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#5904 of 6655 VW timing belts suck!!! Class Action suit may be pending
Dec 19, 2008 (9:52 am)
I'm new to this forum, but wanted input from anyone/everyone on the timing belts. My wife's 2003 Jetta 1.8T and her friend at work and one of my friends at work have all experienced timing belt breaks...and subsequent severe engine damage. VW corporate has refused to help because it's out of the 60K warranty. The service guide says to replace them at 105K.
I'd like to know if anyone else had issues with these belts on cars that had between 60-105K. If so, please let me know. I've contacted a lawyer and am planning a class action lawsuit against VW - because this should not happen. When the belt breaks, it trashes the engine. Timing belts should never break, much less at 100K miles or earlier.
Please let me know so we can get this fixed and wake the folks at VW up. I for one will never purchase a VW and am going to tell everyone I know to stay away from these junk cars!!!!!
#5905 of 6655 Re: VW timing belts suck!!! Class Action suit may be pending [wtknght1]
Dec 19, 2008 (10:25 am)
I agree with you. A timing belt should not break under 100K. If VW is not sure of the belt life, it should stick to 60K replacement and not 100K. It is not the belt as much as the engine design and how much load goes on the belt.
Audi engines and some Hondas are the same way. It is always wise to know this when buying a car.
#5906 of 6655 Re: VW timing belts suck!!! Class Action suit may be pending [jodar96]
Dec 19, 2008 (2:27 pm)
NEWS FLASH - The 1.8t is an Audi engine.
Even Audi specs the 1.8T TB replacment interval at 60K or 80K miles. VW may have made a grave mistake specing it at 105K miles.
To more specifically answer your question.... I did a quick search of the internet for this subject and found MANY folks that had their TB break before 105K miles.... I would suspect there is a class-action suit on the way
HOWEVER: I beleive that VW also speced an interval for the TB to be inspected at 40K and 80K.... If you cannot prove that your TB was inspected at the proper intervals, you may be SOL on this one.
#5908 of 6655 Re: 2001 VW Jetta wont start [foxro]
Dec 20, 2008 (11:11 am)
most likely the crank position sensor.Check you engine fault codes.
#5909 of 6655 2000 2.0L VW Jetta Heater no longer getting hot?
Dec 21, 2008 (7:58 am)
My wife has a 2000 VW Jetta with about 140,000KM on it. Recently, the heater doesn't seem to get hot at all. Sometimes it does (very rarely), but for the most part it just gets luke warm.
I understand this could be the cause of the thermostat not opening? Is this something that is easy to replace on these cars (seems nothing is!).
Could there be another issue?
#5910 of 6655 Re: 2000 2.0L VW Jetta Heater no longer getting hot? [pbc]
Dec 21, 2008 (5:43 pm)
What is the temparture guage telling you? If it says that the engine is up to operating temp... then the problem is likely NOT the thermostat.
#5911 of 6655 Re: 2000 2.0L VW Jetta Heater no longer getting hot? [pbc]
Dec 21, 2008 (6:39 pm)
An easy way to diagnose a faulty thermostat is to drive up a long hill and then coast down a long hill. If the temp gauge approaches or reaches normal operating temperature going uphill, then drops coasting down hill, the thermostat is very likely stuck in the open position. An alternative method during winter is to drive the car with the heater off until the temp gauge reads normal, then turn the heater up to the max. If the temp gauge drops, the thermostat is probably stuck in the open position.
#5912 of 6655 2002 VW Jetta Temp Guage Maxed and no heat
Dec 22, 2008 (11:21 am)
On my way into work this morning the temp gauge on my Jetta hit the max, and there was suddenly no heat coming from the heating vents. I did notice that the gauge would drop when going down a hill or sitting at a light. Any one have any ideas? It's almost -10 degrees outside and a long way for me to drive. I don't want to blow up my engine, but at the same time I have no alternate way to get to work. Thanks for any help.
#5913 of 6655 Re: 2002 VW Jetta Temp Guage Maxed and no heat [edgekrusher187]
Dec 23, 2008 (7:10 pm)
I assume that your coolant-level is correct in the resivour.
From your description of the symptoms... it sounds as if you have one or more of the following;
1)Ice in the cooling system blocking coolant flow (highly unlikely)
2)Waterpump which is not moving the coolant as it should. (known to happen with the plastic waterpump impeller)
3)Thermostat which is acting up (Not likely because you were getting NO HEAT when the guage was at max)
4) Guage wrong (Again ...Not likely because you were getting NO HEAT when the guage was at max)