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#6034 of 6629 Re: The Kid [hckymnky8]
May 08, 2009 (3:44 pm)
Take it from me "Kid" STAY AWAY!!!!!! BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!! I too have bought my first car I am 25 though. I went to Hall Acura and the salesman talked me right into a 2001 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition 5-speed manual tran. yeah it is "smokin hot" but I had mine exactly 1 week and then it happened the CEL NIGHTMARE BEGAN!!!!! The car has been in the shop 27+ times since I bought it in Nov 2007 and it still is not right. To this day it is sitting in my driveway once again BROKE DOWN!!!! I have spent well over $2500.00 in repairs that are (wouldn't you know it?) not covered under the (what I was told) the BEST extended warranty money could buy. So play it safe stay away from VW's (at least the Jetta) and try honda or saturn or something like that. My Mom had bought me a Ford Probe for graduation. It was used but it was a beautiful car I had it for 6 years I put a small amount of work into it along with regular maintence and I sold it for $300.00 after I saw and was roped into the Jetta. I have never been so mad at myself. So really be careful and if you research on the computer all the car forums you will see that they are nothing but trouble. I hope I have saved you some heartache, and money. Good Luck Man!!!!
#6035 of 6629 Re: VW Mech. NEEDED!!!!!!!!!! [bpeebles]
May 08, 2009 (3:48 pm)
No I don't think so as I just paid $485.00 to have that replaced about 3 months ago. I know from the Computer checks it says the O2 sensor in bank one is bad and causing a miss fire. I just need to know which one is "bank one" Is it before the Cat or after it. Thanks though. I also paid #385.00 for new wires, plugs, filters, so on and so on this car is a CASH COW!!!! Soon I will have paid as much in repair bills as I paid for it, or should say am still paying for.
#6036 of 6629 Re: VW Mech. NEEDED!!!!!!!!!! [sphinx1983]
May 08, 2009 (8:15 pm)
O2 sensor DOES NOT cause misfire.... it is the other way around. A misfire can allow raw fuel into the exhaust thus cause the O2 sensor to read improperly.
You would do well in heeding the above post warning you that it is most likely NOT the O2 sensor that is the problem.
You are also mis-interpeting what "bank1" means. If you have a 4-cylinder engine - then there is only 1 bank. (sensor1 and sensor2)
If you have the VR6 engine... then you would have 2 banks - each with 2 O2 sensors. (and 2 cats)
In all cases, the sensor BEFORE the cat is monitoring the status of the engine and feeding back to the injectors. The sensor AFTER the cat is monitoring the efficency of the cat.
Also, Just because you replaced somthing DOES NOT mean it is any good. A new part is untested and may be junk. That is why if you replace a part and it DOES NOT change anything, it is best to put the old part back in.
Have you run the built-in catalytic converter efficency test?
What about your engine-temparture sensor... if yours is NOT the green one, that may be your problem. (computer "thinks" the engine is too cold and injects too much fuel causing O2 sensor to flag a problem.)
Yup - cars cost money to maintian, that is a fact of life. That is why I run my own diagnostics and do most of my own repairs.
I can replace ALL my brakes and rotors for $200 in an afternoon using the very best components. A shop would cost me $800 and they would use cheep components.
#6037 of 6629 Re: VW Mech. NEEDED!!!!!!!!!! [bpeebles]
May 09, 2009 (2:29 pm)
Hey Man, Thanks. I know what you mean. I want to fix it when I am sure which one it is. I am sorry I miss spoke I do know the computer diag. said bank one O2 sensor reading too lean and then the other code was for the miss-fires so thank you for letting me know the correct sequence. I have a 1.8 4cyl Turbo. I am not sure what you mean about "the green one" What do I need to look for to check that? I do know that new parts can go bad but after the Mas was fixed I did not have anymore of the problems or codes that I had with that so I am pretty sure (I hope) that it is ok. I want to buy the right sensor. Do you know if there is a difference between the two? I am pretty sure there are. I use to work on my own car all the time when we had two fords. My mom had an escort GT and I had a Probe. Working on those was a piece of cake. The VW engine is all sealed up and it freaks me out. Plus the Extended Warranty people say if you mess it up it will mess up or void the Warranty. I am beginning to think that would not be bad because every time I have the car in the shop it is something that is NOT COVERED Tends to tick you off after awhile if you know what I mean. Anyway thanks again for your help and if you know which one I should replace could you let me know Thanks.
#6038 of 6629 06 Jetta 2.0T starts then quits after 2-3 seconds
May 09, 2009 (4:00 pm)
it's been at the VW garage where they have now logged 15 hous of diagnostic time with no results.
when it first occured there was a strong electical burning smell?? I would have assumed the VW tech's would have figured it out by now. with no luck I'm hoping someone out there may have come across this unique problem - thanks
#6039 of 6629 radiator fan spins after shut off
May 11, 2009 (3:53 am)
I have an 07 Jetta Wolfsberg w/ 67000 miles. I bought it new & have had it maintained by the dealer. Recently, I noticed the radiator fan spins loudly while I am driving & remains on after I shut the car off. I also have a light in the tach lit telling me an exterior light is out..I can't figure out which. I'm taking the car in to the dealer this friday. The radiator fluid seems ok. My questions are:
1. What is causing the radiator issue?
2. When will the car require major maintenance (timing belt, etc). I put 60k miles on it in 2 years (30k/yr) but the rate has decreased to 15k-20k/yr.
3. Can I expect the car to last another 100k miles with routine dealer maintenace?
4. Are there any things I should be on the lookout for?
#6040 of 6629 I still need help please
May 11, 2009 (12:53 pm)
Hey bpeebles. Do you happen to know hich the bank 1 sensor is. I am trying to buy the right one so I can change it. You are right it is certainly cheaper to fix it yourself. Thank for all your help.
#6041 of 6629 1.8T O2 sensor [sphinx1983]
May 12, 2009 (6:43 pm)
I have already told you that your 1.8T engine only has one "bank". ("bank" of cylinders) There are 2 O2 sensors in the exhaust-system of the "bank".
I have the VW factory shop manual open in front of me for your 2001 1.8T engine and it tells me the following:
Sensor1 is BEFORE the catalytic converter.
Sensor2 is AFTER the catalytic converter.
I think that answers your question.
#6042 of 6629 I could use your expertise again
May 25, 2009 (11:17 am)
We replaced the o2 sensor it was really bad. We reset the CEL and test drove the car it is still running rough. Now when you drive the car the CEL blinks but when it is sitting at an idle the light does not come on. I got a code 17523 and when I checked the u280 memo scanner it says there is a problem in the "ground". We used a universal o2 sensor for the 2001 Jetta 1.8 turbo. It also gave have the miss fire code again too. I also found out I got some bad gas and bad advise from Checkered Flag VW in VA. They said you did not have to burn premium gas it did not matter but it obviously does because the guy who worked on the car for me said a lot of the problems came from burning the wrong fuel. I won't make that mistake again. So if you could please help me with these other things mostly the blinking CEL I would appreciate it. Thanks
#6043 of 6629 Re: I could use your expertise again [sphinx1983]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 25, 2009 (1:17 pm)
That code is for the sensor before the catalyst. Sensors from chain stores sometimes don't work correctly. Using a lower octane fuel is an unlikely cause of your troubles. Don't drive the car with a blinking CEL by the way.