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#1786 of 2551 A/C Damaged, Normal Driving
Aug 15, 2005 (5:18 pm)
I am the owner of a 2004 Golf TDI. I would like to get the opinion of your members. I love the car but something caused a pin hole in the A/C condenser the other day while driving on US 281, in San Antonio. My thinking is if something very small can cause this problem during normal driving, then there is a design issue.
I was told I would have to pay for the repair by Rod East VW. I also inquired to VW of America. I was told although rare this has happened before but VW will not help me pay the $854.00 repair bill to replace the condenser. My car is still under warranty.
The Beetles have a protective grill but the Golf does not. Does VW care more about Beetle owners than Golf owners?
I was also told by Rod East, that I could have chosen to install my own custom grill on my new car....ridiculous!
Thank you for any help in resolving this issue. VW of America will not consider covering this under warranty or even to reduce the huge cost.
Please help put me in touch with someone that will get the attention of VW customer service
#1787 of 2551 Re: A/C Damaged, Normal Driving [hotgolf]
Aug 15, 2005 (5:58 pm)
hey there hotgolf. i wouldn't necessarily assume there is a design flaw here, but i am not familiar with the protective grill on beetles. i had a 2003 jetta TDI - i wonder if that had a protective grille over the AC condensor.
anyway, feces happens, that's what i'm sayin. stuff like this:
i bought my GTO on a friday at 6pm and it got rearended monday at 9AM.
my passat TDI got a nasty windshield chip during the first week - just below the primary "line of sight" , and 2 days ago i discovered the outer glass of the right fog light had also gotten smashed. i wouldn't care, since i think fog lights are useless. but it's dangerous - it would cut a kids hand if a kid touched it - so i've gotta get it fixed. and this car has only seen a few months of spring/summer driving. in winter it will be worse - some of the local towns put down really coarse sand on the roads - including lots of little pebbles. anyway, enough about my cars.
you might not know that the situation you describe would be covered by your auto insurance policy in most cases. probably the collision portion of your policy, but who knows, maybe it would go under "comprehensive". not sure. so what sort of deductible do you have - and can you find out what is the likelihood that your rates will get bumped if you file a claim for this? my preference is to have a big deductible and to avoid making 'smaller' claims. i understand that making multiple small claims is a sure way to get the insurance company to raise rates. but for just one small claim i bet they wouldn't raise rates.
#1788 of 2551 Re: A/C Damaged, Normal Driving [elias]
Aug 16, 2005 (6:14 pm)
I have my 05 Passat TDI for 3 months now and have a cracked windshield. I guess a small rock hit just below the driver's side windshield wiper and now I have a fault line which came up and now goes straight across. I have owned many cars in my time and have driven all over the NY tristate area but this has never happened til now.
#1789 of 2551 Problems with ignition firing.
Aug 16, 2005 (6:49 pm)
Hi, this is my first time on this forum so hello to everyone. I have owned a Volkswagen Golf 2001 since February this year. Every so often it has a problem of starting. It doesn't do this all the time but occasionally it takes ages for it to fire up and it blows a lot of smoke when it does kick over. I have taken it back to the mechanics a few times but then murphys law happens and it won't "perform". They have tried replacing the fuel filter and the air filter but to no avail. Does anyone else have or have heard of this problem.
#1790 of 2551 Turbo Problem
Aug 17, 2005 (7:28 am)
The turbocharger in my 2005 1.9 TDI Golf failed at 5000 miles. I bought the car for a 75 mi. one way commute. Really love it but am worried about reliability. Planning on 250k miles in 5 yrs. Anyone else have early turbo failure?
#1791 of 2551 Re: Turbo Problem [gilabb]
Aug 17, 2005 (8:01 am)
Most of the turbo problems I've seen have been mis-diagnosis by a clueless dealer. A bad sensor can cause the turbo to seem like it's bad. I suppose if there was a manufacturing problem one could fail at such low mileage. Real turbo problems are pretty rare on these. I wouldn't sweat it.
#1792 of 2551 Re: A/C Damaged, Normal Driving [hotgolf]
Aug 17, 2005 (8:44 am)
Good news -- VW won't cover it (road hazard) but your insurer will. Physical damage to your car caused by flying objects (such as a stone kicked up by another vehicle) is covered under your "other than collision" physical damage coverage. You will have to eat your deductible, but otherwise you can get this covered.
Same thing happened to my '91 Acura Legend just this spring. Not only did I need some new parts from the damage, the whole unit had to be reconditioned to use the new refrigerant. Insurance paid the whole thing.
If you are at fault in a liability or collision claim, it can raise your rates. But this is different. Check with your agent, many insurers do not surcharge for OTC claims.
Cracked windshields are likewise covered as OTC. Many insurers will also cover your deductible if you agree to have the W/S repaired instead of replaced.
#1793 of 2551 Belching blue smoke
Aug 17, 2005 (4:40 pm)
Hi everyone -- I'm new to the forum ... purchased a 2005 Golf TDI in May and it's been great with the exception of belching blue smoke when I accelerate to pass someone or when trying to maintain speed up a decent grade. I had it into the dealer at 1,100mi and of course they couldn't make it do it and it goes in again next week for round #2, currently has 4,200mi.
Any thoughts on what might be causing this ??
#1794 of 2551 Re: Belching blue smoke [cttdi]
Aug 17, 2005 (5:16 pm)
I assume that you have tried several different fuel sources and are using diesel fuel additive at each fillup. Before assuming the car has a problem, look to bad fuel as the problem.
Could be several things. It REALLY neeeds to be hooked to a laptop and drive it while monitoring it.
I suspect your IQ (Injection Quality) may be set incorrecttly... but on a new engine that is not even broken in yet.... it may be sensor such as MAF or engine temp. Perhaps even the fuel injection timing is incorrect.
#1795 of 2551 Re: Belching blue smoke [bpeebles]
Aug 17, 2005 (6:39 pm)
Do all VW dealerships have the computer software for testing the TDI? I agree that the fuel would be my first guess. I have not gotten any smoke with the BP ULSD sold in CA. No smell from the exhaust at all.