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#6186 of 6655 Owns a 2008 Jetta S
Sep 28, 2009 (9:18 pm)
I must admit one thing first, the new Jettas are great. I love the new smoked taillights and revised dashboard for 2008+. However, my 2008 seems to have a series of minor issues. It just hit a year old last week and have already had a couple problems but nothing major. First of all, the gear selector in my automatic jetta has many flaws obviously for the leather part around the shifter (added to give it that "luxury" look) actually like snapped off and is falling apart currently. its not a huge deal but its bugging me. i havent really though about getting it fixed at our vw dealer but if you are a picky person, this would really annoy you! Lastly, just about 1 month or so ago, i tried to use the horn and it was completely busted. the horn stopped working after 1 year and the airbag lights were on. I wasnt sure what happened so i tried changing the fuses but that did nothing. I lived without a horn for 2 weeks or so and then i finally got it fixed at vw. Supposedly, this is common in 2005+ Jettas. The spring seemed to have came loose or broke inside the steering wheel throwing off the airbag as well as the horn. Well, now my jetta is back to being brand new (with the exception of the gear selector issue). Once again, the jetta is a great car!!! if you want german engineering and speed, go with a Jetta or GLI without a doubt (unless you can afford the BMW, Audi, or Merc C class.) haha
Hope i helped you out,
#6187 of 6655 Alignment/ Cupping tires
Oct 06, 2009 (6:05 pm)
I have had a never ending problem with my alignment and tires. I have taken it to 3 different places (including the dealer) and have spent about $3,500 trying to fix it. According to the tire specialist, I have a damaged alignment that they are unable to fix; as such, my tires are wearing incorrectly. This is known as cupping(?) and causes the steering wheel to vibrate when driving in the freeway and quick balding of the tires. I have to replace the tires every 18 months at this point. It is a 2003 Jetta with on 70k miles and on its 4th set of tires. This doesnít seem right? My pocket book canít afford this anymore, Iím ready to trade it in!
#6188 of 6655 Multiple Error Codes
Oct 06, 2009 (11:32 pm)
O2 Sensor Circ.,Bank1-Sensor1 No Activity Detected
Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected
Cyl.2 Misfire Detected
Cyl.4 Misfire Detected
My instrument panel lights up like a christmas tree with the check engine light, the epc light and that lovely triangle light all coming on.
I can feel a slight change in the idle with the idle being a little rougher now, there's also some hesitation and I can feel the care misfire even at highway speeds.
Where should I start with my diagnostics?
#6189 of 6655 Re: Alignment/ Cupping tires [gcrv44a]
Oct 07, 2009 (6:45 am)
it's definitely not right!
apparently your car's front suspension got damaged and is still damaged - and you have not been able to find a competent mechanic to repair it even after spending $3500.
Did you hit a major pothole or curb 70k miles ago!?
Which parts were replaced for $3500? !
#6190 of 6655 Re: Multiple Error Codes [nitekim]
Oct 07, 2009 (6:48 am)
i'd start by getting the O2 sensor error(s) cleared, possibly by swapping in new O2 sensor(s) .
#6191 of 6655 Re: Alignment/ Cupping tires [gcrv44a]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 07, 2009 (8:00 am)
Well given that there are technicians out there who can take a totally smashed up Jetta and make it go straight again, I hope you can find a highly competent alignment shop that will go the extra mile for you and figure this out. With today's modern alignment equipment, I can't imagine a car that's not alignable unless it was severely damaged to the point where none of the adjustments can bring it back.
Cupping is generally a suspension issue--this should be fixable. Maybe you need to go to a really good collision shop and get on a frame machine and see what the heck is going on here.
#6192 of 6655 Re: Multiple Error Codes [nitekim]
Oct 07, 2009 (8:33 am)
I would start with the misfires. Misfires will cause the O2's to kick on. Been there, done that. Could be as simple as plugs. Could be the Control Mod. has a serious issue, but I think that's a long shot.
Have the plugs ever been replaced? How about the wires, or ignition coil?
#6193 of 6655 Re: Alignment/ Cupping tires [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 07, 2009 (9:54 am)
"I can't imagine a car that's not alignable unless it was severely damaged to the point where none of the adjustments can bring it back."
Even then, whatever parts are damaged should have been replaced, so that it would be able to be properly aligned. Rebuilding the entire front end would have cost less than $3500 wouldn't it? I know my kid spent less than that on new front springs, struts, bearings, and axles on his '96 Jetta. (of course he also wore out two tires in about 6000 miles...evenly though, no cupping or anything)
#6194 of 6655 Re: Alignment/ Cupping tires [jeffyscott]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 07, 2009 (9:56 am)
Well I was thinking of a case where the unibody was tweaked so badly that it couldn't be aligned...you know, like "crabbing".
#6195 of 6655 Re: Alignment/ Cupping tires [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 07, 2009 (9:57 am)
Don't they have ways of straightening the "frame" though? (I've no idea what the cost of that would be)