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#6432 of 6636 Loosening Ceiling
Jun 17, 2010 (8:37 pm)
The fabric that VW has used to cover the ceiling in my 2006 VW Jetta is starting to separate. I'm hearing that I would need to replace the ENTIRE ceiling and it would be very expensive. Have any of you VW owners experience this? If so, what was your solution? Did you indeed replace the entire ceiling? Did you have VW do the job? What was the total cost? In my case, it's only a small area that has started to separate. I'm hoping there may be some solution which would not involve replacing the entire ceiling piece.
#6433 of 6636 Re: Loosening Ceiling [mrbert29]
Jun 18, 2010 (4:06 am)
I've had that done on another car (also an import) and I found that if you use an outside upholstery shop they can do it for less than half the price.
Actually, the dealer normally subcontracts this job to an upholstery shop anyway.
I my case, I brought my car to the dealer to get an estimate and then took it out.
Then I took my car to a local upholstery shop close by and I heard some worker there saying: oh, we have seen this car here before!
An upholstery shop normally buys the OEM VW lining anyway. Also, VW dealer usually doesn't have the experience to do the job.
#6434 of 6636 Re: Loosening Ceiling [jogousa]
Jun 18, 2010 (4:21 am)
Thank you very much jogousa for your response. I'm glad to hear that thee are less expensive options. I'm very disappointed and surprised that a vehicle of this make has this problem. The material they use is very cheap. In any case you said a local upholstery shop. What exactly are they? Are they in the phonebook as that or are you referring to a body shop? I see places specializing in wheels, windows and tints, but not one specialing in car upholstery. Can you clarify?
#6435 of 6636 Re: Loosening Ceiling [mrbert29]
Jun 18, 2010 (7:11 am)
I don't know in what city do you live in but "car upholstery" would be the shop.
Alternatively, you can go to any auto body shop and ask them who does their roof lining replacements.
Since this is a very specialized job (using the correct glue, etc.etc.) most likely even the car body shop would have this subcontracted to car upholstery shop.
Car upholstery not only does seats but also roof linings, rag convertible top replacements, etc.
This is not that un-common as you say and I would not that they use "cheap" stuff. The roof lining is usually thoroughly tested in climates like Arizona, where most cars have their prototype proving grounds and shops.
I specifically know for example that Saab has one out there and they let cars sit on Arizona sun for one year with various mirrors directed at the car and in 1 year they can duplicate 10, 15 to 20 years of sun and heat exposure.
In some climates you have to do that once or twice a car's lifetime, depending how long you own a car, relative humidity and other factors.
#6436 of 6636 Re: Loosening Ceiling [mrbert29]
Jun 18, 2010 (8:45 am)
If you want to do it yourself buy some headliner adhesive from a local car parts store such as Autozone.
Since you inform us it is a small area.
Read directions and carefully apply as stated.
Have used the products and they work as stated.
#6437 of 6636 Re: Loosening Ceiling [revmarket]
Jun 20, 2010 (6:13 am)
Thank you all for the recent responses with clarification on "car upholstery" and the type of adhesive for do it yourself work. I did apply a spray adhesive from 3M but that didn't work because again the heat seemed to have been a cause. Do any of you Jetta users know of a recall on this type problem? As jogousa mentioned this not common and I would tend to agree since I owned a Pontiac grand am for over 10 years which also withstood this type heat and never experienced this problem.
#6438 of 6636 Lifetime Coolent Question
Jun 30, 2010 (7:36 pm)
Excuse me in advance if this question has already been addressed, but here it is:
The car is a '02 Jetta 2.0 (non-turbo), with 62,000 miles. My interpretation of the Owners Manual is that you never need to replace the anti-freeze. Can any coolant be good at this age and mileage? Since we want to keep the car, would it be wise to drain or flush and replace the anti-freeze? It's the original that came from the factory, and I'm concerned about being penny wise and pound foolish..
#6439 of 6636 Re: Lifetime Coolant Question [hpmctorque]
Jul 01, 2010 (7:27 am)
great question. imho it is wise to drain/flush with exact-factory-spec-coolant at least every 100k miles or every 5 years.
i do not have solid evidence to back up that recommendation however, and I think my 06 jetta has 101k right now on its factory coolant ! I plan to replace the coolant at the 5 year mark if I can't find evidence it's been replaced before.
#6440 of 6636 Re: Lifetime Coolant Question [elias]
Jul 01, 2010 (7:37 am)
#6441 of 6636 Re: Lifetime Coolant Question [hpmctorque]
Jul 01, 2010 (9:08 pm)
Keep in mind that eventually your timing belt and water pump will need replacement. The coolant will be, or should be, changed at that time. The water pump on our '96 Passat with the 2.0L started leaking at 80,000. The timing belt was still good, but I had it changed when they replaced the water pump to avoid additional labor and coolant costs later. If you change your coolant at 60K, you will likely have to do it again in less than 60K.