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#5783 of 6636 2002 Jetta TDI $3000 repair
Oct 02, 2008 (6:56 pm)
My 2002 Jetta TDI quit running. This car has only 40k miles. I am told by VW that my warranty was 5 years or 50k miles. They had to replace the Injection pump for a cost of $2,800. I love the car but not the company. Has anyone had any dealings with VW on an issue like this. Is there anyone I might be able to contact for some help in retrieving some of my capital back ? I can't believe that an injection pump won't last for more than 40k miles.
#5784 of 6636 2002 Jetta TDI $3000 repair
Oct 02, 2008 (7:07 pm)
My 2002 Jetta TDI quit running. This car has only 40k miles. I am told by VW that my warrenty was 5 years or 50k miles. They had to replace the Injection pump for a cost of $2,800. I love the car but not the company. Has anyone had any dealings with VW on an issue like this. Is there anyone I might be able to contact for some help in retreiving some of my capital back ? I can't beleive that an injection pump won't last for more than 40k miles.
#5785 of 6636 94 Jetta strange shifting...help please
Oct 02, 2008 (9:26 pm)
My 94 Jetta requires a little effort to push the shifter into first, and sometimes when I shift moderately quick into 2nd, I hear a thud. Is this the synchronizer? When I shift into 2nd slowly and ease the clutch out, it shifts nice and smooth. Does anybody know what this is? Is it just me? Had the car for only two weeks now- Help please. Thank you.
#5786 of 6636 Re: 2002 Jetta TDI $3000 repair [geo6]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 03, 2008 (7:49 am)
That's a lot of money for that repair. My books list the pump at $1120 and labor at 3.5 hours, so even at $125/hour and including 8% sales tax I get a total of around $1700.
You might want to sit down with the service department and ask for a complete review of the bill and all charges. By asking careful questions you might knock this bill down.
It's a very unlucky break for you, but if you're out of warranty you're out of warranty. You could certainly call or write VW and ask for some kind of assistance. Call their "zone office" which the dealer can give you contact info for.
I know it's a pain becoming your own advocate and spending all this time, but you could end up making $100 an hour doing this work, so it's worth a shot.
As for the injection pump, it is susceptible to damage and is a very complex little gadget. You have every right to be disappointed however. Had the car just sat for ten years, I'd say, well sure, okay, but you've been using it regularly. It shouldn't have failed IMO and VW should at least help you out by either (or both) kicking in some cash and reviewing the dealer's bill. Something about the dealer's bill (as you've presented it) is troubling, unless there are other things on there you didn't mention.
#5787 of 6636 Re: 2002 Jetta TDI $3000 repair [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 03, 2008 (5:49 pm)
Replacing the InjectionPump means tearing into the timing-belt area. It would be ludricrus to NOT replace the TB, pullies, waterpump, thermostat, tensionor, seals (crank and cam) and all other moving parts while in there.
Thus one should add the price of the IP to the cost of a TB replacement. Even then, the cost should not be over $2500.
Also, some shops may find other moving parts that are worn. (serpentine tensioner/pully, sprag-clutch on alternator pully...etc.)
It is a losing propasiton to try to save a buck by NOT replacing somthing while in there. For example.... a failed pully can cause the TimingBelt to slip and a piston can crash into valves.... and you think an InjectionPump is expensive??
This is another GREAT opertunity for me to repeat.... allways-ALWAYS add diesel-fuel additive when you fill the tank. Not only will you get 3-5MPG increase, but it also lubricates the expensive IP and runs quieter. Contrary to what gasoline-additives do.... DIESEL additives truly imporve the crappy fuel we have here in NorthAmerica.
#5788 of 6636 Re: 2002 Jetta TDI $3000 repair [bpeebles]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 03, 2008 (6:09 pm)
Were this an 80,000 mile engine I couldn't agree with you more, but I don't think, as the owner of a 40K car, I would quite do ALL the things you suggest. I'm sure you're right, there are things on that bill that were done besides the pump. I guess my question is did they just run away with a blank check here.
#5789 of 6636 Re: 94 Jetta strange shifting...help please [joshjetta1]
Oct 03, 2008 (6:12 pm)
That is not really "strange"... you SHOULD be shifting smoothly to allow the synchronizers to do their job between gears. You can think if it as a 'pause' or 'bump' between gears as you feel the synchros. line up the spinning metal components within the xmission.
I assume you are ALWAYS pushing the clutch pedal to the floor?
You may want to also verify that the clutch is fully disenguaging.
If the clutch *is* fully disenguaging... then what you describe sure sounds like the wrong xmission fluid may be in there. A fluid which is too slippery will essentually disable the synchros. from doing their job. The synchros. need a little 'friction' so they can equalize the spinning metal components against each other.
(the 'pause' between gears will be too long and if you push harder to get the synchros. to do their thing.... the gears end up slamming into each other.)
You might want to consider changing the xmission fluid.. USE ONLY THE SPECIFIED VW FLUID! A lot of folks have experimented with xmission-fluids in a VW and the concensus is that VW has done their homework. Nothing (except mabie RedLine MTL) can match the performance of the VW-specified fluid.
Oct 03, 2008 (11:16 pm)
Thanks I appreciate your help.
#5791 of 6636 97 jetta 2.0 Distributor cap holder Broke
Oct 07, 2008 (3:47 am)
Need help, I had take my distributor cap off to check , that was the easy part. Trying to put back on the metal clip holder in the back broke, there is no even way to hold down the distributor cap.
Can these clips be replaced? Where can I get them?
Or do I have to look for a whole new distributor?
#5792 of 6636 Re: 97 jetta 2.0 Distributor cap holder Broke [jimsbiz]
Oct 07, 2008 (4:26 pm)
Call a VW dealership... if no luck , then a scrapyard may have a wrecked VW with some parts on it.
For now.... any way to hold down the cap will work. Perhaps a bungie-chord wrapped around the cap and under the distributor may work.