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#1374 of 2551 Re: Volkswagen diesel [suveneel]
Nov 22, 2004 (7:53 pm)
We have a 2004 Passat V6 GLX bought new in July. Last weekend the engine/emission light went on for no reason and then went off again. I think the gas cap may not have been screwed on tight and this triggered the emmissions control warning light. We tried this and the light stayed on for a day and then went out again.
We also have a 2003 TDI Golf with 43,000 miles. Only two minor gliches, a sunroof leak (always park with the nose uphill and keep the rubber sunroof drains clear) and a bad AM antenna.All covered by warranty as well as a headlight bulb which went out 2 weeks ago. I get 40 mpg city/50 mpg highway.
Find another dealer to do the warranty work and read the TDI club info.
#1375 of 2551 Buying 'out of state' TDI to California???
Nov 24, 2004 (7:20 pm)
My wife is the proud owner of a 2004 Jetta TDI. I am so impressed with the car, I am not looking for a Golf TDI or possibly another Jetta. Most of the cars I see for sale are outside California. I need to know what the restrictions, risks and hastles of buying and bringing a car into CA from elsewhere. I called the CA department of Motor Vehicles and go no help. They did say the car has to be a 50 state car! How would I know this.
My other questions is about 'salvage title' cars. Is this a risk too?
Any advice welcome,
#1376 of 2551 Re: Buying 'out of state' TDI to California??? [kgunning]
Nov 25, 2004 (7:15 am)
In theory, the current TDI is simply not legal for sale in California. In practice, my understanding is that you can register the car in CA if it has at least 7500 miles on it. You are not likely to get this response from the DMV - their job is not to make it easier for you to do this. You asked the wrong question - try this one:
"I'm bringing a used car into CA for the first time, and it is a diesel and not CA-certified. What do I have to do?"
The car cannot be made to meet current CA regulations, and thus cannot be "certified", as most gasoline cars can. However, when a new resident moves to CA with such a car, they are not generally required to sell the car, as long as it has a certain number of miles on it that "proves" that the car was not purchased out of state just to circumvent the regs.
Bottom line: Since you are already a CA resident, the hassle factor is indeed considerable. Better to wait until the car meets CA regs [the '06 or '07 model year].
#1377 of 2551 Re: Buying 'out of state' TDI to California??? [jrct9454]
Nov 25, 2004 (9:04 am)
Thanks for the reply. I guess my hope was that 2004 TDI's where legally sold in CA. We have one so I know that. Therefore, would a 2004 TDI that is from another state easier to bring in. Would a 2003 TDI from Michigan be different from a 2003 TDI sold in CA?
DMV did say something about checking the VIN # or 50 state sticker? I don't know how to do that when buying from a prvate party.
#1378 of 2551 Re: Buying 'out of state' TDI to California??? [kgunning]
Nov 25, 2004 (1:34 pm)
The emissions certification sticker is displayed in the engine compartment, on most cars I've seen as a stick-on somewhere under the hood itself. It has, in every recent car I've ever known, indeed noted whether the drivetrain was CA certified, 50-state legal, or otherwise. So yes, if the '03s and '04s were 50-state cars, it should say so on that sticker, and you should be able to register it without further ado in CA.
Insist that any PP selling the car take a digital picture of the sticker and send it to you via e-mail, or ask to have the car inspected by an authorized VW dealer before closing the transaction. I would also check with your nearest VW dealer to verify that the car you're bringing in is one they can confirm was originally legal for sale in CA.
#1379 of 2551 98VW JETTA TDI
Nov 26, 2004 (10:31 am)
I am now on my second jetta, my first was a 931/2 new body style for those days and I drove it to 392000 kms then I got my timing belt changed and the guy wanted to time it a little bit ahead to get more power, I imagine he was just trying something because it basically blew my motor, so I then bought and 98 TDI and I already have 245000 kms and I have never had anything wrong with the engine other than glowplugs which was also a problem on my 931/2 but all in all, it is awesome on ice, through snow and don't get me wrong, I don't BABY this car when it comes to driving it! I do the occasional rally racing with it just for fun and its been through pretty much anything I could think of, yet no problems!! So whats up with the newer ones then! I still get about 53mpg on average with a fillup cost of about 35$. If thats not stunning, what is?
#1380 of 2551 EGR and CEL
Nov 28, 2004 (1:29 pm)
CEL is starting to come on. Checked codes, reports intermittent problems with EGR. My question is: will a gallon of biodiesel in the mix clean out the manifold or do I need to take it apart and manually clean it?
#1381 of 2551 Re: EGR and CEL [vwinva]
Nov 28, 2004 (2:50 pm)
The "heated EGR" on the TDI engine is not desigend for the sulpher-laden fuel that we have here in North America. I am eagerly looking forward to the mandated ELSD (Extremly Low Sulpher Diesel) starring in 2006.
If your EGR problem is the ol' "intake clogging" issue that all TDIs endure, then there is nothing you can pour into the fuel tank that will magically fix it. Lets not forget that diesel fuel should NEVER be present in the intake manifold.
Instead of guessing that plugging is your problem, a physical inspection of the intake plenum is trivial to do and will tell you if it needs to be cleaned.
Do not forget that for the EGR to be flagged as a problem, it only takes a minute difference in the calculated airflow -vs- the actual airflow.
#1382 of 2551 I did it! 2004 Jetta
Nov 29, 2004 (10:19 pm)
I finally did it, after much research and test driving. I bought a new 04 Jetta TDI today. It is a GLS with the leather package and automatic. I paid $21,200 plus $369.00 dealer handling. MSRP was $23,400.00 It seemed like a good deal but I could not find alot of information on pricing. Here in Colorado it did not seem like the dealer wanted to deal on the TDI's, regardless of what model you are shopping for. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Bill
#1383 of 2551 Re: I did it! 2004 Jetta [archer1]
Nov 30, 2004 (4:48 am)
As long as you're happy with the deal, don't dwell on it! An $1800 discount sounds reasonable though. Congrats and enjoy!