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  • zhdzhd Posts: 18
    8u6hfd and vocus,

    I have not been here for a while. Thank you for the inputs.

    Last week I went to the Chicago Autoshow and spoke with a VW engineer. He confirmed that the oil comsuption on my Golf was not normal, and I should call 800-DriveVW if the dealer refused to do anyting. I really love the performance and design of Golf, but I guess it's time for me to take some action to protect my investment.
  • blue2003blue2003 Posts: 1

    The switch on the door doesn't work when opening the door of the Golf4 GLS 2001.
    So, you won't be alerted when you leave your keys in, your lights on and the light won't come on when you open the door.
    Where is that switch? I purchased a maintenance book, but I can't find it in there.
    Is it hard to fix? Does the new part cost money, or is it just an adjustment to be made?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    You need a new door switch. I don't know where it is either, but look on the door frame at the lower part below where the striker holds the door closed.
  • nerak2nerak2 Posts: 2
    My 98 Passat GL with 98,000 is on the 6th tail light in 3 years, I have had it in the shop over and over for this issue - the new bulbs last about a week. any suggestions?
  • whcattowhcatto Posts: 8
    I got my 2003 Passat GLX one week ago. Today I washed it for the first time and notice water in the glove compartment, passenger floor and rear passenger floor. Anyone have any suggestion? The windows were up and the sun roof was closed.

  • ttaylor3ttaylor3 Posts: 1
    I have a new Passat GL 4 cyl 5-speed manual. About 5-10 percent of the time, it simply will not start. When I turn the key, all dashboard power comes on, but there is no sound or crank whatsoever (i.e. the car acts as if the clutch is not pressed to the floor). If I leave the car alone for 30-60 minutes and return, it usually will start.

    Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?

    I've taken it to the dealer twice, but they can't find anything wrong with it.
  • rdhdrdhd Posts: 3

    I have a problem starting my 2003 Jetta VR6. It happens after the car has been sitting overnight. But not every time. I turn the key and nothing really happens. The lights come on and there is a faint sound like clicking. I try this several times and in about 5 minutes or so the car will start. I have asked the dealer about it they have no explanation. They checked the computer logs in the car- no record of the events are recorded. Also, the dealership kept the car overnight and said it did not happen. I am about to take it in again as it is happening more and more frequently. Also the car is running rough the car vibrates more than it did when I first bought the car in December. Not a dependable car so far.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Clicking when starting means a bad alternator. I went through 6 of them on an un-named GM product, that was always the symptom...
  • hodalahodala Posts: 3
    Hi, I have a 2001 Passat. I'm just wondering if there is any way to turn the daylight function off because my car's headlight bulbs were burned out so many times already. I have called VW dealer and they said they are not allowed to disable it. So does anyone know how to disable the daylight function? Thanks.
  • 8u6hfd8u6hfd Posts: 1,391
    At the headlight switch:

    Push switch in and turn to the right.

    Remove switch and remove connector

    Locate "TFL" pin. Cover that pin with some electrical tape.

  • libstalibsta Posts: 2
  • libstalibsta Posts: 2
    my 96 jetta has been acting sluggish while in 2nd and 3rd gear...kinda like it has fur balls. I had the fuel filter changed, wires, plugs and cap replaced. Still doing it, but the engine light finally went out. So, could it be the timing belt is stretched and needs replacing?
  • wdubswdubs Posts: 27
    This weekend I tried to do the first oil change on my 2003 VW Passat 1.8T and was unable to find the oil pan or the oil drain plug. Does anyone know where I can find this? There is a big plastic cover under the car. It covers approximately half of the engine. I suspect that it might be under there but don't want to remove it unless it is necessary. I've done oil changes on our VW Cabrio and many other vehicles and have never had a problem finding the oil drain plug. Please help! Thanks!
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 19,825

    The oil drain plug bolt is under the plastic cover. I am not sure of your model but on the Jetta there are 11 bolts or so to undo. I have a TDI so the oil filter canister has to be opened and a new insert oil filter installed. I also have to remove the top plastic engine cover. Once the cover/covers are removed it is very very easy.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    This is slightly OT but I am buying a Winnebago Rialta which is built off a VW van chassis with a VR6 engine. What sort of problems have people had with the VR6??
  • bdevilbdevil Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a 2001 New Passat with the 2.8 six and the 5-speed manual transmission. The maintenance schedule in the owners manual calls for replacing the brake fluid every two years, so I'm due. I have a power bleeder and have done this on other cars, but never one with a hydraulic clutch. I assume I also need to bleed fluid at the hydraulic clutch as well as each wheel cylinder to get all the old fluid flushed. Is this correct? Does anyone know where the bleeder valve is located on the clutch? Thanks for any help and advice.
  • abriggs77abriggs77 Posts: 1

    Just bought a certified pre-owned Jetta. Woo-hoo its pretty sweet! Wanted to know what is the best type of oil for the car, synthetic or regular? I recently read that synthetic oil may accelerate the aging process of a new car because it seeps into the metal parts and softens the metal? Is this true? This is the first negative I've read about synthetics.
    Also, having your car serviced at the dealership versus doing it yourself and/or taking it to a less expensive mechanic. Any thoughts? Thanks for the help.
  • Hi Gang,
    I hope I am posting this question in the right
    chat room.I drive approximately 5-6k miles a year.It will take roughly 3-4 years to reach the
    2ok interval, where some services are recommneded. Does it make sense to just do oil
    changes and tire rotations in the interim?
    What should drivers do,who put low mileage on
    their autos? Just one last thing,why are the
    spark plugs changed at 105k; and no recommendatio
    is made to change the tranny or coolant (2001 vw passat) Thanks a lot,
  • lamar5lamar5 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 new passat glx. i just purchased a cd changer (factory) that came from a 2001 jetta and when i put it in the trunk i get no power.

    I know this cd changer works because i tried it in the trunk of a 99 passat wagon and the cardtridge came out with no problem. Any ideas on what may be the problem.

    Also my gas gauge seems to not be acurate. how can it say 1/2 tank when i just filled it up today and only drove 66 mi.
  • mohatumohatu Posts: 21

    Could please someone clarify? The maintenance booklet first states timing belt replacement at 40K miles and then it is mentioned every 20K thereafter. Kinda makes little sense to me. I thought this (pricy) replacement is supposed to be done about every 60-65K miles. Any ideas?

    Unfortunately, Edmunds' maintenance schedule tool isn't helpful either since it never mentions timing belt replacement at all. I looked through all service points from 40K up to 120K. This procedure is never on the list. Same about tire rotation, BTW, that I guess is supposed to be done every 10K. Weird. Not listing these quite important procedures is misleading and pretty much reduces the value of the tool (IMHO).
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
    mohatu, I just checked the maintenance guide. Check timing belt is on the list for the 40,000 mile service. Under the 60,000 mile service, the recommendation is to change the timing belt. I think this link will take you to the 60K schedule.

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  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Others have had additional service completed while having the timing belt done...frequently the water pump and belt tensioner are changed. You save the labor, since doing this service requires pulling the front bumper to make room for the work.
  • cmcvwcmcvw Posts: 1
    I own a 2000 Jetta GLS, with the standard engine. I am at 99K now, so I made an appointment at the local VW dealer to have my 100K check-up, in hopes of going over everything to make sure there are no problems before my 10yr/100K mile power-train warranty is over. They told me it would cost $400?! Is this normal? Has anyone else had this done?! I mean, I know they check and change multiple things, but they only replace a few filters and the spark plugs. Although I haven't had any major problems, I feel like this car has been so expensive to upkeep. Is this price normal/expected?
  • Hey there folks. I just brought my newly purchased '01 eurovan in to the local dealership for it's 25k oil change. I just about died when I got the bill... $69 for an oil change! They charged 33 for labor, 16 for the filter, 12 for the oil (at 2/quart), couple bucks for a filter gasket, and a 7% mandatory charge on labor for "misc shop supplies". Now... I know the Eurovan's are a quirky beast and might be a little more tricky than the typical oil change, but this just seems crazy! I'm curious to know where other Euro and/or VR6 owners are taking their rigs for oil changes and if I'm in the typical cost range at the dealer. I hesitate to take it to a quick lube, but really don't know specifically if there would be a true negative for doing so, but who knows. Any thoughts/comments?
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 19,825
    Yes that 400 dollar bill sound "normal" You might be able to bring it down somewhat by buying correct parts and fluids and giving them to the shop to change out. It is the labor rate that takes the biggest chunk out of the 400 dollar bill. Shop rates in this neck of the woods is like 90 per hour, so I am swagging 3-4 hrs for labor. plus parts retail profit.
  • 99jetta99jetta Posts: 4
    I just had to replace the plug wires, cap and rotor on my 99 Jetta and it only has 71K miles on it. They were so bad that the car actually wouldn't run. I was under the impression that wires should last around 100K. I think the recommendation is to replace at 60K but as a single mom, if it ain't broke I can't fix it. Anyone have any advice on this? Is there anything else that should be done at this mileage to prevent another break down? (I lost my owners manual). Thanks!
  • 600kgolfgt600kgolfgt Posts: 690
    On 2001.5 Passats, the timing belt should last between 90K - 105K. When your mileage gets in that range, it's a good time to replace the timing belt (also a good time to replace all the belts as well).

    With the exception of diesel-powered cars (belt change recommended every 60K miles), changing the timing belt before the aformentioned mileage intervals is a waste of money, from my experience (I've owned 4 VWs now).

    Hope this helps...
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    does anyone know the exact specs for an 02? I believe its a 16 x7in , whats the offset?
    Is any VW 16 x7 in wheel likely to fit??
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I guess no one knows, including VW customer care who I have spoken to twice!! Amazing!
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