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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#776 of 1613 Parts Availability?
Dec 28, 2002 (7:34 am)
Has anyone else discovered that parts availability for the '02-'03 GTI's is less than great? I'm in the unfortunate position of having had to wait twice now for parts for my 2003 GTI. First I waited nearly four weeks for a replacement wheel (huge pothole!) and now for a replacement parking brake cable (big board on the Interstate).
I've spoken with VW America and VW AG, but parts in general seem to be scarce. Even worse VW does not seem to have a systematic way to track availability. My current wait for a brake cable is at weeks and counting and no one at VW is sure when I will get the replacement parts.
Has anyone else had similar problems with parts availability?
Dec 28, 2002 (5:10 pm)
I have never heard of anyone having to replace their e-brake cable, and I doubt they have to very often on late model cars, so it wouldn't make sense to keep them in stock.
What wheels do you have? The Monte Carlos? 5 spoke with gunmetal inserts? That's really weird it would take so long for a wheel though.
Dec 28, 2002 (7:03 pm)
I agree that backorders or general availability problems can occur, but so far I've been waiting two weeks for the brake cable with no end in sight. More distiurbing - VW (dealer, Americas, or AG) has no estimate for when I will receive the part(s).
I hit a piece of wood on the highway at 2 AM that kicked up and ripped the e-brake cable right off the rear dirver side. They do hang pretty low on both sides.
The wheel - I have the standard 5 spoke 17 inch gunmetal Monte Carlo wheels - the replacement took four weeks to get. I assumed its unavailability was an anomaly, but the issue with the break cable is really making me worry.
Regardless - it seems that there should be a few parts (no matter what they are) in the US for a model car that has been on sale for over a year.
Dec 29, 2002 (7:54 am)
I wasn't aware that parts are scarce for VW's. I put an Audi TT shifter in my GTI that I had to order and it was in stock in 4 days - it had to be ordered from a regional VW/Audi warehouse. Could it be your dealer? Try ordering a cable from a different dealer, I've run accross VW parts rescources on the web - try that too.
#780 of 1613 Audi TT Shifter, rickrover?
Dec 29, 2002 (8:05 am)
Can you tell us more about the shifter you put in? I think the throws on the stock GTI shifter are rather long. Clutch petal travel is, too. Did the Audi unit match right up? Who did it for you and what was the cost? How do you like it?
Dec 29, 2002 (8:33 am)
The TT shifter is one of the best mods I've done to the GTI. $36 from the Audi dealer. The TT and GTI are identical underneath, the TT is built on the Golf platform like the New Beetle.
The TT shifter reduces the throws by 20% and improves shift feel dramatically - it took about a half hour to install. You replace the part above the transmission - you don't touch the actual shifter inside the car. The Audi part number for an 02 GTI 1.8t is 8NO711051A. I'll post a link to install instructions.
#782 of 1613 VW parts resource
Dec 29, 2002 (9:12 am)
www.parts4vws.com for original equipment parts. They should have the Audi TT shifter too.
#783 of 1613 Thanks, Rickrover
Dec 29, 2002 (6:55 pm)
I'm definitely in for the TT shifter part for my '03 GTI. Look forward to the install instructions! The long throws on the stock shifter was easily the first negative thing I noticed...
Dec 30, 2002 (7:12 am)
www.dieselgeek.com has very detailed instruction on the shift linkage install
Dec 31, 2002 (7:25 am)
Thanks for the response. I've contacted VW America and they are telling me essentially the same thing as the dealer. If only I was in need of a shifter!
VW America is basicly saying that they have no systematic way to track parts availability or order status. I've spoken several times with them. If you need a part on backorder (like I do) you're SOL.