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#389 of 1143 Re: Want a New Bug [frederickmando]
Sep 19, 2005 (12:05 pm)
Ah yes....to buy or not to buy a 2006 NBC....that is also my question. On the fence about the whole VW thing, not to mention a convertible one after driving a Durango for 5 years. Can't handle the gas mileage any longer. I too love the "cuteness" factor of the bug in addition to more attractive gas mileage. Does anyone have any advice or regrets about getting a convertible after never having one? Does it get old after awhile? Also, aren't the '06's 170 hp? Would this be better than an '05 turbo? Sadly, Consumer Reports does not recommend the New Beetle's. How much should that count in my decision? Do they really know what they're talking about?
#390 of 1143 Re: Want a New Bug [ajay1]
Sep 19, 2005 (4:27 pm)
Wow Ajay, you and I are on the same page. I like the Convertible Beetle, my best friend owned one of the early serial number New Beetle Convert Turbos and he regrets trading it for a Mini Cooper Turbo. I am heading towards a Jetta if I get cold feet about a 2005 or 2006 NBC.
#392 of 1143 cutting remotes
Sep 20, 2005 (1:54 pm)
First of all, sector1, thanks for all your suggestions! Its really helpful.
Being a Beetle fanatic that I am, I have one more question to quench my curiosity of anything Beetle related . When I bought my Beetle off the dealer, for some reason they only gave me a valet key .... now the problem is that I can not open the trunk with that key and that I dont have a remote keyless entry, which tend to gets on my way. So I browsed around the web and found that ebay sells some uncut remote for 99 beetle along with programming instructions, etc. Has anybody ever tried this? I am not sure how it works or if its better for me to go to a dealer to have it cut and programmed to my Beetle? If this is the case, does anyone know how much this costs?
#393 of 1143 Re: cutting remotes [anita_083]
Sep 20, 2005 (11:12 pm)
I have a few hints based on personnal experiences but I don't know if they help.
My car was delivered with no valet key and one full remoteless key and one full remote+key.
so the situation is different. But two things you should watch out for:
Any VW car can be programmed for remoteless key entry and a new key can be cut to fit your car WITHOUT any programming from the dealer. All you need is one key and this WILL work.
Every flip key remote unit is made of 2 parts; 1.Flip key blade (and black abs plastic holder)half
2.Remote for keyless entry half
The blade can be replaced with a blank for 10$ purchased on the net. Go to a VW dealer equipped with a key cutter machine (few have them/in my town only 2 out of 7) and for another 10$ they will cut the blank to your valet key.At home, in order to fit your blank to the abs black holder (No.1 above) you need to flip your key open half way and look at the blade from the side(the thin side) and locate a pin hole on the metal holder close to the plastic part. This pin hole is actually for the metal pin which holds the blade attached to the rest of the metal flip. Grab an appropriate size nail and hammer this out. After that you can replace the blade with the blank you need cut and hammer the pin back in to hold it.
You are half way done.
Go to a scrap yard /car junkyard and ask for any VW 1998 and up remote key. It should cost you around 5-10 bucks. Check it to be clean and one which the flip key and the remote half are in good condition. Detach the remote from the flip key (means detach the 1 from the 2 above)
and pry open the remote part (use a used knife and be careful not ot break anything). You will note it contains 2 batteries on the lid side and the transmitter in the other ( green circuit board). Replace the batteries with new ones and snap it back together.
Snap the flip key half to the remote half. If they don't snap back in, they are loose and you need 2 drops of crazy glue on the fitting grooves in order for them to stick and become one part again.
Assuming your blank key is already cut and fitted to the flip fob, program the key (or several keys) doing the following:
1.Unlock car and roll driver's side window down.
2. Insert the new cut remote key in the ignition and turn it to the ON position, not fully to START
3. Insert vallet key in the driver's side door lock and turn towards lock and hold it there
4.While holding, press the unlock button on your new key (the one in the ignition) for 2 seconds
5. Let go and press again for 2 seconds
6. Let go for 10 seconds.
7. Start the car by turning the new key from ON to Start.
8. Stop the engine , exit car close all doors and try to LOCK the car from your new remote key.
All should work properly.
Needless to say any dealer will make you believe they will need a computer to program your key and replicate the above. THEY ARE LYING. Why? Because they will try to charge you for the procedure above starting minimum 100$. The new key and remote start at 75$ and the "programming" at 100$. This is a do it yourself trick. If you have the time and like to have satisfaction, bypass the dealer with the above instructions. It worked on mine.
Sep 21, 2005 (2:35 am)
I appreciate all of the advice on the question of buying a New Beetle.
#395 of 1143 Beetle TDI turbo cuts in and out
Sep 23, 2005 (10:11 am)
Bought my NB TDI new in 1998. Current mileage is 12,300. Oil has been changed 10 to 12 times all at the dealer except last one, 8 weeks ago at Firestone. About two weeks ago the turbo started cutting out (occasionally) after it is driven 15 to 20 miles. Once (last week) the check engine light came on for one day. I took it to the dealer but the light never came back on and they couldn't get a read on the code. They advised to bring the car back when the light is on. Today it did the same thing (turbo cut out after 15 - 17 mi.) without the idiot light. Has anyone experienced this problem? The dealer said that if Firestone used regular motor oil it should not be the cause of the turbo problem.
#396 of 1143 Re: Gas Mileage for TDI [jamey]
Sep 23, 2005 (11:54 am)
I drive 400 miles/week (mostly highway miles) and have done a lot of testing to get the best mileage. I've found that for every 5 mph that I go over 70 I lose 2 mpg, so at 85, I get 43 mpg . . . at 80, I get 45 mpg . . . at 75, I get 47, and if I keep it 70, I get 49. One week I tried 65 mph (it drove me crazy), but only got 49 mpg, so I went back to 70.
#397 of 1143 Black Smoke on Occasion
Sep 23, 2005 (12:01 pm)
I have a 2000 Beetle TDI that on occasion chokes on me when I accelerate and at the same time belches out great clouds of black smoke (it embarrasses me to no end!). There's no rhyme or reason for when it happens . . . but it's always when I first start it up, I can tell when I first press on the peddle because the engine will sound sporadic and not run smoothly, as it normally does. Then when press on the peddle to go, it cuts out and jerks forward . . . HELP!
#398 of 1143 Question About my 2000 Beetle?
Sep 24, 2005 (5:30 pm)
I was wondering if anyone knows what fluid goes in the compartment to the left of the battery? there is a green cap on the left side of the battery and i was wondering if its the transmission fluid that goes in there or power sterring fluid. The owners manual doesnt say what goes in there. Please if anyone knows what goes in there reply to my question.
Another question i have is, We changed the theromatat and CTS and filled it up with antifreeze , but now i am getting no heat, does anyone know why?