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#12005 of 12749 Question about mileage
Feb 04, 2004 (6:41 pm)
Well, my 2001 Jetta which I just purchased about 3 months ago is sitting at a chrysler dealer (which it was purchased from) for about 3 days w/ a shot coil (though it took them these 3 days to figure it out) and a local vw dealer is taking it off their hands tommorow to do the repair I was just wondering if this could be the cause of my poor mileage. The jetta is getting about 20mpg mixed though my town is more towards highway then city (many higher speed no traffic light roads) my 1992 Beretta 3.1 V6 is getting almost 40mpg and is a much bigger heavier car (though I don't need to ride the throttle nearly as much however that could just be due to the way the throttle functions on these cars.. however I can coast at 50 in the beretta at 1,000 rpm, the jetta needs throttle attention and is pushing 2,000 doing the same). Also, I had not known if the 40,000 service was done so I took care of it myself a few days before I had the coil trouble (symptoms of which went unnoticed since i bought it, though it was just quirky) so I pulled out all the plugs, which I noticed were not oem, and were also not properly gapped. Unfortunatnly the car didn't work long enough afterwards for me to find out if that effected the mileage very much at all. However, this could have helped to do in the coils Possibly.
#12006 of 12749 RE: JETTA mileage...sys3175
Feb 05, 2004 (12:08 am)
Since your Jetta was a used purchase, then the Chrysler Dealer probably changed the plugs. I understand that VW is on the OEM's markings. NGK is a replacement brand that is good as actually shown to me at a VW Dealer Parts Dept. Besides, what engine is in your Jetta?
Remember that the original powertrain warranty is 10yr/100k miles which is reduced to I believe 5yr/60k miles for subsequent owners. I would check directly with VW at a dealer or VW hotline.
IN addition, I would take the car directly to a VW dealer and have them run a check for any service bulletins, recalls and warranty item extensions that would be done totally free. It would save a bunch of time and hassle as the Chrysler folks would have no idea about.
Feb 05, 2004 (11:58 am)
No, Chysler did not replace the plugs they must have been done by the previous owner, they were far too used to have only been in for less then 5000 miles. It's a 1.8T btw, so I know the coils are problems on this engine and this year (it is a mid year 2001).The car is now at VW, it is covered under warranty I purchased from chrysler, the problem is I have to bring it to them first, and then they refer it to VW makes it take a little longer to get things done, but since it is for free I can deal with a few days with my Beretta. I only hope that this won't happen too often. Also, VW has no records that this car had ever been serviced for the coils before.. i do not know if they keep the info at a national level, but the car was registered in my area since new so it probably would have gone to them if it was repaired, that being said.. it has nearly 50,000 miles on it and if this is the first time the coils died, it seems to be way above average for this sort of thing.
Feb 05, 2004 (5:27 pm)
Any time a vehicle is "serviced" in such a way that it costs VW to do the repair, there is a sticker affixed to the vehicle. (usually on the inside of the drivers door area.)
If there is no sticker.... assume that the coiles were never done. Besides, you can check the "sufffix" on the coils yourself. Thre is a list in the the archives that explains which "suffix" was affected by the coil problems.
I suggest you do some intensive research to determine if your engine was covered by the "replace all coils" TSB. If so, you are free to take to ANY VW dealership in the country without the knowledge of where you purchased the vehicle. (exactly what balticjetta18t was trying to tell you)
Feb 05, 2004 (8:03 pm)
It sounds like the coils and the plugs and other mis-adjustments made to the car is probably the reason for your poor gas mileage. However, turbos are known to have dual personalities. That turbo can suck gas like no other if you are not careful with the throttle, yet be very fuel efficient with a little more care.
#12010 of 12749 2001 Jetta GLX VR6
Feb 10, 2004 (11:13 am)
It's a sad day...I've decided to sell my 2001 Jetta GLX because of my bad left foot. I can't push on the clutch anymore. I just wanted to comment that I've had a great experience with my Jetta....no problems what so ever! I have about 50k miles on it. It's so much fun to drive...a great commuter car.
I'm sure the manual transmission is better than the automatic so I'm not sure if I will get an automatic Jetta. Is there a big difference as far as responsive and power? What about fuel consumption.
What's a good price to sell my Jetta at? The car is in excellent condition, with only some very minor scratches. The car is loaded and has a 6-cd changer. I live near Houston, Texas.
Feb 10, 2004 (11:27 am)
You might want to ask Terry over in the Real-World Trade-In Values discussion. Take a few minutes to read through some of the messages so you'll see exactly what information you need to post for him to help.
Good luck - let us know how it works out.
Feb 10, 2004 (11:50 pm)
How about an 03 GLX leftover with a 5speed TIPTRONIC Automatic Tranny. I am sure in Texas there could be some GLX's around since they are the most expensive version. In addition, there of course could be some super incentives including factory to dealer cash to further reduce a price and financing rates super low...
#12014 of 12749 VW Jetta windshield wiper blades
Mar 06, 2004 (9:36 am)
I just replaced the wiper blades on my gf's 2000 Jetta.
Do you know that plastic thing that comes attached to the driver side OEM windshield wiperblade? It's supposed to be facing away from the driver and towards the hood once the blade is back in place, right? Also, what is that thing anyway? What's it for?