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Volkswagen TDI Models



  • I bought My first new car. 05 Jetta GLS TDI last Jan. And I lucked out. I went to the dealership one day after new years eve. The dealership could not get hold of My payoff info due to everyone being closed. So the dealership assumed that they would ask me also what my credit score was. And not to run My credit untill the next day. I lucked out. I was offered 5.7% and I signed my contract and left with My new VW. Whell. The next day. VW ran My credit and they told Me I had to come in to sign an new contract for 12.9%!!!! HA,HA I said to late. I signed an legal contract. And to eat the cost. The car salesman laughed at me and said because I had old bad credit with my fair credit score. He did not run My credit because the dealership can usually predit what percent is offered. Also. They did not run my credit because it was an busy day and they did not want me to leave!!!!
  • dolphindolphin Posts: 71
    Sounds like a bad MAF.
  • I am looking for a mechanic in the Katy / Houston Area to maintain my 2000 Jetta TDI. I have been using the local dealer with OK results, but I would like to find someone that will take the time and effort to maintain my vehicle for the long-term. Of course I am also looking for someone who will perform the services at a reasonable price. Please let me have your ideas!!
  • Does anyone have any information on which oil (Castrol 5-40 VW 505.01 or the Motul 5-40 Which also meets VW Specs.) would be the best for longevity in the 05 Jetta Diesel. I can get the Castrol at a dealer in Tampa for $6.25 a quart wheras it is $11.75 a quart here in Lakeland at our dealership and the Motul is $5.75 a quart mail order which with shipping makes them about the same price

  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,086
    I just bought a Passat Wagon GLS TDI from a dealer in Portland Oregon. My wife liked the Passat better than the Jetta. She bought it for my birthday today. we pick it up in about a week for a little vacation shake down trip. They sold it to us under invoice which was where I wanted to be. Leather with wood and 17" wheels. I'm excited to test it out.
  • wrightg4wrightg4 Posts: 1
    I've just purchased a Passat TDI and am looking for a source for 505.01 spec oil at a reasonable price. Where in the Tampa Bay area do you find it, and what is the mail order source you have used?
  • This is one link to the Motul motor oil
    Also the dealership I found the Castrol at is the Brand new VW dealership in Brandon Florida so far I like them better than the Lakeland dealership

    I hope this is what you need
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,086
    If I run BP ECD-1 in my new 2005 Passat would you recommend any additives for the fuel? That is supposed to be less than 15 PPM sulfur.
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    FWIW, I don't run additives when I'm running the BP Supreme. I don't know the specifics of the ECD-1, but it's probably a similar or better premium fuel. I keep a bottle of white Power Service (wally world, $4.44) in the trunk for when I'm buying unknown fuel.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I am not familer with BP ECD-1. What is the cetane rating of it?
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,086
    BP ECD-1 is ULSD with less than 15 PPM Sulfur. According to BP it has a cetane rating of 54 in the West Coast blend. East of the Rockies it is only 45 Cetane rating. That product is called ECD and it has a slightly higher sulfur content.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,337
    Yeah, I was going to say it was the precurser of the new 2006 standard fuel.
  • I was wondering how you made out with the MAF diagnosis. What did it cost to get fixed?

    My Golf TDI started acting up yesterday (just passes 88,000 miles), first warmer day of the year. Problem seems very similar to yours in that the car does not want to accelerate. Engine runs smooth, but as I was going 85 mph it did not want to quickly accelerate to pass. Later on I noticed it was hard to get it up to speed on some mountains. Just seems like it doesn't have the power past 2000 RPM's. Engine is not running hot either.

  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Sure sounds like a MAF, or a clogged intake. But if you keep you've kept your foot into it all along, that's not as likely. You could disconnect the MAF and see if it feels better, although it sounds more like yours isn't real bad. You can pickup a MAF most anywhere these days for cheap, and it only takes a few minutes to swap. I believe the VW extended warranty on those was only good through 70k miles.
  • Hey everyone.
    Got my 2004 Jetta TDI in June and love everything about but one thing, and it's a BIG thing. Black greasy soot all over the garage floor. I mean lots of it too. VW Service says it's normal but other owners I've talked to have no problems at all. They were surpised as a matter of fact.

    What do you all have to say? Is this normal or do I have a major problem both with the car and my dealership? Thanks
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    I assume the soot is accumulating under your exhaust? If not, where?

    Have you tried switching fuels? You might be getting some extra greasy stuff. I get a small puff of smoke on a cold start if I'm running trusted #2 diesel. Doesn't leave any soot in the garage though. If i run premium diesel, it never smokes.

    Can you get this to smoke if you're hard on the throttle? I would think if it's bad enough to leave soot on the garage floor you'd see some smoke in your rear-view.
  • Thanks for the quick answer back. Yes, it's under the exhaust and yes, there's smoke when hard on it, but I thought that was more or less normal. I've switched brands of fuel but can only find one grade around here. But as far as you know the soot is not normal, correct?
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Well, it may be normal for your fuel. I've gotten some poor quality fuel before that left a noticeable smoke screen behind me when I get on the throttle hard. Those fuels also provide less power and economy in my experience. I guess if there are other owners burning the same fuel in your area and they don't have the soot problem, it might be something with your car.

    A lot of areas only get one type of diesel and it all comes from the same refinery. That means all the diesel is bad. I luckily live between several major refinerys and have a lot of different fuels to pick from . Ashland diesel is horrible, and leaves a smoke screen. BP #2 is quite good and just leaves a small puff on cold start-up. BP diesel supreme never smokes and doesn't even have the odor in the garage like the other fuels. The general truck-stops around here carry a generic #2 that isn't bad, it smokes a little more than BP #2.

    It's possible your injection quantity is off which could cause more smoke. Or even the timing. Any cold-start problems or hesitation?
  • No, I'm in Florida so no cold start problems, no other problems at all. I have the VW regional sevice rep coming to look at it tomorrow and I don't know that much about diesels and don't want him telling me it's nomal when it's not, like the service manager has. The fuel around here is all basic #2 fuel but everyone else I've talk to uses the same as I do.

    Thanks again for your help
  • Responded to your post over in Jetta TDI forum....(basically same thing sebring asked/stated)

    I have an '04 GLS TDI (purchased 04/04) and recently purchased an 05 Passat GLS TDI and I don't have that problem at all. I do, however, back them out of the garage on the mornings I let them warm up, but even so, they sit in the same place on the driveway and I haven't had any problems. Does the station where you get your diesel pump alot of it? That could be part of it, old or poor quality fuel. Heck, my F350 Powerstroke diesel doesn't even leave any marks on the drive.


    03 Ford F350 SuperCrew KingRanch 6.0L Powerstroke
    04 VW Jetta GLS TDI
    05 VW Passat GLS TDI
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,238
    Did you buy this new? Just curious if it might have had some mods done. A tuning box, chip, or injectors can cause more smoke particularly if the installer didn't know what they were doing;) If other TDI's aren't having that problem on the same fuel, then you've got an issue somewhere. I'd start by looking at the IQ. Can you physically see black smoke when you start it in the garage?
  • pruzinkpruzink Posts: 112
    There are some recent posts on tdiclub about Castrol 505.01 not being up to par with its viscosity after use. That site maintains a very long data base of people that send their oil out for analysis when it is changed and there are several oil experts that use that data to recomend which of those oils work best. I have an 04 PD TDI and have been using Castrol 505.01 that I purchased from my local VW dealer since I bought it. Right now, I am thinking that I will definitely switch to another brand. The only 3 other brands of 505.01 sold in the US are Motul (can get from worldimpex), Pentosynth (can get from tdiparts), and Elf Excellium DID (if you go to the elfmoto website they list distributors, I haven't had good luck finding a supplier for this one). The people that tried the Elf Excellium did give it a very high rating.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    For the record, I have NEVER seen any black smoke our of the tailpipe of my 2003 TDI. I have occasionally seen some WHITE smoke when first started in below -10F temps. I always add at least 6oz of Powersrervice diesel-fuel additive at each fillup.

    If you are getting BLACK smoke, I wonder if you are using enough fuel additive. A cetane improver will go a LOONG way twards reducing smoke.
  • mn_patmn_pat Posts: 67
    Does anyone have experience running Bio-diesel in thier TDI? How does it perform compared to dino-diesel?

  • Waiting to hear how the car performed.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,337
    Yes to confess ignorance, with over 51,000 miles on a 2003 TDI, the only time I ever saw it betch (grey) smoke was after sitting overnight in 20 degree temperatures at high altitude (Durango, CO) with non CA #2 diesel. untreated (I use Primrose 405 except on the road)
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,086
    with non CA #2 diesel.

    I will pick up my new Passat on Monday in Portland. Have you found some brands of diesel are much better than others? When I get home I will fillup wtih ECD-1 ULSD and give it the test. I am concerned on the trip down through Oregon. Or should I just put an additive in and not worry about it? I am excited....
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,337

    I have been guilty of going to truck stops and using the normal #2 brew. :blush:

    When going through an Oregon station, just make sure the pump jockey doesn't

    1. put unleaded gas in your #2 diesel tank :mad:

    2. let the fuel spill all over your brand new bodywork. :cry:

    This almost happened at two separate stations!!!??? They must receive some kind of training to make this happen or something??

    Cautions aside have a GREAT trip. You will have a lot of good highway miles! Let us know how you like the Passat!
  • mrjettemrjette Posts: 122
    That is all I use (except once when I mis-judged my trips and had to put in the dino-fuel). I live in New England, and can only get the 80/20 blend (known as B-20). I always add a diesel fuel additive to each tank. I do have to drive about 10 miles out of my way to get a tankful when driving locally, but there is another dealer on the way to NY (which is a trip I make with some regularity). Performance is better IMHO. Less smoke and "new start smell".

    Caution- if you have been using dino and make the switch, it is claimed that the Bio is an efficient solvent and will dissolve residues in the fuel tank and lines. These residues can clog the fuel filter and cause a decrease in performance.

    Funny Bio-diesel story: I was filling up at Fleming's Shell in West Chesterfield, NH, about 1/2 mile from Brattleboro, VT. A guy at the Dino-pump said to me "You can't put that bio-diesel in your car, that is only for farm equipment". I laughed, told him that is all I use and challenged him to give it a try in his truck (I think it was a big Ford, Harley Davidson edition). The price was the same ($2.37). On 2 additional fill-ups, I had great conversations with people who were giving B-20 a try for the first time!
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