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Volkswagen Jetta 2005 and earlier



  • hknyhkny Posts: 12
    I am thinking to give one more chance to the dealer to fix the problem. They said bring the car back if the rattles are still coming. I plan to take the car one more time for this, if they can't fix it I will call VW customer service.
    By the way, did you get yours fixed?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Not yet. The shop foreman at the dealership where the car is ordered the special stuff for my car, then he had a death in his family. Right now, they are waiting for him to get back. I went through a family death (my mother) back in 2001, so I know how it can be. I told them to keep the car as long as they needed to. I also told them if it was not right when I did get it back, all Hell was going to break loose. I am not kidding, it surely will if I hear one little thing in that car after all this drama! :)

    They have had the car for 3 weeks now, but I am still very much satisfied with their attentiveness to my needs and also to my problems. I have said this before, but I can't help to think it's the best service I have ever gotten from a carmaker, bar none. I have only had 5 cars, but it's still the best of those 5.
  • hknyhkny Posts: 12
    3 weeks? don't you miss your turbo?I miss mine even when my wife and I exchange the cars some times. She has '02 Passat V6. Very nice engine, but I like my turbo more.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I am having some serious turbo withdraw! :) I have a 2001 Beetle 2.0 loaner now. I had a Passat V6, but it used way too much gas for my commute, so I exchanged it for the Beetle. I still want my car back though. :)

    Actually, I have a road trip to Chicago at the end of the month for Memorial Day. I wouldn't terribly mind keeping the mileage off my car and putting it on their loaner for that trip, but we shall see. I would definitely have to pack light though. :)
  • hknyhkny Posts: 12
    You right. V6 Passat takes too much gas, I like the car though, very smooth nice ride.

    My wife has black with beige leather, very difficult to keep clean.

    When we were buying this for her the sales manager advised us to get 1.8t on Passat but we didn't like 4 cyl engines until I got my Jetta 1.8t.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    My Jetta felt more powerful to me than the Passat V6 loaner I had a couple weeks ago. It also uses alot less gas. I have the 2.slow Beetle now, and it uses the same amount of gas as my 1.8T Jetta, but with a LOT less power. :( My friend says the 2.0 in the Beetle sounds like a lawnmower engine. :)

    I also think the Jetta's seats are the most comfortable between the Beetle, Passat, and Jetta. I hated the Passat's (cloth) seats, even with lumbar. They hurt my back badly after 30 mins. or so driving. I fiddled with them too, to no avail. The Beetle's seats are covered in leatherette, but not nearly the same as my Jetta's leather. Also, the Beetle's seats feel less padded than the Jetta's to me as well.

    I hope the rubber treatment stuff for my car comes in soon. I can't wait to get my ride back! I am close to going to a dealer and test driving a 1.8T because of withdrawl! :)
  • hknyhkny Posts: 12
    I agree. Comparing Passat and Jetta seats I notice that driver's seating position is better on Jetta, also the visibility is better. Passat has better leather quality though.
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    edmunds shows a turbo jetta as 22/29
    and a v6 4motion passat as 19/26

    did u really see that much difference ?

  • bpibpi Posts: 120
    "They have had the car for 3 weeks now, but I am still very much satisfied with their attentiveness to my needs and also to my problems."
    So it's fine when they call you every other day and ask how you feel, but if they fail to fix it this time, all hell's going to break loose.

    What's the problem with the part? Is it at the dealership right now? If not, is it even in stock in Germany?
  • go to a BMW dealership and buy Gummi Phlege rubber treatment and rub that on. I do it every few months and it works great. I took my car in a few weeks ago for rattles that were nonexisten that day but they heard the creaking(I had not used the Gummi for a while) and they took care of it but it was back the next day where as the Gummi lasts sometime. I know they use the same time but maybe they are very thrifty whilst using it. I really layer it on thick.
  • I to feel that brake pedal vibration when decelerating from higher speeds and right before I hit 12K miles I had VW look at the brakes and they said all was well and I have 13500ish right now(barely driven past month and a half). hope nothing is wrong with them but I do almsot all in town driving, and push the car fairly hard most but not all of the time. I have a 2001 GLS 2.0. Also with brakes, on a few occasions, I would be driving and begin to come a fairly quick stop from say 35-50mph where the road is pretty bumpy and rough and then the ABS will kick in. Is that normal? Does the ABS recall effect all 2001-2002 Jettas? I have not heard anythign and my cousin with a 2002 Jetta 1.8T hasn't either.
  • I have noticed along with my friend who is an [non-permissible content removed] about it, that the front passenger sometimes loses its "CACHUNK!" sounds and instead is more like a cheaper, more Japanese sounding "Wonk." Any ideas why? But at least its not as bad as the Acura RSX. I closed the door on that once and the wonk was high pitched and echoed throughout the car.
  • galogvigalogvi Posts: 41
    You can wait around like Vocus for the dealer to order some parts from Germany, or you can do as I have done and go to your local hardware store and get some Xtreme Rubber Weather seal (3/16'x1/8'x17'). It works great and gives you a rattle free Jetta. Just tape it around the perimeter of each door so it contacts the frame's rubber seal. I highly recommend it!
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    "go to a BMW dealership and buy Gummi Phlege rubber treatment and rub that on."

  • coolwhitecoolwhite Posts: 14
    Got it from the GM dealer in Windsor, Ontario. Its called "Silicone Emulsion" 1#10953014, 50ml blue/white container, 3.5cm. dia. X 9cm high with red screw cap and bulb applicator inside. If you still can't find it, let me know and for $7.50Cdn. plus shipping I'll sent you new container.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    They said it's a rubber treatment, but it's very hard to come by. They have a BMW dealership and service there too (big dealer in Baltimore), so maybe that's what they are going to use. I am not sure. I am happy with the loaner right now, so I will get the car back when they are done with it.

    And if they do not get it right this time, THEN I will be VERY, VERY MAD! I told them that already too, and was not kidding around about it.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I drove the Passat for a week, it was a 2001 model V6 front drive automatic. I spent $50 in gas (regular, mind you) in 780 miles. I drove the Beetle about the same amount this past week or so, and spent $35. That's a pretty big difference, considering I commute ~100 miles daily and enjoy driving alot.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Maybe some of that gummi stuff would work on taking that "death rattle" out of your Protege. :)
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    That "death rattle" is normal. Your Jetta does it too. It's caused by oil not getting to the valve train right away on cold startup.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The only thing I have heard my Jetta do (and have stood next to it when starting it MANY times) is this whirring kinda sound. It sounds NOTHING like my 2001 Protege when I started it up. It doesn't sound like a tractor.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Whether it sounds like a tractor or not is irrelevent. It may not be as pronounced as the Protege 2.0L but it still has valve train noise immediately after cold start up. How can you start the car and stand next to it at the same time anyway?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You can lean out of the car and listen to it, because I usually stand outside and have a smoke before leaving. When it's cold out, I start the car beforehand to warm it a little bit.
  • nic74nic74 Posts: 1
    My outside driver door liner strip, came off and the dealer wants to charge me almost $300.00 to buy a new one. Does anyone know a strong enough glue, or adhesive that will work?
  • catygeecatygee Posts: 1
    I'm having trouble with my 2001 Jetta 1.8T, manual transmission. I have 13k miles and already I'm told the clutch and flywheel need to be replaced, and since this is considered wear & tear it would not be covered under the warranty anymore. Now I don't drive it like an idiot and have never heard of a clutch going out so soon. After a little badgering VW said they'd pay for 1/2 the repair cost, but I'm still not satisfied. Any advice out there?
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    While your putting house door seal on your car, why not grab some miracle grow and plant some flowers in there not being a smart a** but that just sounds ridiculous to have to do all that.

    Discount tire has a commercial with a little old lady, and they say , if your not happy feel free to bring it back and she slings the tire through the window, thats what i would be doing if i had to put house parts on my car.

    my 02c
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    That's nuts...keep pushing. Obviously the clutch didn't JUST go out. They put defective parts in your car. complain, complain, complain and if that doesn't work, the words, "My lawyer" slip out. :)
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    It doesn't do it for that long, maybe a couple seconds after a cold start up. Listen for it sometime.
  • vtripicchiovtripicchio Posts: 11
    I too have the rattles on my 2.0 gls. After a number of trips to the dealer, where I explained to them the "foil" tape repair, they ordered and applied the tape. The silicone works, but the rattles come back. So this "magic" tape, it turns out, is like slightly thicker scotch tape. What solved my problem was my own solution....Go to home depot to the weather-seal area. There is clear tape that is similar to "packing tape", but slightly more rubber-like. Cut the tape to a custom width and length, and completely cover the infamous rubber strip where you would normally treat with silicone. This tape seems stronger than the official VW foil, and works great. (for the creaking anyway) On the passanger door, there is still some rattle where the back part of the upper door hits the body..It sounds like I may try that extreme rubber seal for that part. Maybe VW should give a Home Depot git cert to new jetta owners...the dealers are clue-less with the door rattles...this board seems to offer the best solutions.
  • bpibpi Posts: 120
    Contact VW to see if they'll give you a reward. Maybe they'll issue a TSB with your name on it.:)
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