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#2400 of 2551 Re: CARBON BUILD-UP ON 02 GOLF TDI TURBO [vwguy1776]
May 23, 2008 (3:50 pm)
Comon.... You are not serious about blaming VW for this? VW does not even manufacture the turbocahrger. It is built by one of the 3 companies in the world that builds turbochargers.
Most likely the problem with your turbocharger was the DRIVER. There is a reason that you need to use full-throttle accelleration at least once per tank of fuel. TO KEEP THE CARBON BLOWN OUT OF THE TURBOCHARGER!
Besides, your old turbocharger is likely to be good. I hope your repair-shop did not KEEP your expensive trubocharger. I am sure THEY sent it out for rebuild. (and got several 100 dollars for it)
As a pre-warning to you... the INTAKE-PLENUM on TDIs is known to get plugged up with carbon and needs to be cleaned. (around 80-100K miles) Did your service-poeple include this cleaning in the $2000 bill? If not, you will be in the shop again soon...
#2401 of 2551 Re: CARBON BUILD-UP ON 02 GOLF TDI TURBO [vwguy1776]
May 23, 2008 (4:16 pm)
Sorry to hear about your turbo failure. I really can do nothing about the spilled milk portion, but can offer up suggestions on how to make the new turbo you bought go longer than 77,000.
Mine is at 107,000 miles. The goals are a min of 500,000 miles plus. The EGR and intake manifold was inspected during the 100k mile TB/WP change. It was pronounced good to go for least another 100k by one of the regional gurus. It was blacked, but there was NO carbon/soot build up.
So when your water temp is cold (aka, less than normal operating temp app 190 degrees on your temp gauge) run your revs (through the gears) to not more than 2,500 rpms. When it is warm (aka app 190 degrees on your temp gauge) run your revs (through the gears) to app 3,500 rpms.
You CAN rev to 5,100 rpms BUT much over 3800 rpms does NOT much good. (economy, power, speed, wise) This type of up and down reving keeps the turbo's vanes from getting stuck.
Some might have different definitions, but you will want to run the car slightly ahead of the torque curve (again slightly to more aggressively). You do NOT want to wind it up like a Honda VTEC then shift. But you want to shift (slightly) before and let the torque pull you to where you want to go. So while I normally run the engine at higher rpms ( for the reasons stated) when I want max mpg, I run it between 1700- 2000 rpms(sweet spot) . Again, when you feel the need to down shift let the revs take you to between 2,500 to 3,500 and this will actually keep the turbo issues at bay while you can do the economy range if you so chose.
#2402 of 2551 2003 Golf GT TDI
Jun 07, 2008 (12:52 pm)
Hi, can anyone help me please, I have recently purchased a new shape Golf GT TDI. It seems to have an intermittant shuddering when the vehicle is ticking over. The whole car seems to vibrate. I was advised to change the oil and clean the throttle body which has been done but has not made a difference. Has anyone come across this before or have any suggestions for me to try. Thank you!
#2403 of 2551 Re: 2003 Golf GT TDI [ally21]
Jun 08, 2008 (4:46 pm)
There is no "throttle body" on a diesel engine... just exactly what did they do? (I hope you did not actually PAY to have a non-exastant part cleaned.)
In any case -You may want to start with a compression-test to ensure that all 4 cylinders are mechanically sound.
Then, consider one of the injectors may be mis-behaving.
#2404 of 2551 2009 VW Golf Plus Spy Pix Posted at Automotive Traveler
Jul 11, 2008 (9:52 am)
I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rich Truesdell and I am the Editorial Director of Automotive Traveler, which, as the name implies, is an automotive adventure travel web site. Wednesday I was up in the California desert doing a test drive on the Dodge Caliber SRT4 when I encountered a group of VWs and Audis going through some hot weather tests. As all the Audis were were not cloaked, I didn't see anything interesting there. But I did come across what I believe were two 2009/2010 Golf Plus models and the the test team and their escorts really didn't want me taking photos of the front of the cars.
It took a little bit of creativity and patience, but here's a sample of what I was able to get.
I've posted some additional views at Automotive Traveler, including some higher resolution images. Here's a direct link to the blog:
2009 VW Golf Plus Spy Shots
I invite you to drop in, take a look, and leave any comments that might better identify the cars in the shots. Feel free to post the above image on other VW-related forums if you want so long that you properly credit it to Automotive Traveler and the link above.
If the editors at edmunds.com would like to feature the images with proper attribution, please contact me directly.
Thank you and have a great weekend.
Editorial Director, Automotive Traveler magazine,
Jul 11, 2008 (10:53 am)
If you go to the VW Germany site you can see all the current cars - guess these are what you'll be getting. But maybe not the new Scirocco.
#2406 of 2551 how do you contact members
Aug 04, 2008 (9:19 am)
looking for how to contact members without interrupting a forum
#2407 of 2551 Re: how do you contact members [timbodey]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Aug 04, 2008 (9:41 am)
If you click on a member's username and they have their email set to "public" you will be able to see their address and contact them that way. Not everyone will have their email set to public, so the other way to tackle the situation is to set your onw to public. Then if you want to contact someone off the forum youcan just let them know to click on your username and initiate the contact that way.
Only registered forums users can find email addys this way so there's no danger of exposing your email to just anyone this way.
#2408 of 2551 Re: 2003 Golf GT TDI [ally21]
Aug 06, 2008 (11:03 am)
I have a TDI jetta and my car has been vibrating more so as well. I do agree from what I learned that doing a compression test is a good idea & then looking into the injectors. This is something i'm currently looking into as well. My car is notorious now for having its shaking and misfiring...
#2409 of 2551 Regarding maint and dealers
Sep 24, 2008 (7:21 am)
My experience over the years with Ford - Toyota - Subaru - VW has all been the same. Only difference is the parent company and the policies they have which support proper customer service vs not sport it.
Example - Ford no matter how random or unacceptable the issue was would bill the owner for the fix. Both my Subaru and my Toyota had repairs done way outside of the warrenty with no questions asked. Both Subaru and toyota dealers simply said hmm? thats not right it shouldn't do that we'll fix it no bill to me and a 100% happy customer and future buyer. Our VW had some issues not surprising even with a full extended fancy warrenty we still left the dealer $700 light for a car with 50,000 miles on it.
My conclusion is that any dealer can be bad and the parent company policies can contribute to this poor service. I've also come to the conclusion that you should always learn as much about your vehicle as you can man or woman so that you know when things that shouldn't go wrong do and you can put pressure on the dealer to do the right thing vs charge you for a big fix etc.
I've had mistakes made - vacume hoses left detached on my Toyota which resulted in me getting stuck given my 4wh drive didn't lock - I gave the dealer an ear full they fixed it no charge and payed for my tow which wasn't cheap.
My Subaru which has been beat and abused like no other car I've ever had developed a very rare leak Subaru took one look and said that shouldn't happen we'll fix it the car was 40K out of warrenty! And yes they were right no matter how the car was used the leak it developed should never happen.
VW - for years and - years and as for as long as I can remember has had horrible dealer reputations. It has 100% to due with the policies the parent company has regarding dealer pay back and credit from the parent company for warrenty and "goodwill" repairs.
If you want to just drive a car not knowing a thing about how it works etc there are only three companies you should own a car from in this order Honda, Subaru, Toyota.
If you take an interest in how your car works how it is put together etc then owning more exciting cars like VW's BMW's , Audi's - Mercedes etc.
If you have little money for a car you should have a used Honda, Subaru - Toyota.
If your a die hard American made type you need both money and car smarts for the Fords - Chevy's etc given the cars are OK but spotty regarding quality and the dealers have historically always been Ok but not outstanding when it comes to doing the right thing.
I really do not like our 2001 1.8T Jetta its poorly put together - not comfortable - small and isn't exactly enjoyable to drive. Having said that the 5spd manual is well done something VW has always been known for is well done Manual transmissions. I drove the new 2L TDI jetta and was greatly impressed all my complaints appear to be fixed with the new 09 Jetta and for the price its hard to beat. Again its a VW so you should be the type that takes an interest in how the car is built and works so you know when things need addressing and when to call BS on the dealer.