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Volkswagen TDI Models



  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
  • natescapenatescape Posts: 176
    Upsolute chips are AWESOME. It's like driving a completely different car. A stock TDI is quick enough, but a chipped TDI is very quick and has a real nice fat torque/HP curve. :)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    how's it smoking with the biodiesel?
  • option001option001 Posts: 1
    I've got a question. I called my dealer and he tells me to change the timing belt at 60,000 miles on my 2000 Jetta TDI. It takes 2.4 hours per one dealership and 1.5 days per another. Does anyone know how long this should take?? One dealer says $700 another says $250. The more expensive dealer says it takes a lot longer on a manual Jetta TDI. I appreciate any responses. Thanks!
  • natescapenatescape Posts: 176
    If one runs a high percentage of bio (I run pure bio), it's nearly impossible to create smoke. I have an UPsolute chip, and went for a rare evening drive last night. Leaving a convenience store, I intentionally waited for a car to approach before taking off into the road, going full-bore to 50 MPH or so. No smoke. None.

    It's really too bad. Smoke used to be a great tailgater discouragement. ;)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Too bad for me, apartment living doesn't allow me to purchase 55 gallon drums from World Energy.

    Did you finally get a pump that won't cause you to leave a mess on the floor? To your wife's grin...
  • jbennettjjbennettj Posts: 2
    What exactly is biodiesel? Any idea how I can found out where to get it?
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    try this site....
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    I bought an '02 Jetta TDI in February, and am very pleased with the vehicle. The only area I am disappointed with is the AC. It seems to take a long time to cool the car, especially when the mid-day sun is shining on it (evening AC on a humid night seems to work better).

    Yesterday, I left the grocery store in the hot sun and began the 12 mile drive home. It took nearly 10 miles of highway driving to begin feeling comfortable.

    Is this a function of the environmentally friendly refrigerants (are they less efficient than the older ozone eating chemicals)? Is the black dashboard getting too hot in the sun, and then taking energy to cool down before the car can cool down (the air coming out the vents does not feel 'cold' to me)?

    I am nearly due for my first oil change, and will ask them to check the refrigerant level at the same time. I am grateful for any other suggestions or tips! This is my first car with AC, and I expected a little more from it.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Mine works fine.

    Though you have noticed not much air comes out of the outer vents. Just aim one of the center vents towards you.

    Are you using the AC on recirculation or vent mode?
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    I am using recirc whenever it is very hot. I am doing this because the manual says this will provide max efficiency. I also have both center vents aimed directly at me, one low (chest) and one higher (face).
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Try the AC on regular vent mode. Recirc does by what the name implies. Recirculates the interior (which is hot, very hot in a parked car), and has to be cooled down by the refrigerant. The interior air will be hotter than ambient car. Try the AC on the normal mode, to see if that helps.

    What usually works best for me is the first couple minutes, if you have a sunroof, tilt it up (vent mode) for a few minutes while the AC is on (hot air gotta go somewhere....might as well have it go out of the car).

    Use a sunshade for the windshield when the car is parked.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    If that doesn't work, then it's time for the dealership
  • twig93twig93 Posts: 38
    You mention having a black dashboard. I would assume then that your interior is black. This will take so much longer to cool down than in a car with a tan or gray interior. I have black leather in my 02 Jetta TDI and yesterday with temps in the 100's, I nearly burned my legs on the seats and yes, it took almost my whole trip of 10 miles to cool it down. I had to sit with my legs up off the seats and nevermind trying to hold the wheel or rest on the armrest. With a closed up car, every nook and cranny heats up and when it is black it heats up even more. This will take a long time to cool down. Personally, I have never thought VW AC was Fords were quicker. If you are still concerned have the dealer check for a leak.....I had a 00 Jetta that after being a year old the AC leaked over the winter and I had no AC at all.....they could not find the leak, filled it and it worked as it always had until I traded the car in a year later.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    It still gets hot with a beige interior.

    One of my gripes is the ventilation ducting...the outside vents barely get air compared to the center vents.
  • natescapenatescape Posts: 176
    Biodiesel is basically vegetable oil (usually soybean in the US) that has had the glycerine removed. It's good for the car, good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for national energy independence. I'm a big fan, and put up a site about it here - . ;)

    Tan, I ended up buying a short garden hose and chopping it off at 3'. I now just back the car up to the tank and pump away. Wahoo. I love the smell of renewable fuel in the morning. Heh.

  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Wish I can do it (b100 55 gallon drums)...but I don't think my landlord at my apartment would like it.

    Probably when I get my next raise, I'll head up to Chelsea and fill my car up with the B20 and bring home some 5 gallon cans of B100 with me.

    It would be an interesting VW meet....first with the gassers, then head over to World Energy to fill up and buy from B100. Might want to start thinking about it some time....gather the various forums on biodiesel and people who wish they can get biodiesel, and do a "group" buy. I'm sure World Energy would like that if enough people got involved.
  • natescapenatescape Posts: 176
    World Energy will sell b100 for ~$1.88/gallon if one buys 500 gallons at a time. A bunch of enthusiasts in CT did just that. Formed a co-op, got 500+ gallons shipped to one place, then everyone took theirs. :)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Damn that's a good price, compared the usual $2.50 per gallon plus freight.

    Head over to the BMW 2001 320iD (Diesel) thread. I need some help convincing Mr. Shiftright that Diesels makes sense for a lot of people.
  • zalalyzalaly Posts: 4
    i am considering to buy a new jetta .i do not know which model and which engine to choose, i think i like the GLS but then what engine to choose. are there any overt advantages or disadvantages to any . the TDI has impressively low mileage ,shall i go for it? or go with the 1.8 t? can you please help me.
  • natescapenatescape Posts: 176
    If you drive a lot, get the TDI and save money. If you don't drive much, or drive with a lead foot, get the 1.8T. They're both great engines. It just depends on what your priorities are.

    Of course, if you get the TDI, you can run it on biodiesel. It's clean, renewable, domestically produced, and great for the car (y'all didn't think I'd make a post without mentioning biodiesel, did ya?). Check out for more info.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
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  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have a 2002 1.8T Jetta, Cool White with black leather interior. It cools a LOT quicker than my 2001 Protege would (of course, it was black with black interior). Even with the black interior, it cools right down. I open the sunroof to vent position with the shade still closed, then open the back windows and put the AC on fresh air. After about 5-10mins., I close everything and put the AC on recirc. ONLY use recirc with everything closed and when it's cool, or it will spread around the hot air in the car.

    I had a loaner 2002 Protege that was green with beige interior. The AC still sucked compared to my Jetta's.
  • jbennettjjbennettj Posts: 2
    I have a 2002 Jetta TDI wagon in Miami. Every day is hot and humid, even at 7:00am. I have found that the a/c cools down quite fast and gets very cold, even in the afternoon. The a/c is much better than in my Volvo S70 and every Honda I have ever owned.

    Try using the handy "all windows down" feature with your key before getting in the car. It helps vent the hot air more quickly.
  • emc5emc5 Posts: 1
    I recently traded my 2001 VW Passat for a 2002 VW Golf TDI...I am interested to learn more about diesels (not techie stuff - just what I might expect as far as different types of noises, future expenses, signs of problems, etc.) Please guide me to web sites or information where I can learn more...This is my first experience with a diesel car...Thx.
  • m9431m9431 Posts: 38
    I just took delivery of a '02 Golf GLS TDi at a great price. So far, I love it! Can't believe how much torque it has... definately feels more powerful than I would have expected. Built quality and features are superb. Never had a diesel before but thought that my 100 mile/day commute warrants one. Comparing this to my 2002 Accord, I prefer the Golf--much more fun to drive. It also turns more heads than my Accord ever did.

    While I have to get used to new maintenance procedures and must establish overall reliability over time, I'd have to say to anyone considering a TDi, "Go for it!" Even more so with the current special offers from VW.
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    I have been doing some unscientific research, and have found ways to maximize the AC (thanks to all of the advice from this forum and the dealer). The air is blowing out at 5oC (40oF) which is within the normal range. So, I have done a few things to help it cool the car's interior:

    1. Bought a sunscreen for the windshield. This keeps out a significant amount of sun and allows the black dash to be cool enough to touch (in direct sun, it gets hot enough to deliver a burn to the skin). I figure it will also keep the AC duct work cooler, so more of the cold air reaches the interior and is not first consumed to warm the pipes.

    2. I bought the side window deflectors from the VW drivergear site. This allows me to leave the windows cracked on a hot day without fearing the sudden thunderstorm and an open sunroof. Cracked windows allow some of the hotter air to escape.

    3. On entering the car, use the 'all windows down feature' to allow the superheated air to be replaced by normal hot air (every bit helps). Open the sunroof to allow for more venting.

    4. With windows open, run the AC on 'vent' until the inside air is about equal to the outside air temperature. Then close the windows and switch to 'recirc' until a comfortable temperature is achieved. After that, 'vent' mode will keep the interior cool and provide fresh air to breathe.

    This may seem like a lot to do or an over analysis of a simple concern, but this is the first car I have owned with AC and I want to be comfortable!

    BTW, this is also my first diesel and I love it. Toss away all of the old reasons not to buy a diesel car because they don't apply to the VW engine. Buy one and enjoy the savings on fuel. I get over 600 miles per tank, which means a trip to the station every 3 weeks or so. The maintenance is spelled out in the booklet and is not really that different. Plus, the sales people at the dealership gave me a wonderful orientation to the car and answered every question. They know this car and the specifics of the diesel engine.
  • yellowdryellowdr Posts: 41
    I am soon to become a TDi owner and would like to hear from other TDi owners out there.
    We are getting a sedan 1.9 automatic. What are your likes and dislikes? Are there any problems so far?
  • I'm new to this list. I've read comments off and on for a long time. I am indebted to those who have written their stories. Now it is time to tell mine.

    I've had my 2000 Golf GLS TDI 5 spd for just over two years and still marvel over it. I have a daily country commute of about 80 miles round trip, so when gas hit 2 bucks a gallon (here in Indiana) a couple of years ago, I started looking for a less expensive alternative to my other vehicle which was averaging 15 mpg.

    I started with the EPA's web site that ranked cars in order of fuel economy. I was not looking or considering diesels, VWs, etc., at that time. The Jetta & the Golf (from 1999) were ranked #1 & #2. The Beetle was too new, and the offerings from Honda & Toyota had yet to hit the market. However, I also read the comments posted here and was amazed at the difference between those about the Jetta, versus those posted for the Golf. Needless to say your comments led me to go look for a Golf.

    I had no trouble finding diesel Jettas. My work takes afield to cities such as Cincinnati, Toledo, Chicago & everywhere in between. Golf GLS TDIs were a rare commodity here in the midwest. I was test driving one In Toledo, I thought I was going to buy, only to find out it had been sold while I was on the road. So again, I went on-line for help. Using the VW dealer web site, I was able to locate a GLS TDI in Alexandria, VA. The trip to go get it, after buying it long distance, was an adventure in itself, but that's another story. I focused on a 4 door because the 2 door did not come std with cruise control.

    Thus far I've had two air bag "failures." The first was repaired under warranty, with VWoA giving me a free rental for 3 days while a new module was air freighted in from Wolfsburg. The 2nd time was probably due to the technician not connecting a wire tight enough from the first failure. That failure wasn't under warranty. I've also had two headlight failures, both with the left regular/low beam. After paying $30 for the first bulb, I found a pair of Xenons on Ebay for $15. The blue light is too cool.

    As for A/C issues, mine blows very cold. I have a black exterior with tan interior. I've had the rear windows "dark" tinted, while the front sides are legal. I will "vent" the car on hot days, but today with the outside temp at 88, I ran with it on the vent mode and on the first fan speed,

    I'm averaging 44.74 mpg, but that's because I have a bit of a lead foot. My favorite accessory is my radar detector. It has saved my butt innumerable times, not because I was doing 20+ over the limit, but rather because the Ohio State Patrol will pull you over if you're more than 5 MPH (except on the interstates) over the posted limit.

    I'm looking into the vegetable oil conversion. Thanks for the links to the biodiesel web sites, the comments about the warranty being void, etc., etc. One site that got me looking was sent to me by my daughter: I would recommend the car to anyone in a heartbeat. It is a tight (as in screwed together well), quick, very manuverable automobile, the easiest shifting car I have ever owned. The gauges are the best I've ever seen, particularly at night with the red on the blue. The Golf's trunk is large enough to hold my other "golf" stuff, including my clubs, walking cart, and bag.

    Thanks again for your thoughts, comments and insights.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    Jon Hamilton & Ken Sabo captured third place this weekend in production class at the Maine Forest Rally. They would have gotten first if not for the flat tire.

    But they are in first place overall in Production class.
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