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Jun 02, 2002 (2:31 am)
We have the same color and year Jetta 4 doors and I too want less roll out of my 1.8T auto/triptronic. The dealer told me to go with springs, but I don't want to loose ride height. Questions: Are you happy with the sway app.? Did you go with a rear or front? Did you use the dealer? Will this be too hard a ride for my wife?
I realize the last ? is impossible to answer but imagine your wife to be semi-sporty and hates soft ride American cars...any comments appreciated. Peace.
#184 of 202 Thomas..
Jun 02, 2002 (8:20 pm)
I have a 2002 1.8T Tiptronic with the 17-inch tires and sport suspension. It still has a little too much roll. I am definitely going to get the swaybar sometime this summer, if I can get someone to help me install it.
#185 of 202 thomasbailey
Jun 02, 2002 (8:53 pm)
A sway bar will not affect the "hardness" of the ride at all. It doesn't modify the softness of the springs or shocks.
I bought a 25mm rear Neuspeed sway. I would recommend getting someone other than the dealer to install it, or do it yourself if you have the tools. It really is quite simple to install.
I have enjoyed my sway bar. I hear that blueguy is pleased with his as well.
#186 of 202 Anakin...
Jun 03, 2002 (9:01 am)
Definitely thinking about the sway bar for my car. Going to add it this summer. If I cannot do it myself, I will have to get someone to put it on for me though. I might just do that though, because I am not very mechanically inclined, and don't have the space at home to work on the car (I live in the city and park on the street).
Jun 03, 2002 (10:52 am)
If you do get an install, see if there is a local VW performance shop that can do it for you. The dealership will probably charge you way too much for what is a 15 minute job.
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Sep 14, 2002 (5:36 pm)
Hello everyone. My name is Edward, live in Wisconsin (but not a Packer fan - yet). I own a 1992 Jetta Gl (Jetta Girl, I call it). Gasoline engine. 1.4 litre. 5-speed. Bought it used in Chicago, had 65,000 at that time. It now has 145,000 on it. I really love the car. Been across the country 4 times with it already. Very reliable car, until recently. Bad oxygen sensor, timing belt gear key broke. I think the worst part of it all is not being able to find a qualified mechanic who knows how to troubleshoot and fix it. Too many amateurs out there. I have found one or two good mechanics so far (but not the dealer!), and I don't let them out of my sight. Everyone tells me to get rid of it, but it's still a good car, as long as I take good care of it, right? Sorry for the long prose. By the way, someone else wrote something about the engine or oil light? My oil light used to come one and buzz until I changed from 10w30 oil to 20w50 oil (Castrol). Haven't seen the light come on since then.
Jan 07, 2003 (12:01 pm)
My wife and I live near Madison, WI and are on our 10th VW. We currently own a blue '01 Eurovan GLS w/20k and a black '94 Jetta GLX w/150k, both owned since new. The Jetta is one of the first 1500 US models that wer mad in Germany before production moved to Mexico. We tried some other vehicles (Rodeo, Suburban), but always came back to VW. We are fortunate to have a fantastic dealer in Madison that has been VW-only since 1959 (Zimbrick VW East-formerly Brun's VW). If you enjoy driving, German is really the only way to go. Cars built in a country with no speed limits just drive better. I look forward to the cameraderie of other VW drivers
#191 of 202 Pliau...
Jan 07, 2003 (12:41 pm)
I have to agree about the German driving feel. Very satisfying and safe.
Jan 08, 2003 (10:02 pm)
I'm on my second Beetle. My first was a 1970 deluxe beetle that my grandfather bought new and gave it to me in 1981. When I totaled it (sad day that was) in 1987, it had over 400,000 miles on it- yes that is the right number of zeros.
Now, I own a 2003 New Beetle Blue Lagoon 2.0. I am considerably older now and I like it a lot. I wish I had 2 liters in my old beetle. It's not a rocket or racer but it's not suppose to be- people drive too fast and dangerously now anyway.