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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    Some time ago, I was talking to a guy about that and he said it was the plastic material that makes up the interior of cars. He said that it emits a invisible vapor, of some kind, that is attracted by the glass windows and builds up over time. Harmful to breath? I don't know, I don't like it, so I just keep it clean. That's a story I heard.
    I was about to ask the same question about cleaning the dash, it's beginning to accumulate some dust.
  • I've been using Armor All cleaning wipes, which I think is just a cleaner and not a shine and protect product. I thought shiny stuff wouldn't agree too well with the finish of the dash.

    I don't smoke, and have velour seats. Cards, my guess also was going to be the combination of the heat and the dash material. Hopefully the effect will lessen as the car sees more summers. It got to a point in the where I had to clean it weekly! I hardly notice it in the winter though.

    Thanks again, glad to hear other people are experiencing the same things.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have film on the inside of my windows now, and dust on the dashboard a half-inch thick! It's been a chore just trying to dig the car out here in MD, let alone clean it. I should take some time this weekend to clean the inside at least, but they're calling for thunderstorms all weekend...

    God, what did we in the NE do to honk Mother Nature off??? :)
  • El nino lives!!!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I am sooo tired of the snow! I would love to live in Chicago, but there you expect cold and snow all winter long. Not here in MD, this is one of the worst winters I ever remember in my 24 years. I am really sick of it though. I might as well move to Chicago and call it a day..

    My (white) car is so dirty, it looks more like french vanilla with chocolate... :)
  • Just down the road from me in Lexington, Ky. over 50,000 people were without electricity and below freeziing temps at the start of this storm. 10,000 still don't have it. Just remember, things could be worse. If I had a choice btw snow or no electricity and freezing temps give me snow. I'll just hunker down in my nice warm house until it melts.
  • I can't remember a winter when it was consistently as cold as it has been this winter. It seemed like for a month straight the high never got out of 20, and then there's all the precip to go along with it... this winter has seriously made me consider getting a dedicated pair of winter tires!

    Anyhow, anybody in here drive a MkIV 2.0 manual? When I first got my car in December of '01 I took it back in a couple of times to the dealer because of a whining noise when I went through a sharp turn at a slow speed... after a few times of talking to the dealer, they said that it was typical for the differential for this engine and transmission to make this noise. After thinking about it it made sense... I realized that it only happened when the clutch was engaged and I was applying the gas... the noise would disappear if I released the gas or depressed the clutch. At first maybe I thought it was the brakes, but then this noise would be made all the time. I just wanted to check on this forum to see if anybody else has experienced this noise also... I can only describe it as a slight resonant whine, like when you rub a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass... ?
  • 2000 Jetta GL, 2.0L, 5 speed, 50K miles. A/C button lights up, A/C compressor doesn't cycle. Take to my mechanic (not dealer), works perfect for him, everything in the A/C system appears fine. Works for me that day. Today, not working again. Weather has been cold and wet. Anyone have this issue? Obviously the compressor is fine, seems like a switch/electrical issue to me. My mechanic said that sometimes the evaporator freezes which will shut the system down. 3 years old...POS!
  • I have a 2000 Jettal GLX with the black matte interior. I have a couple of items that seem to keep teh interior looking very good.

  • Well, this is my attempt to complete my message before sending it in.

    As for interior care:
    1. Lexol makes a vinyl cleaner that works well
    2. The cleaner that you can buy through your local VW dealer also works very well.
    3. Definitely avoid armor-all.

    I suggest that you apply the cleaner to a soft cloth rather than directly to your interior. It's a little easier to keep from getting the cleaner all over the car.

    I also keep a "Swiffer" cloth in the car. These are normally for dusting and cleaning hard floors around a house, but they also work great at picking up the dust on the dash and in some of the nooks that are present (say around the radio buttons, by the windows, and on the turn stalk). The dry cloths also do not bother the dash finish at all.

    Good Luck!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The AC compressor will not work below freezing. Would that be a problem?
  • I have a '02 Jetta 2.0 manual. Bought it brand new last July. Here are the problems that I have:

    1)Rattle in driver side door over bumps at any speed
    2)Tape stuck in tape deck
    3)Rattle in dash board coming from air vents,
      both air and regular non-cooled air
    4)A clicking sound when my backseat rear window rolls up.

    I bought this car from Bob Baker Volswagon in San Diego. Has anyone had these problems and if so were they fixed (and what did they do) before your warranty expired? I am quickly loosing faith here and want to know of other peoples experiences with these specific problems. I may jump ship before having to deal with all these complications. I live in a small town and any fixing is quite the effort.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Rattles in VW's seem to be VERY common and prevelant over all VW models. I also get rattles in my dash (3). Though they seem to be napping for the past 3-4 months. My doors Rattle/creak all the time(1). I didn't realize anyone still listened to tapes!!!! Just kidding.....

    Take your car to the dealer and have them address your complaints. I do caution you though...the dealer might make things WORSE after they get their paws on your car. I brought mycar in several times for "noises" and they always screwed up something that caused an additional dealer visit. Once they forgot to put my dash back together correctly. They were very sloppy in their attempt to fix my car.

    I also have a clicking or rattle sound coming from my driver side rear door. I thought it was the mid speaker, but have since noticed it is actually my rear door lock. The actual peice that moves up and down when the door is locked or unlocked. If I hold the lock the noise will go away...

    Good luck.
  • My TDI wagon is 2 month's old, and in the last week I began to experience a problem. Whenever I turn the key to the first click position, I hear a "pop" from the rear speakers. Sort of what you would hear if you were getting bad reception. It only happens if the radio is on. Also, yesterday I noticed that the radio stayed on even after I turned the car off and took the key out of the ignition. I don't recall this being the case before. It goes off if I turn the radi button to off. The car has the monsoon radio. Has anyone experienced anything like this before? Is this one of those electrical "quirks" VW owners always brag about?
  • And while I'm here... the other problem I have had since day one is closing the rear hatch. I have the GLS TDI Wagon. It seems that unless I really slam it hard and maintain pressure the entire way, the hatch will not close. That is, it seems closed, but the dashboard lights will show it has not closed. I figure when I take it in for the 5k oil change I'll have them look at it, but I was wondering if anyone here could give me some advice as to what may be wrong, and what to expect at the dealership.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    It's a stiff latching mechanism. It's the same on my Golf.

    I remember when we did the rear latch recall on my 93 Caravan...the same thing ended up happening.
  • You need the A/C to defrost/defog the windows, even more so when it is very cold/humid out (during rain or snow). I am going to wait until we get a decent sunny day to warm things up, if it works then, maybe it is fine. I still feel it may be an "electrical gremlin" as my mechanic said that many VWs are plagued with. We will see! I was hoping someone else had this problem and could tell me if it was common. Just hoping to not have to drop fat-cash on an A/C repair as they are usually costly to fix and the car is only 3 years old!!!
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I had my AC on last week when the tempatures were in the 70's. I had it on for about 15 minutes and my AC did not feel that cold to me. It was only cool. I think I may need to get the dealer to recharge my AC. It seemed that last summer my AC was very cold and now if seems only cool and barely at that.
  • My problem is that the A/C charge etc. is fine, my compressor doesn't cycle (or turn on) when I turn on the "A/C" switch.
  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    I use a cosmetic brush (guys, ask your girl friend or wife to get one for you)on the dash and all those hard to get places. They are small and easy to stow right inside your center console. When you come to a red light, just start sweeping away at your dash and by the time the light turns green, presto, all the dust is gone. Use it regularly and your dash will always look show room clean.
    Isn't this fun??? :)
  • Sure enough, today it is dry out and the A/C worked fine...this is so weird. Maybe some water is trapped somehwere and it freezes? Who knows.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    1) I had the similar door rattle problem. They put 'stoppers' in my doors, I think. No rattles since 10K, and I am at 32K now.

    2) Dealer can get the tape out. More than likely a cheap tape or something.

    3) Could be that the dash vents are loose. Ask dealer.

    4) The 'clicking' is the cheap window regulators in there. VWoA sent letters to all owners recently, and they are replacing the parts free of charge. Wait, do you have power windows? If not, then this will not help you at all.
  • samcqsamcq Posts: 13
    I have a 2000 Jetta GLS. I have taken very good car of my car and it has very low mileage (15,120) because I work close to home.

    On 9/10/02, the oil indicator light came on in the car. I checked the oil and the stick was completely dry. I added 2 qts of oil. On 11/11/02 I took the car in for inspection. They changed the oil and told me to check in 1000 miles. On 2/9/03 (1000 miles), I checked my oil and it was very low again, although the oil indicator light did not go on. I added a quart of oil and called the dealership.

    They checked the oil and said that I have to start doing oil consumption tests. I have to bring it back in 1000 miles and they are going to check the levels. I am concerned because the car is absolutely not leaking any oil and it's driving fine.

    Anyone else have the same problem?
  • samcqsamcq Posts: 13
    I have a '00 Jetta GLS with only 15K miles and now I have to replace my tires! Apparently I have flat spots in my front tires. I drive the car every day and it has never sat for longer than 2 days without being driven.

    Anyone have the same problem?
  • My 2000 2.0L eats about 1 qt of oil every 2K miles or so. Dealer said its normal, I gave up, easier to just add a qt. I do check it once a month or 1000 miles. Apparently, they just do this, there are plenty of posts here about it. I say if the car is running fine and you are doing the oil consumption test with VW, you have nothing to worry about. As for tires, the Goodyear Eagle el-crappos that came on it had to be replaced at 30K, they were worn funny due to a compatibility issue of the tire and the Jetta's alignment. No warranty on that one unless I had less than 26K on the tires.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I have a 2002 GL 2.0 and in 11K miles my car does not have any oil consumption issues. The 2.0 engine is known to have this problem. What would really piss me off is the fact that the VW dealer has to know about this issue but still professes that it is "normal" for your car to use that much oil. Take it back to the delaer and DEMAND that something be done. I have heard, and I believe Vocus can provide additional info, that some of the 2.0 engines had seals (I think) put in backwards which caused excess oil consumption issues. Also, I have read and heard of VW fixing or replacing these engines to remedy the problem. I would also recommend going to the VWvortex site and do some more research before you head to the dealer. I guess I am glad that VW might of fixed this issue in later 2.0 engines.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Also, check the oil right after they add it for the consumption test. They overfilled the oil, on purpose, in my co-worker's car when he took it to the dealership and complained about oil usage.

    And VWoA won't do anything about the oil problem if the car's not using at least a quart of oil every 1000 miles.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    But is is "normal" for that engine... (up till around 2002) They are not fibbing to you in any way.

    Try buying a US-named car... virtually every complaint you have will be 'normal'.
     "It is normal for the transmission fluid to come frothing out of the dipstick like that"
    "It is normal for the windshiled to leak in the rain"
    "those rattles are normal"
    "it is normal for the brakes to warp like that"
    "It is normal for the wheels to fall off of it if you do not tighten them regularly"
    "It is normal for the cylinder head to warp like that"
  • I had a 2001 Jetta Wolfsburg, but sold it after a year because I couldn't keep it out of the shop. 2 engine problems, plus creaky doors, broken glove box, etc, etc.

    I have a '99 Acura TL now, and it's a nice car, but it's just no fun to drive. Too big. Rides like a big car, but it drives like a big car, so I'm looking around again.

    Have the Jetta's gotten any better? Do people seem to have less problems with the new ones?

    I'm looking at getting a GLS 1.8T

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The current buzzword with the 1.8T engine seems to be the ignition coil problems. VW finally admitted to the window regulator problems, and fixed them all free of charge or reimbursed people for what they paid. The rattling problems still carry on in some, it's kinda a luck of the draw. My 02 GLS 1.8T had a couple irritating rattles when first new, but I finally got them worked out by 17K miles. Still annoying though.

    The VWs are not going to be as reliable as the Acura is, but they do have driving enjoyment where alot of other cars do not. I guess it comes down to what you hold more important in your car.
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