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#12390 of 12749 Re: Minor problems with Jettas? [bpeebles]
May 02, 2005 (7:55 am)
You want specifics, I'll give you specifics:
Oil consumption - 1999-2001 2.0 liter engine - due to a bad batch of piston rings from their supplier, these engines consumed oil at a higher rate than normal - a good friend of mine experienced this on his 1999 Jetta. I have a 1997 Jetta with the same engine and no oil consumption problems at 135K miles.
Coil packs - 1998 through early 2003 1.8T (Bosch J-series coilpacks and earlier) - Again,
due to a bad batch from their supplier, these coils experienced a higher than normal failure rate. If the car has been retrofitted with coil packs newer than the J-series, you should be fine.
Window regulators - 1999 through 2002 Golfs and Jettas - The owners of these cars experienced their windows falling inside the doors. This is due to the fact that some genious at VWdecided to replace the metal clips that secured the windows (which VW had used as far back to my 1975 VW Scirocco) with plastic ones. Only after VW decided to go back to the metal clips that the window regulator issue was resolved.
And one more thing: Coming from an engineering, automotive maintenance and aircraft maintenance background, not only have I owned VWs for over 23 years, I've also done everything from bodywork to full engine rebuilds on them. So I think I have a little idea of what I'm talking about.... (HINT: 600KGolfGT refers to my 1987 Golf GT which I put over 624,000 miles on in 16 years of ownership)
#12391 of 12749 Re: Minor problems with Jettas? [600kgolfgt]
May 02, 2005 (2:49 pm)
Thanks 600kgolfgt, that is an excellent synopsys of the possible "issues" that a buyer of 2000 VW may encounter. As you say, 2 of those issues are a one time deal and not a nagging problem
Let me also add one other lesser-known issue. The MAF sensor has been known to magically go bad.... most often can be traced to an owner installing one of those "oilable - highflow" air filters. The oil from the filter gets sucked into the intak system and destroys the sensitive microscopic surface of the MAF sensor.
#12392 of 12749 Re: Minor problems with Jettas? [bpeebles]
May 03, 2005 (4:50 am)
The MAF is problematic enough for VW to extend the warranty on them to 70k (along with window regulators) on Mark IV's.
#12393 of 12749 Re: Minor problems with Jettas? [bpeebles]
May 03, 2005 (6:25 am)
Gotta love those K&N filters...
May 03, 2005 (8:25 am)
I am in the market for a new Jetta and I am having a hard time deciding if I want to trade-in my 02' Nissan Altima for a Jetta. I love the old body style Jettas and have test-driven the new 05' Jetta too. My question is: Do car seats fit comfortably in the back seat? When traveling, does the car feel cramped? My husband is a little over 6 feet, will he get uncomfortable if we take a long car drive?
I guess my biggest concern is space. Any input on people's experiences would be great, especially from anyone that has an old body style 05' Jetta.
#12395 of 12749 Re: 2005 Jettas [alingley]
May 03, 2005 (8:55 am)
Don't let the '99 1/2 to '05 jetta's space color your view of the '05 1/2 car. They are night and day. It is still a compact car, but much larger, especially in the back seat, than the old model. The features are advanced, and the fit and finish are once again benchmark level. The engine (2.5) is a little raspy, but it gives a nice, upscale little German car such as this a bit of character IMO. The outside design was clearly meant to be a micro Phaeton, but ended up just looking VERY derivative of a civic or corolla at first glance, but get inside and it's a whole other story. A little pricey, but very nicely done. If the quality of this car at launch is solid, it should sell very well. It definitely drives well.
-On that note, anybody already driving the NEW Jetta? Any visits to the shop other than routine? If so, please post your thoughts and experiences...
#12396 of 12749 Re: Minor problems with Jettas? [600kgolfgt]
May 03, 2005 (9:26 am)
Do you agree that K&N air filter will jam MAF sensor?
I put this filter on my '97 civic(ex) two years ago and still can go 100 mph (though have to sacrifice some torque at low rpm (1st & 2nd gear)). And there is no problem so far?
May 03, 2005 (11:32 am)
A writer with a national magazine is writing an article on 8 cars that are under $20K for families on a budget or as a 2nd or 3rd car. He is looking for parents with young children who have recently purchased or are planning to purchase any one of the following vehicles: VW Jetta the new “Value Edition”, Chevy Cobalt (with SAB), Mitsubishi Galant, Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe, Ford Focus Wagon, Honda Element, Kia Sorento or Dodge Caravan. The writer would like to know if they like it, dislike it, what are the family-style features and what kind of deal did you get on the car? If you fit what the writer is looking for, please email your responses to kholguinedmunds.com by May 13, 2005.
#12398 of 12749 oiled-guaze airfilters
May 03, 2005 (1:05 pm)
The answer to your question is "yes, I do agree"
Those oiled-guaze filters are expensive, filter worse, can distrubute oil inside the intake-tract and at the same time manage to provide no meaningful difference in performance. About as close to snake-oil as one can get.
The biggest restriction in your intake system is (by design) the throttlebody. Who cares if the air filter can "flow" more than the throttlebody can allow thu anyway?
Anyone with training in airflow physics grasps this concept. It is called an AIR FILTER and should be expected to FILTER THE AIR....if you want flow why not just REMOVE the air-filter?
Dont take my word for it, you can do the research yourself... or even set up a flowbench and do your own testing. Please post your results on a website so everyone can see that those oiled-gauze filters can actually be damaging over the course of 1000s of miles.
#12399 of 12749 40,000 mile service - Wynns kit/e-kit
May 04, 2005 (7:48 am)
I have a 2001 Jetta GLS - and although this is my second Jetta (traded in my '95 for this one) I never paid attention to what the recommended maintenance involved (and readily admit I am clueless about cars). Given that I'm shelling out over $600 for the 40K service I figured I should at least understand what I'm paying for.
So ... can someone tell me what a "wynns kit" and "e-kit" is and whether it is worth it to pay the dealer's service dept $120 for each of these? I really love my car and want to make sure that it lasts me for years to come but always question whether I'm being taken to the cleaners - especially since I'm a woman! Any info is greatly appreciated!