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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • I did decide not to go for it cause of the mileage and long term maintenace. I got alot of opinions from various people who said for long term, japanese would probably be a better bet.
    tahnks for the feedback!
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    sorry about your rattles. didn't I tell you about CD cases?? ;) Mine is still doing fine. Knock on wood. The one thing that I miss about my old Jetta is the way the heated seats work. Now, mine only seem to work on the 4 and 5 settings. I know someone else mentioned it - and I think that made me start really testing them. Not even sure I want to bother with service though...too much hassle. I will call them and see how intrusive heated seats replacements are...
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    My heated seats work fine. I have two more rattles now though. And this damn car just turned 5000 miles yesterday! I am starting to regret my purchase already...

    The dash rattles over bumps, right near where it meets the windshield. The rear package shelf is loose, and rattling like crazy (the dealer couldn't find it, but I did), and the driver's footrest creaked loudly this morning when I put my foot on it. I am starting to get over this quickly. It just makes me mad in a brand new, $25K car.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    your footrest creaked when you put your foot on it? is that really a complaint? if i have said it once, i have said it a thousand times: cars squeek and make noise - especially when the panels are cold and rigid in this weather.

    enjoy the car. if you can't - then get rid of it! :) very simple.

    i don't envy you at all. the car must be pretty bad for you to let these things consume you. i definitely would just trade it in for another Protege or Civic or something.

    so you found the rattle in the back. and the service department did not. sounds like a better service department would be a good idea.

    good luck with it Paul. remember, it is just a car. i know that you have more important things going on in your life than to let a VW stress you out.

    when do i get the recipe for the crab dip, btw? ;)
  • i am positive my seats don't work unless on 5, I even told the service department, to which they said, everything is operating per manufacturers specs.....rattles, buzzes, creaks, galore
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Is it possible that it's not cold enough for the seat heaters to be on? The only reason I say that is because on some cars (not sure about VWs) the seat heaters don't turn on unless ambient temp is below a certain temp. My Volvo does that, and the heaters don't work until it's below 40F. It's annoying but that's a way I suppose that the manufacturer ensures longer life from the system.

    Just a thought.

    /java (75k creak-free miles) doc
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    My 99.5 GLS had the same interior/seats/heaters, and they worked on 1 a little, 2 more, 3 even more, 4 a lot, and 5 enough to fry an egg. Mine seem to do a little on 4, and egg frying on 5. I think there must be an issue. What year is your Jetta? Mine is a 2002.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have the same exact car as you have (except for the sport suspension and 17-inch wheels), right down to the Tiptronic and leather. My seat heaters work on all numbers. They work like you described for your 1999 1/2. Five will fry an egg. :) But I can feel them on all numbers once the seat warms up. And I have had the seat heaters on when the car's leather was cold and it wasn't below 40 outside. They worked then too.

    Also, it just makes me mad that a brand new car would have rattles and all. Maybe it's because the interior is so devoid from other noise that I notice the rattles more. :) I am not stressing over it, I am going to the dealer one more time before I totally lose it. Just kidding. :)
  • gibegibe Posts: 1
    Has anyone had any problems with a minor bump in the road causing major havoc to the underside of their VW Jetta, or any VW for that matter, because of the use of Aluminum vs. Steel?
  • my seats always work, regardless of temperature because I used them even during the summer(cool summer nights), but they only work on 5 and they sure do cook whatevers on it. On another note, I'm getting my 10k service tomrrow, and at my 5k service I had them use Mobil 1 synthetic oil that I gave them, but now I couldn't find Mobil 1, so I bought Castrol synthetic, is it ok to switch brands? Is castrol good?

    By the way, the car is a 2001 Jetta GLS 2.0, automatic trnas, black on black leather, 15" alloys
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    taking my car in next week. my service guy said there is a problem with the switch, or a relay. either way, i get another turbo as my loaner, and it will only take one day probably. whew. i was worried that i was just crazy...;)
  • mjgvwmjgvw Posts: 3
    Here is the rest of the story for those who may be interested... Even though the dealer charged me for the turbo, VoA asked them to refund my money stating it is covered under power train.

    Synthetic oil is not mandatory on my 1997 and will not void your warranty. I have that in writing from VoA.

    Still curious how long a well maintained turbo should last... will I have this problem again?
  • jabildajabilda Posts: 47
    I had a Plynouth Laser with the Mitsu turbo that lasted until I sold the car (130+ K Miles). The manual said to let the car idle a minute after stopping. While it was a drag, I did it and never had a problem. Check the manual for similar instructions. Letting the car idle (for my turbo, anyway) let oil get into it to help cool it down. I heard that the turbos on the mitsus did not last >4 years and suspect owners did not follow the 'rules.' Good luck.
  • mynewvwmynewvw Posts: 18
    I have a 2002 Jetta Wagon V6 with 2,000 miles on it. After it warms up, I can hear a knocking/sucking (more of a knock though) coming from the engine compartment. The knocking doesn't seem to speed up when rpms increase. When I press the gas down, the knock goes away for about 10 seconds. I have worked a lot on cars, and the knocking doesn't sound like it's coming from the engine though it is very hard to locate where it is coming from. One other thing - when I have the gas cap off, I can hear it quite loudly coming from the gas pipe/cap entry. It strikes me as something vacuum related but I should would like to know what it is. Any ideas are appreciated.
  • i had the problem, where you could hear it at lower speeds cause then the wind and engine noise go above it. the problem was the front rubber joint of the stabilizer bar, supposedly nothing dangerous, they took care of it for me, it came back the very next day, i take it back after a bit and it was not taken care of(they could not hear it....blah blah) then from that point on it only got worse having an accompanying creaking sound when moving the steering wheel, but every time I would take it to the dealer , even I no longer heard the sound(some luck...) and now that it's cold, it's pretty much gone for now, all in all a very very annoying and bad experince regarding this issue. 2001 Jetta GLS 9950 miles.
  • mynewvwmynewvw Posts: 18
    Thanks for the reply, blackjetta18t1. It sounds like the problem you have is not what I'm experiencing though. First, I hear the knocking only when in park (or going very slowly). Second, I hear it loudest from the gas pipe entry (again, while the car is in park). Third, one time, while idling, I heard the knocking speed up and then go away while the car was in park and my foot was off of the gas - this gave me the idea that is was vacuum related since it speed up gradually, quicker and quicker and then stopped altogther (as is it was finished doing whatever it was it was doing)....
  • The dealer did the lubing, I am unsure what they used but the car is still noise free.
  • I read this way back in this discussion, just take a piece of duct tape, cut it fairly thin, and wrap tightly around the latch on the inside of the door frame. This absolutely fixed teh problem, the problem is that the door is not seating tightly.
  • I tired the latch thing and it did not work, though it may for some, what worked on mine was lubricating the door seals, although now that it's cold here, it seems that the lubricant is frozen so it continues to creak...You need to lubricate every 2-3 months, atleast that's how often I need to.
  • Hmm, not sure what that could be , however your problem sounds slightly similiar to this thing I've noticed on my car, it's like a popping noise from under the car, or the rear of the car. I could be in park, or the car could have been off for 20 some odd minutes, or if I tur it on and go slowly for the first few minutes, I hear popping. Someone told me it was my exhaust cooling down, but that doesn't make sense when it makes the noise when tunred on after a night in the cold...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,596
    Hello All! I'm new to this post and I apologize if this problem has been brought up before. My Sister has a '00 Jetta GLS VR6. With 5,000 miles, the Transmission had to be replaced. The car has been problem free since then (now has 24,000 miles) and the REAR brakes (Pads & Rotors) had to be replaced. This is odd to me considering it is a FWD car. Shouldn't the Front brakes go first? Is this common for VW cars on the A3 platform?

    That being said, the Jetta is my Dad's favorite car in our family. He chose the Jetta to drive to Pittsburgh (From NY) over my Mom's CLK, My Saab, & his QX4.

    Did anybody see the specs on the 25th Anniversary GTI 1.8T (Europe Only:(? )-60 in 6.5 seconds! Pretty impressive!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    What type of transmission, manual or automatic? The rear brake pads are a softer material than front and it is not unusual for them to wear out at or around 20K to 30K miles. Why did the rotors need to be replaced? Warped or grooved? If you get better pads such as Mintex Red Box you will not have problem of pads wearing quickly. The 00 Jetta is a A4 not A3 platform.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,596
    Her car is equipped with the Slushbox (4 speed automatic transmission with "fuzzy-logic shift points."

    I checked with her and she said just the pads were replaced.

    I'm pretty sure the Jetta is built on the A3 platform. The Passat (Sometimes called the Audi A5) is the only car I know of which shares its platform (B6) with the A4.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    A very small number of automatics have failed if you listen to owners at events, internet boards, and dealers but it seems that if they fail they usually fail within the first 10K miles.

    You are really confused with this platform thing.

    A4 or Mk4 Golf, Jetta and New Beetle are those produced since 1998 (New Beetle) and 1999 for Golf and Jetta.

    Current Passat is B5 platform and B4 was the previous one that ended in 1997.

    A1 or Mk1 was 1975 to 1984 Rabbit (Golf) and Jetta.

    A2 or Mk2 was 1985 to 1992 Golf and Jetta.

    A3 or Mk3 was 1993 to 1999 Golf and Jetta.

    A4 or Mk4 started in 1998 with New Beetle and 1999.5 for Golf and Jetta.

    The Cabriolet is still being built in Mexico on the Mk3 platform.

    I am not sure which platform is used on which Audi model so I will not comment on them. The Passat is certainly NOT on the B6? platform.
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    The TT is built on the Beetle/Golf/Jetta A4 (Gen 4) platform I believe. Their is a current A3 platform, though I am not sure if there are an U.S. bound cars built on it. Ithink the current A3 platform is for the European small VW's like the Polo. The actual "A4" by Audi shares some parts with the B5 Passat platform, and the "A6" Audi I believe. I know it works the other way around - the B5 Passat platform was a cross between the "A4" and the "A6" Audis, with some VW specific parts thrown in for good measure, from what I understand. And yes, the Cabrio is the only car left from the Gen 3 platform. I will miss that car :(
  • justinjustin Posts: 1,918
    or is the Audi TT actually based on the newer A3 platform?? Why does that sound right to me?
  • is built on the same platform as the beetle and jetta, so whatever that would be it is...
  • 95gl95gl Posts: 18
    I've got a 95 Jetta GL with an odd problem. The driver's seat has stopped going up and down. My 6'1" husband borrowed my car yesterday and tried moved it down, but it wasn't moving easily. So he sat in it as is, but apparently his 250 lbs. moved it down. So today, I can barely see over the dashboard. The lever handle on the side of the seat doesn't even move.

    Any ideas?
  • I love my car and have loved the Jetta VR6 for some time. I now own one and am getting pretty upset at a few minor problems. I've read some solutions for these in the chat rooms, but want to know what really works. Here's my problem:
    1. Right Side creak coming from somewhere. Door or something. This problem is recurrent and not continuous. It might have to do with colder weather.
    2. Back right door rattles. Sounds like something's loose in the speaker.

    I want to avoid the dealer if possible (obviously they'll probably have to address the rattle). I'm just incredulous that VW can't fix these little problems. It seems like it eventually happens to everyone. My car is luckily still under warranty, but what a hassle!
    Please help!!!!
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