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Volkswagen Jetta 2005 and earlier

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  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    45 new messages?

    You guys have been busy!
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "2. Buy 15" wheels and tires (as suggested some 400 messages ago)? If so, what are the benefits of smaller tires in the snow?"

    I'd choose this option. You can have dedicated snows, the cost is less, and you can do it yourself as the season dictates. You can even switch to non-snows for a long trip if you know it will be dry roads...

    Plus, there is probably more variety of tires in 15". You'll also get longer lifespan out of your tires.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Oh yeah, you don't drive fast in snow anyhow, so any performance "gain" would not be apparent with sticking (or not, pun intended) to 17" tires.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "What part of the country are you in and how much snow do you normally get there?
    Normal avg. here is 6-18 in. plus ice."

    Here in Taxachusetts,(http://www.smallgovernmentact.org), we can sometimes see twice that in a single storm!
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    I'd say go with a used S10 pickup or Ford Ranger or other small pickup truck.

    Get 2WD, and the 4.3 motor, smaller motor if you are worried about gas efficiency.

    Don't worry about body, but make sure good mechanicals.

    If you are in snow country DON'T SKIMP, GET GOOD SNOW TIRES. Also, get a locking rear differential. This will be as good as 4X4 for way less money.

    You will be happy with the performance, you can move your stuff around, and you might be able to use it to make some money on the side (moving people, landscaping, odd jobs, etc.).

    Good luck.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Thinner width snow tires "slice" through the snow and slush and make contact with pavement better than wider tires.

    Visualize a sharp knife versus a dull knife
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    If only the VW Jetta turbo had RWD....

    sigh...
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    "I went downstairs and stuffed a drain plug in the condensation drain tube. Problem fixed"

    that was not a nice thing to do. you're a meanie.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    #7262 of 7271 First Cars by ferricfoot

    Now, looking at it from a kid point of view, for the same money as a Jetta, couldn't the folks get junior a Miata? On the coolness scale, I'd say that the ragtop is a lot cooler than the sedan! Or even the Rab..., uh, Cabrio?! That might also be cooler than the Jetta.

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    #7263 of 7271 ferric by blueguydotcom

    My feelings on cars and kids: you want a car, earn the money and buy it yourself. :) It's what I did and I strongly believe in that concept.
    ...


    Cool? Get the kid a Jeep or a VW Thing.

    Best idea? UMass had free (to local residents, not to taxpayers of Taxachusetts) buses around the 5 college area.
  • 2. Buy 15" wheels and tires (as suggested some 400 messages ago)? If so, what are the benefits of smaller tires in the snow?"

    I'd choose this option. You can have dedicated snows, the cost is less, and you can do it yourself as the season dictates. You can even switch to non-snows for a long trip if you know it will be dry roads...


    You want smaller 15" (steel) rims in the winter so you have more sidewall to absorb the impact of all the potholes. 17" wheels don't last long in the winter in my part of the world. (Northern New England) If you happen to live in a part of the world blessed with good road surfaces, 17" wheels with all-season radials should work fairly well for occasional snow driving.

    It's also better to run a width no wider than a 195 on a VW in the winter. On a slippery surface, it's the downforce per square inch that gives you the traction so you're trying to minimize the amount of tread on the road. A wider tire will work OK but you'll be giving up some traction.

    All in all, a VW is a great snow car and it'll get you there in the snow with performance 17" tires as long as you drive cautiously and avoid driving when there's more than 6" of unplowed muck on the road. I run Nokian Hakka Q's on 15" steel wheels in the winter but that's because I frequently see rain to ice to snow transitions where the new generation high tech studless snow/ice tires work best.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    When I slit my right front tire on the curb about 2 months ago, I called VW Roadside assistance. It took the truck 3 HOURS to get to me. I was at my friend's house, so I didn't care, but still.

    I figured I would lift the car myself and do the tire swap this time, but didn't realize the standard jack was so complicated. I am glad that woman came by and let me use her big jack.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I know what you mean about buying a car yourself. You will have more respect for it. I used to beat the crap out of my mom's car when I drove it, because it wasn't mine (I did buy her one to replace the one I beat into the ground though). I have had like 5 cars in the past 5 years, all paid for by myself. I appreciate them more that way. :)
  • geoffd1geoffd1 Posts: 21
    When I slit my right front tire on the curb about 2 months ago, I called VW Roadside assistance. It took the truck 3 HOURS to get to me. I was at my friend's house, so I didn't care, but still.

    I haven't used it but I thought VW roadside was actually AAA? The quality of AAA depends 100% on the luck of the draw on the local garage. I've had them no-show. I've had them show up in 5 minutes and do a really good job.

    I figured I would lift the car myself and do the tire swap this time, but didn't realize the standard jack was so complicated. I am glad that woman came by and let me use her big jack.

    I got a flat when my GTI was a week or two old. I had to read the stinkin' manual but the jack worked well enough to do the job. I couldn't get anybody to pull off my snowtires last spring so I went to WalMart, bought a floor jack, and changed the steel wheels and snowtires out in their parking lot.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The reason it took so long was because the tow truck driver got lost or something, he said. I realize the roadside assistance is only AAA, but I still had to wait 3 hours. :) I am glad it's free, because if I paid for AAA and still had to wait for 3 hours, I would have been a little upset.

    I am thinking about investing in a floor jack, as to not have to worry about using the jack that came with the car. I never thought it would matter really, since I don't do my own maintenance or anything like that. But, with my luck with tires, it seems almost appropriate to buy one of those jacks. :)

    To their credit, I love the way VW lays out the compartment for the spare and tools. Very nice. The jack seems more complicated than the ones I used with the Proteges (99 and 01) that I had.
  • AnakinAnakin Posts: 410
    I used the jack when I got my aftermarket wheels, and I don't remember it being complicated.

    My wife says I'm really good with mechanical things, but I think that's only because she can't tell a phillips head from a straightedge.
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    "...VW roadside was actually AAA? The quality of AAA depends 100% on the luck of the draw on the local garage. I've had them no-show. I've had them show up in 5 minutes and do a really good job."

    Which is why you should report them to AAA. If they get enough reports, they will not carry that garage any longer. It really does work to complain to the right people you know.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I should know that more than anyone here. :)

    As far as the jack, it just seemed like it was difficult to get under the car. Of course, it was hot as hell and dark when I was trying to do this, so I was not in the most cooperative of moods. :)
  • I need some help - a friend of mine is deciding between a 1992 Jetta w/ 103K miles on it, current owner has only had it 2 months and there are no service records available and a 1991 Geo metro, 42K miles, all service records available, owned by one little old lady. Price is the same for both: $2,000.

    I have been reading a lot about fuel pump problems on older Jettas...and I wonder if the guy selling this one smells a problem coming. My friend is a 52 year old woman, and she is single.... so she has no one around to give her a straight opinion. she has called 2 mechanics and they disagree.
  • ashutoshsmashutoshsm Posts: 1,007
    May sound surprising, but for an older VW, she will end up spending a lot of money, time and trouble keeping it in good running shape. The Geo will handle abuse better, provided it has been taken care of well (having all records is a big plus). Chekc to see if it has remained parked and entirely unused for any extended periods of time - that could be detrimental. If the oil changes and service intervals are approximately equally spaced out, its been used as a low mileage but regular use car.

    Then again, numerous short trips play havoc with a car's transmission. It is really a toss up - have them both inspected by mechanics before you decide. (as opposed to just calling the mechanics and asking their opinion!)

    But at that price point ($2K) she can't go wrong with the Geo. Possibilities
    a. Very carefully maintained, no problems, continues to provide great service - great!
    b. If problems crop up, they can't be major (assuming no major repairs were previously needed and the inspection checks out ok), and will cost MUCH less to repair and take care of than the Jetta.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    to anyone that is reading this forum, thinking about buying a VW of any kind.

    beware VW Credit.

    i financed my 2002 Jetta through them for 60 months last October, at 5.5%. my credit union is offering me 4.9 %. so to save money (and consolidate other credit union business) i sent a pay off check to VW credit. they received the check. i know this because I Fed Ex'd it, and, they admitted they received it.

    however, they have now conveniently "lost" my check. they tell me I have to stop payment on it, and get another check from my credit union.

    VW credit are complete and total idiots. if it weren't so time consuming, i would not be getting another check to them. the family attorney says that they have my payment - they admitted to having it - not my fault they chose not to cash the check :) but he says i would still receive bills in the mail from VW, and it would be a court battle. so, to save time, i am actually allowing them to humiliate me, and i am doing more legwork (going to the credit union, fed-exing again, etc).

    just wanted to pass it along. VW cars = near perfection. VW CREDIT = common corporate thieves!
  • You have a tracking # from FedEx, true?
    Get the name of the recipient whom signed for your FedEx envelope...
    Ask your credit union to see if the check has cleared... Was it a CU draft signed by your bank or did you sign it? OR, was it a payoff check made out directly to VW credit by your CU? Get this information and call them to force them to track it. If they did cash it and your CU has the returned canx check, then you can shove that down their throat. Usually your refinancing institution will sent a bank check or draft directly to the lien holder since they are acquiring the new lien on your vehicle. Get your CU involved and do not take VW credit's humiliation. You need to humiliate them period.
    Good Luck...
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    I financed thru VW Credit and have not had any problems. No lost payments or other issues. How can so many of the people who own VW's and participate at Edmunds have so many problems? I have TWO VW's and very, very few problems. My Jetta and Golf are both rattle free and the only problems have been one window regulator and a heated mirror. And I expected to have problems with the regulator. I must be very lucky.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I am leasing through VW Credit and so far so good. All corporations will have issues like this come up. I hate for someone to generalize to that extent. Thats like saying I have a rattle in my dash so ALL VW's are POS's. It's just unfair.

    Justin: I am sorry to hear about your "VW Credit" problems. I'm sure it will work out in the end.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    no, the check has not been cashed. and like i said, they admit to have received the check. they just say they have lost it.

    i am sending one more check. i have been advised that this one will be processed immediately.

    we shall see....

    i wouldn't generalize about VW Credit except that i have spoken to literally 20 people - each one more idiotic than the next.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I totally agree with you. I should be more mad than anyone on the board, because it seems I have had the most problems with my Jetta (since it's a 2002 anyway). I still love the car, despite the problems I have been having. I don't know if I would ever buy another one, but I do still like my car.

    I just turned 20K miles last night, and everything still is fine...
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    How long is your commute each day? You seem to put tons of miles on your car.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I live in Baltimore and drive to Lanham, MD each day, 35 miles one way. With going out with friends or my dad alot at night, it's nothing to put on 100 miles a day. And even though my car was in the shop for 2 months (I put about 5000 miles on loaner cars!), my mileage is still high. If I had driven the car every day without "down" time, the mileage would be closer to 25K now.

    I don't mind commuting for work though, since the jobs in Baltimore city tend to pay less. Also, you have to pay for parking there. So on that alone, it's worth the drive.

    Even though I have 20K miles now, the dealer told me a couple weeks ago I would still get $18K for the car if I traded it in (which is NOT happening any time soon). I think that's pretty good resale.
  • 2001 VW Jetta GLS 2.0 auto
    Burns oil, has the same loud knocking sound, has bad brakes that were supposed to be replaced, but were not...., rattles, climate control lights do not work, new driver door latch needed, going over any bumbs or road irregularities-you hear LOUD squeaking from the car, like the shocks need lubrication or something, and once again the passenger chair needs a new seat frame....POS

    Anyone got any idea what the loud squeaking whilke going over bumbs or bad road is? I've had it for a while and never thought anything of it then my cousin with his 02 Jetta said his does not do it and my friends 93 Saab doesnt either.

    Also, yesterday I was coming home from New York City and stuck in some traffic, but then it opened up alittle bit but the road was all chewed up for construction, and while going over that I noticed the EPC light come on. What does that mean? What could the reasoning be?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Sounds like you got a "problem child" as well, like I did. Also, if your EPC light came on, the computer probably stored the code. Get the dealership to check it and see what's up with it.

    Someone here at work does have a problem that I forgot to mention though: They just bought a used Jetta GL from Carmax about 2 months ago. He realized the car burned 4 quarts of oil in about 1000 miles. He is HOT! I told him that was a characteristic of the 2.0 engine, and he should have done his research.

    Another co-worker of mine hates his gf's Jetta, saying the back brakes went up on it at 30K miles, and some other things happend to the car. She can't wait to get rid of it.
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