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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    The 1.8T engine is reliable...the auto transmissions are another story..... Better buy extended warranty and make sure the extended warranty company is NOT AutoShield.
  • jw81jw81 Posts: 1
    I recently purchased a 97 jetta as a secondary vehicle. It's an auto transmission, the problem is when the vehicle is shifting between first and second gear it vibrates and makes an awful noise. Once the vehicle is past second gear it stops. The party I bought the vehicle from said that they took it to a mechanic for that very reason. The mechanic told them there was nothing wrong. The party I purchased the vehicle from appeared to be honest and provided me with service records otherwise. So I don't doubt that they the had the problem looked at. I doubt, however that there is nothing wrong. I know very little about volkswagens and car maintainence in general. I know that I need to have it looked at, but I would like to have more information before taking it in. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Unfortunately mechanics see me coming and I end up paying for it. Thanks
  • gilletegillete Posts: 7
    I just bought a touch-up pen from VW shop. The buying part is easy. Just need to pay $10.35. The problem is the application part. Technically it is supposed to be easy as the bottle comes with a mini brush that looks like the brush for liquid wite-out which is convenient; however, on the top of the bottle, it ahs this red color thing that when I pulled out looks like a collection of mini metal brush which they called deruster. On the internet is said to move rust from the metal. But it's too hard for me. Does anyone do paint touch up before on your VW?
    Btw, on my last post, I said that the rear of the car caused some tapping noise. I went to the dealer today to have my 10000 miles service and ask the service rep. He said that it is normal. That tapping noise is the vacuuming proses to take unnecessary air out from the fuel tank/line. So if anyone has the same problem, don't worry. It's normal.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Interesting, I have never heard of any widespread problems with VW transmissions.
  • gjsmithgjsmith Posts: 2
    I cannot find any info on changing the fuel filter on my 2004 Jetta Diesel TDI. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    VW auto trannys have been known to be problematic. Hopefully, they (VW) are perfecting them to alleviate this problem and rebuild their reputation. In my case, I replaced my transmission, on my 2002 VW Jetta, at 80K KMs. I could have had the "one-off" lemon, but that experience left me with a "bad taste in my mouth".
  • Hi can you tell me what it cost to replace your transmission and what it was doing when it went out .
    Mine is really slipping bad when i use reverse and it seems to be shifting slower going up through the gears. thanks for any help you can give me . Mine is a '02 Jetta TDi with 80,000 miles.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Sorry to hear you had transmission problems. But, your experience does not translate to "VW's trannys have been known to be problematic". Coil Packs and Window regulators is a different story though.... ;)
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42

    Please see post # 4508 regarding my transmission woes. It did not cost me anything... Thank God, but the job would have cost me CDN $ 8,000 if i did not voiced myself.
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42

    All you have to do is visit numerous VW forums, and you will see that their automatic (NOT manual) transmissions are known to be problematic. If you have a reliable mechanic who knows VWs in and out, consult him/her, and you'll get the same response. Auto trannys have been problematic. Manual trannys have ben ok.
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42

    My transmission was slipping from 2nd to 3rd gear while upshifting as well as downshifting. Over time, this problem grew worse and worse. If you are still covered by warranty, you may want to insist to your dealer to replace your transmission before it completely goes.
  • nmrtnmrt Posts: 56
    hi. i recently purchased a new 2005 1.8T gti 5-speed. i know that gti's were known to have coil pack faliures in the earlier models. i was curious to find out whether vw replaced these problematic coilpacks or does my 2005 gti have the problem prone coil pack. thanks a lot.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I don't know if their automatics have been problematic or not, but do you know where they got their automatics from in the past? The new six speed automatic is from Japan and made by Aisan.

    We have a problem with ours being fixed, but it does not seem that many others have had problems with this new transmission yet.
  • joediz8joediz8 Posts: 4
    Do you need to run premium gas in a 1.8t? Does VW reccomend it, and do you really need to.
  • kcesgaykcesgay Posts: 1
    Yes you should use it. Like the vr6, it probly wont be bad but i would use it if i was you.
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    I'm not sure where the 5-speed auto transmissions were manufactured from.

    What type of problem are you having with the 6-speed transmission?
  • bora1bora1 Posts: 42
    I have a 2002 Jetta with the 1.8T engine. I usually fill it up with 89 Octane (mid-grade). Still runs very smoothly. Occassionaly, i do fill it up with premium gas.
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    Is the fuel tank door stated min. 91 Octane M+S/2?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Had rough shifting from 1-2 and 2-3. My understanding of what dealer said they thought is it was sort of going back and forth like maybe quickly going 1-2-1-2 instead of just 1-2. Dealer thought it was shifting too soon also. They replaced the valve body.

    Just got it back yesterday and it seems to be fixed...shifting is super smooth again.
  • wpbaconwpbacon Posts: 1
    Hey did u ever get that clutch cable out? I'm having the same problem with my 96 jetta and can't get the pedal side of the cable. If u have any insight into this please help
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    To get the full performance out of the 1.8t engine, it is recommended you use premium. Why not pay the extra $.10 (over Mid grade) to get the full potential out of your engine? Is the $1.50 u save per fill up worth it??
  • whitgallmanwhitgallman Posts: 121
    About to replace spark plugs in 2000 Jetta VR6 and need the torque value for the spark plugs. Any special tricks?

    Plan to use Autolite platinum plugs. Any one have specific problems with these?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    In over 30 years of working on engines, I have never used "torque values" for sparkpplugs. Instead, they are usually speced based on the kind of "seat" they have.

    If they have the metal-gasket...then then turn no more than 3/4 turn after seating by hand. (If re-installing them, the gaskets are already compressed so the turn is less than with new sparkplugs)

    If taper-seat (no gasket) then turn no more than 1/4 turn after seating by hand.

    IMPORTANT: Apply LIGHT coat of antiseaze to the sparkplug threads before installing!!

    Why use "Autolight" sparkplugs? Did you know that Bosh actually INVENTED the first sparkplug and are made of MUCH better materials. (ie...nickle coated threads and high-purity ceramic insulators)

    If you REALLY want torque values see this chart
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,480
    And keep in mind that any lubricant on the plugs might affect torque values.

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  • wilco8976wilco8976 Posts: 1
    I just bought a used 02 VW Jetta wagon 1.8T with about 60k miles on it. It recently started making a noise while driving around at low speeds, like when looking for parking. Its making like a metallic clicking or clanking when going over bumps. The noise is even more annunciated while easing the clutch up into 1st and 2nd. Its not loud, but you can definately hear it, especially when driving next to walls and other objects(sound bouncing back). Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • whitgallmanwhitgallman Posts: 121
    There are a number of errors in the owner's handbook in the glove box like it says an oil change takes 7.5 quarts of oil, but if you put that much in, the dipstick level is way too high and the oil cap on the engine says if there's too much oil, you can ruin the catalytic converter. The dealer said oil change is 5.8 quarts (seems to be right).

    What about the type of gas? Is the owner's manual wrong there too? It says use regular, the gas door says premium. Which is right? Don't want to pay for premium if it's not needed.

    What other things in the owner's manual technical chapter have you found to be wrong?
  • dancermandancerman Posts: 220
    I've always used premium fuel in 2002 VR6 because I believe you will get the best performance and gas mileage with premium. Somewhere I heard that not using premium fuel can cause carbon to buildup inside the combustion chambers. On the other side.... a VW service tech told me you can run regular fuel without hurting anything. Because I have had good performance with premium, I will stick with it. I have noticed however that some brands do not give as good MPG.

    The VW owner manuals have lots of errors. Double check the facts in them.
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    My 2004 GLI(VR6) owners manual and fuel door stated min 91 Octane is required.I used to put 93 Octane (because most gas station did not have 91 gas) but now I try to mix 93 & 87 to obtain 91, performance wise and mileage wise doesn't have any difference under aggressive driving mode for 91 or 93.
  • pdk1pdk1 Posts: 1
    Looking into buying a new car soon. Went to the local dealership and got a listing price on this new car. I want the package 2 and the MSRP is $25,480. I have never bought a VW before and i'm concerned with the price and a price to offer the dealership. any answers a suggestions feel free to respond thank you.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Well, you can get the invoice price and "TMV" here on You can also get a selling price from

    You can contact a number of dealers and ask them what their price is for the car you want.

    Most VW dealers have inventory on line, so if you know exactly what you want and they have it in stock, you can just ask what they will sell it for. That worked well for us.

    Just be sure to ask for the "out the door price" including all fees. Some dealers add on a big processing fee, I've read of fee as high as $500.
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