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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    I have Potenza RE950's and am impressed with them, especially wet traction. Check here:
  • I went with Michelin Pilots. Expensive but worth it, I think.
  • My wife and have had our Jetta Wagon for just under a year. We have approx. 10,000 miles on it.

    We love the car. I love driving it on weekends and it fits my wife’s needs during the week.

    We have had some problems. The first thing I noticed was a few drips coming from the driver side door (would happen if we opened the door while it was raining. When we shut the door and then started driving it would drip). The dealership could not fix this.

    Our front brakes started chirping at about 8,000 miles. The dealer replaced the front brakes on both sides.

    Now I have started to notice something strange with the transmission. When I stop at a red light, and then slowly start to press the accelerator there is a pause and then the car lunges. Almost like it is kicking into gear. It is not a smooth transition from stop to start. I never have thought that the car was changing gears correctly, but never worried about. This lungeing is a pain.

    The other problem we are having is the air conditioner doesn't seem to cool off the car.

    I am taking the car in this week, but I was wondering if anyone else had these problems.

    Thank you.
  • cards28cards28 Posts: 145
    pica1: I live in the Chicago area but not a Cubs fan, although, they do have a strong signal in just about any Midwest area. Fortunally, I'm a Cardinals fan and now I pick up most games on the internet if I'm at home. KMOX, St. Louis has a pretty good signal also. How does Cleveland look this year? ;)

    r2henshaw: It's no fun having all of those problems hitting you all at the same time. I hope you get them resloved sometime real soon. Good Luck! :)
  • flacaflaca Posts: 168
    have it checked by dealership. My transmission was replaced at 19k miles. (2001 GLS)
  • I bought a 2003 Jetta 1.8T GLS with a 5 speed and the sport suspension package. I love the car but I'm noticing what I think is an excessive turbo whine and a slight loss of power. At 2000 miles after running the car hard with the A/C on a hose popped off the waste gate and I lost all power over 3000 rpm. Prior to this I had the car checked out at the dealer because the whine was excessive and they basically said there was nothing wrong with the car. Turns out I wasn't crazy! Anybody else out there have a problem similar to this? I want to know what I'm in for in the long run with this car. I've never owned a car with a turbo before and it only has about 2800 miles on it now.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The turbo does whine loudly. I have an 02 Tip 1.8T with 36.5K on it, and you can definitely notice the turbo whine with the windows open. I think it sounds very sweet though, and never found it to be a problem.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    if your hoses and everything are attached, and the dealer says it is okay, and the car FEELS okay, then i wouldn't worry.

    and the whine/whistle of the turbo is the best part of the car :) you will learn to LOVE it.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,380
    Gee fellas, I feel left out!! I have a TDI turbo diesel and not only does it NOT whine but I barely notice if it even comes on , and I can barely hear the marbles in a can, characteristic to diesels of old. :)
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    YOu are left TDI VNT-15 does make that whistle...sometimes hard to hear...but a sweet sound it makes.
  • pica1pica1 Posts: 23
    I'm glad I can finally listen to the Tribe on the commute home from work...

    Then again, given their talent/experience level this year, maybe not ;-)

    That's what I meant by the Cubs remark -- I was thinking back to the hapless Cubs of the '80s. Today, they're much better, while it's going to take a looonng time for the Indians to get back to late '90s form.
  • dunoondunoon Posts: 10
    Hello--I'm a newbie here. I have owned 3 VW's (my favorite still being my 1980 Rabbit) and currently have a 2001 Jetta TDI with 72,000 miles (I have a very long commute).
    The TDI does make a lovely whistle sound. It reminds me of a sound the 1973 Super Beetle that my husband owned made.
    Ok--on to my question. I am curious as to when it is recommended to replace glow plugs. I asked the dealer about this and he said they should last until 100,000 miles. The maintenance book does not mention glow plug replacement. Is it something that is done at a certain mileage or just when problems are experienced??
    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    (dunoon) You may be confusing the "glow plugs" with sparkplugs in a gasoline engine.

    The "glow plugs" are simply electric heating elements... if they still get hot, why replace them? Do you replace the heater elements on your stove after heating 100 pots of soup? OF COURSE NOT If they get hot when you turn them on, they are doing their job.
  • I own a 2000 Jetta VR6. My trunk no longer latches/locks. Has anyone had this problem and do you have any advice for me?
  • My NEW 2003 Jetta GLX (only 5k miles) has developed a bubble in the front passenger-side tire. The tires are 17" Goodyear Eagle RS-As. Any other owners have a similar problem? Both VW and Goodyear have told me I'm SOL -- despite my warranty. Jerks.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The reason you have the bubble is because you either hit a curb or a pothole with the tire. Hitting something with the tire is the only reason it would bubble up like that. The warranty will not cover it.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    That silly fad of using 16",17" and even larger wheels is going to teach some folks a hard lesson.
    There is hardly any rubber to protect the wheel.

    It costs more for the the wheels and for the tires AND they are very susceptible and unforgiving when pinched over a curb or pothole.

    There is a REASON that engineers have used wheels with at least 3" to 4" of rubber to protect them for over 30 years.

    SURPRISE! This is just a way for tire and wheel manufacturers to spiff up their product line. Like many sales-fads, there is little benifet except for the people SELLING this stuff for 3X the price of the older products.

    Read any of the Jetta test-drive articals and they all say that the standard 15" wheels have the BEST RIDE. A larger wheel makes for a harsh ride. (because of the stiffer sidewall in the low-profile tire)

    This is sorta like those toothbrush ads trying to sell some fancy bristle-design. IT IS ALL SALES HYPE. The 67cent toothbrush works just as well as the $7 one.
  • dunoondunoon Posts: 10
    bpeebles - I understand the purpose of the glow plugs. I just wasn't very confident in the dealer mechanics's reply that they should be replaced at 100,000 miles since this is not mentioned in the maintenance schedule. Thank you for the information.
  • anne23anne23 Posts: 4
    I was told that that was a courtesy that was being given by the service manager after evaluating the problem.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The larger tires provide more handling prowess in addition to firming up the ride. A larger tire is going to hold a turn better than the smaller tire will. I know for sure, because I have had 15, 16, and 17" tires on my Jetta since I have had it.

    Surprisingly, the 15" tire bubbled from potholes and none of the others did. I have 16s right now, and find them to be a happy medium.
  • I took my '02 Jetta Wagon 2.0 Auto to the dealer on Friday morning. As I mentioned earlier (#2693)I noticed that my transmission was slamming into first gear. Also my air conditioner was not putting cold air.

    At the end of the day on Friday the dealer service called and confirmed that there was a problem with both. They were not sure if the transmission issue was electrical or if I had a bad transmission. They told me that they would need to run some diagnostics and get together with VW.

    The dealer was nice enough to give me a '02 Beetle to drive while my Wagon was in service.

    Today is Wednesday and we are still at the same point. Still running diagnostics and waiting for VW to tell the dealer what to do.

    I told the service rep that I would rather have a new transmission than for them to open it up and screw around.

    Anyone have any suggestions????

  • I'm having a problem with my jetta. When I go to accelerate (most noticeable at high speeds and going up hills) the car seems to loose power. For instance, I'll press the accelerator to speed up and at first for about a second everything is fine. Then the power and momentum seems to vanish for a second. Then the next second it feels fine again, then the power and momentum vanish again. This happens for as long as I am accelerating. Once I get to a speed and stay there the car seems fine. At first I thought this was the gas, maybe a bad batch, but I ran that first tank out completely and now I'm on my second tank. I haven't changed gas brands either, I'm using BP premium unleaded. Any input would be appreciated.

  • rapidrickrapidrick Posts: 70
    Hmmm, sounds like a problem I had with my old 1.8 GTI--it was a fuel boost pump that sits in the bottom of the fuel tank that got (eventually got) clogged by crappy Florida gas. When it got bad it sounded like hornet was in the trunk. Easy to replace, though. Not sure if the newer ones have such a thing.
  • bgteesbgtees Posts: 15
    I'm currently shopping for a used car, one of the cars on my list to look at is the Jetta. I've found several 2000 & 2001 Jettas that are either GLS V6 or GLX in the mid-teens. Most of them are between 30-50K miles.

    I know this thread only exists for people who are having problems, which is a small percentage of all owners, but I'm just curious how reliable you would consider the Jetta to be. I also wanted to get an idea of any known problems I should keep any eye out for. I'll be running a CarFax report on any car I consider.

    The other cars I'm looking at include the Honda Accord Coupe, the Toyota Solara and the Honda Prelude. Thanks.
  • jettabluesjettablues Posts: 4
    I am wondering if anyone else is feeling my pain.

    I have had MANY issues since my first oil change. The dealer left my plug out and all my oil ran out and my engine froze. They say there is no engine damage. How am I to believe that?!?!?!?! It hasn't acted/drove the same since. Then the whole window thing with it rolling up and down when I try to do the opposite. I had a rattle in the front end that the dealership for over a year I have been trying to get them to fix and they tell me I am hearing things!!! GRRR! Then at the same time my sunroof has it's issues when it closes and they say there is nothing wrong with it. Oh yeah, I forgot...I just had to replace, yes replace my rotors on the rear and brake pads. Any one have suggestions?? VW customer service is a PAIN in the !*@. I get no help from them and or the dealership. I did get the rattle in the front fixed and my sunroof from a totally different dealership! YAHOO
  • I have recently replaced an ignition coil on my 99 Jetta. I took it to the dealer because it was losing power and the "EPC" light stayed on. It cost $850 including labor and parts. The problem has resurfaced and the new part to be replaced is the throttle body for $900(part only). Anyone have similar problems? Has VW had a recall on either part? SOS.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    (jettablues) The engine had no oil in it and it "FROZE"!! That would be a totally shot engine in my book. The pistons melted to the cylinder walls.

    Did they actually tear apart the engine and check it out? Did they perform a compression check? Was the OHC checked for scoring? What about the valve-adjusters?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    (newjerseynick) How in the world does the throttlbody wear out??? They MUST be rippin you off. In all my years of working on engines, (over 30) I have never seen a throttlebody wear out. It is just a flappervalve that opens and closes.

    If you MUST replace the throttlebody, get one off of a wreck at a salvageyard. It wont be more than $100.

    BTW... there is voluntary replacement (sorta like a recall) on the ignitor coils. You may not have to pay for that.

    You mention that the "problem has resurfaced" somthing I have done in the past for such things is to show the receipt from the last repair... if the problem is still there OBVIOUSLY the last part they replaced must not have been the problem and it was their durn fault for replacing the wrong thing.

    I am soooo glad that I am college trained in electronics, mechanics and other engineering disciplines. There are a LOT of mechanics that will rip you off and do shoddy work at the same time.
  • jettabluesjettablues Posts: 4
    They told me that there is no way that there is engine damage. I fought hard for them to give me a new car or some kind of help. The only thing they did was a metal frag test. That proves nothing to me! They wouldn't even "open" things up to look further into it. I am lost for words. I am so tired of fighting and my money is going to waste :(
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Run the car through the front of the dealership, preferably with the service manager attached to the windshield, screaming bloody murder..

    Now, for a real solution. I would get VWoA involved, definitely. I would at least make them replace the engine in the car if it froze due to their negligence.
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