate to "VW's trannys have been known to be problematic". Coil Packs and Window regulators is a different story though.... ;)
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42

    Please see post # 4508 regarding my transmission woes. It did not cost me anything... Thank God, but the job would have cost me CDN $ 8,000 if i did not voiced myself.
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42

    All you have to do is visit numerous VW forums, and you will see that their automatic (NOT manual) transmissions are known to be problematic. If you have a reliable mechanic who knows VWs in and out, consult him/her, and you'll get the same response. Auto trannys have been problematic. Manual trannys have ben ok.
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