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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Your dealer is mistaken.

    For the 2003 TDI, I beleive the Timing-belt replacment is 100,000 miles.

    To be fair to your dealer, Previous years of TDIs had some different TB-replacement intervals. (automatic xmission =40,000 miles and manual xmission=60,000 miles)


    BTW --- A gasoline engine has a timing belt too and that cost would be simular... thus your assertion that this is a diesel-only cost is mistaken.

    The VW TDI has LESS PM COSTS (Preventive maintainance) than its gasoline stablemates. If you ignore all the costs that are simular (Timing belt, filters, oil changes), the gasoline engine still has sparkplugs and ignition wires which the diesel simply does not have.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,333
    My 2003 VW Jetta TDI is due a timing belt and water pump change at 100k. As a comparison, my 2004 Honda Civic VP (considered one of the best of breed in the class) has a timing belt and water pump change due at app 110k. Prices are also comparable app 605 vs 550.

    Plugs also needed to be changed on the Civic since spark plug are key to the running of this gasser. These plugs are more like the 26 dollar per set variety and not the not the 8 dollar or less variety.
  • That was caused by the cheap plastic window guide. Jetta has a recall for that. I had a similar problem on my 2000 Jetta. The dealer should replace it for free.
  • Can anyone tell me when should I put the feon for the 2000 Jetta 2.0? I couldn't find where is the value.
  • Hello, I have not run into that yet...hopefully I won't...I have owned my 2002 vr6 for about 1.5 months. maybe someone will know I sure hope so. Two lights have come on recently and was wondering if anyone knows what they might be. One is the EPC light and the other is a triangle with circular arrow going counter clock wise around it. I anyone has any idea's I would sure appreciate it. Otherwise it is prolly the best car I have purchased in sometime.

    Thanks for any thought.

    Fat Rick
  • 2002 Jetta. There is a coil spring, approx. 0.5in dia., 10in. long under each front seat. My wife found the one under the driver's seat on the floor. I checked the other side to see how/where it attaches, only to find that one on the floor also. Of course, there is nothing in the Shop Manual that covers this. The manual does tell you about all the special tools you need to remove the seat, and about disarming the air-bag! I am interested in finding out:
    1) Where does the spring attach?
    2) Do you have to remove the seat?
    3) What does it (the spring) do? (I know about the seat!)
    4) If I re-attach it, as is, how likely is it to come off again? Is there a real 'fix', or do I have to check the seat spring at every oil change? German engineering, indeed.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    If you do some research about these springs that are found underneath the front seats, you will find that it is VERY common for them to be found laying there.

    Apparently, they are originally used to "assist" when adjusting the seat. Most people stash them in the trunk with the spare tire and forget about them. Unless you are having issues adjusting the seats, it is not worth your time to fuss with them.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Does your car have ESP feature? (triangle with circular arrow going counter clock wise around it sounds like ESP)

    The EPC lamp can come on for many different reasons. The only way to tell why is to "pull the code" from the computer. Do some reasearch about VAG-COM to see if there is somone in your area that can help. Alternately, you can check with some auto-parts stores, some of them will "pull the code" for no charge.
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    If a malfunction in the engine electronics should occur, the EPC indicator light will blink. The engine control automatically switches to a back-up program. You will notice, however a reduction in engine power. Pl. contact VW dealer as soon as possible.
    The second one is the ASR/ESP light, this light will start flashing when the vehicle is moving if the Anti-slip regulation or the electronic stabilization program is activated. The warning light will light up continuously if the system is switched off manually, or if a malfunction should occur. Since the ASR/ESP operates together with the ABS, this light will also comes on if a fault should occur in the ABS.
  • I have a 2005.5 Jetta purchased in May and the engine is very loud and rattling. It goes for about 10-15 seconds and then stops. I have asked the dealership about this and they say it's "normal" ... caused by a safety feature. Is this normal? Is anyone else having this issue?

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  • Hello there everyone,
    I have recently purchased a VW Jetta VR6 and have had it approx. 1.5 months. Just the other day The EPC Light has come on as well as a triangle with an exclamation point in it and a circle going around it counter clockwise with an arrow on the end. Just curious if anyone may have experience.

    Thanks for your help
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    The Triangle is the ASR/ESP warning light. if you manually shut down this control by pressing a button with a triangle saying ESP or ASR above the A/C. This light will come on continuously. When the computer sensed your car is not going in the same track of your steering wheel, it will also come on for a few seconds. I have experienced this quite frequent when I make a quick turn. My EPC light only come on when I start the car and it will disappear very soon.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Yes, it is true that the loud rattling engine sound is normal for 10-15 seconds, until it warms up. Ours does that too. Apparently this has been a feature of other VW engines also.

    I have read a number of theories as to the cause, but no idea which is the correct one. The important thing is it is nothing to worry about.
  • What is the symptoms of an ecu going bad and if it is dead where should i get one?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    It is EXTREMLY unlikely that an ECU would be "going bad". Like most other electronic device, it either WORKS or it does NOT WORK...there is no in-between.

    If you are having symptoms that are incosistant, look twards bad sensors or poor connections.,,,NOT the ECU.

    HINT: the MAF sensor and the engine temp sensor are both known to get "flakey" and exibit strange running symproms.
  • WOW! I can't believe yours lasted that long. Our 2002 window clips broke the first year. You can probably get these fixed for free because it has been a well documented problem. There may have been a recall or at the very least a TSB. I'd argue fiercely with the dealer if they won't cover the costs. Get the other door fixed, too.
  • I just picked up my 2003 Jetta Wagon 1.8T with manual transmission from the dealer. It was 723 dollars. The dealer made a grave mistake and never gave me the cost BEFORE they did the 40K service. I denied some extra work that I could do -- bulbs, wiper inserts -- but allowed them to clean the sun-roof drains ($66), but had never known the possible cost. What should I do here? I was so astonished and frustrated that all I could do was take my car and get out of there (I had to write them a postdated check because it was way more than I thought). I am going to call/write to them to complain, especially because they never pre-approved this work, and because, in my opinion some of this work is extraneous -- the BG 44K, perhaps. Thanks for the help.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    That does sound pricey, but did YOU ever ask for the price of the 40K service?
  • No, I did not. Based on my past experiences, It was 615 for the 40K work and when they called me about the extraneous work, I only okayed the cleaning of the sunroof drains. I simply did not think it would be this much. This is first new car -- I am 25 -- and forgot to look at the work they were doing and whether it would be expensive.
  • Sorry. I meant "based on my past experiences, I did not think it would be this much."
  • I had the car for 5 months Had it back to service today again this will be 7th time anything and everything has gone wrong with this car from day two when I had the car and went to get gas, gas door would not close the door had to be replaced. Since than I had it back for recalls and warring lights that just stay on. Today it is back agin for warring lights and they kept it. Who knows how long this will take. My next move is to call the corporate ofiice (I know that will be a joke) and voice a complaint I do not know where this will get me. But I will see. I would like to know if anyone is going thru the same problems

    Thank you
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    First, I felt sorry for you. I have my 2004Jetta (6 speed manual) for 5 months (7,400 Miles) and has no problem at all, but I have went to dealership for 2 oil changes since.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    The "40K service" on my 2003 TDI was less than $400. ( the TDI engine uses more expensive oil and fuel filters than the 1.8T too)

    Light bulbs (in my state) are MANDITORY to be working and should be replaced whenever they are out. (Lest one may get stopped by the local constabulary)

    Just dropping your car off and telling them to "do the 40K mile service" is just ASKING for trouble. To theire ears, you are saying "do whatever you think needs to be done and charge me for it". Many dealerships assume that a customer wants a full and complete service with no loose ends that the customer has to do themselves. It is not their fault that you "could have" replaced the wiper-blades yourself but did not tell them that.

    Do you simply want the "bare minimum" service that satisfies the warantee... or do you want to drive away knowing that your car is "good to go" and no other work is needed? Make your desires known to the service-writer when you arrive.

    An old addage that comes to mind is You pay for convienience... and that is EXACTLY what you got.

    Since you are 25 and this is your first new car, perhaps you should chalk this up as a "life learning experience" and move on. It is UP TO YOU to specificcally tell any service writer EXACTLY what you desire for them to do. YOU need to read the owners manual and make a list of items that you want completed based on that. (allowing for the items you can do yourself)

    BTW: You could also clean the sunroof vents yourself too, do some research on the internet for the procedure.
  • Hello,
    Replaced the battery in my wifes 2000 Jetta GLS and now the radio is stuck on FM 88.3 but you can't hear anything. I can turn the radio on and off but nothing else works. I read about safe mode but this doesn't seem to be what it is doing. Any suggestions?
  • I feel your pain! I bought a new 2000 Jetta in 99, and it's been nothing but trouble! :lemon: And I have yet to speak with a service agent who has any customer service skills whatsoever!!!!! The only thing worse than the product is the service!! Most people I have had to deal with have been just slightly more intelligent than rocks and offered solutions that make absolutely no sense! After having the "check engine" light reset 8 times or so, ultimately due to a bad mass air flow sensor, one service person actually told me in response to my frustration with the time and money spent, "yeah, that's why I don't drive fuel injected cars anymore!" What a MORON!! I have however found that most issues have been covered under warranty,including the mass airflow sensor which they ulitimately reimbursed me for, but a person buys a NEW car so as not to have to deal with mechanical problems! :mad: I have never, nor has anyone I know, seen more problems with any new car. It is absolutely unacceptable. :lemon: I expect to be having the CAT replaced under warranty as they have just sent a notice out extending it's coverage to 10yrs-120K Mi, and I have just begun to experience the rattling they describe in the letter. If I were you I would push for that coverage!!!!
  • The manual says this is normal. I think the explanation is that the 5 cylinder needs the time to build up the oil pressure.
  • I have a 2001 Wolfsburg 1.8t 5spd. There is a hitch in the steering when turning left through the straight ahead position of the wheel. It doesn't happen all the time and only after a substantial right turn. It feels like the steering wheel just sticks at center as it moves though. I had the tech at the dealership actually feel it but they could not determine the problem and have not fixed it. Any ideas?
  • I bought my first new car recently. I bought a VW Jetta TDI because it has great MPG and I drive over 70 miles a day. Unfortunately, it has been the worst experience. First of all, when I got the car the back seat console was broken and there were chips/scratches on the trunk. The dealership did fix these two problems but that wasn't the end of my troubles. I have had the car for one month and it has been in the shop 3 times. I have broken down, normally in the middle of an intersection, when the service department is closed and had to be towed each time. Luckily, the car comes with 4-year roadside service; however, that still does not explain why the car has broken down so many times. I broke down a week after having the car and they told me that the code wasn't solid so they reset the computer codes, and basically told me that I was going to break down again. Well I did break down again about two weeks later. This time, after having the car for a week, they replaced the throttle and said that it was fixed. Well then a week after I had the car back, I broke down in a very busy intersection. My car is currently in the shop and they are telling me that it is a wiring problem, that there is a loose wire somewhere. Well it has been the same problem every time. I will be driving along and all of a sudden the glow plug engine light starts flashing, the car acts like it is in neutral and will not go anywhere. When you turn the engine off and then turn it back on the light is no longer flashing; however, don't drive too far because you will break down again (this helps you get out of those busy intersections but doesn't help you get home). When you restart the car and drive for a mile or two then the glow plug engine light starts flashing again and the engine exhaust malfunction light comes on. Once again the car acts like it is in neutral and will not go anywhere. Our car dealership, which has not been helpful, said that they have never heard of this happening before. **Has anyone ever heard of a problem with the glow plug engine light?** I do not think that it is a problem with all VW cars. I think that I just got a lemon.
    The worst part about all of this is that it is my first new car ever, the dealership has not been helpful, and breaking down in the middle of intersections is a safety risk. VW has been following up on the issue; however, I am still driving a rental. At this point I am requesting that they replace the car, but I was told that they 'may not' replace it until it breaks down 5 or more times with the exact problem, that it depends on different things.

    Has anyone had this problem with their new Jetta?
  • :cry: I own a 2000 Jetta it has 116,000 on it.For awhile now (over 2 years) it has been making a shh shh shh sound when it is running, I have replaced the serpentine belt but it still makes this noise. I have a manual transmission, and over the last month once in awhile the car will begin accelerating even when stopped or in neutral, it will rev up then down and up and down several times. If I turn off the car and back on it stops, or if I continue to drive it will stop eventually, any idea what might be causing this??? :sick:
  • :confuse: I am having the same problem as of this morning. I didn't change the battery or have any other problem. The radio just seems to be stuck. I can't play CDs either. I have a 2003 Jetta Wolfsburg edition with a Monsoon radio.
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