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#1182 of 2551 04 tdi manuals
Jun 09, 2004 (1:23 am)
I have a 2004 tdi golf and was trying to find an auto repair manual for the do it yourself person but i cant seem to find anything. told by dealer that everything is on cd rom and is quite expensive(600 dollars for set)would like to do some of my own maintenance. I am new to vw diesels. is the new pd engine that different from the old style besides the injector system
#1183 of 2551 Re: 04 tdi manuals [hvy #1182]
Jun 09, 2004 (3:25 am)
Bentley manuals are the Chiltons equivalent. http://www.bentleypublishers.com/resource.htm?subject=20#sub91 doesn't look like they offer the print manual for '04. I have both CD versions and print, and find the print version easier to use. Maybe they just haven't published the print yet. Email me, I can get you a link to some online DIY maintenance. I use the books very little honestly, but they'll be helpful when/if I need to make more serious repairs. I avoid the dealer at all cost.
#1184 of 2551 You are the MAN!
Jun 09, 2004 (5:06 am)
Sebring, once again, your are a wealth of helpful knowledge...so here's my question: My TDI (2003 Jetta), just came off warranty, and I'd like to do a lot of the maintenance myself. Do you recommend the "Repair Manual" on CD from that site, or the "SERVICE manual"? My expectations are to do the oil (as I've been doing), but also plugs, snorkels, EGR stuff, etc....but probably nothing real complicated. Thanks again. I'd buy you a beer if you were here...
#1185 of 2551 Re: You are the MAN! [vzh9p7 #1184]
Jun 09, 2004 (6:17 am)
I personally prefer the print manual, as it's easier to flip through the pages and leave in the garage/trunk next to your tools. Gotta drag out the laptop for the online/cd version, and personally I think it's difficult to find exactly what I'm looking for. Seems like the data is more technical on the CD as well, not geared as much for routine maintenance.
Best bet is to email me so I can get you some detailed instructions on doing many of the maintenance items. I can't link them directly in here due to edmunds rules. I've also found there's some better methods to performing service/repairs available online, that the Bentley manuals don't address. Mainly because their manuals are geared toward ALL jettas/golfs/etc. where the online sites have more detail geared toward TDI issues.
When I changed out my suspension, I researched both my cd's, print manual, and some online sources. The Bentley offered good directions (although one step was absolutely wrong, misprint or something) but I picked up some tips from the online sources that worked out better than doing it the way the manual stated. Sometimes trial and error is better than the written way, and it's great when others have already figured out the errors:) Or easier ways to do something. I'm always interested in THAT!
Jun 09, 2004 (6:34 am)
"Bentley manuals are the Chiltons equivalent. http://www.bentleypublishers.com/resource.htm?subject=20#sub91 doesn't look like they offer the print manual for '04. I have both CD versions and print, and find the print version easier to use. Maybe they just haven't published the print yet. Email me, I can get you a link to some online DIY maintenance. I use the books very little honestly, but they'll be helpful when/if I need to make more serious repairs. I avoid the dealer at all cost. "
Ditto on the above quote. Typically, what happened in the case of the 2003 VW Jetta, they came out 6-12 months later with the newest paper book. So in your case the 2004 paper book will be out sometime in late 2004 or early 2005.
#1187 of 2551 Bentley for TDI
Jun 09, 2004 (6:55 am)
Print version is preferred. Also recommended is VAGCOM www.rosstech.com.
parts source is www.vwparts.com
#1188 of 2551 Re: 04 tdi manuals [sebring95 #1183]
Jun 10, 2004 (1:32 am)
thanks for the info on bentley.had checked on chiltons and haynes but no luck.will probably have to wait a few months for the book version.i,m mainly interested in info for changing oil,draining fuel separator,filters etc. any links or web sites you could provide would be appreciated.
Jun 10, 2004 (12:16 pm)
I might consider the 05 jetta TDI Wagon once it offer a stronger engin maybe the one use on Passat currently. But can't find any detail information about it.
Any links? Thanks
#1191 of 2551 Stronger engine?
Jun 10, 2004 (12:27 pm)
(vincentwang)I am wondering if you have driven a TDI. They have pleanty of power. It takes a while to learn how to drive the torque and not be reving the engine up looking for power in the upper RPM range.
The TDI engine is so torquey, I never even use the throttle when starting from a stop....just release the clutch and it pulls like a tractor.
If you REALLY desire more power, there is a "chip" available that makes so much torque that it has been known to burn up the clutch if one uses full throttle. (it will actually 'spin' the clutch)