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#3203 of 6655 Window Regulators
Apr 15, 2004 (8:53 am)
I am sure that this has come up on this thread before, it is just tough to navigate with so many posts. I have a 1997 VW Jetta whose window regulators have failed 3x's! I had them fixed the 1st 2 times at significant cost and decided to "screw it" this time. Is there a recall on these regulators or a class action suit that I should be involved in that anyone knows about? I did not receive anything in the mail regarding a recall, but have noticed that others may have. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance...
#3204 of 6655 Catalytic Converter
Apr 15, 2004 (9:04 am)
Ok, one more question, I had my catalytic converter replaced last year with about 82,000 miles on the car, so of course it was no longer covered by VW. Cost me $2,000+. Having problems again with it but that is a whole other story...I am now seeing that there may be a federal law requiring cat converters to be covered for 10yr or 100,000 miles. Does anyone know about this? Again, thank you in advance for your help....
Apr 15, 2004 (9:56 am)
I would look in your owners manual if you have one. Also, it sounds like you may be spending more money on this car than it is actually worth.
#3206 of 6655 Re: [ruking1 #3199]
Apr 15, 2004 (2:51 pm)
Thanks to everyone who replied to my brake fluid question and sharing your knowledge and experiences. I just recently and surprisingly noticed that VW recommends the two-year interval for brake fluid changes. Previously, I've only changed the fluid during brake replacements for my prior vehicles.
#3207 of 6655 Re: Rough Idle and Vibration [rlui1 #3193] [bpeebles #3200]
Apr 15, 2004 (3:02 pm)
"When you say "Is this related to the ignition coil? I already had it replaced." I can tell that you do not realize that there are FOUR (4) ignitors.
If you only had one (1) replaced, then there are 3 others that were manufactired at the same time as the 'bad' one and may be susceptible to failure."
That being the case, didn't the ignition coil recall cover all of them?
Apr 15, 2004 (5:12 pm)
I think the confusion lies in the fact that most people do not know what a VW coil pack looks like.
The coil pack consists of four, six or eight coils encapsulated (with epoxy resin) in a single unit. There is no way to replace each individual coil. You must replace the coil pack in its entirety.
I hope this clears the confusion.
#3209 of 6655 Thicker oil to reduce consumption
Apr 16, 2004 (7:52 am)
Does anyone have expeirence with running slightly thicker oil in the 2.0L to help reduce the oil consumption issues? I was thinking 10w30 rather than 5w30.
#3210 of 6655 Re: Rough idle [600kgolfgt #3208]
Apr 16, 2004 (7:58 am)
Thanks for the clarification. I would think the coils should be in a single unit. I haven't experienced the vibration again but will take it to the dealer if it happens again. I've been disappointed with the quality and reliability of my Jetta. My problems have included: rough idling/vibration, brake light not working and then started working again, coolant light going on and off and rattles.
Apr 16, 2004 (10:14 am)
No problem. Glad to be of assistance. What year is your Jetta? Is it a VR6 or a 1.8T? I have a 2003 Wolfsburg (1.8T) Jetta with 25K with no problems so far (the dealer I bought it from proactively upgraded the coils of all of their cars in stock).
It seems like the quality of cars nowadays are hit or miss (especially VWs). Even the venerable Hondas and Toyotas haven't escaped the quality bug with their recent recall notices (check out the most recent NHTSA recall lists). If those car makers (with their solid reputations for reliability) are having problems, then we are really screwed... Looks like we may have to revert back to a horse and buggy...
#3212 of 6655 2002 1.8T Jetta - Multiple Issues
Apr 16, 2004 (10:54 am)
My husband and I have a 2002 1.8T Jetta (manual). We took delivery in October 2002 and have had the following issues.
1. Windows falling in doors
2. Ignition Coil failure
3. Radio failure
4. Purge value failure
5. Check engine light illuminates multiple times and stays on without them being able to determine why.
6. Vibration/Humming noise when driving at highway speeds.
And the list goes on with cosmetic problems (rattles, paint, etc.) The last issue of vibration can not be identified by the dealership and they have attempted to fix the problem four times now with no resolution. They replaced a bearing (2 times, one in each front wheel), the entire tranny, and now the drive axles. We contacted the customer service line for VW and also the dealership GM re: arbitration since the car is a lemon. We have had it beyond one year but it only has 14,000 so we have a definite argument as the issues started last summer (w/in the one year period of the lemon law in our state.
Have any of you encountered these issues? Have any of you gone through the arbitration process or know of someone who has? This is new to us and are not sure what to expect.
Thanks for your help.